Matt Leach
Chief executive

Matt has overall responsibility for Local Trust

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Matt Leach
Chief executive

Matt oversees the operations of Local Trust, leading the staff team and working closely with the board on strategy and governance.

Matt Leach was formerly CEO of HACT, the social housing sector’s ideas and innovation agency. Prior to joining HACT in 2011, Matt’s roles included CEO of civil society funding agency Capacitybuilders, associate director of the ResPublica think tank and director at the Housing Corporation. He has also led start up work on the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and held a range of senior roles at DCLG and the Cabinet Office.

Programmes

Jayne Entwistle
Head of Area Support

Jayne is responsible for developing and managing the strategic day to day aspects of Local Trust's support to areas

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Jayne Entwistle
Head of Area Support

Jayne has the responsibility of developing and managing the strategic and day to day aspects of Local Trust’s support offer to areas primarily through our network of Big Local reps, alongside external delivery partners and peers within Local Trust.

Prior to joining us, Jayne spent 6 years working within the Social Housing sector, most recently in the role of Head of Social Investment for a large North West based provider with a portfolio including community development, employability, anti-poverty strategies and broader social inclusion. Jayne has also held senior positions within the not for profit and statutory sectors including a range of targeted and universal services for adults and young people, along with managing key regeneration projects namely Surestart Children’s Centres and the Neighbourhood Nursery Programme.

Chris Falconer
Head of Programme Delivery

Chris leads on strategic and day-to-day aspects of Local Trust’s programmes

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Chris Falconer
Head of Programme Delivery

Chris works in the Programmes team leading on strategic and day-to-day aspects of Local Trust’s programmes including Big Local and Creative Civic Change.

Previously, he spent 10 years at the Heritage Lottery Fund in a variety of roles across operations and strategy departments working on projects from community history to national museum redevelopments. He was latterly responsible for managing UK programmes focused on nature conservation and new models of finance and governance for historic assets.

Chris graduated from University of Leeds, specialising in the American civil rights movement. He is a Clore Social Leader and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Adam Smith
Programme Manager

Adam manages the learning & networking programme, and supports Big Local areas in delivering their plans

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Adam Smith
Programme Manager

Adam works in the Programmes team, managing the learning & networking, training and mediation support to Big Local areas. He also supports the management of the rep programme. Adam comes to us from the international development and humanitarian sector, having worked for the Department for International Development and a range of international NGOs in programme management and technical support roles. From overseeing community development work in Africa, Asia and the Middle East since 2008, and an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London, Adam moved to the UK charity sector in early 2018.

Stephanie McKinley
Programme Manager

Stephanie manages the Community Leadership Academy

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Stephanie McKinley
Programme Manager

Stephanie has been involved in leading a number of community leadership programmes including working for Smart Energy GB to communicate to disadvantaged communities about smart meters; as well as leading a team to develop people with lived experience of mental health problems to campaign locally as part of the national anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change. She has also worked for the South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, delivering the programme Changing Minds to improve the experience of care for people using adult NHS mental health services.

Stephanie is passionate about developing people as leaders who aren’t often heard, to challenge the status quo and enable change.

Fiona Cowley
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

Fiona has a key role in supporting Big Local areas in delivering their plans

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Fiona Cowley
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

Fiona works alongside Adam in the Programmes team, coordinating aspects of Local Trust’s support offer to areas primarily through our network of Big Local Reps, and the programme of learning and networking events and activities.

Prior to joining Local Trust Fiona worked at Groundwork in Cheshire, where she managed a range of community development, regeneration and heritage focussed programmes. Before that Fiona worked for Arts Council England in the North East.

Zoe Sykiotis
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

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

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Zoe Sykiotis
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

Zoe has a key role in assessing proposals and plans from Big Local areas and supporting delivery. Zoe also supports programme managers to co-ordinate and implement the practical aspects of delivery of Big Local.

Previously Zoe managed grant-making programmes with national funders such as Comic Relief and Lloyds TSB Foundation. Zoe also managed Local Involvement Networks (LINks) in London, which has become part of the Health Watch initiative. Prior to this she worked in public policy for the Australian Government.

Jo Baker
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

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

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Jo Baker
Senior Programme Co-ordinator

Jo has worked in social change as a grant manager, researcher and writer. She most recently launched a funding programme at Comic Relief with the British government for UK charities working on violence against women, and managed grants to human rights organisations for the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

As a consultant she worked for a range of organisations including UN Women, the Thailand Institute for Justice and the Danish Institute Against Torture, and has worked to improve the treatment of women in the criminal justice system. She’s visited women’s prisons around the world.

Jo spent three years with the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong supporting the campaigns of communities across Asia for fair treatment, and has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights Law. Prior to that she spent five years as a journalist. Jo currently works as a mentor in a London school and sings in a fabulous community choir in Peckham.

Grace Bremner
Programme Co-ordinator – Creative Civic Change

Grace is project co-ordinator for Creative Civic Change

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Grace Bremner
Programme Co-ordinator – Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change is an innovative funding programme for left behind communities delivered in partnership with Local Trust, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Creative Civic Change is supporting sixteen diverse communities across England to use creativity, arts and culture to improve their local area.

Previous to this role, Grace worked for the Architecture Design Fashion team at the British Council helping to deliver creative projects around the world. Grace is led by a passion for socially engaged creative practice with a specific focus on design, and has an MA in Design History at the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Gabriel Davies
Programme Co-ordinator

Gabriel has a key role in supporting Big Local areas in delivering their plans

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Gabriel Davies
Programme Co-ordinator

Gabriel has a key role in supporting Big Local areas in delivering their plans. This involves encouraging relationships between Big Local areas and the organisations which can help them realise their vison of making their areas a better place to live.

Before coming to Local Trust, Gabriel worked on supporter and volunteer engagement for the Green Party during the 2017 General Election Campaign. Previously Gabriel has worked for a local charity in Kerala India, which developed environmental and income generation initiatives with local community groups.

Sarah Donohoe
Learning and Networking Coordinator

Sarah supports the delivery of learning and networking activities for Big Local areas

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Sarah Donohoe
Learning and Networking Coordinator

Sarah works within the Programmes team, bringing Big Local areas together to share their experiences, network and also learn from projects through a range of activities such as thematic one day events and learning clusters.

She has worked on the Big Local programme for some time, in a similar role for the National Association for Neighbourhood Management. Previously, Sarah worked as a consultant at Shared Intelligence, a public policy consultancy.

Alice Calder
Programme Assistant / Co-ordinator

Alice supports the development and delivery of our support offer for Big Local areas

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Alice Calder
Programme Assistant / Co-ordinator

Alice works mainly on the thematic learning clusters and Big Local Connects, as well as new support partners.

Prior to working at Local Trust, Alice travelled and taught abroad after earning a degree in Political Science and Geography with a focus on communities, urbanism and planning.

Rachel Tilley
Programmes Assistant

Rachel supports the programmes team

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Rachel Tilley
Programmes Assistant

Rachel assists the programmes team with supporting Big Local areas. She joins us from Macmillan Cancer Support, where Rachel worked as part of the supporter donations team. Prior to this, and since graduating with a degree in History and Geography, Rachel spent the last few years working, traveling and volunteering abroad.

Clare Andrews
Programmes Assistant

Clare supports the programmes team

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Clare Andrews
Programmes Assistant

Clare assists the programmes team with funding administration. She also works closely with the other Programme Assistants, providing support to Big Local Areas.

Before working with the Local Trust, Clare studied Politics at University of Glasgow and completed a masters in Human Rights.

Rachel Rowney
Director of Programmes and Resources

Rachel is currently on maternity leave

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Rachel Rowney
Director of Programmes and Resources

Rachel has overall strategic responsibility for the design and successful delivery of Big Local; the effective maintenance of Local Trust’s finance, business planning and performance management functions; and the management of other resources needed to ensure Local Trust is able to deliver its business.

Previously, Rachel worked as a consultant and researcher at Shared Intelligence, where she worked on neighbourhood renewal, community engagement, and social housing projects. At the same time, she was also a programme manager for the National Association for Neighbourhood Management, where she designed and delivered learning and networking programmes. Before this, Rachel worked for Croydon Council.

Research

Jayne Humm
Head of Research and Learning

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

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Jayne Humm
Head of Research and Learning

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

Jayne develops, manages and monitors the strategic and day-to-day aspects of the Big Local programme with peers and the chief executive.

Jayne has over 20 years’ experience of working with communities and the voluntary and community sector. Previous to her role at Local Trust she worked for Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (HAVCO) – the council of voluntary service for the London borough of Haringey. At HAVCO Jayne managed a volunteer centre.

Prior to this, Jayne led on research and evaluation at the Community Development Foundation.

Lisa-Marie Giquel
Researcher/Research Assistant

​Lisa-Marie supports the research and evaluation team

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Lisa-Marie Giquel
Researcher/Research Assistant

Lisa-Marie works with the research and evaluation team, supporting them on projects as part of the evaluation of the Big Local programme.

Before joining Local Trust, Lisa-Marie was a senior team administrator at Centrepoint, a youth homelessness charity, where she supported senior housing and support managers in the delivery of accommodation services. Prior to this, she was a programme assistant at the Commonwealth Secretariat, where she helped gender advisers deliver gender equality projects across Commonwealth member countries.

Lindsay Street
Researcher/Research Assistant

Lindsay works on the evaluation of the Big Local programme

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Lindsay Street
Researcher/Research Assistant

Lindsay works in the research team and leads on projects supporting Big Local areas to better measure the change they are making. She also works on drawing learning from the Big Local programme to better demonstrate the impact it’s had.

Prior to joining Local Trust, Lindsay completed her BA at McGill University in environment and development.

Laura Fisher
Researcher

Laura works in the research and evaluation team on various projects as part of the evaluation of the Big Local programme

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Laura Fisher
Researcher

Before joining Local Trust, Laura worked at London Youth, a membership and advocacy organisation for youth organisations across London. Here, she was involved in programme evaluation and a variety of research projects, including a report on how youth organisations can support young people to feel a part of their local communities.

Alongside her previous role, Laura gained a Masters in Research at Birkbeck College, University of London, completing her studies in September 2018. Her final dissertation was written on the subject of serious youth violence and assessed the justifications and implications of policy solutions aimed at tackling the issue.

Jeremy Yung
Senior Researcher

Jeremy works on evaluation of the Big Local programme

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Jeremy Yung
Senior Researcher

Jeremy has a key role in developing suitable ways to monitor and evaluate the Big Local programme. He designs internal research and evaluation methods, including Big Local plan reviews and Big Local partnership surveys. He also draws out strategic learning and ensures that this is shared.

Prior to joining Local Trust, Jeremy worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant in South Africa. He specialised in the independent review and evaluation of corporate social investment initiatives for South African and multi-national corporations. Before that, he worked for the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Sue Ansarie
Research Assistant

​Sue supports the research team

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Sue Ansarie
Research Assistant

Sue has worked on a number of research projects related to displacement and large social change within communities, including projects on the Aylesbury estate in Elephant and Castle, HS2, and working for Just Space.

Her main interests are social research, working class identities and (dis)empowerment, council estates, housing, planning, social policy, community dynamics, migration flows, displacement and social inequality.

Lucy Terry
Researcher

Lucy is currently on maternity leave

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Lucy Terry
Researcher

Lucy works in the research team. She leads on a range of research projects to do with evaluation and learning from the Big Local programme and its impact.

Prior to joining Local Trust, Lucy has been working as a researcher for several years. Her experience includes working at the criminal justice charity Revolving Doors, where she undertook service evaluations and developed reviews of the evidence into what works for people with multiple needs. She also worked for the local government thinktank New Local Government Network, where she led in policy research projects on public health, housing and the local government workforce.

Policy

Margaret Bolton
Director of Policy

Margaret delivers Local Trust's policy programme

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Margaret Bolton
Director of Policy

Margaret has a background in policy, research, public affairs and communications. Previous posts include Lottery Communications Director at Arts Council England and Policy and Research Director at NCVO. Before her current role at Local Trust Margaret combined interim and change management contracts with consultancy work. Immediately prior to Local Trust she worked at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) leading on evaluation and learning and communications.

Rob Day
Policy Intern

Rob supports the policy team with comms

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Rob Day
Policy Intern

Rob’s role includes building support for the Community Wealth Fund amongst voluntary sector organisations as well as developing relationships with politicians from across Westminster.

Prior to joining Local Trust, Rob undertook internships for an Executive Search firm, doing research across the Arts and Non-Profit sectors, as well as a role as a Supply Chain Coordinator with Tesco. At university Rob was involved in the campaign for fossil fuel divestment as well as lobbying MPs on behalf of Greenpeace. Rob studied Human, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Partnerships

James Goodman
Director of Partnerships

James leads on Local Trust's partnerships

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James Goodman
Director of Partnerships

James is responsible for developing and delivering partnerships, collaborations and ideas that can support the long-term goals of the Big Local programme and promote a positive future for communities, through hyper-local, place-based, resident-led change.

James joined Local Trust from Forum for the Future, the international sustainability non-profit, where he was Director of Futures and Projects. He developed and led on the organisation’s use of futures tools such as scenario planning and trends analysis, and was responsible for the effective management of projects and partnerships across four international offices. He has worked on a range of issues such as energy and climate change, social enterprise, the digital economy, sustainable food and agriculture, corporate sustainability and the future of civil society.

Georgie Burr
Partnerships Co-ordinator

Georgie supports the development of Local Trust's partnerships

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Georgie Burr
Partnerships Co-ordinator

Georgie’s role involves meeting partners who may be able to offer support directly to Big Local Areas, and supporting the development of Local Trusts strategic partnerships across the public, private and voluntary sector.

Georgie comes to Local Trust from the Tech for Good sector, where she had been using her skills in human centred design to lead on projects for Civic Tech wizards mySociety, a planning tech start up and to support increased diversity in Bristol’s high-tech and digital future workforce. Prior to this, Georgie spent 8 years coordinating community engagement projects in communities in East Anglia, London and the South West, working with people locally to improve the places they lived in.

Communications

Jessie Powell
Senior Communications Officer

Jessie is responsible for developing and delivering communications at Local Trust

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Jessie Powell
Senior Communications Officer

Before joining Local Trust, Jessie managed the communications and policy for a social justice charity. She has experience in developing digital and print content, writing for different audiences and working with the media to raise the profile of different organisations and causes. Jessie has a degree in Politics and has worked within national and local government.

Natalie Chillington
Website and Communications Co-ordinator

Natalie leads on website and CRM development

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Natalie Chillington
Website and Communications Co-ordinator

Natalie is supporting the communications team, working across website and CRM development, whilst Hayley Marshall-Lewis is on maternity leave.

She has a background working in digital and communications for consumer brands and more recently not-for-profit organisations spanning human rights, higher education and equality, diversity & inclusion.

Monica Begum
Communications Intern

Monica supports the communications team

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Monica Begum
Communications Intern

Monica is helping to develop and deliver Local Trust’s communications strategy.

Prior to working at Local Trust, Monica studied Media and Communications at University of Leicester.

Hayley Marshall-Lewis
Website and Communications Co-ordinator

Hayley is currently on maternity leave

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Hayley Marshall-Lewis
Website and Communications Co-ordinator

Hayley is part of the communications team. She leads across website development and social media, as well as supporting a wide range of other comms activity like events, maintaining Local Trust’s photo archive and keeping in touch with Big Local areas.

Her last position at the Royal Society for Public Health involved working across the organisation to deliver digital projects, particularly website and CRM, alongside a range of traditional marketing activity.

Finance

Nicola Hutcheson
Head of Finance

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

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Nicola Hutcheson
Head of Finance

Nicola manages Local Trust’s finances, including the Big Local Trust expendable endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund. Nicola also supports the financial aspects of the Big Local programme, including grants, contracts and social investments.

Nicola has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, as a finance manager and as a consultant. Prior to joining Local Trust, Nicola was head of finance & resources at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts). Before that she was a senior consultant with Tank Consulting, providing business support (including business and strategic planning, financial modelling, research, evaluation and interim financial management) to a wide range of organisations, including charities and social enterprises.

Kamille Jennings
Finance Manager

Kamille helps to manage the day-to-day finances of Local Trust

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Kamille Jennings
Finance Manager

Kamille supports the head of finance and resources to manage the day-to-day finances of Local Trust. This includes the Big Local Trust expendable endowment, the grants we distribute and the social investments we make. Kamille is responsible for developing robust management accounting systems and supporting Local Trust colleagues with understanding and managing their budgets.

Kamille is a certified accountant with over 13 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, with expertise in charity governance and financial management. Prior to joining Local Trust, Kamille was Finance Manager at the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), where she was responsible for managing all aspects of finance, IT and HR. Before that Kamille was the Assistant Company Secretary at NCVO, where she was responsible for managing the charity’s governance and regulatory framework as well as supporting the Director of Planning and Resources with performance management, risk management and budgetary control.

Karen Keenan
Senior Finance Administrator

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

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Karen Keenan
Senior Finance Administrator

Karen provides financial administration support including processing invoices and ensuring payments are made. Karen also helps with the monitoring of budgets for Big Local areas and provides general administrative support to us as needed.

Previously, Karen worked at the NSPCC where one of her tasks was to provide support to senior managers and staff in her division in managing the financial processes.

Karen volunteers and is on the committee for her local ‘park run’.

Verity Soons
Office Manager and Board Secretary

Verity supports the Board of Trustees and other Committees and also oversees the running of the office

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Verity Soons
Office Manager and Board Secretary

Before joining Local Trust, Verity was a Deputy Secretary to the Board at Heritage Lottery Fund and had worked in governance support at  the National Lottery Community Fund.

Previously, Verity worked for an education charity as a project officer and executive assistant providing support in new areas of development, events and planning.