Some team descriptions are coming soon.


Sir Rodney Walker


“The work of the Community Foundation in Wakefield has a growing importance in assisting people who are finding life difficult in these increasingly challenging times. Their role in attracting greater financial support to enable them to provide assistance is something I am keen to support.”

Harry Gration

Honorary Vice-President

Harry Gration presented BBC Look North for the Yorkshire region. He’s been a regular reporter and commentator for the BBC’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games coverage.

Away from broadcasting, Harry has been President of the Scarborough Cricket Festival and is currently involved with numerous charities all over Yorkshire, including The Community Foundation Wakefield District.

After hosting the Unsung Heroes Awards 2021, Harry said “Another wonderful and emotional experience with Wakefield’s Community Foundation celebrating some remarkable people. Thank you for having me.”


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

Cllr Denise Jeffery


Cllr Jeffery brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role with us. 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.

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.”

Jon Ingham


“I am delighted to be a supporter of the Community Foundation. The Foundation’s work across the Wakefield District has been instrumental in helping to forge partnerships between local communities and major employers based in their area. The work to stave off Winter Fuel Poverty has created new experiences for supporters and directed funds to families in urgent need. This pioneering work recognised the damaging effect of winter fuel poverty and has never had more relevant than today.”

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.”

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


Being a trustee for the Community Foundation Wakefield District enables me to keep in touch with the needs of the community in which I live. It gives me another perspective on how I can use my business skills to make a difference. Why the Community Foundation? Because it puts money directly into the hands of local people that can change their lives.

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


It is very rewarding being a Trustee for the Community Foundation, as I have the privilege to meet and help support the many inspiring individuals in our community who dedicated their time to helping others.


Craig Shepherd

Chief Executive Officer

Diane Hall

Diane Hall has worked for many charities, enjoying roles at The Prince’s Trust, The National Trust, Tang Hall Community Centre, Twinkleboost CiC, Goole Youth Action, and with local charity, Speak With I.T.

Diane will support the Community Foundation with the grants they give to those in need. She’s looking forward to helping people in her local area access crucial support. Having walked in the shoes of many of our beneficiaries, she’s particularly passionate about reducing poverty in any way she can.

Julia Smith

Retail Shop Manager

I began volunteering at The Give Box as a way to fill my time after taking early retirement from my job as a manager for a high street bank. It was a big change after 40 years of corporate working but I have always enjoyed the interaction with the public.  I was pleased to accept the offer to co- manage the shop and have seen it go from strength to strength. We now have a wide circle of regular customers and donators, and we support many local small charities- from baby banks and schools to elderly people’s care homes and everything in between. Every day is different, and we are amazed at the generosity of people. I look forward to the continued development of the Foundation!


Linda Shaw

Retail Shop Manager

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.

Niko Eyles

Retail Shop Assistant

As someone that grew up in poverty and knows what it’s like to struggle just to get by, I wanted to help provide people going through similar situations with the aid I needed during that time. At the Community Foundation, I know I’m making a difference and helping those close to home is incredibly fulfilling.