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email: lucy.wcf@comfirst.org.uk

About Us

What is Worcestershire Community Foundation?

We are an independent charity and the Community Foundation for Worcestershire. We are part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

Formed in 2003, we work to link donor funds - from individuals, families, trusts, companies and government - to Worcestershire’s diverse network of local groups. This enables us to target the money where it will make the most impact, and we use every pound raised efficiently to meet local needs.

We know Worcestershire, and have built our expertise in local issues because we believe in supporting projects designed by local people, to address issues that directly affect them. Getting the community involved right from the start means that initiatives are more likely to work, be sustainable and change lives longer term. 

We can offer flexible services to individuals or organisations wishing to set up charitable funds specifically to reach causes that most matter to them personally. We also distribute national funds such as Comic Relief and the #iwill fund (formerly Youth Social Action fund).

For further information on giving money to support Worcestershire's communities and causes, please contact:
Lucy Wells (Development Director)
07909 111812

Charity number 1102266   Company number 4809926

About the Community Foundation Network

The Community Foundation network, which comprises 46 local charitable foundations, is the UK’s leading body in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving to a diverse range of causes nationwide.

Our member organisations exist to connect those with resources with dynamic local organisations whose capacity to change lives for the better is only inhibited by a lack of money. Together, we distributed over £71 million in grants in 2016 to grassroots organisations across the UK, impacting on the lives of nearly 5 million people.

The Community Foundation network is results-orientated, using our local expertise to ensure that the money invested by over 12,500 corporate, individual and public donors, as well as more than £220 million in endowments, makes a lasting difference to all parts of the UK.


Nick Wentworth-Stanley, Chair
Nick had a career in the City of London with a particular focus within the insurance industry. More recently he has been helping early stage businesses develop to their full potential. He was High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 2013/14 and is founder of a charity tackling the problem of suicide in the UK particularly amongst young men.
" Helping each other, particularly those less fortunate, is a natural desire of thousands of people and organisations within our county. I am delighted to be involved in our Community Foundation as there is no better platform on which we can bring together all that help and support to improve the lives of many within Worcestershire."

Tamar Thompson, Vice-Chair & Grants Panel Chair
Tamar began her working life as a nurse and progressed up the ranks to become a Ward Sister before moving into a career managing healthcare, eventually becoming a Chief Executive. She has also worked at a national level including a role on the Prime Minister’s Commission into Nursing and Midwifery. In 2009 her contribution to Health was recognised by the award of an OBE.
“ I became a Trustee as I believe strongly that we can make a real contribution to our communities locally, now and in the future.”

Jeremy Clarke-Morris, Treasurer
Jeremy is Partner and Head of Taxation Services at Kendal Wadley LLP. He works with a varied client base across the county ranging from multi-national businesses to individual clients. His accounting and tax expertise brings valuable insights to the Board as he brings a critical analysis to our mission to deliver the most cost efficient philanthropy solutions.
“As a father of two young girls I want to play my part in making Worcestershire a great place for them to live and I know the Community Foundation can help to make this happen.”

Roger Britton
Roger leads on quality and governance matters. He has a background in teaching, training, human resources and organisational development including work on national initiatives on public service efficiency and effectiveness. He currently divides his time between running a consultancy and involvement in voluntary sector work including running a job club.
“I am determined to do my part to make sure that the Community Foundation delivers a lasting legacy for those people in Worcestershire who are in greatest need.”

David Shaw
David has recently retired from the post of West Mercia Chief Constable. In this role he led West Mercia through a period of substantial financial constraint, was one of the architects of a unique Strategic Alliance with Warwickshire police and worked in other regional and national roles. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in June 2016. Since retiring he has undertaken diverse consultancy roles. He is a Trustee of a care farm as well as enjoying mountain biking, triathlons and supporting Worcester Warriors. He is married with three children
“I want to use the abilities I have developed in my life to improve the lives and opportunities of those across Worcestershire who are most in need.”

Rob Sykes
Rob's career was primarily in local government and he spent the 10 years to 2007 as chief executive of Worcestershire County Council .Since then he has been non executive director in the public and private sectors, chaired a health board, developed leadership programmes at Worcester university and worked as an executive coach. He remains a non executive director at The National Audit Office
“I believe that we can use the Community Foundation to deliver big differences in the lives of people across the county and I am committed to leading an organisation that will make this happen in the most effective and efficient way possible.”

Mark Yates
Mark recently completed a full career in the fire and rescue service which latterly included 6 years as the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of Hereford & Worcester Fire Service. During his fire service career he also worked extensively at a national level on a number of matters including organisational peer reviews, health and safety and performance improvement. Mark has worked in three different regions of England but with a young daughter now in a local school he has put his roots firmly down in Worcestershire. He now mixes voluntary work with leadership consultancy and Chairing a local NHS Board.
“I’m delighted to be able to assist in improving Worcestershire’s lot through being part of the WCF as I feel strongly that our local area has a huge amount to offer and should rightly be regarded as a fantastic place to live and work."

Our President

President Lord Lieutenant Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft

We are delighted to announce that the President of Worcestershire Community Foundation is HM Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Col Patrick R Holcroft, who is carrying on the fantastic work of the late Michael Brinton. Lt. Col. Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, is also Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire. 
Patrick served in the Grenadier Guards, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, before pursuing a career in the City of London.
His other charitable commitments include being a trustee of the Nuffield Trust; the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; the Lloyd's Patriotic Fund; and the Hedley Foundation.
Patrick was brought up in Worcestershire and lives with his wife Annie near Tenbury Wells. 

Our Patrons


Our Supporters

Worcestershire Community Foundation,
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Chequers Close, Enigma Business Park, Malvern, WR14 1GP