We are driven by an ambition to make a real and sustainable difference towards the regeneration of deprived communities.
The Virgin Money Foundation will work in partnership with people and organisations that give a deprived area a "point of focus" that can be a catalyst towards self-started regeneration. We will invest in community enterprise initiatives which support the development of long-term sustainable programmes and allow us, with others, to make a meaningful and measurable impact in a local community.
For Virgin Money, the establishment of the Virgin Money Foundation is the latest demonstration of its ambition to "make everyone better off" - an ambition around which its entire business is built.
Nancy worked in the charity sector for 15 years before joining Virgin Money Foundation as its Executive Director, latterly as Chief Executive of Oasis Aquila Housing, a homelessness charity based in the North East.
She brings extensive knowledge of the role that charities play in effecting change in local communities and in delivering vital services. Nancy is Vice Chair of VONNE, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Visiting Fellow of St John’s College, Durham.
Richard is responsible for managing the application process and building constructive relationships with our beneficiaries.
Richard has over twenty years experience in the sector working for both charities and funders. He has a particular interest in Social Investment having sat on the Board of The Key Fund in Sheffield. He holds an honours degree from Leeds University and a Masters in Urban Policy and Regeneration from Northumbria University.
Rachel provides a range of grant management support to the Foundation and leads on the #iwill Take Action Fund.
Rachel previously worked at Future Builders England, a social investment fund, before spending eight years working at Northern Rock Foundation. She holds an honours degree from the University of Northumbria and a Post Graduate Certificate in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment from Cass Business School, London.
Amy is the first point of contact for the Foundation, managing our internal administrative systems and communications activity. Amy also coordinates our ‘beyond the grant’ support; organising and running a range of workshops and training courses available to organisations funded by the Foundation as well as overseeing our volunteering programme with Virgin Money employees.
Amy previously worked for Virgin Money and brings seven years of administrative experience, including roles within the charitable sector in the North East.
Sarah has worked for the Virgin Money Foundation since October 2018 and is the first point of contact for the Foundation, delivering the administration for all of the Foundations activity and managing the diary of our Executive Director.
Sarah previously worked for Virgin Money for 17 years and is treasurer for a local school. She is currently studying for a professional qualification.
Overseeing the Foundation, our Trustees bring a wealth of experience and skills to the team.
Edward Wakefield is an investor and entrepreneur. He has twenty years of experience providing independent advice to corporations on mergers, acquisitions and other financial and strategic matters. Edward is a graduate of Durham University.
Stephen has 30 years' experience as a lawyer in both private practice and large corporations. He joined Virgin Money as General Counsel in 2010 and in 2014 he moved to an advisory role, focusing on Banking Standards and Social Enterprise. He is a Trustee of Leuchie House, a Scottish charity providing residential respite care to people with disabling illnesses.
Tim is an independent consultant working in the social sector. He has extensive experience working across the voluntary, public and social sectors having held director level roles within Big Lottery Fund, Cabinet Office and Numbers for Good. He is a trustee of the Tyneside Cinema, UnLtd and sits on the executive board of Food Newcastle.
Emma is CEO of Beyond Youth CIC and a social entrepreneur with 17 years’ experience within the Criminal Justice and Voluntary sectors. Beyond Youth delivers an award winning, psychotherapy programme called Chance 2 Change which tackles the root causes of negative behaviours and builds the emotional intelligence of some of the most marginalised groups within our communities.
In 2015 Mike helped found the Virgin Money Foundation and served as a Trustee for 3 years. He works closely with executive teams in the public, private and third sector. He is a Trustee of the charity Hire A Hero that actively supports former members of the Armed Forces through the transition into civilian life. Mike now serves as a volunteer to the Foundation by sharing his expertise and knowledge as a Senior Advisor.
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