Who are we

The main focus of Quartet Community Foundation is to change people’s lives for the better across the West of England. We do this by enabling a wide variety of donors to fund projects that make a difference where people live and work.

Our staff aim to provide a high standard of philanthropy advice and support for organisations within the region.

Staff

Sue Turner
Chief Executive

Sue Turner, CEO of Quartet Community Foundation

Sue is responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the Community Foundation, including governance and strategic development.

Ronnie Brown
Philanthropy Director

Ronnie is a member of the senior management team. He leads the Philanthropy Team and is responsible for the strategic development of QCF’s philanthropy services relating to grant making and fund management.

Amy Clapinson
Marketing and Communications Executive

Amy is responsible for the Foundation's marketing and communications.

Sarah Crispin
Finance Manager

Sarah is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for the financial management of the organisation.

Diane Kent
Operations Manager

Di is a member of the senior management team with responsibility for QCF's offices and buildings, IT systems, Governance & HR, projects and provides executive support to the CEO and Board.

Lucy Gilbert
Philanthropy Officer

Lucy is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the Foundation’s prospect and donor management systems. Lucy manages a number of donor funds.

Tracey Hill
Finance Officer

Tracey is a member of the Finance Team and carries out day-to-day financial procedures.

Julie Newman
Philanthropy Officer

Julie is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the Foundation's grants programmes. Julie manages a number of donor funds.

Andrew O’Sullivan
Philanthropy Officer

Andy is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the Foundation's grants programmes. Andy manages a number of donor funds.

Sabita Ravi
Philanthropy Officer

Sabita is a member of our Philanthropy Team with responsibility for managing the Foundation's programme of Philanthropy events

David Triggle-Wells
Programme Manager

David is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the management of QCF's external programmes, monitoring and social needs.

Claire Wynne Hughes
Philanthropy Executive

Claire Wynne Hughes, Philanthropy Executive in B&NES

Claire is a member of our Philanthropy Team and leads the work of the Foundation in B&NES.

Trustees

Robert Bourns DL
Chair of Trustees

Senior Partner and former Managing Partner at TLT Solicitors a Bristol based, now national law firm that has held a fund with QCF for some years. Robert is an experienced advocate and employment lawyer, with particular expertise in advising partnerships (including LLPs) and the exiting of senior executives and partners, and issues concerning professional conduct.

Robert served as a Trustee and then Chair of Trustees of St Peters Hospice, is a current Trustee of Ablaze, and a founder of Friends of Room 13 (Hareclive) Ltd. He is also President of The Law Society of England & Wales for the year beginning July 2016.

Nick Baker
Trustee

With a business career of 30 years, Nick is Chairman of investment company Concertare Partners. A Trustee and Director of The Baker Trust, a Governor of Colston's School and of The Downs School in Wraxall. A member of The Society of Merchant Venturers and a member of the Campaign Cabinet at the University of the West of England. Nick is a member of QCF's Philanthropy & Marketing Committee.

John Cullum DL
Trustee

An Honors graduate at St Andrews University, John spent his business career in the motor industry, with roles including Finance Director and Chief Executive. He is currently a Non-Exec Director/Chairman on various small business Boards including his son, Jamie Cullum's music business.
John is delighted to have joined Quartet's Board of Trustees after being associated with the Community Foundation movement for many years during his time in Wiltshire and Somerset where he retains links as a Friend and Vice President respectively. He feels inspired by the significant impact small grants can make to support disadvantaged people and local communities.
A former High Sheriff of Somerset and now Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset, John is now Chair of Bath Royal United Hospital's Forever Friends Appeal Group, Chair of Bath Festivals and a Patron of Bath Volunteer Centre.

Lesley Freed
Trustee

Lesley is the founder and Director of SACO, the award winning Serviced Apartment Company, based in the South West. A qualified Solicitor, Lesley spent several years working as a commercial lawyer in private practice and lecturing in law at the University of the West of England.
Lesley heard about Quartet Community Foundation from a donor and was particularly impressed with the concept and effectiveness of the foundation, and was inspired to become a Trustee. Lesley is actively involved in a number of charities and is a Director of Governor of Colston's Girls School Trust and Chair of Governors at Fairlawn Primary School. Lesley is a member of QCF's Programmes Committee.

Merlyn Ipinson Fleming
Chair, Governance, HR & Operations Committee

A senior Human Resources professional with over 20 years experience working in both Advisory and Strategic capacities and with extensive experience in Change Management, Management Development and employee relations.

Merlyn is Vice Chair of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a multi Academy Trust), a Trustee and Vice Chair on the Board of the Citizens Advice Bureau, and continues to work as a board member on two community trust boards as well as a school governor for Bristol Cathedral Choir School. Merlyn is Chair of QCF's Governance, HR & Operations Committee.

Chris Johnson
Trustee

Chris has extensive experience in the banking industry and is currently Branch Manager of Handelsbanken in Bath. Chris is a committee member of the Bath Per Cent Club, of Friends of Bath Abbey and QCF's B&NES regional group.

Annie Kilvington
Chair, Philanthropy & Marketing Committee

Annie is a Solicitor with a career spanning more than 30 years. For 20 of those she was a partner in the UK top-20 international law firm of Pinsent Masons. Annie's experience has embraced both litigation and transactional work, specialising in working for the domestic and international construction industry. With a particular expertise in the transport sector, Annie also worked and led transactions in the energy, education and defence sectors. Annie has trained and volunteered as a Gateway Assessor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Annie is Chair of QCF's Philanthropy & Marketing Committee.

William Lee
Trustee

A Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, William's career was in Financial Services in various areas including investment management, strategic planning, and project management. Now retired, he is a Trustee of several small local charities, and also helps in the running of a number of community organisations. He is a keen runner. William is a member of QCF's Finance & Investment Committee.

Trevor Leonard
Chair, Finance & Investment Committee

Trevor has a mathematics degree from Warwick University and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has spent his career working in Financial Services initially with Clerical Medical Investment Group and then HBOS Financial Services where he was Finance Director. Trevor has a keen interest in business education and for a number of years sat on the Strategic Board of Young Enterprise in Avon.

Trevor is married with two grown up children. His wife Janet has for many years been involved with the family support charity Home-Start Bristol and he has taken on the role of Treasurer there. To relax, Trevor is Chair of QCF's Finance & Investment Committee.

Pat Meehan
Trustee

Pat was brought up in Bristol and educated at Bristol Grammar School. Following further education in Leicester and starting his working life in London, he returned to the city in 1988. He has recently retired from a career in Wealth Management with Towry who acquired his business Holden Meehan. Married with three adult children he now lives in Nailsworth where he has recently become a Rotarian and joined Minchinhampton Golf Club. He is keep to keep his links with Bristol and is a Governor of Bristol Grammar School and a Bristol Rugby season ticket holder as well as a Trustee of Quartet. He is a former Chair of Trustees at the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Board Member of the Institute of Financial Planning. Pat is a member of QCF's Finance & Investment Committee.

Hilary Neal
Chair, Programmes Committee and North Somerset area committee

A graduate in French from the University of Bristol, Hilary, spent her career in Government service as a policy administrator working on issues including wildlife conservation and biodiversity policy at a national and international level. Hilary spent seven years working at the Government Office for the South West at both Deputy Director level and Acting Regional Director level until the office closed in 2011.
Hilary knew of the work of Quartet Community Foundation whilst at the Government Office and admired the foundation's ability to reach so many different areas of need in the area speedily and efficiently. Hilary is a Trustee and Chair of the Curzon Cinema and Arts in Clevedon, Chair of Governors of a local primary school in Clevedon, Chair of QCF's Programmes Committee and of our regional group for North Somerset.

Bina Shah
Trustee

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With a background in software engineering before moving to Marketing and PR, Bina has worked in the multinational high-tech industry in the UK, Europe and the United States. Having grown up in Kenya and India Bina has travelled extensively and is very adapt at working with people in different settings and cultures. Bina now based in Bristol runs her own business offering strategic marketing services to small local businesses and, on a voluntary basis, to non-profits. Bina is a member of Quartet's Philanthropy and Marketing committee.

Christopher Sharp QC
Trustee

Christopher is Queens Counsel practicing from Bristol and London and a former Head of Chambers at St Johns Chambers, Bristol. He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple and sits as a Recorder and Deputy High Court judge. Educated at Worcester College, Oxford, where he read Jurisprudence, he is a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England, and has an interest in supporting student lawyers.

Christopher became interested in Quartet Community Foundation and community based projects through its ethos of empowerment, enablement and connection. Married with two adult children, he loves hill waking, skiing and being in the country (and seeking to develop new skills as a grandfather), but is also an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre in Bristol. Christopher is a member of QCF's Programmes Committee.

Ben Silvey
Trustee

Ben Silvey, Quartet Community Foundation trustee

Ben Silvey, a qualified youth worker, has been Director at local YMCA Bristol and The Kitchen since 2012. His leadership there has helped it to innovate and thrive after a period of long decline. He set a vision for developing services that were financially sustainable, which included new venture The Kitchen, a cafe based at The Station in Bristol city centre that acts as a social hub offering training, volunteering and work experience to young people who have experienced difficulties in life. The refurbishment of the old Bridewell Police HQ has created a new YMCA hostel for Bristol, helping to tackle the problem of homelessness amongst local young people.

Julian Telling
Trustee

Julian is a native Bristolian. A business man whose professional career now includes flying part time as a captain for a small airline, running a property portfolio and a small private equity business together with holding a number of non-executive directorships.

Julian and his wife are fund holders with QCF and his wife Lindsay is on the Ambassadors committee. He is a past president of the Grateful Society, a Paul Harris Fellow (Rotary), a member of the Honourable Knights of the Round Table, on the fund raising committee of Above and Beyond, a Trustee of the Clifton Club and a Governor at Clifton College. Julian is a member of QCF's Philanthropy & Marketing Committee.

Helen Wilde
Trustee

Helen Wilde, Quartet Community Foundation trustee

Helen Wilde is the former High Sheriff for Bristol (2016-2017) and, after a career in marketing and raising a family, she now spends much of her time working in the charity sector. Helen founded and continues to chair ‘The Funding Network Bristol’ and has raised over £250,000 and benefited more than 60 local charities during its 11 year history. She recently served six years as Regional Manager with Children’s Hospice South West, and has since ‘retired’, allowing more time to devote to charity, both as a donor and an active supporter of several local charities, including Quartet itself, One25 (a charity assisting street sex workers to create more normal lives), Room 13 (a thriving arts project based at Hareclive Primary School in South Bristol) and HomeStart Bristol.

President

Trevor Smallwood OBE DL
President

Trevor led the management/employee buy-out of Badgerline Bus Company in 1986, which subsequently became FirstGroup. He continued to grow the business as Executive Chairman until his retirement in 1999, from which time he has dedicated himself to local causes, particularly supporting causes in North Somerset. He is a former Chair of Trustees of QCF and has made an immense contribution to QCF over the years.

Vice-Presidents

Chris Curling
Vice-President

Chris is a former Trustee of QCF and was Senior Partner of law firm Osborne Clarke when it became one of the first businesses to engage QCF to manage its charitable fund. He is Chairman or Director of several businesses and is Master this year (2015) of The Society of Merchant Venturers.

Will Bee
Vice-President

Will has lived in Bristol since 1990 when he moved to the city to manage Barton Hill Settlement. He has been active in voluntary organisations and disadvantaged communities since then. Will was appointed a Trustee of Quartet Community Foundation in 1999 and chaired our Grants Committee from 2000 to 2005. Will is employed by South Gloucestershire Council as Equality Coordinator and is a member of the Disabled Person's Transport Advisory Committee.

Gillian Camm DL
Vice-President

Gillian is a past Trustee of QCF and has been involved with the organisation for many years. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors for UWE and a Non Executive Director for Wessex Water. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Gloucestershire and a Member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire. From November 2015 she will be Chair of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Geoff Matthews
Vice-President

Geoff is a businessman who has spent most of his life in Bristol and international businesses, and is a former trustee and chair of QCF, and former President of Young Bristol.

Mary Prior MBE DStJ JP, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol
Vice-President and Patron

Mary is Lord Lieutenant for the City and County of Bristol and Pro-Chancellor University of Bristol. Former Trustee of QCF and currently Patron or President of numerous local Voluntary Organisations. Mary was Sales and Marketing Director of Alexandra plc until retirement in 1997 and President of the Dolphin Society in 2007.

Professor Murray Stewart
Vice-President

Murray is Professor Emeritus at the University of the West of England, with experience at the Universities of Glasgow, Kent and Bristol he has researched and written widely on urban and regional governance. He has been Trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation, is currently Chairman of the Bridge Foundation in Bristol and was for six years a Trustee of QCF and a Board member of UK Community Foundation.

Sir James Tidmarsh KCVO MBE JP
Vice-President

James was until recently Chairman of South West One and a Director of GWE Business West. James has a broad range of charitable and community interests and is a former Trustee of QCF. A past Master of the Merchant Venturers, he has been High Sheriff of Avon and recently retired Lord Lieutenant of Bristol.

Lady Wills
Vice-President

Founding Chair of the Ambassadors of Quartet Community Foundation in 2003, Trustee of St Monica's Trust, Patron of The National Eye Research Centre, Patron of Arnos Vale Cemetery and Chair of the South West Appeal for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Patrons

Annie Maw, Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset
Patron

Claire Wynne Hughes

Annie was a State Registered Nurse who trained at Westminster Hospital, is a trustee of charities supporting young athletes in Somerset; supporting those with disabilities; and specifically supporting those with spinal injures in the West Country. She is a Director and Council Member of the Royal Bath and West Society, Vice-President of the Friends of Wells Cathedral; and particularly close to her heart, she is Chancellor of the Children's University of Somerset.

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Mike Hill
Patron

Bishop Mike is passionate about Christian leadership. He serves on a number of national church organisations and other governing bodies.

Dame Janet Trotter DBE, Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire
Patron

Dame Janet Trotter came to Cheltenham in 1986 to lead the College of St Paul and St Mary which, after merger, became the University of Gloucestershire. She has also been involved in the NHS in various non-executive capacities. She is Patron/President of Carers Gloucestershire, AgeUK Gloucestershire, and the Gloucestershire Community Foundation.

Mary Prior MBE DStJ JP, Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol
Vice-President and Patron

Mary is Lord Lieutenant for the City and County of Bristol and Pro-Chancellor University of Bristol. Former Trustee of QCF and currently Patron or President of numerous local Voluntary Organisations. Mary was Sales and Marketing Director of Alexandra plc until retirement in 1997 and President of the Dolphin Society in 2007.