Our team photos coming soon.


Cllr Denise Jeffery


Cllr Jeffery brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role with us, and this makes her a great addition to our team.
Her experience is broad ranging; whilst Deputy Leader she held the Cabinet Portfolio for Regeneration and Economic Growth and despite the economic downturn, she was instrumental in bringing inward investment to the district.

Having a family history in mining, Cllr Jeffery has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Coal Mining Museum for England for the last 5 years.

She is also Chair of the West Yorkshire Place, Regeneration and Housing Committee and of Wakefield Council’s Recovery Board, which she set up in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support residents and businesses. Cllr Jeffery said: “It is a true honour to become a trustee of Community Foundation Wakefield District and to be able to contribute to and support the work of such a great organisation. I am in awe of all the work you do, and I look forward to working with the team, supporting your goals and aspirations which make such a difference to the lives of people and communities across our district.”

In her spare time, Cllr Jeffery is a keen rugby fan and enjoys reading and relaxing with holidays on the Yorkshire coast.

Jon Ingham


Claire Sutherley


A determined fundraiser, Claire is a tremendous support to the charity as she has a wealth of business experience after running a successful family security business for 25 years. Claire helps others to achieve their goals as SME Business Growth Manager at Wakefield Council.

Claire said, “I feel honoured to be the latest addition to the Community Foundation team and am looking forward to playing an active role in future support for those who need it the most within our district.”

David Dinmore


“I am proud to be Chair of the Board of Trustees.  As a Board, we work closely together with the support of our CEO, our Head of Development and our other employees and volunteers, to raise and redistribute funds to help those in need in Wakefield and District.

There can be few activities more rewarding than acting as a trustee of a charity like the Community Foundation. We know we are making a very real difference to the lives of the needy and vulnerable. We support and thank our fellow trustees for their varied and invaluable contributions to the charity sector of the United Kingdom.”

David Dinmore MBE DL

Chair of Trustees

Richard Hodgson


Before my retirement I was honoured to be asked to be a trustee of the Foundation, especially as I discovered that the Foundation had assisted a colleague of mine and his friends visit the battlefields of WW1. They were extremely grateful to the Foundation for its support, which convinced me that I ought to be become involved in an organisation which can have such a positive impact on peoples lives.

As MD I ensured my firm supported the Foundation as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility and the staff got behind the Foundation enthusiastically through many fund raising activities.

I feel privileged to have been associated with the Foundation as a Trustee for over 10 years, especially as the Foundation has been able to have assisted so many individuals and organisations who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, for their local communities across the whole of the Wakefield District.


Barbara Paterson


Louise Pearson


Louise has a financial background and have worked in banking and financial services for 24 years. 7 of which she has had her own business as a financial adviser specialising in pensions and investments. Louise felt that she could give something back to the foundation by way of her time and knowledge. She has always supported charities in one way or another but “The Foundation “ particularly attracted Louise as it reached out to a wide audience and was not directed at one given sector.

Marie Lees


Marie is a seasoned PR professional with 18 years experience. In 2020, following various agency roles including managing director, Marie established herself as an independent PR consultant. Throughout Marie’s career she has had the privilege of collaborating with a number of charities, and finding it incredibly fulfilling, was keen to lend her skills and experience as a trustee to support the Community Foundation Wakefield District, helping to make a positive difference to the people it serves.

Marie Szczepanski


Rebecca Payne



Courtnie Kirkham

Administration Assistant

I recently joined Community Foundation Wakefield District as an Administration Assistant. I am really excited to work with and support the organisation in helping individuals and families in need. Our teams and volunteers do some absolutely amazing work within our district and communities and I am very proud to be a member of the team who works behind the scenes and being able to see just how much our work has helped the people of Wakefield.

Josh Smith

Digital Marketing Assistant

I joined the Community Foundation Wakefield District as Digital Marketing Assistant. I am eager to work with the foundation in helping promote what we do and events happening, on social media. I’m happy to be a member of the team and am excited to see what’s in store.

Craig Shepherd

Chief Executive Officer

Theresa Barrett

Head of Development

Julia Smith

Retail Shop Manager

Linda Shaw

Retail Shop Manager


Sue Edwards



Sir Rodney Walker


Harry Gration

Honorary Vice-President