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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 businesses as a venture capitalist funding start-up ventures and as a consultant advising on growth strategies. He was recognised with a CBE in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his service to Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment.

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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 aimed at raising academic attainment for free school meal children in England. Nat has set up several for profit businesses and not for profit organisations as well.

Frank Hewitt - Northern Ireland Chair

Frank Hewitt is currently non executive Chairman of the Board of the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company and non executive Director of the Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board. He is also a non executive board member of Ilex Urban Regeneration Company.

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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 BIG has brought to communities and people across Northern Ireland through a range of innovative programmes."

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.

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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 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.

Her previous grantmaking experience included running the Laidlaw Youth Project and Trust. She has been a trustee of several charities, including Evaluation Support Scotland and ASH Scotland, an advisor on social justice to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and 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 trade union and as a senior civil servant.

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 people's 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 Senior Adviser J Stern & Co Private Bank, and Non-Exec Director VPC Specialty Lending Investments plc. She is a Member of Court of The University of Greenwich, Chairman of The Wye & Usk Foundation and 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.

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.

Natalie Campbell - General Member

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. Natalie is currently the Director of Kensington Creates a business incubator and co-working space for creative and EdTech startups. She is also a Trustee of UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, Chair of NCVYS and has previously held board positions with 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.

Rachael Robathan - General Member

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, Rough Sleeping 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, a Member of the Imperial College Court and the Greater London Reserve Forces Cadet Association.