Fozia is Chief Executive at the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation and deeply committed to improving the lives of people in Bedfordshire, having spent most of her life resident in the county. Fozia has just completed a Masters in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment with distinction at Cass Business School, with a specialism in comparative approaches to addressing inequality. She has spearheaded many innovations in grantmaking and her initiatives led to her receiving an award at the national Charity Times Awards ceremony for ‘Rising Star CEO’ within the first 18 months of her post.
Fozia regularly presents nationally in the foundation sector and was the only UK foundation CEO invited to the prestigious Social Innovation Exchange Funders Node in Canada to discuss how to build social movements in the UK. Recently she was also appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Fozia is also a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations and the Funders Alliance for Race Equality, advocating for a deeper understanding of inequality and how to effectively address it through funding. Fozia was also part of the National Steering Group of the Local Trust in its research on Empowered Communities in the 2020’s, and a commissioner of the Inclusive Growth Commission in 2019. A qualified solicitor, in her spare time, Fozia is heading a project to make Scouting UK more accessible to diverse communities. email@example.com
Francesca joined the Foundation in July 2017. She has a background in both the statutory and voluntary sector having worked with Parish Councils, schools and a number of charities in the past. She has worked for a number of years in the grant sector and is passionate about supporting local community groups. She leads and coordinates a number of initiatives at the Foundation including the Small Charities Forum, as well as heading up the general grants work. In her spare time she is also a Trustee for a pre-school in the Bedford area and a keen volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust.
Dipak joined the Foundation in March 2017. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraisers, has led corporate partnerships for Luton Culture, Oxford City Council and was for over 10 years Senior Consultant and Business Development Manager for Arts & Business in East England and London. His other ‘part-time’ roles include working for Arts Council England and he runs his own arts commissioning and consultancy business. At the foundation Dipak manages a number of national funds such as BSBT and #iwill.
Hannan joined BLCF in August 2019. He graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2014 and has gained 5+ years experience in community development, project management and administration. He has lived and worked in developing communities in Colombia, Kenya, and China; and continues to actively participate in international development projects and local volunteering initiatives. He recently set up a Colombian coffee business that supports direct trade with small farming families to export speciality coffee.
Anushia joined the BLCF team in January 2020. She has a 10 year background in media planning for a number of well known travel and FMCG brands. Prior to this position she was the Marketing and Communications Manager for a local business in Harpenden. Whilst she is new to the voluntary sector, she is herself a keen volunteer, heavily involved with her local school, cubs and church community. She is eager to raise the profile of the Foundation and help deliver a strategic marketing plan.
Michele took up the post of Head of Partnerships in December 2019. Michele has over 30 years’ experience in the charity and social enterprise sector at local, national and European levels, most recently at Luton Law Centre where she was the Centre Director. As a local resident and with a wealth of experience in the voluntary sector, she is focused on managing the Community Investment Fund and developing stronger partnerships with all our key stakeholders. firstname.lastname@example.org
Breege joined the Foundation in March 2017. Formerly Chief Executive Office for Alcohol Services for the Community. Breege is an active member of the Bedfordshire and Luton community, having herself received a High Sheriff’s Award in 2015 for services to the community. Breege is passionate about fairness, equality and finding ways to support people facing personal difficulties. Breege will lead on a number of programmes for the Foundation, such as Jane Cart Trust, Luton Youth Fund and the Community Investment Fund. email@example.com
Jaqui has been advising the Foundation since June 2019. She is an FCA, having spent years as a partner in accountancy practices advising corporate entities. At the Foundation she oversees the finances, which includes fund management, reporting and accounting systems and reporting to the trustee board.