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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."

Previously a Corporate Finance director of a major investment bank, Peter Ainsworth has a thirty year record of commitment to public life. He served as a local councillor before entering Parliament in 1992 where his roles included Opposition Deputy Chief Whip, Shadow Culture Secretary, Shadow Environment Secretary and Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee; he was also a member of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. He introduced two Private Member’s Bills - on protecting hedgerows and supporting Green energy - the provisions of which are now law.

Until recently Chairman of the wild plant charity Plantlife and of the Elgar Foundation, he is currently a board member of the Environment Agency and Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust. He is a Patron of the College of St Barnabas.

His interests include music, poetry, doodling and writing. He is a member of Friends of the Earth.

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 is Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth and HS2's independent Design Panel and advises Tarmac on sustainability. He is also a trustee of TCV and mySociety. 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 Chair of the Wandle Valley Forum and 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.

Nat Sloane CBE - England Chair

Nat Sloane worked in the private sector as an entrepreneur starting three businesses 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."

Nat Sloane is an experienced funder. He was the co-founder of Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the UK, and is a trustee for Impetus-PEF created from the recent merger of Impetus Trust with the Private Equity Fund. Nat also chairs Social and Sustainable Capital, one of the UK’s largest social investment funds. He is a founding trustee and chair of the endowment fund for the Education Endowment Foundation which is aimed at raising academic attainment for free school meal children in England.

He was recognised with a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his service to Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment.

Sir Adrian Webb - Wales Chair

Previously Deputy Vice Chancellor at Loughborough University and Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, he has a wealth of experience of leading at executive and non-executive management levels 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."

Adrian 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; he is currently Non-Executive Director of the Welsh Government Board.

Maureen McGinn - Scotland Chair

Maureen has been Chair of the Scotland Committee and a member of the UK Board of the Fund since 2011. Prior to that, she was a member of the first Scotland committee from its creation in 2007.

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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"

Her previous grant-making experience included running the Laidlaw Youth Project and Trust. She is presently an advisor to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. She has been a trustee of several charities, including Evaluation Support Scotland and ASH Scotland as well as acting as co-chair and member of the first Scottish Poverty Truth Commission. Maureen's career has spanned the public and voluntary sectors, including working for a national charity, a local authority, a trade union and as a senior civil servant.

Julie Harrison - Northern Ireland Chair

Julie has helped to shape community regeneration and social inclusion programmes in Northern Ireland for more than two decades.

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"I have seen the impact that projects supported by the Big Lottery Fund can make in communities across Northern Ireland and the UK. I am delighted to join the Fund at a time when the people in the lead vision begins to take shape. I am looking forward to hearing what matters most to people and how we can help them to make a difference."

In a variety of policy, grant-making and advisory roles, she has worked with local and central government, independent funders and VCSE organisations to support social change.

Her grant-making experience includes the provision of funding and advice to VCSE led projects with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Special EU Programmes Body and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Julie previously served on the Big Lottery Fund’s Northern Ireland and UK Funding Committees and was a Director of the Building Change Trust, chairing the ‘Inspiring Impact’ advisory group.

She is currently an advisor with the Strategic Investment Board.

- Dr Astrid Bonfield -

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 people's and communities' lives"

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

She formerly served on the Board of the Association of Charitable Foundations and was past Chairperson of the European Foundation Centre HIV/AIDS Funders Group and the Management Group of the Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition.

Dr Bonfield is a Trustee of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Dr Bonfield received a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for her services to the charitable sector in the UK and Abroad.

- Natalie Campbell -

Natalie Campbell is one of the Fund's general members.

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"I am looking forward to joining the Board of the Big Lottery Fund at such an important time for the sectors we serve and the organisation as a whole. I have always been committed to championing young people and social entrepreneurs and I will carry this enthusiasm with me as I get out and about meeting the people and teams that run projects we have funded."

Natalie Campbell is a social entrepreneur, author and business coach. She is Founding Partner at A Very Good Company, a social innovation agency.

She is also Chair of Nominet Trust (starting November 1st 2016) a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs; Chair of NCVYS and has previously held board positions with NCVYS, The Consortium for Street Children, The British Youth Council (Vice-Chair Campaigns and Communications) VInspired, iCould and Wayra UnLtd a 'tech for good' accelerator programme funded by O2 Telefonica and the Cabinet Office.

Natalie is a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

- Perdita Fraser -

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

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"The Big Lottery plays a critical role in reaching people in need and strengthening communities especially now during challenging economic times. I am delighted and honoured to be able to play a role in this extraordinary organisation."

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

Perdita is a trustee and treasurer of Access Aspiration, a youth employability and social mobility charity and she co-chairs the fundraising committee at Rugby Portobello Trust, which is a local youth, education and housing charity working to promote social inclusion. She also acts as a business mentor for SMEs and third sector organisations.

- Elizabeth Passey -

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

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Elizabeth is Senior Adviser J Stern & Co Family Office, and Non-Exec Director VPC Specialty Lending Investments plc. She is Convener of The University of Glasgow, Chairman of The Wye & Usk Foundation and Council Member & past Vice President of The Zoological Society of London. She is also a Programme Committee Member of WWF-UK.

She has 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 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.

- Rachael Robathan -

Rachael Robathan is one of the Fund's general members.

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"I am very honoured to have been appointed to the Board of the Big Lottery Fund. The fund is a powerful vehicle for enabling voluntary, community and local groups across the UK to tackle social issues and I look forward to working with other members of the Board to take this work forward."

Rachael Robathan was elected to Westminster City Council in 2010 following a 20-year career in emerging markets investment management. Her Westminster City Council Cabinet responsibilities include Adult Social Care and Public Health and she is closely involved in integrating the delivery of health and social care services in the borough.

Rachael is also the Council’s Armed Forces Champion and has led reviews into veterans’ healthcare and the impact of frequent moves on the education of service families’ children. As well as chairing Westminster’s Health & Wellbeing Board, Rachael is also a Trustee of Westminster Almshouses Foundation, and the Greater London Reserve Forces Cadet Association.