About Us

Two Ridings Community Foundation is the local Community Foundation for North & East Yorkshire and we connect people who care with local causes that matter

Yorkshire is a place that inspires people to set down strong roots and care deeply about the issues facing their community. Two Ridings Community Foundation is an independent local charity helping ordinary people do extraordinary things that make our local communities thrive, and improve the lives of people who live there. We were originally founded in 200o by the former Chief Constable of North Yorkshire, David Kenworthy, who had been inspired by the work of other Community Foundations across the country.  We provide local funding and support that ensures that small local charities and voluntary groups can continue and grow, providing essential care, support and opportunity for the most vulnerable in our communities. All funds raised are invested in North & East Yorkshire to make a real difference to local lives. Led by our local knowledge and insight, we direct support to where it is most needed.

How we help

We invest in local charities:

• Straightforward funding for vital community projects led by local people
• Skills support to help resilience and growth
• A voice for North & East Yorkshire’s charitable sector to raise awareness and investment

We encourage local giving:

• A trusted partner to share knowledge and expertise to inform your giving
• A range of simple ways to give that maximise the impact of your gift
• Join a community of Yorkshire people who share your passion and commitment to social justice

The Two Ridings CF team comprises  the Board of Trustees, our staff and a team of volunteers from across the region.

Board of Trustees

James Naylor

Chair of Trustees

James is an experienced CEO of Leisure & Restaurant businesses, Non-Executive Director & was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2011-12.

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Alison Pearson

Vice Chair of Trustees, Chair of Grants Committee

Committees: Grants Committee

Alison is an experienced Operations Director and Non-Exec Director.

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Andrew Wilson

Chair of Finance and Investment Committees

Committees: Finance & General Purposes Committee and Investment Committee

Andrew is an experienced manager in the Investment world, and Executive Director at Quilter Cheviot Ltd.

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Hannah Harris

Chair of Governance Committee

Committees: Governance Committee

Hannah is an experienced Company Secretary.

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Harriet Reid


Harriet is a Partner at Silk Family Law.

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Paul Downey


Committees: Finance & GP Committee

Paul is former Chief Executive DEFLOG VQ Trust, based in Beverley.

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Venetia Wrigley DL


Venetia runs the Ganton Estate and volunteers for the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners’ Trust, Opera North, Elizabeth Finn Care, St Nicholas’s Church, Ganton and the Middleton Hunt.

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Anthony Collinson


Committees: Finance & General Purposes

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Two Ridings Community Foundation Staff Team

Two Ridings CF has a team of dedicated and talented staff who all share the same vision and values of supporting grassroots charities in North & East Yorkshire. They work well together and have forged a number of great partnerships with other charities and public sector organisations.

Jan Garrill

Chief Executive

Jan has been Chief Executive of Two Ridings Community Foundation since September 2014.

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Stephanie Dunnill

Finance Manager

Committees: Finance & GP Committee

Stephanie is a very experienced finance manager and qualified accountant (CIMA).

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Jackie McCafferty

Grants Programme Manager

Committees: Grants Committee

Jackie is a highly proficient grants manager with 12+ years’ experience at Two Ridings CF of managing programmes, working with donors and all aspects of the grant making process.

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Roxanne Wood

Grants Programme Officer

Committees: Grants Committee

Roxanne joined Two Ridings CF in September 2016 from The Rank Foundation in Hull. She manages a number of grants programmes as well as leading on Open Data & 360Giving

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Frances Bryan

Finance & Operations Officer

Fran joined Two Ridings CF in February 2017 and looks after day to day financial and governance matters as well as our newsletter.

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Emma North

Grants Administrative Assistant

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Katherine Odom

Grants Programme Officer

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Harriet Johnson

Partnerships Manager - HEY Confident Futures

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Isabelle Clough

Philanthropy Associate

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Ali Spaul

Partnership Coordinator

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Natasha Billington

Participation Officer

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Two Ridings CF Volunteer Assessors

Our project assessors are highly skilled and valuable volunteers, each of whom have unique experience in the charity sector as well as knowing the needs in our region. Each application we receive is assessed by one of our assessors to ensure that every group we fund understands and meets local need. Without the efforts of our project assessors, we wouldn’t be able to fund over 300 projects a year with full confidence that each project is not only effective and sustainable, but also making a real difference to people’s lives.

Two Ridings CF Grants Committee

This committee meets quarterly and reviews applications from a variety of funds, including from our grassroots endowment, and #iwill. The Grants Committee also has delegated authority to review our grant making policy and practice. It oversaw a full review of our grants policy in 2017 and is looking to do the same in 2021.


Ali Pearson – Chair and trustee of Two Ridings CF

Hannah Harris – trustee of Two Ridings CF

Debbie Rosenberg – Trustee of Two Ridings CF

Richard Frith – Trustee of Two Ridings CF

Gill Hughes – Trustee of Two Ridings CF

Rolline Frewen – Trustee of Two Ridings CF

Christine Bainton – lay member. Christine has considerable experience of the Voluntary and Community Sector in York and North Yorkshire. She has been a member of the Standards Committee of City of York Council for over 10 years and was a former trustee of Two Ridings and is a grants assessor.

Tom Waring – lay member, Tom is CEO of Friends of St Nicks a charity based in York working with the community for climate action, the environment & increased public connection to nature. Tom was an expert member of our Bettys Trees for Life Panel

Peter Oluotch, – lay member, Peter is CEO of Humber Community Advice Services (H-CAS) based in Hull. HCAS provides information and advice to Hull’s minority ethnic communities.

Meg  Badorek-Miszczuk – lay member, Meg is a freelance Project Manager and Arts & Culture Adviser supporting organisations to reach diverse audiences.








Communications and Marketing Executive

Salary: £23,000 to £25,000 pa

Job type: Part time 21 hours per week

Are you looking for a role that will give you an opportunity to grow and create change from within, at an exciting stage of Two Ridings Community Foundation‘s long term growth?
Visit our news page for details on how to apply and the application forms

You will raise the profile of Two Ridings Community Foundation through the full range of marketing, media, digital technologies, and communications channels. The role will be critical to support the Foundation’s ambitious strategy and targets for growth and development.
For more information please visit our news section