New Trustees join the Northamptonshire Community Foundation
Four new trustees were appointed at the Northamptonshire Community Foundation's recent AGM in November, and all bring a variety and wide range of knowledge, expertise and skills to help the foundation in the next stage of its growth and development. We are delighted to welcome them to help govern our Charity. Paul Southworth OBE DL, Chair of the foundation said "We were thrilled that so many people applied to become trustees of our organisation, out of so many applications we were extremely pleased to appoint trustees with so much experience that the foundation needs to move forward to implement its five year strategic plan. I am sure all four will be a real asset to the work of our community foundation and will contribute to its growth over the coming years."
Ed Caswell is an Associate Director at local wealth management firm Cave & Sons. He manages investments on both a discretionary and advisory basis for private clients, corporates, trusts and charities, whilst also overseeing the firm’s business development endeavours. Before entering the financial services industry, Ed graduated with a first class honours in Banking & Financial Management in 2013. Outside of work, Ed is a Manchester United fan (though we don’t hold this against him), as well as a keen runner and gym-goer. Ed was appointed as a Trustee of Northamptonshire Community Foundation in 2021.
Richard Dimbleby was born and grew up in Rothwell in Northamptonshire and went on to study at King's College London. He enjoyed a career in Further Education Colleges in Hertfordshire, Surrey, Somerset and Dorset where he was the Principal and CEO of The Bournemouth and Poole College and a Governor at the Arts University Bournemouth and at Weymouth College. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset. Richard moved to Kingsthorpe Village in 2017 to be nearer his family and young grandchildren. He is enjoying walking and rediscovering Northamptonshire. Richard is now a Governor at Kingsthorpe Village Primary School and at The Bedford College Group which includes Tresham College.
In Dorset he was a Director of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a founding Trustee of the Dorset Community Foundation where he continued as a Trustee for 12 years. From first-hand experience he knows that even comparatively small grants to local groups and individuals can make a significant difference whether it is for community centres, drug rehabilitation, food banks, sports clubs, student bursaries, winter fuel grants or many other diverse community needs. Both in education and in his other activities Richard has a passionate commitment to community development and to enabling individuals to make the most of their opportunities. Richard became a Trustee of the NCF in 2021.
Syrah Nazir. Syrah’s aim in life has always been to make a difference to individuals and society by volunteering my time and experiences. She believes in the ethos of empowering others by creating opportunities to help improve lives. Syrah brings a wealth of knowledge of understanding local disadvantaged communities. She currently lives in Northampton with her family and has spent most of her life in this region and raised both her children here. Syrah’s academic achievements began at secondary school as a Head-Girl and further at university level where she achieved a BA Honours Degree in Economics with French and an Msc Degree in International Business Economics. Her vocational work includes several paid and voluntary positions in sectors including, banking, management, education, research and community initiatives. Her current role is Partnership Officer at Central East Northants Citizens Advice. Often a bridge between local residents and service providers Syrah is an expert in negotiating improvements in facilities available to them and through outreach initiatives. Syrah is involved in research work in conjunction with bodies such as the Poverty Truth Commission to help influence policy and promote the need for further enhanced long and short-term funding and support. Syrah speaks several community languages enabling her to communicate on different levels with people from diverse backgrounds. She is also on the board of Home-Start Northampton as an Equality and Diversity Board Advisor. Syrah also enjoys travelling with her children and experiencing new cultures and cuisine. The family also enjoys theatre, walking, cookery and reading together.
Nancy Stewart lives near Brackley, where she and her family run a foaling and retirement livery service and arable farm. She is also a Director of Stewart Energy Insulation Ltd, which manufactures industrial equipment for energy conservation to customers in the UK and worldwide. Trained as an architectural historian and conservator; she has taught in UK and US universities, and practiced primarily in the UK for many years. Nancy has always volunteered, focusing on protecting historic buildings and their collections, and on access to education. She is a former trustee of local and national charities including Northamptonshire’s Sulgrave Manor, and supports numerous local families to advocate for their children. As Honorary Commander of US Air Force’s 422nd Wing, with bases at Croughton, Fairford and Welford, she addressed housing needs and base school closure. Nancy focuses on rural exclusion, homelessness and hidden poverty in her work with local organisations.