Chief Executive: Martha Wilkinson @Monamission
Martha has 30 years' experience in the private, public and social economy. Passionate about the value of strong communities, she has previously been a retailer, business advisor, communications specialist and founding Director of a social enterprise in East London. Martha was self-employed for nearly ten years helping communities of all kinds identify the change they wanted from their public services before she joined DCF as our Chief Executive. She says "it is the most wonderful opportunity for Devon people to help themselves bring about the future they want and for me to make a real difference as well". We sometimes allow Martha to go home to her husband and daughter, chickens and garden.
Deputy Chief Executive: Sarah Yelland @Syrahy
Sarah has worked in the community and social care sector for 25 years. Having studied for a degree and master’s degree in Disability in the 90’s, she has worked in supported housing and community support in area and regional management posts across the South West. Having a reputation as a bit of a geek; at DCF, Sarah’s talents lie in measuring and reporting on quality and impact. When not at work Sarah loves spending time with her family, hill walking, cooking and eating Indian cuisine and renovating old buildings.
Philanthropy Director: Scott Walker @dcf_scott
Building trusted relationships with clients has been the common theme that has run through Scott’s career. With 12 years in financial services, 4 years in dot.com start-ups and then 10 years as a Director of an Advertising Agency he has gained a varied and extensive experience of business and people. Away from the office Scott tries to keep fit with running and cycling and both enjoys and endures Rugby. Enjoying watching Exeter Chiefs and coaching a youth team, enduring watching Scotland.
Finance Manager: Theresa White
Theresa has over twenty-five years of experience in accounting, she has worked in practise, industry and charity sectors. Theresa is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. When not at work, she loves being with her family.
Knowledge Guru: Nicola Frost @frostnicola
Nicola has a degree in English from Cambridge, and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths, London. As an academic researcher (at Goldsmiths, SOAS and City University London) her interests include: community organisations and volunteering; multiculturalism; migration; food and festivals. She has conducted fieldwork in Indonesia, Sydney, and London’s Brick Lane. She’s also worked for Oxfam (as campaigner, editor, writer, and administrator), and for Torbay Community Development Trust. Just returned to her childhood home of Crediton with her husband and three young children, she enjoys walking, gardening, and some enthusiastic if talentless sewing.
Senior Administrator: Claire Penberthy
Claire brings with her a wealth of administration experience, from a range of disciplines, including HR, sales, accounting, systems & IT and most things in between! She has worked predominantly within the private sector but did have some charity sector experience prior to joining DCF in 2017. Claire also has a Business Degree, is a part qualified teacher and is currently studying for a Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has lived in Devon all her life and when not working, Claire enjoys spending time with her young family, gardening, exercising, renovating her house, walking the dog and is also a keen member of a local badminton club and dramatic society.
Senior Philanthropy Advisor: Jo Hunt
With a predominantly community and not-for-profit based background, both in a work and voluntary capacity, Jo is delighted to be part of the team assessing grants and developing funds to benefit local communities in need. Having returned to her home county after 30 years of living in London and Bucks, Jo is immersing herself in the demands and joys created by living in her dream cottage in rural mid Devon. When not enjoying time with family and friends, Jo will be found gardening, decorating, playing tennis, at a music event, the cinema or out for a walk. Promises to her family of doing more home-baking have not yet materialised but perhaps one day!
Philanthropy Administrator: Claire Lavery
Claire joined DCF in September 2014 after returning to Devon when her husband finished 23 years in the Armed Forces. She has 15 plus years of administration experience and now loves being submerged in the world of grants. When Claire is not working she enjoys being with her family, cooking and walking in the countryside.
Content Creator: Jo Moulton
Jo joined us in May 2019. After entering her career through the admin and customer service route Jo decided to leave all that behind her in the pursuit of creativity and completed her Media Arts degree before taking on roles in photography and marketing. Outside of work Jo sings in a function band and loves to run.
Project Coordinator (Community & Philanthropy Teams): Sally Clements
Sally comes to us with thirty years experience of working with young people and families in community and education settings. She has worked in both regional and national roles including at Arts Council England, Youth Music and Catch22 alongside developing freelance career that involves supporting arts and cultural organisations to make sense of their work and build their engagement programmes, and as a trainer and moderator for the Arts Award qualification, which she still does when not at DCF. She is proud to be vice chair of the regional BBC Children in Need committee. At home she can be found pottering - in the garden, in the kitchen…whilst waiting for the next call to provide the in-house teenage taxi service; or walking the dog along the Grand Western Canal (to escape teenagers) and trying to catch a moment to draw or paint her next masterpiece.
Wellbeing Exeter Programme Team
Programme Development Manager: Eleanor Tomlinson
Eleanor has had 12 years of working in various administrative, client-facing and management roles in the charity sector in London with a focus on working with refugee and migrant communities. Most recently she has been managing and developing projects with these communities to improve health, wellbeing and promote social inclusion. She is excited to be joining DCF and the Wellbeing Exeter teams. Her other interests include spending time exploring Exeter and Devon with her family, reading, growing stuff in her garden, learning languages and making the most of having family who have relocated to the French countryside!
Positive People Programme Team
Community Guru: Fran Esau
Fran joins us with more than 30 years experience across private, public and charitable sectors. She has worked in housing, neighbourhoods, homelessness, care and retirement leasehold in both people and business management roles, as well as customer-facing. She recently made a life-decision to travel as much as possible, and has visited 8 different countries in the last few years, with a plan for at least 3 a year from now on.