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Peter Ainsworth - Chair of the Big Lottery Fund

Peter Ainsworth has been the Big Lottery Fund's UK Chair since June 2011.

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"It is a great privilege to be associated with the Fund. Having been a keen supporter of the National Lottery ever since it started, I am hugely impressed by the scale and depth of the Fund's giving into communities, and to people most in need across the UK. This is an exciting organisation which really does make a positive impact on the quality of life."

Peter Ainsworth has been the Big Lottery Fund’s UK Chair since June 2011.

He is an Environmental Consultant and a founder member of the Robertsbridge Group. He was previously a Director of Corporate Finance in a major Investment Bank. He has a 25 year record of commitment to public life having served at senior levels both as a Local Councillor and as a Member of Parliament in government and opposition.

Peter is currently chairman of two national charities, Plantlife International, and the Elgar Foundation.

Tony Burton CBE - Vice Chair and Chair of Audit & Risk

Tony Burton CBE is one of the Fund's general members.

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"In a fast changing world the Big Lottery Fund is on a mission to transform the lives of communities and people most in need. As Vice Chair I am delighted to be able to play a growing role in unleashing the potential of communities to improve their lives and the quality of their neighbourhoods."

Tony works free-range on a wide range of community and environmental projects, including providing support for community groups on neighbourhood planning and as Executive Chair of Sustainable Homes. He also advises HS2 on design and Lafarge Tarmac on sustainability and is a trustee of Friends of the Earth.  Tony founded Civic Voice – the national charity for the civic movement – in 2010 and has over twenty five years’ experience on the Boards of national charities, including National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Design Council. 

Tony is a trustee for his local civic society in Mitcham.  He was awarded the CBE in the Jubilee Honours for services to planning, local government and community and can be found on twitter as @Tony4Place.

Tony will be taking up the post of Vice Chair from 1 June 2014 following Anna Southall’s departure.

Nat Sloane - England Chair

Nat Sloane worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur starting three business, as a venture capitalist funding start-up ventures and as a consultant advising on growth strategies.

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"I am very pleased to have joined the Fund which has made an enormous contribution to the communities and people in need across the UK. I believe that the Fund has a really important leadership role to play not only because of the breadth and depth of its reach but also because of its willingness to test new approaches that can enhance its contribution to communities and people in need."

Since 2002 he has been actively involved in the social sector. Nat was a co-founder of the Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the UK, which has recently merged with the Private Equity Foundation.

Nat assumed the Chair role of the England Committee for the Big Lottery Fund in 2011 overseeing the strategy and deployment of UKL 550 million per annum. Nat has been heavily involved in the emerging social investment market as an independent member of the Bridges Social Enterprise Fund’s Investment Committee, and as an advisory board member for Social Finance.

Nat is a founder trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation.

Frank Hewitt - Northern Ireland Chair

Frank Hewitt is currently Chairman of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany.

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"I am delighted to be part of the Big Lottery Fund Board as I have seen, and been immensely impressed by, the benefits the Fund has brought to communities and people across Northern Ireland through a range of innovative programmes."

Frank Hewitt is currently Chairman of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Honorary Consul for the Federal Republic of Germany. He is a non-executive member of the boards of Invest Northern Ireland, Ilex Urban Regeneration Company,  the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board and the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company.

Previous posts have included:

  • CEO of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
  • Deputy Secretary with responsibility for Corporate Services in the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure
  • Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Growth Challenge, a private sector organisation set up to take a private sector approach to economic development in Northern Ireland.

Frank has many years of industrial development experience with the former Industrial Development Board and was former IDB Deputy Chief Executive with responsibility for inward investment.

Sir Adrian Webb - Wales Chair

Previously Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, has a wealth of experience of leading at executive management level in public, not for profit and education sectors.

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"It is an honour to be asked to lead such a committed team of staff, partners and funded organisations that make a real difference to communities across Wales. I also welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the UK as a member of Big Lottery Fund's UK Board."

Previously Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, has a wealth of experience of leading at executive management level in public, not for profit and education sectors. He has been involved in many UK and Welsh Government initiatives, including chairing the independent review into further education in Wales (the Webb Review) and the Wales Employment and Skills Board. He was also a member of the Beecham Review of Public Services in Wales and part of the HM Treasury Public Service Productivity Panel.

Maureen McGinn - Scotland Chair

Maureen McGinn has been a member of the Scotland Committee of the Big Lottery Fund since March 2007 and is also currently an advisor on social justice to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and a member of the steering group of the Partnership Drugs Initiative of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

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"I’m proud to play a part in the Fund becoming an intelligent funder – working in partnership, making a difference through what we fund, learning from experience and sharing the results"

Maureen McGinn has been a member of the Scotland Committee of the Big Lottery Fund since March 2007 and is also currently an advisor on social justice to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and a member of the steering group of the Partnership Drugs Initiative of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Her past grant making experience also includes running the Laidlaw Youth Trust which promoted partnership working between charities supporting children and vulnerable young people in Scotland.

Her earlier career included periods working for a charity, atrade union and in central and local government. Born and brought upin Perth, she attended Perth Academy and is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Maureen lives in Edinburgh and is married to Sir John Elvidge and so, on occasions, is also known as Maureen, Lady Elvidge.

Rajay Naik - General Member

Rajay Naik is Director of Government and External Affairs at The Open University - Europe's largest University.

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"As a society, we have an obligation to bring real improvements to those most in need. I am committed to serving these groups and to ensuring that the Fund continues to work collaboratively, engage fully and fund effectively to make a truly lasting difference to people and communities across our country"

At the Fund he is Chairman of UK Programmes. In 2009 he was appointed by Lord Mandelson and David Willetts as one of six panel members on the cross-party Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance (Browne Review). He is also a Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Standing Commission on Carers and a Director at Coventry City Football Club.

Rajay formerly worked at Coventry City Council on work to engage citizens in decision making; the Office of the Third Sector within the Cabinet Office on voluntary sector policy and managed the national Coffeehouse Challenge programme at the Royal Society of Arts.

Rajay is a former Chairman of the British Youth Council and a former trustee of the National Youth Agency, v, and the Changemakers Foundation. He was a Council Member of the Learning and Skills Council, was commissioned by NESTA to author ‘Learner Voice’, and is currently serving in his fifth year as a Governor at City College, Coventry – one of the UK’s largest Further Education colleges.

Rajay is a Fellow of the RSA and Ambassador of the City of Coventry, Make Your Mark, and the Government Equalities Office. He holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from The University of Warwick.

Dr Astrid Bonfield - General Member

Dr Astrid Bonfield is one of the Fund's general members.

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"I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to the Big Lottery Fund Board and it is a real privilege to be part of an organisation that makes such a difference in peoples and communities lives"

Dr Astrid Bonfield is the Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust and The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund; she was previously Director of Policy at the Aga Khan Foundation.

She is a member of the Global Philanthropy Leadership Initiative and has previously chaired both the European Funders Group for HIV/Aids and the Corston Coalition of Independent Grantmakers.

David Isaac CBE - General Member

David Isaac is one of the Fund's general members.

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"I am delighted to have been appointed a Director of the Big Lottery Fund. I believe that the Big Lottery Fund can do an enormous amount to help communities and people in need across the UK and I look forward to working with colleagues to help deliver improved outcomes for all who receive support."

David is a partner at international law firm, Pinsent Masons. He is Chair of Modern Art Oxford and a trustee of British Future, the think tank which focuses on migration issues in the UK. He was Chair of Stonewall from 2003 to 2012 during which period the charity delivered huge legislative changes for the LGB community in the UK.

He was a trustee of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund from 2005 to 2013. He was awarded a CBE for services to diversity and equality in 2011. 

Elizabeth Passey - General Member

Elizabeth Passey is one of the Fund's general members.

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Elizabeth is a Member of Court of the University of Greenwich, Chairman of The Wye & Usk Foundation, Member of Council of the Zoological Society of London, trustee of the Asia Scotland Institute and Programme Committee member of WWF-UK.

She has also served as a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley International Foundation, and as a Managing Director of Investec Asset Management. She is a past Vice President of The Zoological Society of London, and a past trustee of the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation. Elizabeth is a Freeman of the Goldsmiths Company and graduated with a First Class Honours degree from The University of Glasgow.

Perdita Fraser - General Member

Perdita Fraser is one of the Fund's general members.

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Perdita is a former investment banker who has spent the last decade working at board level in industry in the UK and the US, both as an angel investor and a non-executive director, alongside involvement with several not-for-profit organisations. She has extensive experience in corporate governance, cross-sectoral stakeholder relations and has a strong understanding of the Voluntary and Community Sector, with a particular interest in development of social enterprises.

Perdita currently acts as a mentor with Business Mentoring Scotland; she is a trustee and treasurer of Access Aspiration, youth employability and social mobility charity and co-chairs the fundraising committee at Rugby Portobello Trust, which is a local youth, education and housing charity working to promote social inclusion.

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