Our Team

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.”

Norman Banner


Norman is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire and a consultant solicitor for FDR Law www.fdrlaw.co.uk based in Warrington. Norman is also the Chair of St Rocco’s Hospice in Warrington.

Norman is our Company Secretary and legal specialist and works with the team to ensure the organisation maintains and builds upon its quality accreditation credentials. Norman has also helped manage the transfer of one of our largest charitable trusts.

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“I’ve been involved in the voluntary sector for over 40 years and am committed to making a difference in the town and county in which I’ve always lived.”

Sarah Mitchell

Finance Director (Part-time)

Sarah previously worked as Finance Manager for KPMG and Astra Zeneca. Sarah is also a Trustee for Chorlton Good Neighbours.

Sarah is focussed on making sure we maintain the highest levels of operational efficiency and complete transparency of our finances.

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“Working at Cheshire Community Foundation allows me to use my finance ability to enable this fantastic charity to support community groups across the region, which is very satisfying.”

Rob Barrow DL


Rob is a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire and retired founder of a FTSE250 Internet software company, and previously a non-executive Director of a number of software companies and public city-based investment trusts.

Rob is a Patron of the National Trust, Chairman of East Cheshire Hospice and Founder of Congleton4Congleton.

Rob brings his valuable business experience to the charity world, encouraging the Foundation to think and act like a business.

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“I believe strongly in the concept of local philanthropic giving, by utilising Community Foundations to direct the funds to the most needy.”

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.”