Our staff


Talitha Nelson

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Grants Manager

Sarah Sharma

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Finance Manager

Sarah Crispin

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Our President

Dame Janet Trotter OBE DBE CVO

Janet Trotter was born in Kent where she was educated and, after training, taught for eight years. She is a frequent visitor to Canterbury, and has a property at Stelling Minnis. Janet retired as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Gloucestershire in 2006.

She has served on the Higher Education Funding Council for England and on the Teacher Training Agency and was a Senior Inspector of Theological Colleges and Courses.  Janet was also involved in the NHS in various non-executive capacities and was Chair of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 2002 until 2010.

As well as being President of the Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Dame Janet is also involved in Carers Gloucestershire and Age UK Gloucestershire, and is Chair of Trustees at The Nelson Trust.

Dame Janet was awarded an OBE in 1991 and a DBE in 2001 and was Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire from 2006 - 2018.

Vice Presidents

Mrs Anne Cadbury OBE JP DL

Maurice Gran

Dr Roger Head DL 

Stephen R Hitchins

Tania Hitchins

Robert Jones

Peter Stoddart

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees oversee the work of Gloucestershire Community Foundation. With a wide range of skills and backgrounds, they each have different areas of responsibility and ensure that we meet our strategic goals and charity objectives.

James Tabor QC : Chair of Trustees 

Jamie was appointed QC in 1995, Circuit Judge in 2003, and has recently retired as the Resident Judge of Gloucester following 15 years in charge of the Gloucestershire Crown Court.

He has a specific interest in the development of young people, especially those who come from underprivileged backgrounds.

He is Patron of the Stroud Court community (a home for autistic adults), Governor of Gloucester Academy, trustee of the Nelson Trust, member of the Grocer's Company and a member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.  

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Helen Lovatt

High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 2020 - 2021

Vice Chair - Jonathan Dunley
Jonathan is the Group Finance Director and Company Secretary at Robert Hitchins Limited.  He brings considerable experience of finance, property and employment issues to the board.

Tracy Clark

Tracy is CEO of Young Gloucestershire (YG) and Infobuzz (IB), two local charities seeking to help people realise their potential and overcome challenges they are facing in their lives.  Tracy is a JNC qualified youth worker with MBA and CIPFA qualifications.  She has been in Gloucestershire for 8 years, moving from the north to work for YG.  When not at work Tracey is keen to be in the outdoors, running, kayaking or surfing.

Christine Ellson

Christine has many years' experience of working for several grant making organisations and as a trustee of a number of service charities, as well as appointments as a school governor and Board member of the former Gloucestershire Probation Trust.  She hopes her knowledge and experience will add value to the work of the Community Foundation.

Norman Gardner
Norman is an internationally experience Finance Director who following early retirement in 2010 retrained as a voluntary generalist adviser with Citizen Advice and soon after joined the staff ultimately becoming Bureau Manager of Gloucester CAB. 

Alison Robinson

Alison was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer for the Gloucestershire Association of Town and Parish Council (GAPTC) in January 2015 and has a county remit.

Previously Alison worked for Economic Development in a Local Authority in the North East of England for over a decade, managing a range of programmes funded through various funding streams. This included European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), Single Regeneration Budgets (SRB), and Housing Market Renewal funding. Prior to this, she worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) developing projects, fund raising, conducting training and building capacity and sustainability strategies. This included a spell as a grants manager with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Outside of work she likes listening to music, studying, and running; and is a 'Leader in Running Fitness', she is a member of Stroud District Athletics Club. 2020 will be another active year, as she completes a range of marathons including ’10 in 10’ where she will complete ten marathons in ten days raising funds for the Brathay Trust, which supports young people.

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Richard Stephens

Richard has senior leadership experience across the the public, private and charitable sectors accrued over a 35-year career.  With his first career being in the military, Richard then investigated war crimes and helped to establish a law firm before moving into financial services.  With the family firmly establised now in Gloucestershire, Richard is keen to make a positive contribution to the county for this and future generations.

Martin Surl
Martin was elected Gloucestershire's first Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012. Through the Commissioner's Fund, which he introduced, the Fund has helped fund 129 local organisations and 240 community projects which are reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in Gloucestershire.  Martin is on the board of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) and is Director of the Police ICT Company.  As Chief of Staff of the ACPO TAM - Terrorist and Allied Matters- Martin helped co-ordinate the UK's police counter terrorism network.