Our Team

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.”

Carole Royle

Business Coordinator

Carole previously provided administrative support to international organisations. Carole works full-time for the Foundation, managing all aspects of team administration, including office management, finance, grant-making support and governance duties.

Carole is very much the glue that holds the team together, bringing with her a great sense of humour and ready smile!

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“I am Cheshire born and bred and it is very important to me to put something back into the community. This role allows me to do that.”

Angela Richardson

Grants Director

2017 will be Ange’s 20th year in grant making (she started young!).  Ange has worked for four major funders –  Big Lottery Fund, The Housing Corporation, North West Development Agency and BBC Children in Need (as well as two years as a Fundraising Manager for Deafness Support Network).

Ange manages the grant making process end-to-end – enabling charitable organisations to access funding through our range of grant making programmes. It is sadly not always possible to fund all projects – but Ange always strives to provide constructive and helpful feedback to all applicants.

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“I find it both moving and inspirational to go out on a grant monitoring visit, read a case study or see photos and films of funded projects and to learn about the positive impact these projects have on people’s lives.”

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”.

Diane Brown


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 Money and Marks & Spencer PLC. Diane has a commercial understanding of business & people-related issues working as a key member of Executive teams in the UK, Europe & North America. She introduced, Leadership, Talent & Performance Management frameworks across these regions as well as driving transformational change & continuous improvement.

Appointed in 2009 Diane is a Non-Executive Director & Senior Independent Director at Salford Royal Foundation Trust & sits on the Group Board covering 5 Care Organisations across the NW.

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

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

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.”