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 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.
Head of Finance
Catherine is responsible for the day-to-day management of all financial activity, our financial reporting and compliance and is the main point of contact for our Investment Managers. She prepares our financial statements, leads preparation of the annual audit and supports our Finance & Investment and Audit & Risk Committees. Catherine holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA).
Kate works on all aspects of the Foundation's promotion; marketing materials, press, website, social media and events to raise the profile of our work across the county.
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 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.
Grants and Programmes Administrator
Lisa joined ECF in 2015. She supports the grants team in processing applications and leads on our funding for individuals.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Head of Programmes
Andy has over 20 years of public service experience, as a mental health practitioner, and programme manager in the charitable, social care and health sectors, as well as leading on community engagement at a national level. He is responsible for the Foundation's grantmaking and programmes working with the voluntary and community sector and helping our donors to make the greatest impact.
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.
Having worked at ECF since 2010, Fran has an in-depth understanding of local social issues and works with third sector organisations and our donors, helping to identify, develop and deliver grant making programmes.