Big changes start locally

New executive director Nancy Doyle appointed to lead Virgin Money Foundation

Nancy Doyle


  • Nancy Doyle is appointed as Executive Director to lead the Virgin Money Foundation
  • Chief Executive of Oasis Aquila Housing and Vice Chair of VONNE, Nancy will take up the role during the Summer

The Board of Trustees of the Virgin Money Foundation (the ‘Foundation’) announces the appointment of Nancy Doyle as Executive Director.

Reporting to the Board of Trustees, Nancy will lead the Foundation and be responsible for the execution of its mission to create sustainable regeneration in economically and socially deprived communities. Currently Chief Executive of Oasis Aquila Housing, Nancy is expected to join the Foundation in the Summer. Nancy is also Vice Chair of VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) and will continue in that role.

Edward Wakefield, Chairman of the Virgin Money Foundation, said: “We are delighted that Nancy will become Executive Director of the Virgin Money Foundation. Nancy has a passion for community regeneration, with the experience and knowledge required to make a huge success of the role. Her leadership and energy will be vital in expanding the Foundation’s reach and accelerating its ability to help people in the communities that need it most. We are really looking forward to working with her.

"I would also like to thank Jo Barnett who has done a wonderful job for us in the interim, alongside her usual role as Executive Director of Virgin Money Giving. Given the close partnership between Virgin Money and the Virgin Money Foundation, we look forward to continuing to work closely with Jo in the future."

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Notes to editors

Nancy Doyle

An experienced strategic leader in the voluntary sector and public speaker on issues relating to homelessness and deprivation, Nancy started her career working with young homeless people. In 2008, she was appointed as Team Director of Faithworks, a national network of faith based organisations, and oversaw the implementation and delivery of a Big Lottery Fund Basis Project working with Faith Groups across the country. In September 2010, she was appointed Chief Executive of Aquila Way and formed Oasis Aquila Housing.

Virgin Money Foundation

The Virgin Money Foundation was launched in 2015 as a new, independent charitable foundation. Initially the Foundation is focusing on community projects in the North East but over time will grow to operate nationally.

The Foundation has been established to promote sustainable regeneration in economically and socially deprived communities. This includes providing social investment in community housing and building projects, promoting opportunities for youth work, education, training and enterprise, relieving unemployment, and the support of other charitable purposes in the UK.

The Foundation was launched with an initial £8 million of funding pledged by the UK Government and Virgin Money. In the first round of funding from the Foundation, grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 were made to 26 projects in the North East region, totalling £1 million.

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Virgin Money Foundation’s Current Board of Trustees
Edward Wakefield Chair Independent Trustee
Jo Curry Trustee Independent Trustee
Mike Peckham Trustee Independent Trustee
Tim Davies-Pugh Trustee Independent Trustee
Sir Tom Shebbeare Trustee Chairman of Virgin Money Giving
Anth Mooney Trustee Virgin Money Trustee
Stephen Pearson Trustee Virgin Money Trustee

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