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England committee members

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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.

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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.

Geeta Gopalan - England Vice Chair

Geeta's passion for community development has led to her active involvement in the sector where she has not only been a charity trustee but also mentors CEOs of small charities, bringing her 20 years’ experience in the banking industry to support those making a difference.

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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."

Geeta currently has a portfolio non-executive career, with board positions in Virgin Money plc, Ultra Electronics plc, Wizink Bank s.a Spain . She is also a member of the Council at Marlborough College.

Charlie Howard - Committee member

Dr. Charlie Howard is a Clinical Psychologist, social entrepreneur, strategic advisor and keynote speaker. She is invested in accelerating change across mental health services through visionary concepts that inspire collaboration.

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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 has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, private and community sectors for over 12 years and practises as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She is passionate about making mental health support accessible to everyone and particularly enjoys working with young people. Charlie's latest venture is the Owls Organisation, or Owls for short, where she is a Director. Owls was established to gather and test new ideas driven by people to find solutions to enable mental wellbeing.

Charlie founded MAC-UK in 2008, a charity which is revolutionising the way mental health services are delivered to young people who offend and was CEO of MAC-UK until May 2014. Charlie continues to be involved in an Ambassadorial capacity.

​She is an Ashoka Fellow and in May 2014 Charlie was awarded the inaugural Catch22 Fellowship. She has used her Fellowship to do direct clinical work with young people leaving care, to advise local and central government on mental health and to establish The Integrate Movement (TIM), to disseminate the principles of MAC-UK’s Integrate approach.​

Jane Robinson - Committee member

Jane is Durham University’s Chief Operating Officer; a member of the University Executive Committee and is in attendance at Council meetings. She is responsible for the effective leadership, alignment and provision of the Professional Support Services that underpin the delivery of the University Strategy (Advancement - Development and Alumni Relations; Computing and Information Services; Estates and Facilities; Human Resources and Organisation Development; International Office; Library and Museum Services; Marketing and Communications). She is also a spokesperson for the University on regional, national and international affairs.

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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."

Before taking up her position at Durham she was Chief Executive of Gateshead Council where she led major regeneration projects and a major programme of change as well as developing new partnerships with the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Previous positions include: Assistant Chief Executive of Gateshead Council; Director of External Relations at Arts Council England.

Jane holds an MBA from Durham University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English Literature (University of Leeds and University of Sheffield respectively). She is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) a member of AHUA (Association of Heads of University Administration) and holds non-executive positions with Durham Cathedral Council and Tyne and Wear Community Foundation as well as the Big Lottery Fund.

She is married with three sons and enjoys running and cycling in her spare time.

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, a Director of PossAbilities and is Chair of the Youth Association. She has also represented the voluntary sector in a number of central and local government forums.

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