BCF Team
Berkshire Community Foundation is governed by a board of trustees which has a strategic overview for the direction and operation of the Foundation.  All trustees volunteer their time for this role.

The office team is made up of members of full-time and part-time staff, plus our volunteers, who manage and maintain the administrative and fundraising activities of the charity.

Our patrons
Royal Patron
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York

Corporate Patron
Panasonic UK Ltd.

James Puxley, Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire

Honorary Life President
Sir Philip Wroughton KCVO DL

Vice Presidents
Ian Campbell
Christine Gabriel
Lady Elizabeth Godsal MBE DL
Harry Henderson DL
The Rt Hon the Lord Iliffe DL
Sir Hugh Stevenson
Lady Catherine Stevenson DL
Sean Taylor DL
Susie Tremlett MBE
Jane Wates OBE

Our trustees
Trustees 5
Chris Dodson OBE DL, Chair of Trustees
Geoff Ash
Debra Allcock Tyler
Alexander Barfield
Nick Burrows
Margaret Haines MVO
Stephen Howard
David Oram
Sean Taylor DL
Jane Wates OBE
Kathryn Wiley
Our office team
Staff team
Gerry Lejeune OBE, Chief Executive
Claire Tyrrell, Programmes Director
Teri Kearsey, Communications & Business Director
Rosanne Hall, Office Manager / PA
Jane Williams, Head of Finance
Annabel Laird, Marketing & Grants Assistant
Elisha Russell, Community Liaison Officer

Current volunteers
Gaye Pottinger
Ursula Wood
Heather Laird


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  • “Diligence is always needed, as great projects, indeed great communities, aren't formed overnight."
    Joe McKenna
    Executive Director of BCF, 1993-1998
  • “During my 13 years as Lord Lieutenant, I witnessed what a difference Berkshire Community Foundation's grants made to the lives of so many people in Berkshire.”
    Sir Philip Wroughton KCVO DL
    Honorary Life President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "I believe in Berkshire. We all put our own families and homes first but in doing so, we want to ensure the community in which we live is one that we can be proud of."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The continuing support for local groups would not have been possible without a myriad of corporate and individual supporters, enthusiastic trustees and staff, the dedication of whom underwrites the success of Berkshire Community."
    Brigadier Robin Draper CVO OBE
    CEO, Berkshire Community Foundation 1998-2008
  • “Since I first became a trustee in 1991, my enthusiasm for BCF has never waned, as is the case it seems for everyone else who gets to know BCF. Particularly, of course, the recipients, who not only receive a grant but also sound advice on all aspects of developing the work of their organisation."
    Jane Wates OBE
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • “The original plans for the Foundation were driven by the needs of those living in Berkshire and how those needs could be alleviated. History has proven that not only was the concept behind the Foundation an inspired idea, but it was a workable one. As a former trustee of BCF, I am very proud that my family was involved from the start in establishing and developing such a fundamental part of charitable operations within the county."
    Richard Benyon MP
    MP for Newbury
  • "Phi-lan-thro-py: the act of donating money, goods, time or effort to support a charitable cause...any altruistic activity which is intended to promote good, or improve the quality of human life..."
    Definition of philanthropy
  • "I recognise that those of us that are luckier in life than others have the responsibility to those that are finding life a struggle... The Foundation makes it all so simple for me - I know the process and attention to detail ensures that what little help I do give hits the spot in the most efficient manner it can."
    Harry Henderson DL
    Vice President, Berkshire Community Foundation
  • "We have been very active in Slough, thanks largely to your very generous funding award."
    David Jannetta
    CEO, Alzheimer's Dementia Support
  • “We are very grateful to Berkshire Community Foundation for their grant. The funding will help Launchpad to continue to provide one to one support to disadvantaged people in Reading – by providing a clean, safe home, the foundation of all our support – and then the services to help people get their lives back on track: education, training and employment.”
    Roz Taylor
    Launchpad Reading
  • “We would not have been able to fund so many of these events without the generous support of Berkshire Community Foundation and we are immensely grateful. The smiling faces of the Young Carers says it all.”
    Alison McIntyre
    Friends of Young Carers
  • “Although child poverty is falling in the UK, there are still too many children growing up in disadvantaged circumstances, and we cannot be blind to areas of deprivation even in relatively affluent places such as Berkshire.”
    The Rt Hon. Theresa May MP
    Prime Minister