HIWCF announces Jonathan Cheshire OBE as Chairman

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is pleased to announce that Jonathan Cheshire OBE has been appointed as Chairman from 1st August 2017.

Jonathan joined the Foundation as a Trustee in 2014 and has been successfully leading the Grants Committee for the last two years, working closely with Chief Executive Jakes Ferguson. HIWCF focuses on the smaller, lesser known, community and voluntary groups working on the frontline in our communities who often only need a few hundred pounds to make a difference to local people’s lives.

Jonathan is an enthusiastic and committed exponent of social inclusion, lifelong learning, and economic development, with long experience of managing skills and employability services. Jonathan retired as CEO of Wheatsheaf Trust in 2014, a charity which runs a range of innovative projects to support marginalised people into training and work. In 2014 the Trust won the Employment Related Services Association award for Partner of the Year and Jonathan himself won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jonathan is a leading developer of charities and voluntary agencies with particular expertise in youth and young people’s issues, employment, training and regeneration. Between 1996 and 1998 Jonathan founded Portsmouth Foyer, a housing and employment project for disadvantaged young people, and between 1989 and 1996 was director of a major national charity, Ocean Youth Club, then Europe’s largest sail training organisation and provider of outdoor education for young people drawn from all social, ethnic and geographical backgrounds. Previously he started a number of charities for homeless people in London which were responsible for many new ideas in housing management and funding.

Jonathan is currently Chair of Southampton Solent University and is a keen sailor and oarsman, he rowed for England in 1969 and sailed across the Pacific in 1978. Jonathan is also Vice-Chair of Street Kids International, Vice-Chairman of Sail Training International and Trustee for Association of Sail Training Organisations. He was previously Chair of both the Hampshire Employment and Skills Strategy Board and Princes Trust. In 2014 Jonathan was appointed OBE for services to social enterprise and he now takes over from Tom Floyd who served the Foundation as Chairman for 8 years.

Speaking about his new role, Jonathan said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Chairman of HIWCF and I look forward to working with HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire and President HIWCF Nigel Atkinson, our trustees and staff to make a positive difference to those in need across Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight. My predecessors Michael Campbell and Tom Floyd have set a very high standard for the role and I hope I can live up to their examples. Our region contains areas of deprivation in the worst 10% in the country and we will continue to target our grant-making towards those most in need who struggle on a daily basis. I am confident that we will continue to increase our support for them to give them the life chances they deserve.”

Jakes Ferguson, HIWCF Chief Executive said “We are delighted that someone of Jonathan’s stature in the local and national voluntary sector has taken over as Chairman, with the Foundation now poised for the next chapter after experiencing 20% year on year growth. Our endowment funds now stand at over £11.7m and we have awarded grants of over £7.6m to smaller charities and voluntary groups who provide vital support to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in our area. It is an exciting time for the Foundation ensuring thriving communities, and we look forward to working with Jonathan as we continue to inspire local giving for local needs.”

If you would like to find out more about HIWCF and our work carried out across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth please look at www.hiwcf.com

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About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at grantsadmin@hiwcf.com