Our Team

Heather Cunningham

Trustee and Treasurer

Heather is Managing Partner of Harold Sharp www.haroldsharp.co.uk and specialises in advising family companies and high net-worth individuals on tax, wealth management, estate and investment planning and has advised a number of our clients on the tax benefits of charitable giving.

Heather takes a hands on approach in her role as Treasurer and works with the team to constantly improve on the efficiency of our financial management, helping us work towards a position of sustainability which underpins our future success.

Harold Sharp has generously given regular advice and support to the Foundation on a pro bono basis and has introduced a number of their clients to the Foundation who have since become donors.

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“It’s important to start with your local community and see the impact your philanthropy can make.”

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.

Sean Humphreys


Sean is a Director at Lloyds Banking Group responsible for helping customers in financial difficulty across the Group.  Lloyds acquired MBNA where Sean was the Chief Operations Officer, Member of the MBNA Executive Committee and Board Member where he worked for 25 years in a wide variety of leadership roles at Director Level,


Sean is the Chair of the MBNA Foundation as well as voluntary roles as Non Exec Board Member of Cheshire FA. Sean was inspired by the work of Cheshire Community Foundation working closely with MBNA on a number of initiatives as well as participating on the Young Minds Matter Grants Panel. He brings with him a wealth of leadership experience both commercially and in the Charity Sector through his work as the Chair of the MBNA Foundation.

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.”