OBE for Sue Turner, our former CEO

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Sue Turner, our former CEO

Quartet Community Foundation is delighted to extend its warmest wishes to Sue Turner, who was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List on Saturday. The honour recognises Sue’s commitment to social justice.

Sue Turner was CEO of Quartet Community Foundation from 2015 until September 2020.

Sue Mountstevens, Chair of Quartet, led the congratulations on behalf of the Board, saying:

“This is a wonderful achievement for Sue personally, as well as for Quartet Community Foundation. It recognises the extraordinary work undertaken by Quartet under Sue’s leadership. Her time with Quartet coincided with a period of exceptional growth, one that has seen Quartet work ever more closely with communities in the West of England. It has become an important and respected thought leader in the community and voluntary sector.

“Sue led and inspired a staff team who have demonstrated their commitment time and time again to social justice and to affecting positive change throughout our communities. When the Covid pandemic struck in March 2020, Quartet was well placed to respond rapidly and on a significant scale. It is the passion, care and strategic thinking of professionals like Sue Turner and our Philanthropy Director Ronnie Brown that allowed us to do so much.”

Quartet also extends its congratulations to those people working on behalf of the voluntary sector right across the West of England, including Justin Sargent, CEO of Somerset Community Foundation who received an OBE in recognition of his work. 

Record year of grant-making at Quartet

The past year has been a record one for Quartet in terms of the scale of its grant-making. It has supported 930 local projects and has often been the first organisation to step in to support community organisations.

Through the generosity of its fund holders, its Endowment Fund has grown from £24 million in 2015 to £57 million in 2021. The investment income from this fund is being directed towards the transformation of local organisations and lives across the West of England. 

Quartet recently launched a new Resilience Grant Programme to offer continuing support to good causes as they look to recover from the pandemic. The grant programme was inundated with applications and Quartet is currently working with existing and new fund holders to support the largest number of applicants possible.

Sue Turner left Quartet in September 2020 to take a Masters in Artificial Intelligence. She now runs her own company.