UK Community Foundations (UKCF) has appointed Jon Everett as Director of Business Growth and External Affairs, Rachel Hicks as Head of Marketing and Communications and Damilola Bamidele as its Head of Programmes. They join UKCF permanently following previous roles in the third sector.
Jon joined the charity sector last year volunteering for RE: ACT the disaster response charity. Seconded to the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP), he was the Stakeholder Engagement Lead for the VCSEP Covid 19 response. Jon also serves as a mentor for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and is due to join Support Staffordshire as a Trustee in March.
Previously employment included 18 years of international military service and an attachment with the Foreign Office. He also led a consultancy company in the Middle East and held appointments as Managing Director and President for manufacturing companies in the UK. A graduate of the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College, Jon holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and an MA in International Relations from Deakin University, Australia.
Rachel’s career has been spent in marketing roles for not-for-profit organisations, mostly helping educational institutions to achieve their marketing and communications goals, both in-house and most recently as a consultant for RSAcademics Ltd. Rachel is also a Trustee of York Centre for Voluntary Services and Heworth Moor House Trust.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a MSc graduate in Charity Marketing and Fundraising; Rachel’s experience has given her a deep understanding of how to communicate UKCF’s key brand messages and demonstrate the impact of community foundations to external audiences, raising UKCF’s profile and ensuring its messages are heard.
Damilola joins UKCF with 14+ years’ national and international experience devising and leading projects within the education, manufacturing and not for profit sectors. She is experienced in managing both large and small-scale grants programmes to achieve social impact across the UK.
Prior to joining UKCF, Damilola worked as a Youth Endowment Fund Programme Manager for Social Investment Business, an organisation that provides loans, grants, and strategic support to charities and social enterprises. Damilola also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investments at Cass Business School and is a school governor and the PCC Secretary at her local church.
Jon Everett, UKCF Director of Business Growth and External Affairs, said:
“I am delighted to have joined the team at UK Community Foundations. I look forward to working with key stakeholders to support our network of community foundations in the valuable work they do for communities across the UK.”
Rachel Hicks, UKCF Head of Marketing and Communications, said:
“Having recently completed my MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising, I am delighted to have joined UKCF to share the positive and inspiring work of community foundations across the UK. I look forward to raising their profile, highlighting the difference they make in the communities they serve.”
Damilola Bamidele, UKCF Head of Programmes, said:
“I have always had a passion for helping others, so I am thrilled to continue UKCF’s creation of exciting, dynamic, and out facing delivered programmes. I look forward to seeing the social impact that these will have on small, community-based groups across the UK.”