Trustees

John Adams OBE

Chairman

John became involved with the Foundation because of its vital role in supporting a flourishing local voluntary sector. He has worked at a senior level within some of the UK's largest disability charities. He lives in Westbury and is particularly concerned with homelessness and substance misuse.

John has held several public appointments including Chair of the Department of Health's Voluntary Sector Sounding Board, Justice of the Peace and he is a trustee of several charities. John was awarded the OBE in recognition of his contribution to social care and has been Chair of the Foundation since October 2015. 

William Wyldbore-Smith

Vice Chairman

William and his wife Prisca have lived in Bremhill since 1984 and have a daughter and two grandchildren living in London.  Currently William holds a number of 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.

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.

 

Emma Gibbons

Treasurer

Emma was very impressed by the ability of Wiltshire Community Foundation to reach so many parts of the community, and to increase the effectiveness of donors and philanthropists generosity by coordinating and targeting areas of need.  Emma is particularly keen to support education including behavioural aspects and believes the more we can engage children during their developmental years the better place the world will be for their future.

Emma is a Chartered Accountant working as a Senior Manager with Smith & Williamson in their Salisbury office, specialising in Charity accounts and lives on the Southwest Wiltshire border.  She became a trustee in 2012, was appointed Treasurer in September 2014 and now chairs the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee.

 

Denise Bentley

Denise is keen to address all areas of need as they are interconnected in creating a strong community and has been involved with the Foundation since 2001 after chairing her work charity committee at TE Connectivity to monitor their Community Foundation endowment.  Denise became a grants panel member and then chair of the grants panel which helped her to understand which local charities needed grants and the areas of need for Wiltshire and Swindon.  

Denise lives in Swindon and has progressed from PA to sales admin, marketing, and HR.  She was also previously chair of fundraising for the local branch of Samaritans and secretary of the local community council. 

Helen Birchenough

Helen believes that Wiltshire Community Foundation reaches far and deep into the community.  It understands the county that she loves so much and helps to bridge the big divide between the advantaged and the disadvantaged, the wealthy and the struggling.

Having lived in Salisbury for twenty years and through that time served as a trustee and chair of the Salisbury Playhouse, The Salisbury Festival and Wiltshire College, it is the power of both the arts and education to change lives, that gets her up in the morning. 

Helen's first career was in advertising and brand design, which led seamlessly through raising three children into fundraising and the voluntary sector.  She is currently Chair of Wiltshire College and The Salisbury International Arts Festival; and a Deputy Lieutenant.

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.

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, so he has a particular interest in supporting local communities.

Dame Elizabeth Neville DBE QPM

As Chief Constable of Wiltshire from 1997-2004, Dame Elizabeth worked with the Community Foundation as part of the partnership with other statutory bodies and the voluntary sector. As High Sheriff in 2010/11, Elizabeth engaged more closely with the Community Foundation, raising money to contribute to the High Sheriff’s Fund and got to know the Foundation even better, seeing the power of the work it does.  Elizabeth has particular interest in supporting young people and vulnerable elderly people. 

Elizabeth lives near Salisbury and currently works in the public sector, carrying out adjudication work for Companies House, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Pensions Regulator and the Phone Paid Services Authority.  Elizabeth is now a Deputy Lieutenant for Wiltshire and a trustee of the Bobby Van.

Alison Radevsky

When Alison moved to Devizes with her husband Richard in 2006, Alison wanted to get involved with the local community, so contacted the Community Foundation and volunteered as a grants panel member. With two grown-up children of her own, her interests lie particularly in breaking the cycle of disadvantage by raising aspirations and removing obstacles from young people's fulfilment of their potential.

Alison has a background in the voluntary sector, having worked as Manager, Director, Trustee or Chair of several national charities.  She now works and volunteers on strategic, governance and marketing projects and conducts grants assessments with national, local and regional charities. 

 

 

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.

 

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.