• Nicola Pollock

    Nicola became Director in 2011. She works with trustees to develop the strategic direction of the Foundation and advises them on governance and grantmaking. Before joining the Foundation she was Director of Grantmaking at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Nicola has a background in advice work at national, regional and local level and also worked for the National Lottery Charities Board in the North East of England. She is a trustee of Big Local Trust and Chair of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action.


  • Dorothée Irving
    Head of Grants

    Dorothée joined the Foundation at the end of 2015 as Head of Grants. Working closely with the Director and Trustees her role is to oversee the Foundation’s grant-making operation by managing the assessment and monitoring process. 

    From 2010 until 2015 she was part of the grants team at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, most recently as Grants Manager, with a particular focus on widening access and participation in the arts. During the previous six years she worked at the Rothschild Foundation Europe, where she looked after their Archives, Libraries and Museums Programmes. Prior to that, Dorothée worked as a freelance editor and translator of Jewish literature.


  • Matthew Whittell
    Head of Finance &

    Matthew was appointed in January 2016. He works with trustees to oversee and implement the investment strategy for the Foundation’s endowment and ensure the Foundation’s sound financial management, accounting and reporting.

    Before joining the Foundation, he was Chief Financial Officer for Aggregated Micro Power and Climate Exchange plc, both companies working in the broad sector of climate change mitigation.  Previously, Matthew was a Director at Schroders and Citigroup, where he specialised in raising finance for companies in the public and private capital markets.

    He is a trustee of Global Village Energy Partnership, a small charity which seeks to provide energy access, chiefly in sub-Saharan Africa.   He is also a governor at Sherborne School.  These roles are an expression of Matthew’s interests in the environment, energy and education.

  • Emma Clarke
    Grants Assistant

    Emma was appointed in January 2016 to provide administrative support to the Grants team, Director and Trustees.

    She has over seven years’ experience in the not for profit sector, working with charities and other NGOs in Ireland and the UK, South Africa and Uganda.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Emma worked for the Badur Foundation supporting their grant making and in the policy and public affairs team at World Vision UK. 


  • Lauren Williamson
    Office Manager