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Mel Sproston appointed as CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation

Cheshire Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Melanie Sproston as its new CEO, effective from February 1, 2024. With an impressive background in senior leadership, fundraising, and community development, Melanie brings a wealth of experience to lead our dedicated team. As an important source of funding for grassroots charities, CCF’s leadership has a strategic role in the shaping of Cheshire and Warrington’s future communities, through building partnerships to enable positive change.  

Profile Highlights

Melanie is an accomplished senior leader with a successful track record in growing organisations, having secured funding and new business exceeding £50 million in her most recent roles. As the Owner Director of InspirED Associates, Melanie established and developed a consultancy business, achieving remarkable success and rapid growth. Her expertise includes management and support, strategic planning, fundraising, and business development. Melanie is currently a Trustee and Chair of City Learning Trust, where the team has recently secured a multi-million-pound donation for a Character and Arts Foundation, showcasing her commitment to community enrichment. Melanie’s dedication to charity work is evident in her twelve-year role as Chair of Biddulph Youth and Community Zone, where she led fundraising efforts and community development initiatives. Born and residing in Cheshire, Melanie understands the diverse demographic of the county and is passionate about making a positive impact in local communities. Melanie’s career trajectory reflects a successful transition from the private sector to contribute her skills to organisations with a clear social purpose.

Excitement at Cheshire Community Foundation

The team at Cheshire Community Foundation is thrilled to welcome Melanie Sproston as our new CEO. Her exceptional leadership, strategic vision, and commitment to community development align seamlessly with our mission. Melanie’s expertise in fundraising and community engagement will undoubtedly enhance our ability to support local initiatives and make a meaningful impact.

We are delighted to welcome Melanie to Cheshire Community Foundation. Her outstanding achievements and dedication to community development make her an ideal leader for our organisation. We look forward to working together to further our mission and positively impact the lives of those in our community.

Howard Platt
Chair of Trustees

I am honoured and excited to take on the role of CEO at Cheshire Community Foundation. Leading an organisation that aligns with my passion for community development and social impact has always been a dream of mine. Cheshire holds a special place in my heart as my home, and the opportunity to contribute to its thriving communities is not just a career move but a fulfilling journey back to my roots. I look forward to working alongside the dedicated team at Cheshire Community Foundation to make a meaningful and lasting difference to our community.

Mel Sproston
CEO Cheshire Community Foundation