Our Team

Susie Roberts

Fund Development Manager

Having spent the last 25 years in a variety of marketing communications and business development roles, spanning a range of sectors including property, higher education and hospitality, Susie joined the charity in May 2019.


She now helps to raise awareness of the Foundation’s goals and achievements throughout Cheshire’s business community, whilst supporting organisations wishing to streamline their CSR and philanthropic policies to achieve maximum impact by connecting with the most effective grass-roots charities and not-for-profit organisations in the region.

David Briggs MBE, KStJ, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire


Along with his Lord Lieutenant duties and charity work, David is involved in a range of businesses that include confectionery: www.maxilin.com and music: www.dawsons.co.uk.

David is our President and plays a pivotal role in Cheshire Community Foundation’s fundraising initiatives, supporting the organisation by making valuable connections with businesses and organisations in the voluntary sector, who are well placed to work with us to make a real difference in our local community.

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“I’m keen to act as a bridge between the commercial and professional world and the voluntary sector, helping Cheshire charities in any way that I can”.

Howard Platt DL


Howard is chairman of Locker Group,  Warrington’s last surviving wire products company, as well as Chair of Trustees of the Challenge Academy Trust (TCAT) an innovative and fast-growing group, currently consisting of 12 Warrington schools responsible for educating over 7,000 pupils, employing 1,000 staff with an annual budget of over £40M. He is also a panel member of the North West Business Angels and is a past member of the Warrington Skills Commission.

Howard and his wife Wendy financed the construction of Lymm Heritage Centre to provide a permanent facility focused on celebrating the village’s unique history with particular emphasis on transport.

Howard and Wendy open their gardens at Laskey Farm each year for charity under the National Garden Scheme (NGS).


Diane Brown

Chair of Grants Panels and Trustee

Diane brings over 30 years’ experience as HR Director, Talent Director & Global Business Partner to CCF as a Trustee. She has worked in FTSE 100 companies such as AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, M&S Bank and Marks & Spencer PLC. Diane has a commercial understanding of business and people-related issues. She led global teams of staff and was a key member of Executive Boards in the UK, Europe and North America. She worked on numerous Business Projects and introduced, Leadership, Talent and Performance Management frameworks across all regions as well as driving transformational change and continuous improvement. She is recognised for her leadership with high standards of delivery and Best Practice knowledge.

Diane spent 10 years as  a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and amongst many innovative changes input into the formation of one of the first GROUPS in the country now the Northern Care Alliance  covering 5 Care Organisations across the NW. (budget 1 billion & 17000 staff). She is now Chair of the Organ Donation & Bereavement Committee at SRFT.

Diane is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She mentors leaders in the Arts, NHS, small businesses and charities


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I am proud to be associated with CCF and its donors who give support to such a huge variety of projects impacting in a positive way the most vulnerable in our own locality.

Jeannie France-Hayhurst


Jeannie is a Barrister who specialised in Family Law, practising for four decades in the North West and North Wales, retiring a few years ago to focus on health, education and community organisations. She is known for her willingness to ask searching questions , assemble a persuasive argument and effective presentation.

She is a Consultant with The Confidence Clinic and continues to train and coach in personal presentation.

Jeannie is an active Director of the family property development companies.

She chaired the Governing Council of Moreton Hall School until 2018 and now serves on Chester University’s Governing Council, chairing the HR Committee.

Having served as a Non-Executive Director at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for six years until 2019, she continues as a Trustee of the Hospital’s Charity and is a former Trustee of Relate.

As an organiser of the Sandstone Ridge Festival, she is involved in promoting art, literature and music in South Cheshire.

Jeanie sings with Decibellas, the community choir and is a keen gardener, active in fundraising through the National Garden Scheme.

She lives in Bunbury with her husband James : they have four children and eight grandchildren, a couple of affectionate spaniels and an ancient but vigorous mouse-catching cat.

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.