Virgin Money Foundation has appointed Amanda Jordan OBE as its new chair.
Amanda has a wealth of experience in the public, as well as the third sector and in 2000 she set up Corporate Citizenship, a leading international sustainability management consultancy. She replaces Edward Wakefield who has been chair since 2015.
The Virgin Money Foundation launched in August 2015 as an independent charitable foundation focused initially on community projects in the North-East of England and growing to support communities in Glasgow and the wider UK. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of communities that have experienced social and economic decline. Since its launch it has awarded over £10 million in grants to community organisations across the UK through programmes such as Community Anchors, #Iwill and Youth Fellowship scheme, an initiative designed to empower young people make positive changes within their communities.
Amada Jordan OBE, Virgin Money Foundation Chair, said:
“Since launching in 2015 Virgin Money Foundation has supported communities, organisations and young people both in its heartland and right across the UK. It is a huge honour to chair the Virgin Money Foundation and the team and I are looking forward to continuing the great work already underway which is focused on making a sustainable and meaningful difference to communities across the UK.”
Nancy Doyle-Hall, Executive Director Virgin Money Foundation, said:
“It is a privilege to welcome Amanda to the Foundation. She brings with her significant experience in the role that grant making foundations can play in supporting local charities and a dedication to furthering the work underway in serving our communities.”
Thanking the outgoing chair, Nancy Doyle-Hall added:
“We have been fortunate to have worked with Edward Wakefield for the past six years and under his chairship we have seen the Foundation go from strength to strength. We would like to thank him for his guidance and support as we enter the next chapter of our journey.”
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Amanda Jordan OBE Biography
Amanda Jordan is the Chair and Co-founder of Corporate Citizenship a leading international sustainability management consultancy. Amanda’s career began in the voluntary sector focusing on policy and advocacy for Age Concern, Scope and NCVO. In 1991 she moved into the business sector in the NatWest Group as Director of Community Affairs and later Director of CSR – the first such role in a FTSE 100.
Amanda served as an advisor to the Social Exclusion Unit 1997 -2001 and the New Deal Advisory Group and has held many roles in the Third Sector including as Chair of the National Literacy Trust, trustee of the Money Advice Service, Step up to Serve and many others. She has held regulatory roles such as independent Director of the Banking Code Standards Board and Chair of IWF – a unique early self-regulator of ISPs.
Amanda has been involved in funding bodies as a founder Board member of the Community Fund and Chair of the Baring Foundation which then lead to her chairing ACF (Association of Charitable Foundations) until 2018. Amanda chaired the #iwill Fund, until December 2020, which is a collaboration between the lottery, Government and private funders to promote and support youth social action. She remains Vice President of the National Literacy Trust and a trustee of the Dartington Trust.
Virgin Money Foundation Board of Trustees
- Amanda Jordan – Chair, Independent Trustee
- Jo Curry – Vice Chair, Independent Trustee
- Keith Burge, Independent Trustee
- Greg Aldridge, Independent Trustee
- Hannah Underwood, Independent Trustee
- Ned Younger, Independent Trustee
- Keith Merrin, Independent Trustee
- Lorna Bennie, Corporate Trustee
- Kate Guthrie, Corporate Trustee
- Abi Walker, Board Attender
- Laura Christer, Board Attender
About The Virgin Money Foundation
- The Virgin Money Foundation launched in August 2015 as an independent charitable foundation focused initially on community projects in the North-East of England and growing to operate throughout the UK over time. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of communities that have experienced social and economic decline. Since launch it has awarded over £10million in grants to community organisations across the UK.
- Virgin Money Foundation seeks to work jointly with other funders, making additional funds available for great local projects.
- Visit virginmoneyfoundation.org.uk for further details.
- The Virgin Money Foundation. Charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales Company No. 9457101. Charity No. 1161290. Registered Office: Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE3 4PL