Charity Commission CEO among new recruits to Lottery funder’s board

The National Lottery Community Fund has appointed Charity Commission chief executive Helen Stephenson to its board.

She is one of four new recruits to the funder’s board announced this month.

Also joining is Eden Project executive director Peter Stewart, Linbury Trust director Stuart Hobley and Richard Collier-Keywood who is chair of organisations including School for Social Entrepreneurs, Fair4All Finance and Big Education.

“They are joining at an important time for the Fund and the UK’s diverse communities,” said NLCF chair Blondel Cluff.

“Each brings a wealth of experience that will support our ambition to ensure our grant making is impactful and life-changing during this challenging time and will reach communities in need across the UK.”

He added: “I look forward to working closely with them all as we continue to ensure that National Lottery funding continues to change people’s lives for the better and supports the UK’s communities to thrive and prosper.”

In April the NLCF launched a consultation amid plans to renew its strategy, which has been called for by the government.

Ministers have backed a recommendation made in Danny Kruger’s review of civil society to overhaul the Fund’s strategy “which is now 25 years old” and focus more on local and community led distribution of funding.

The government had added that it wanted to ensure National Lottery funding is aligned with its Levelling Up agenda.

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