VICTORIA Hornby has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Westminster Foundation, which represents the charitable activity of The Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses.
Victoria has worked in the charitable sector for 25 years, both in foundations and operational charities including the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and more recently The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Victoria is currently CEO for Mental Health Innovations (MHI) which is a product of The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together campaign, a position she has held since 2017. She is also Chair of the Bridges Impact Foundation, a Director of Social Finance and an advisor for the Charles Dunstone Charitable Trust.
The appointment comes after the Westminster Foundation recently completed a major strategic review of its operations in 2019. Led by The Duke of Westminster, the Foundation’s new grant-giving programme focusses on creating opportunities for children, young people and their families, so they can build the resilience and skills to lead happy and healthy lives. Through creating these opportunities, the Foundation aims to tackle the causes and impact of inter-generational inequality.
Victoria Hornby said:
“I’m thrilled to be joining the board at such an exciting time for the Westminster Foundation. I share the Foundation’s belief that where there are cycles of disadvantage, they can only truly be mitigated by taking a long-term preventative outlook and by providing support for children in the early years of their lives. I’m excited to be joining the team as the Foundation starts this new phase of work.”
The Duke of Westminster, Chair of the Westminster Foundation said:
“We’re delighted to have Victoria join us. She brings a wealth of relevant experience both in terms of working with programmes that support children and young people, and partnership building. We know we can’t tackle these issues alone, which is why we are also looking to collaborate with other organisations as much as deliver our own grant-making programme. Victoria will provide valuable insight for both of these elements of our work.”
Since the onset of COVID-19, the Westminster Foundation has sought to help families and the most vulnerable in society manage the impact of the pandemic. The Duke of Westminster has made a total of £12.5m of funding available through the Westminster Foundation for response and recovery support. An initial donation of £2.5m was made available in March, primarily granted to charities providing essential food distribution, especially to vulnerable families struggling to feed their children who would normally receive free school meals.
A further £10m was then announced in April to support NHS Charities Together, medical research and development, and organisations playing a vital role in supporting vulnerable individuals or families who may struggle with the long-term impact of the epidemic. These donations are in addition to the multi-million-pound support that the Grosvenor Estate has given to business and families in both urban and rural communities.