Leeds Community Foundation welcomes new trustees

Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), a charity dedicated to bringing about change in local communities, has appointed four new trustees to complement its existing highly committed Board.

The new appointments will enhance the range of skills available to LCF and encourage further private investment to help change the lives of local people.  

The new trustees are Nick Lane Fox, owner of Bramham Park and Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire; Nathan Lane, Director of Campfire PR; Roohi Collins, legal consultant and ex-Partner at DAC Beachcroft; and Mike Jackson, Partner at BHP Chartered Accountants, who will take on the role of treasurer for the Foundation.  

As philanthropy advisors, the Foundation’s role is to connect individuals and organisations who wish to invest in a better future for our city with local community groups who make a real difference in Leeds. During the past decade, LCF has distributed more than £25m in grants to over 3,500 community projects that are tackling the city’s most significant issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, social isolation, mental health and getting more young people into work.    

LCF aims to reach a fundraising target of £1million in this financial year to enable more grants to be distributed to the communities who need it most.  

Announcing the appointments, Martin Allison, Chairman of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “2015 marks 10 years since LCF gave out our first grant and we are now more ambitious than ever about making a real and lasting difference to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities.  

Last year LCF received nearly twice as many applications as it could actually fund, so we are committed to raising more private investment to address areas of need across the city and support local community projects.  

We are delighted to welcome to our Board four new, highly experienced trustees from wide-ranging backgrounds, who share our passion for Leeds and who can help bring new ideas, contacts and energy to our plans.”