Caroline Taylor

Chief Executive

Caroline has been Chief Executive since January 2016, having worked at ECF since 2004, and is responsible for the day-to-day management, growth and development of the Foundation. Caroline holds a master’s degree in Philanthropy, Social Investment and Grantmaking from Cass Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Communications. She is also a Trustee of Friends Provident Foundation.

Zoe Brampton

Grants Manager

Zoe helps to deliver on all aspects of the Foundation's grantmaking, including advising potential funding applicants, assessing applications and preparing information for consideration by our fundholders.

Catherine Burton

Director of Finance and Resources

Catherine leads on all aspects of our finances and investments, our financial reporting and compliance and contact with our Investment Managers, Auditors and Bankers. She manages our HR functions, helping to ensure effective recruitment, retention and development of our staff. She services our Finance & Investment and Audit & Risk Committees. Catherine holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA).

Dee Davies

Executive Assistant

Dee has years’ of PA experience in both public and private sectors. She provides business support to the CEO, Head of Development and wider senior management team.

Adeola Dosunmu

Grants Officer

Adeola joined ECF in May 2022. He works in the grants team to advise potential applicants, assess funding requests and put these to our fundholders for decisions. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment from Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to joining ECF, he worked for Do It Now Now, an organisation focused on the empowerment of Black communities in the UK where he served as an external grant assessor.

Lisa Green

Grants Officer

Lisa joined ECF in 2015. Sheworks within the grants team processing applications and leads on our funding for individuals.

Tracy Hardy

Finance Officer

Tracy is responsible for processing the day-to-day finances of ECF and for managing the financial activities of our individual funds. She works with our Head of Finance, preparing for the annual audit, quarterly reporting and works with our Grants and Development teams ensuring they have the financial support they need. Tracy holds the MAAT AATQB qualification.

Lucy Hollington

Grants & Communications Administrator

Lucy supports our grants and communications teams, collecting the stories and learning from our grantmaking and helping us to share this with our supporters and wider audience.

Maria Kravchuk

Grants Administrator

Maria joined us in May 2023 and provides administrative support to our busy grants team. She also welcomes people to our community space, the 'Foundation Hub', ensuring this runs efficiently.  

Jo Macaulay

Head of Communications

Jo ensures that all aspects of ECF’s work are effectively communicated to a wide audience, across different media. She works directly with our fundholders and grant recipients to publicise their work across the county, produces our annual review and manages all of the Foundation’s events.

Steven Mackenzie

Head of Operations

Steve is responsible for ensuring that our processes, systems and facilities operate effectively and maximise productivity. He develops and leads projects on operational improvements and manages our support functions and premises to ensure a high level of service to all our stakeholders.

Perry Norton

Head of Development

Perry is responsible for introducing the Foundation’s work to a wide audience of individuals, companies and professional advisers. He joined ECF from the Lord’s Taverners, the London-based youth cricket and disability sports charity, where he headed up the Corporate Fundraising team for five years. Before this, Perry was Business Development Manager at Essex Cricket.

Andy Payne Worpole

Director of Policy and Programmes

Andy has over 25 years' experience of working in the charitable, public and private sectors delivering metal health services, community engagement and service improvement. He is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking, public policy and working with voluntary sector and partners to promote a thriving civil society in Essex. Andy is also a Trustee of NSUN a small national mental Health charity with a focus user-led support and lived experience.

Frankie Webb-Huseyin

Grants Officer

Frankie joined the Foundation as part of the 2027 Talent Programme. She works within the grants team, advising local charities and assessing grant applications. Prior to this, she completed her Master’s degree in NGO and Development Management at the University of East London.

Fran Wright

Donor Relations Officer

Having worked at ECF since 2010, Fran has an in-depth understanding of the Foundation and the voluntary sector in Essex. Working within the communications team, Fran uses her knowledge to ensure we continue to develop and deliver a high-quality service to our donors and fundholders.