Our staff


Talitha Nelson

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Grants Manager

Sarah Sharma

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Finance Manager

Sarah Crispin

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Projects Officer

Laurie Davies

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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.  

Helen Lovatt

Born in New Zealand, Helen moved to Gloucestershire as a teenager. After completeing her Law degree, on qualifying as a Solicitor, she returned to practice in Gloucestershire.

Helen juggled her career as a corporate finance lawyer with family life, as well as a commitment to the voluntary sector and raising money for local charities. Also taking on governance roles at her children’s schools and at Gloucestershire College.

Since escaping from the law in 2010, she has carried out a range of business consultancy roles and devoted more time to the voluntary sector. She was a trustee of Gloucestershire Community Foundation for eight years and was Warden of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire until April 2020.

Helen is delighted to return to the GCF board for 2020-2021, in her role as High Sheriff.

Her theme for her year as High Sheriff is ACES (adverse childhood experiences) which resonates with the grant making by the High Sheriff’s Fund, managed by GCF.

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. 

Richard Waite

Richard has worked as an engineer, a management consultant and as the Managing Director and Chairman of a number of computer software companies and has a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors. He is also an expert on recycling.

Richard’s philanthropic interests include: supporting young people’s mental health, LGBT issues, helping disadvantaged young people generally and alleviating homelessness.

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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 established now in Gloucestershire, Richard is keen to make a positive contribution to the county for this and future generations.

Richard Ingle

Richard became Chief Finance Officer of the sustainable bank Triodos Bank UK Ltd in May 2019, having joined the business in April 2018 as Head of Finance. He was previously Head of Financial Management for the Banking and Commercial Property divisions of Nationwide Building Society and subsequently led the finance team for the unsecured lending business of Bank of Ireland UK.  Before moving into Financial Services, Richard held a number of senior finance roles in the energy industry, in the UK and Germany. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds a joint US and European MBA and also an Economics degree.

In his leadership role for a sustainable bank Richard leverages his experience in financial and treasury management, strategy development and governance to support Triodos’s mission to help create a society that protects and promotes quality of life and human dignity for all.  Richard brings this experience and desire to help others into his active contribution as a trustee of GCF.