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, member of the Grocer's Company and a member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire.  Jamie is a member of our Management Committee.

Vice-Chair of Trustees : Terry Standing

Terry is a former Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire and Director of Community Safety at Gloucestershire County Council, with a wealth of experience in public sector community initiatives and an interest in working with young people to increase confidence and opportunities. He is now Director of Acuity First Ltd and is the Vice Chair of GCF and Chair of our Management Committee.

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.

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.  Norman is a member of our Management Committee.

Roger Head OBE DL

Roger stepped down as the Foundation's Chair of Trustees in September 2017, but remains a trustee.  He serves on Gloucestershire Regeneration Advisory Board and is a board member of the Three Counties Agricultural Society.  He led The Pied Piper Appeal for 10 year and is still their Chair.  He was appointed a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2007.  In 2011 Roger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in recognition of his long-standing contributions to the County of Gloucestershire for his extensive charitable works.

Mark Heywood

Mark is a member of our Management Committee. Mark is also an former High Sheriff and a qualified chartered surveyor. He is a member of the Governing Council of Gloucester Cathedral.

Helen Lovatt

Following a legal career specialising in corporate finance, Helen now supports early stage businesses.   A well-established member of the business community Helen has been a Trustee since 2011.  In 2013 Helen stepped into the interim role of Foundation Director to lead a re-structure, reverting back to a Trustee at the 2014 AGM.  Helen is a member of our Management Committee.

Charles Martell

Charles is the current High Sheriff of Gloucestershire (2018/9). 

Following an early career working in wildlife research in such far away places as the Falkland Islands and on the Yukon Delta, Charles has spent the last 45 years milking his beloved Old Gloucester Cows, developing a range of hard and soft cheeses, the best known being 'Stinking Bishop'.  In 2010 following extensive grafting and replanting of almost extinct Perry pear trees, Charles re-opened an old 17th Century distillery on his farm.

Charles has long been interested in all things Gloucestershire and as current High Sheriff and a trustee of the community foundation he will now be involved in working to improve opportunities for people within the county.

Alison Robinson
Alison is Chief Executive of Gloucester Association of Town and Parish Councils (GAPTC), a former Programme Manager with Newcastle City Council, and before that a vast experience of working in the voluntary sector including a spell as a grants manager with the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.  Alison is a member of our Management Committee.

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.