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Trustees
Our trustees provide expertise, experience and balance and underpin our decision making function.

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

David Briggs MBE, KStJ, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire
President

Along with his duties as Lord Lieutenant, David is involved with a number of Cheshire charities

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.

Howard Platt DL
Chair

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).

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.

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.

Jeannie France-Hayhurst
Trustee

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
Trustee

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.

Sean Humphreys
Trustee

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.

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.

Nick Mason
Trustee

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.

Andrew Butters
Trustee and Treasurer

Andrew joined CCF as Treasurer in November 2019. He has more than 40 years’ experience in financial and general management roles at Board level in the private and public sectors.

Andrew’s recent roles have been on NHS Boards as, variously, chief executive, director of finance and director of strategy. Working with various charities during his professional career has given him an understanding of the importance of charities, such as CCF, in helping deliver health and well-being services. Prior to this he worked in financial roles for several Plcs, including Balfour Beatty and Lucas Industries. Andrew has also served as Treasurer on the Fintry Trust CIO for over 20 years.

He brings wide experience to CCF and is keen to contribute to the work and growth of the charity.

Terry Inns
Trustee

Terry is a senior leader within a global engineering and project delivery company. His experience has covered a wide range of business functions where he has always put customers and customer relationships at the heart of his role.

Over the past five years Terry has been instrumental in establishing Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace, ensuring that everyone is treated fairly with a particular focus, in more recent years, around mental health.

Terry’s introduction to CCF came as a result of him establishing a CSR strategy within his business. He quickly recognised the value that CCF brings, and enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the Young Minds Matter Programme as a member of the grants panel.