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Nat Sloane - England Chair

Nat Sloane is the Big Lottery Fund's England Chair

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"I am very pleased to have joined the Big Lottery Fund, which has made an enormous contribution to the communities and people in need across the UK. I believe that BIG 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 and is now Vice Chair of Impetus Trust, the first venture philanthropy trust fund in the UK. He is also an Independent member of the Bridges Social Enterprise Fund’s Investment Committee, and has advisory board membership for Social Finance Impact Bond, European Venture Philanthropy Association Knowledge Centre and Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. He has also been vice chair of Crime Concern.

Nat Sloane does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.

Geeta Gopalan - England Vice Chair

Geeta’s experiences in the voluntary sector have arisen over the past four years bringing to the sector her knowledge from close to 20 years in the banking sector.

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"I believe that there are many committed, passionate individuals who are working very hard to solve some of the toughest problems in society and they need a supportive environment that enables them to perform to their best. I mentor CEOs of small charities with the aim of providing them with a sounding board and sharing experiences"

Geeta is a Trustee of Pilotlight including acting as a mentor to small charities. She is particularly interested in supporting them to help them develop and delegate as the organisation grows.

Most recently Geeta has held senior appointments at Monitise plc, Vayana Financial Services, HBOS, and Citigroup. She also served as Director UK Payments Council and Director VocaLink.

Charlie Howard - Committee member

Charlie is the CEO of MAC-UK and a clinical psychologist who trained at Canterbury Christchurch University. Charlie is also a peer reviewer for the Home Office Ending Gang and Youth Violence Team, an Ashoka Fellow and an honorary lecturer at University College London.

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"My experience has taught me that communities hold solutions - our job is to come alongside and to listen. I also know that we have to find ways of authentically working together across sectors and agencies: voluntary, private and statutory coming together to share what each does best."

Charlie founded MAC-UK in 2008 in collaboration with a group of gang involved young men. She has grown MAC-UK from 1 to 30 staff, co-creating nationally acclaimed new models for mental health delivery for excluded young people. Charlie won the Ben & Jerry's social entrepreneur award 2013 and won the Charity Times Rising Star Award in 2011.

Jane Robinson - Committee member

Jane Robinson was appointed as Chief Executive of Gateshead Council in 2012. She is responsible for an annual turnover in excess of £500m and 5,500 employees.

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"I have worked in the public sector for over twenty years and am motivated by how we can improve opportunities for people and communities most in need, by working together. Through my role as Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, I am very aware of the challenges facing many communities, but I have also been privileged to see what can be achieved by working with those communities and the positive and lasting difference it can make to people's lives. I believe the Big Lottery Fund is uniquely placed to make a difference across the country and I am delighted to be part of the committee that will oversee its future direction and delivery."

She joined the Council as Assistant Chief Executive in 2005, having previously worked primarily in the cultural sector. In her role as Director of External Relations for the Arts Council, she was responsible for overseeing capital investment and business development, pioneering a new approach to support for creative businesses and social enterprises in the sector.

She is Chair of the Chief Executive’s Group for the emerging Combined Authority for the North East area, Clerk to the Police and Crime Panel and Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear. Nationally, she sits on the Advisory Board of SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives).

She holds masters degrees in English Literature and Business Administration and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Her non-executive appointments include the Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, Newcastle University’s Development Trust and North Music Trust.

She is married with three young sons.

Tarn Lamb - Committee member

Tarn joined the England Committee in February 2015.

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"I’ve worked with Big Lottery Fund at a grass roots level for many years and seen the great work that they support. I’m delighted to be joining the England committee at a time when the Fund starts to deliver its Strategic Framework through to 2021. Wider circumstances mean these are challenging times for the most vulnerable in our communities. We need to rise to these challenges and work together to find and support enterprising, inclusive and sustainable solutions to address these challenges."

Since 2006 Tarn has been chief executive of Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change, a charity and social enterprise which works with local communities to regenerate Cornwall’s neglected social housing estates.

As CEO she has undertaken a number of strategic influencing roles both through the VCSE sector nationally through the 20:20 Leadership Commission and as the South West representative for NCVO members. From 2002 she was community operations director where she had responsibility for delivery of learning, employment, community safety, play and community development programmes.

Prior to this Tarn was head of finance, fundraising and ICT at Bromley By Bow Centre in East London following ten years tackling social exclusion in housing, learning and employment at organisations such as Shelter, London East Tec and supported housing schemes.

In Cornwall, Tarn is also equality and diversity champion on the Local Management Committee and Programme Management Group for Convergence and a member of the Employment & Skills Board. She also sits on the Cornwall College Council and is one of the founding members of the Safer Stronger Cornwall Consortium.

Maggie Jones - Committee member

Maggie joined the England Committee in March 2016

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"“I have worked and volunteered in the charitable sector for over 30 years and continue to be amazed and inspired by the difference dedicated people make in their communities every day. We need to find new and better ways of supporting them because we need their creativity, passion and commitment more than ever. People in the lead offers a fresh vision of true partnership between the Big Lottery Fund, communities and the voluntary and community sector, which I look forward to helping realise as part of the England Committee.”"

Maggie Jones is currently Chief Executive of Foundation, a Leeds-based organisation dedicated to building inclusive communities, working with over 4,000 of the most disadvantaged adults, young people and families across the North of England. She was formerly Chief Executive of Children England and has also held posts at Save the Children, Leeds Health For All (Healthy City) Partnership and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Maggie is a trustee of Elliot’s Footprint and is Chair of the Youth Association; Growing Yorkshire’s Future. She has also represented the voluntary sector in a number of central and local government forums.