Suzanne has overall responsibility for the running of the foundation and its strategic direction.
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.
Ronnie is a member of the Senior Management Team. Ronnie leads the Philanthropy Team and is reponsible for the strategic development of Quartet's philanthropy services relating to grant making and fund management.
Sarah is a member of the Senior Management Team. Sarah leads the Finance Team and is responsible for the financial management of the Foundation.
Diane is a member of the Senior Management Team. Diane leads the Operations Team and is responsible for the operational infrastructure of the Foundation. Diane is also the Data Officer for the Foundation.
Luke is a member of the Philanthropy team and is responsible for managing a number of donor funds and grant programmes.
Angela is a member of the Philanthropy Team and with Claire leads the work of the Foundation in B&NES
Lucy is responsible for leading the Foundation's external policy and research activities, and plays a role in our community leadership work.
Tracey is a member of the Finance Team and carries out day-to-day financial procedures.
Charlene is a member of the Operations team with responsibility for the engagement calendar and private client relationships.
Leiza is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for Funds administration
Julie is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the Foundation's grants programmes. Julie has special responsibility in North Somerset and manages a number of donor funds.
Andy is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the Foundation's grants programmes. Andy manages a number of donor funds.
Sabita is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for managing a number of donor funds and grant programmes.
Steve is a member of the Operations Team and is responsible for administration within the foundation.
Anne-Marie is responsible for the Foundation's marketing and communications work.
David is a member of the Philanthropy Team with responsibility for the management of the Foundation's external programmes, monitoring and social needs.
John is responsible for the pro bono brokerage coordination for Bristol City Funds
Emma is a member of the Philanthropy team with responsibility for grant administration
Claire is a member of the Philanthropy Team and with Angela leads the work of the Foundation in B&NES.
Sue is the former Police Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset Constabulary, prior to which Sue was an independent board member for Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol Prison where she was a Vice Chair. She has also worked for a number of years in HR, as well as working as a Magistrate, Advisor for Citizens Advice Bureau and then running a very successful family Baker Business 'Mountstevens' which was sold to Warburtons back in the late 90s when she was a Director.
Raj is currently Managing Director of Bristol based Which? Trusted Traders. He has over 25 years of experience in delivering results, and developing people in the financial/commercial sector to both corporate and medium-size businesses. He's been part of the Bristol business community for over 15 years. Raj is also Trustee for the Creative Youth Network in Bristol. Raj is Chair of our Governance, HR & Operations Committee.
Jonathon is Chief Executive of Sally Walker Language Services, a translation business servicing the Professional sector. He spent many years in the City of London, returning to Bristol having sold his reinsurance broking business in 1991.
Jonathan is a Trustee of the Park at Knowle West and founder of the Upton Noble Beer Festival, set up to benefit the local community. He is Treasurer of St Mary Magdalene of Upton Noble, a member of Quartet's Finance and Investment Committee.
Sue was brought up in Bristol and educated at Clifton High School, then took a degree in International Business and French at Aston University in Birmingham. She joined the family firm, Denmans Electrical Wholesalers, part of the Steeple Group in 1990 and worked in the Purchasing and then the Business Development until the company was sold in 2000. She then moved on to work for another Steeple Group Company, Lumination, part time when her two children were very young and later as Purchasing Director when they started school. She was also on the board of the french division based in Lille, Tibelec. Currently taking a non-executive role at Steeple Ltd, she now lives in Bath and runs a Property Development business with her husband building residential homes in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
Sue has been Trustee of the Denman Charitable Trust for 10 years and of BRACE a Bristol based Charity that funds Dementia Research in the South West since August 2017, so is used to assessing grant funding requests.
Denman Charitable Trust are fund holders at Quartet and Sue is the Trustee Sponsor on the Funding the Future Community Anchor Project. She is also Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.
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 a member of Quartet's Finance and Investment 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 Quartet's Philanthropy & Marketing Committee.
Nick is a Costs Lawyer and Managing Director of Paragon Costs Solutions. In 2018/19 Nic was the President of the Bristol Law Society which represents over 4,000 members in and around Bristol. He sits on Bristol City Council's One City Economy Board and on UWE's Law Advisory Board. Nick has been a school Governor at Christ Church Infants since 2016, chairing the Finance, Staffing & Premises Committee. He is an enterprise Advisor for WECA supporting the City Academy with their career advice for students. Nick is a member of the Philanthropy & Marketing Committee.
Ben Silvey, a qualified youth worker, was Director at YMCA Bristol from 2012. His leadership there 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 created a new YMCA hostel for Bristol, helping to tackle the problem of homelessness amongst local young people. Ben took up a new position as Chief Operating Officer for Bristol Cathedral in May 2021.
With a background working with young people in a variety of educational and health settings Jo is passionate about young people going through the care system and in particular the difficulties they are up against on facing independence. Having fought for their rights whilst working Jo wanted to continue to offer support in a different way by setting up a fund with her husband to continue to offer support.
Jo has volunteered with a mentoring project in Bristol and is active in visiting projects within the region. Jo is a member of Quartet's Programmes Committee.
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 Quartet and has made an immense contribution to the foundation over the years.
Chris is a former Trustee of Quartet and was Senior Partner of law firm Osborne Clarke when it became one of the first businesses to engage Quartet to manage its charitable fund. He is Chairman or Director of several businesses and a past Master of The Society of Merchant Venturers (2015).
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. A former Trustee of Quartet Will 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.
Geoff is a businessman who has spent most of his life in Bristol and international businesses, and is a former trustee and chair of Quartet, and a former President of Young Bristol.
Mary is the former Lord Lieutenant for the City and County of Bristol and Pro-Chancellor of the University of Bristol. A former Trustee of Quartet 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.
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. A former Trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation, is currently Chairman of the Bridge Foundation in Bristol and was for six years a Trustee of Quarter and a Board member of the UK Community Foundations.
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 is a former Lord Lieutenant of Bristol (1996 - 2007).
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.
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.
Peaches is the Lord-Lieutenant for Bristol, having lived in the City since 1983. In 2010-2011, Peaches was High Sheriff of Bristol. She was awarded the OBE in 2009.