John Adams OBE


John became Chair of the Foundation in October 2015. John has had a long career in the voluntary and statutory sectors, working at a senior level within some of the UK's largest disability charities.  He lives in Westbury and is a Trustee of several charities.  He has held a number of public appointments including Chair of the Department of Health's Voluntary and Community Sector Sounding Board, Justice of the Peace and is the Chair of the South East Wiltshire Advisory Sub Committee.  John was awarded the OBE in recognition of his contribution to social care.

William Wyldbore-Smith

Vice Chairman

William Wyldbore-Smith and his wife Prisca have lived in Bremhill since 1984 and have a daughter and two grandchildren living in London.

William had a 40 year career as a solictior working in the City of London, Bristol, Wiltshire and finally in Westminster for the last four years at Thrings LLP as Head of Private Client services, retiring in February 2013.

He has held a number of Public Service and voluntary sector appointments.  He was closely involved with Enterprise Agencies in both Bristol and Wiltshire, has served as a board member of the Bath and Wiltshire Health Authority and is closely involved with Youth Action Wiltshire.

William was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of the County in 2003 and in 2013 became High Sheriff for the year ending in March 2014.

Currently William holds a number of other charitable or voluntary appointments across the county and he and Prisca are both keen to encourage volunteering to help young people who face barriers to success in achieving their potential.

Emma Gibbons


Emma Gibbons became a trustee in 2012, was appointed Treasurer in September 2014 and now chairs the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee.

Emma is a Chartered Accountant working as a Senior Manager with Smith & Williamson in their Salisbury office, specialising in Charity accounts.
Emma is married with 3 children and lives on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.

Denise Bentley

Denise has been involved with the Foundation since 2001 when she joined (and eventually chaired) the Swindon Grants Panel as part of her voluntary charity committee role at TE Connectivity.  TE Connectivity now have an endowed fund with the Foundation.  Denise and her husband Paul have fundraised and volunteered at events for local groups and charities over the years including a tandem skydive for Swindon & District Samaritans.

Christopher Bromfield

Christopher became a Trustee in August 2010.  He is a practising solicitor and Partner in the firm of Wansbroughs in Devizes.  Among his other voluntary activities, Christopher has been a school governor for over 20 years, he is a Trustee of the British Society of Gastroenterology and of The Pony Club.

Helen Birchenough

Helen's first career was in advertising and brand design, which led seamlessly through raising three children into fundraising and the voluntary sector.  She served as a Trustee of the Salisbury Playhouse for nine years chairing it for three.  She is currently Chair of Wiltshire College and a Trustee of The Aegeas Salisbury International Arts Festival.  She is passionate about community and about Wiltshire, living in West Grimstead with her very supportive husband Simon.

Jason Dalley

Jason has been a trustee since 2012 and is a member of the Foundation’s Audit & Finance Committee and the Co-Investment Committee.  He is married, with three children and lives in Calne.  Originally an Army Officer based in Tidworth, Jason has worked in wealth management for the last 22 years and is now an Investment Director at Rathbones Investment Managers, based in Bristol. Although Jason was born in London, four generations of his family hale from Chippenham, and Wiltshire has been home for many years. 

Dame Elizabeth Neville DBE QPM

Dame Elizabeth was Chief Constable of Wiltshire from 1997-2004, having joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable in 1973.  She was High Sheriff of Wiltshire for 2010-2011 and is now a Deputy Lieutenant.  Elizabeth is a Trustee of the Wiltshire Bobby Van which helps elderly and vulnerable victims of burglary.  She undertakes various non-executive and adjudication roles for a number of public bodies.  Dame Elizabeth became a Trustee in 2011.

Alison Radevsky

Alison has a background in the voluntary sector, having worked as Manager, Director, Trustee or Chair of several national charities.  She now volunteers mainly on strategic or marketing projects with local and regional organisations in Wiltshire.  She moved to Devizes with her husband Richard in 2006 and they have two grown up children.

Ram Thiagarajah DL

Ram has lived in Swindon for over 17 years and is a retired civil engineer.  He is also a Deputy Lieutenant.  Since moving to Swindon Ram has been involved in voluntary sector organisations including Voluntary Action Swindon, Buckhurst Park Community Centre and Swindon Tamil Association.  He is passionate about helping those in need through organisations like the Wiltshire Community Foundation.

Sally Walden

Sally Walden was born in Trowbridge and spent her childhood in Wiltshire.  She worked in the City as an Investment Manager for 30 years and now lives near Salisbury with her family.  She is a Trustee of The Fidelity Foundation and a guide at Salisbury Cathedral.

Steve Wall

Steve was appointed as trustee in March 2015 having sat on the Audit and Finance Committee as a volunteer.    He is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Head of Business Performance Management at Zurich Financial Services.   He is also an Ambassador for the Zurich Charitable Trust. He now wants to use his 17 years of experience supporting Zurich's charitable trust in a wider field.


Elizabeth Webbe

Elizabeth Webbe became a Trustee of the Community Foundation in 2009.  She is a tax lawyer and her job is to help people avoid (not evade!) tax.  Originally from Suffolk via a long stint in the City of London, Elizabeth is now very happy to call Wiltshire her home.

Sue Webber

Sue Webber has over 50 years of experience with community groups and voluntary organisations and knows how important external funding is in supporting people to make a difference to the causes they feel passionate about.  Sue also understands how positive it is for businesses and individuals to be able help fund organisations locally.

Sue has lived in Swindon since 1973 and has worked with a wide range of groups to develop by training people in the skills they need to be effective and to measure the difference they are making. Sue sees the Foundation as a vital support in this work.