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.