Dinah Cox (Chair)
Dinah Cox OBE is a charity consultant who moved to Devon in 2014. As Chair of the Wembley National Stadium Trust she is involved in funding sporting initiatives. She lives in the village of Bere Alston where she is on the local gardening group committee. The first 50 years of her life were spent in London where she studied social policy at South Bank University and the London School of Economics and gained over twenty years’ experience working to influence, develop and fund social change both in paid and trustee work in community and voluntary sector projects. She also worked for Government as a Senior Policy Advisor and as the first head of the Royal College of Nursing Foundation. Spending time with her son, walking in Devon's beautiful countryside and growing great chillies are important to her.
Dinah is committed to seeing a world where people from all backgrounds get the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Read our interview with Dinah here.
Ed Burnand (Vice Chair)
Ed has lived in Devon since 2003 and before that worked in London for over 10 years. He is a Partner at AB… the ideas agency based in Exeter and works with clients locally, nationally and internationally. His focus is on strategy and management and he has been responsible for the development of a number of innovative client projects across branding, corporate reporting, moving image and digital. Ed believes that planning and knowledge are critical to producing effective communications and was introduced to DCF whilst working on their brand and website. He has over 20 years of client-side and consulting experience having worked at Tequila London and Telewest Broadband (now Virgin Media). Ed is married with three children and lives outside Cheriton Fitzpaine in mid-Devon. He studied History at Newcastle University.
Bishop Robert Atwell
The Rt Revd Robert Atwell was installed as the 71st Bishop of Exeter on 5 July 2014. Bishop Robert Spent his early years in Ilford, Essex, then read theology at St John’s College Durham. After ordination training in Cambridge and at the Venerable English College, Rome, he served as a curate in North London before returning to Cambridge as Chaplain to Trinity College. This was followed by ten years as a Benedictine monk at Burford Priory in Oxfordshire, after which he became Vicar of St Mary’s Primrose Hill in London. He was appointed Bishop of Stockport in the Diocese of Chester in 2008. In his spare time Bishop Robert enjoys gardening, reading and writing.
With brief a brief spell working in the Housing Department of the South Hams Council and for the Herald Express Newspaper in Torquay James finally decided that the law was for him. After completion of his Solicitors Final Exams James trained as a solicitor in Torbay before moving to Exeter in 1992 and then in 2002 to Kitsons LLP where he is Managing Partner. James is also Chairman of the Torquay Chamber of Commerce, on the Executive committee of the Torbay Business Forum and a Director of Learning Academy Partnership (SW). James is married with 3 children. His hobbies include playing and watching sport, reading and walking.
Caroline Harlow has lived in Devon for 27 years. Trained as a Speech and Language Therapist, she worked with brain injured clients and their families. Since 2010 she has been involved in TEDxExeter, St. Petrock's centre for the homeless, Schumacher College at Dartington and most recently The Shannon Trust, an organisation with a vision to make every prisoner a reader. She has been involved with DCF for 4 years having found out about the foundation at a Devon Funding Network event. She lives in central Exeter.
Read our interview with Caroline about her trustee role with DCF here.
Peter has spent most of his time in London starting his career with Royal Sun Alliance and then Schroders. In his late 20s founded an Independent Financial Advisers firm called Holden Meehan and a further company called Holden & Partners. He has been an Independent Financial Adviser for over 35 years retiring to Devon in 2017. During that time he advised high net worth individuals, families and charities. He brings a wealth of experience and understanding of financial markets to the Charity. He has a particular interest in commercial property and investments that are involved in delivering solutions surrounding the subject of climate change. Peter is married with two grown up children and in his private life he follows international cricket at home and abroad, enjoys fly fishing and is also an enthusiastic sailor.
Sally joined DCF as a trustee after a 35 year career as a print, broadcast and online journalist, latterly as Health Correspondent for the BBC in the South West, where she was known by her maiden name, Sally Mountjoy. Covering medical, health and care issues gave her an insight into the social and health challenges facing the region, and also the chance to meet some of the impressive volunteers working to fill the gaps in statutory services. Getting involved with the foundation, as a trustee and by setting up a donor fund with her family, provides a welcome opportunity to support those individuals and projects helping to improve lives at a local level. Born and brought up in London, Sally studied English at Leeds University but has spent her working life in the South West. She is married with three children, who were all born in Devon. She lives in the South Hams with her family, a large herd of alpacas and an elderly labrador. She enjoys trekking, coastal and countryside walks, swimming and staying fit, and the theatre.
Read our interview with Sally about her philanthropy work with DCF here.
President HM Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Mr David Fursdon
David became Lord Lieutenant of Devon and the Queen’s representative in the County in April this year. He has worked with a number of charities in Devon over the 37 years that he and his family have lived here. He has held a number of public roles (Crown Estate Commissioner; English Heritage Commissioner; Chair of the SW Board for the 2012 Olympics and Chair of the SW Rural and Farming Network) as well as running his own business. He has also been Chairman and President of the Country Land and Business Association and been involved with Government in working on several policy initiatives including those focussing on affordable housing and on new entrants into agriculture. He was High Sheriff of Devon in 2009.
Graham Howe FCA CTA
Educated at Tiverton Grammar School and Blundell`s, Graham then qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Following a period with National firm Clark Whitehill in Cheltenham, he and his wife returned to Devon in 1985. A Partner with South West Accountants Bishop Fleming until 2008, he then joined the board of The Pavey Group with the title of Finance Director, but also focusing on strategy. Significant growth led to their sale to A J Gallagher in 2019 with Graham taking retirement. Roles now include not only Trustee of Devon Community Foundation but also Governor of Blundell`s and Trustee of the Church House Charity. Living in South Devon, Graham has one son, and enjoys golf, walking and rugby.
Sir Ian Amory DL; Lady Arran DL MBE; Sir Eric Dancer KCVO CBE JP FRSA
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