Monday, 26 February 2024
Monday, 26 February 2024

Six New Trustees Appointed at UK Community Foundations

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has appointed six new independent Trustees to its board. Daniel Anjorin, Gill Bull, Helen McEachern, Anushka Nagpal, Kayathiri Supramaniam and Edge Watchorn will bring fresh thinking and new perspectives, having worked across a broad range of sectors. 

UKCF selected the Trustees following recommendations from a recruitment agency, Green Park and from Getting on Board, an organisation that helps find the best possible volunteers to serve on charity boards.

Daniel’s background is in Digital Transformation & Change Management, with previous and current roles as a management consultant and in-house software consultant, respectively. He is also an alumni ambassador for The Amos Bursary – a charity in support of educational access for young British people of African and Caribbean descent – where he supports the learning and development team as well as recruitment of new students onto the scholarship programme.

Having grown up in the Borough of Newham in East London, Daniel has a deep understanding of the spectrum of challenges faced by under-represented communities within inner-city London.

Daniel Anjorin said:

“I’m pleased to have taken up my Trustee position at UKCF as whilst my time with the board, and staff members has been brief, I’ve already experienced a desire for positive impact. Currently, my predominant focus is looking at how best to both engage young trustees across the network and inspire potential young trustees to understand the value they can provide.”

Gill has worked in the public sector for over 25 years overseeing strategy and change, customer services and stakeholder engagement. Previously, she was Director of Freedom of Information at the Information Commissioner’s Office and Director of Strategy and Insight at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. 

Earlier in her career, she worked at the London Borough of Sutton, leading the council’s engagement with the voluntary and third sector, community engagement and customer services. Gill now works freelance and is a qualified coach, working across the voluntary, public and private sectors. 

Gill Bull said:

“This is a challenging time for many organisations in the voluntary and community sector, but I know that UKCF is focused on supporting community foundations to be the very best they can so they, in turn, can contribute to creating sustainable communities. I am delighted to be joining an organisation that has ambitious plans for the future, and I am looking forward to supporting it in its mission to be firmly rooted as the national voice for local communities.”

Helen has over 20 years of experience in international NGOs. She was born and raised in Australia, where, after a career in commercial marketing, her values pushed her from volunteering in the charity sector to working in it full time from her mid-20s. 

She has held senior leadership positions at Greenpeace Australia and UK, and at ActionAid International and ActionAid UK at director level in fundraising and communication. Helen was appointed Chief Executive of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2017. She first became a Trustee in 2002 and has served in charities and membership organisations, as well as the education sector.

Helen McEachern said:

“I’m thrilled to join the Board of UKCF. To be a part of a movement of organisations that has national reach, but also provides transformative local solutions to our communities deepest issues, as we recover from this devastating pandemic, is incredibly exciting.”

Anushka has over 11 years of experience leading strategy and transformation engagements in the corporate and public sectors. Her previous roles include working as a management consultant specialising in data analytics, digital product/services strategy, operating model and implementing agile approaches to delivery. She gained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the London School of Economics (LSE) and later joined the Civil Service, working across a wide range of government departments, including the Cabinet Office, advising on the digital transformation agenda.

She is passionate about supporting young girls and women in accessing equal economic opportunities and fostering gender equality in the workplace.

Anushka Nagpal said:

“I am passionate about supporting grassroots projects which can create significant impact at the heart of our communities. Joining the Board as a Trustee gives me a valuable opportunity to leverage my skills & experience, especially in digital-led transformation, to serve the sector at a time of pandemic when there is a pressing need for local communities to show great agility in adapting to fast-changing needs and rethinking traditional delivery models using innovative methods.”

Kayathiri has been working in the corporate responsibility sector for over ten years – both in the private and charity sector.

She is passionate about business playing a positive role in tackling social inequalities and about stakeholders coming together to make communities thrive. In her current role at Business in the Community, she leads the London and East of England Leadership Boards to enable positive change in their respective regions. 

Kayathiri Supramaniam said:

“I believe equity is a must, not an option. UKCF provides an exciting opportunity for everyone, from every community, to have a voice at the table; In becoming a Trustee, I am proud to have the opportunity to bring more diverse thinking into the future direction of UKCF.”

Edge has a deep-rooted passion for civil society. She serves as a Magistrate on the North Essex bench and is Chair of Young Citizens, a national education charity that seeks to develop young people as active citizens in their communities. 

She has held a range of public sector roles spanning democratic engagement, education, strategy, research and organisational change. Most recently, she was Managing Director, Participation at the UK Parliament, where she led an ambitious strategy to increase the reach and impact of Parliament’s public-facing work. 

Edge Watchorn said:

“This is an incredibly exciting time to join UK Community Foundations, and I’m thrilled to be working alongside such talented, passionate colleagues to help deliver maximum impact for communities around the UK.”

Six New Trustees Appointed at UK Community Foundations
Andrew Tuggey, UKCF Chair

Andrew Tuggey, UKCF Chair, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome six new members onto our Board of Trustees. We look forward to welcoming fresh thinking and new perspectives from various sectors, which will help us continue delivering for UKCF, the network, and our communities. Having such a diverse Board of Trustees at UKCF is exciting for all of us – trustee colleagues, the new UKCF team and the whole network.”

Rosemary Macdonald, UKCF CEO, said:

“This is an important move to help us continue putting equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do. I am excited to see these six individuals bring new skills and a wide range of expertise to our board, providing members and our communities with the tools to deliver impactful grantmaking across the UK.”


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