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Nicola Birch-Wilson

Nicola Birch-Wilson

Programme co-ordinator

Nicola has a key role in assessing proposals and plans from Big Local areas and supporting delivery.

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Lisa-Marie Giquel

Lisa-Marie Giquel

Research and office administrator

​Lisa-Marie provides administrative support for our evaluation and research team.

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Jayne Humm

Jayne Humm

Head of research and learning

Jayne manages our national research and evaluation and our strategic learning partners.

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Nicola Hutcheson

Nicola Hutcheson

Head of finance and resources

Nicola manages Local Trust's finances, including the Big Local Trust expendable endowment from the Big Lottery Fund.

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Wendy Joynes

Wendy Joynes

Office administrator and personal assistant to the chief executive

​Wendy ensures things run smoothly for staff and the board.

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Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan

Senior finance administrator

Karen provides financial administration support including processing invoices and ensuring payments are made.

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Matt Leach

Matt Leach

Chief executive

Matt has overall responsibility for Local Trust.

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Rachel Rowney

Rachel Rowney

Head of programme delivery

Rachel takes responsibility for the Big Local programme, focusing on effective development and delivery of the programme.

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Zoe Sykiotis

Zoe Sykiotis

Programme co-ordinator

Zoe has a key role in assessing proposals and plans from Big Local areas and supporting delivery.

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Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts

Communications co-ordinator

Rachel delivers internal and external communications for Local Trust.

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Jessica Wenban-Smith

Jessica Wenban-Smith

Head of communications

Jessica oversees Local Trust's communications.

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Jeremy Yung

Jeremy Yung

Research and learning co-ordinator

Jeremy works on evaluation of the Big Local programme.

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