Our Team

Joëlle Warren MBE, DL


Joëlle is the Founder of Warren Partners www.warrenpartners.co.uk, a leading UK executive search firm and is Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire.

Joëlle leads our Board of Trustees and works closely with our Chief Executive to shape the strategy of the Foundation, so it is well placed to achieve our ambitious plans for the future. Warren Partners has generously donated an office to Cheshire Community Foundation within their own premises, since the charity was set up in 2011.


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“Cheshire Community Foundation connects those in need in Cheshire with those who care but don’t know how best to help, enabling them to reach the parts others don’t.”

John Farrell

Trustee and Chair of the Grants Panel

John is a former Director of Pets at Home. Having retired from the commercial sector, John is now actively involved in a number of charities.

John’s focus on strategic, financial and operational planning, has supported the Foundation in developing a sound, future business plan.

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“It is very rewarding to be involved in making visible and significant improvements for local people and their communities”.

Martin Howlett


Martin has had 25 years experience in education and 7 years as a Secondary Headteacher working in challenging secondary schools. Since leaving headship, Martin has successfully built up a Leadership Coaching and Mentoring business that operated in the United States. He currently works for the Youth Federation as an Operations Director and Designated Safeguarding Officer and also works for Achievement for All as an Achievement Coach.

Martin has been a National Trainer for Early Support and Parental/Carer Engagement Strategies. Martin has worked internationally with the Parent/Carer Engagement strategy by supporting the New York City Parental Engagement development. Martin supported theDfE in the role out of the 2014 Children and Families Act.  As an Achievement Coach, Martin is responsible for coaching ten schools in England and Wales around the SEND progress agenda. As a founding member of two Academy chains, Martin is passionate about education and achievement of young people.

Martin also works to support the skills development in cyber security to fill the skills deficit in the NW. As a result of this work, Martin was appointed as the North West Ambassador for the Information Assurance and Advisory Council in the U.K.

Nick Mason


Founder and Director of Mason Media www.masonmedia.co.uk, a Cheshire based PR and Marketing company. Previously Nick was a News Editor and Northern News Editor of the Daily Mail in London and Manchester. Nick works closely with clients from professional services, recruitment, manufacturing, food and drink, retail and charity sectors; helping them to develop and implement dynamic and results-driven marketing and PR strategies.

Nick is our PR and marketing advisor and generously provides us with a pro bono monthly PR service, to promote our good news stories and the impact made through the collaboration of our donors and the voluntary organisations they support.


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“The Cheshire Community Foundation is unique in Cheshire and Warrington in being able to connect social investors with the most deserving charities and causes. CCF is still relatively young and I am excited about the immense opportunities we have to have a deep-rooted social impact in the region over the coming years.”

Sarah Callander Beckett


Sarah worked in fashion and interior design before moving to the USA in 1975, where she was initially involved in the management of CAPICO before taking over as Director of Public Relations at Laura Ashley Inc.  Continuing her employment with the Ashley family, she assisted in the creation and set up of Ashley Inns, before becoming International PR Director for the Laura Ashley Group.  In 1992 she took over as Owner/Manager of the Combermere Abbey Estate and, with her family, commenced a 25 year award winning restoration programme, diversifying from agriculture by adding tourism, events and property development to their portfolio.  Sarah was High Sheriff of Cheshire from 2017 – 2018 and continues to be actively involved in promoting tourism and rural enterprises, both at a county and national level.