Our Team

Zoe Sheppard

Chief Executive

Zoe was originally introduced to the Foundation in 2012 when her family were looking for a strategic way of supporting the local community.

Cheshire Community Foundation’s unique service of connecting the family with those people who were most in need, whilst managing the due diligence around the charities that support them, offered the perfect solution.

Zoe joined the Foundation in November 2015, having run a marketing consultancy for 8 years previously.

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“For me, being able to give to charity is a privilege and being in the position to shape the future of the Foundation is both exciting and rewarding.”

Margaret Cheshire

Chief Operations Officer

Margaret joined the Foundation in 2019 following a career in HR working for a number of organisations based in Cheshire.


Her previous experience focus on people and organisational development helps her lead the foundation team and ensure that the Foundations delivers an efficient and friendly service to donors, grantees and all its partners. She is delighted to work locally for an organisation makes a difference and suits her name!

Helen Whittle

Development Director

Helen is passionate about making charitable giving to local causes stress free, easy and enjoyable and uses her 20 years experience of the third sector, fundraising and philanthropy to help those who would like to approach their charitable giving (in their life-time and in their will) in a more informed and focussed way.

As a consultant to the Foundation, Helen works closely with the CCF team, Trustees and our Professional Advisor network to support the setting up of new Funds and helps to ensure CCF is the go-to place for philanthropy advice in Cheshire.

Carole Royle

Business Coordinator

Carole previously provided administrative support to international organisations. Carole works full-time for the Foundation, managing all aspects of team administration, including office management, finance, grant-making support and governance duties.

Carole is very much the glue that holds the team together, bringing with her a great sense of humour and ready smile!

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“I am Cheshire born and bred and it is very important to me to put something back into the community. This role allows me to do that.”

Angela Richardson

Grants Director

2017 will be Ange’s 20th year in grant making (she started young!).  Ange has worked for four major funders –  Big Lottery Fund, The Housing Corporation, North West Development Agency and BBC Children in Need (as well as two years as a Fundraising Manager for Deafness Support Network).

Ange manages the grant making process end-to-end – enabling charitable organisations to access funding through our range of grant making programmes. It is sadly not always possible to fund all projects – but Ange always strives to provide constructive and helpful feedback to all applicants.

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“I find it both moving and inspirational to go out on a grant monitoring visit, read a case study or see photos and films of funded projects and to learn about the positive impact these projects have on people’s lives.”

Debbie Smith

Donor Account Manager

Debbie joined the Foundation in August 2018 following a period of time spent raising her family. During this time, Debbie volunteered with a variety of charities including a children’s reading scheme, the NCT and a community gardening scheme. Prior to that, she worked for a national accountancy recruitment consultancy and a big-four firm of accountants in an account management role.

Now her role includes providing information to donors, ensuring they feel proud of the difference their generosity has made to those less fortunate in Cheshire.