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The National Lottery Community Fund Communities Can Conference

About this event

To attend the whole day please sign up to both AM and PM sessions from the drop down options above.

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund awarded over £650 million in grants to over 14,000 projects, in every local authority across the UK. We fund thousands of local groups thanks to players of The National Lottery, many of them small, grassroots organisations. 80% of our grants are for under £10,000 and 60% of organisations receiving our funding have turnovers of less than £100,000. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve seen local community groups and charities be a powerful force for good, making a big difference, often with only small sums of money – supporting individuals to connect, reducing feelings of isolation, and helping communities thrive.

One year on since the initial impact of the pandemic was felt in the UK, you are invited to join us for a day of thought-provoking discussion. We will be bringing together learning and insights gained over the past year, projects we have funded and sector leaders to explore how we can continue to support communities in the best possible way as the pandemic continues, but also looking to rebuild stronger as we look towards a brighter future post pandemic.

Each session will give grant holders, thought leaders and fellow funding organisations the opportunity to share the voices of those making the most difference on the ground. You will have the chance to share your thoughts and questions to participate in the discussion on how to get the best out of future activities that will help create strong, resilient communities.

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    Faiza Khan MBE Engagement and Insight Director @ TNLCF

    Faiza joined the Fund in 2020. She is responsible for leading our activities across communications, engagement and knowledge and learning. She was previously Director of Policy and Communications at Paul Hamlyn Foundation and before that led a national citizen engagement programme. She has been a...

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    Elly De Decker England Director @ TNLCF

    Elly is England Director for The National Lottery Community Fund, before joining the Fund, Elly worked with the international children’s charity, Save the Children, in overseas development and in management consultancy and also ran a number of strategic funding programmes for Impetus.

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    Joe Rich

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    Maggie Langhorn Operations Manager @ Salford Foundation

    I trained as a PE teacher before moving into Social Care over 40 years ago, managing homelessness projects, children’s homes, offender services and fostering children with complex needs. My passion has always been enabling people to change their lives for the better. I believe that given the ri...

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    Sian Jones Welsh Language Officer @ The National Lottery Community Fund

    Welsh language officer ensuring the Fund and the amazing projects we support, work in compliance with Welsh Language legislation.

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    Paula Reynolds Chair @ Funders Forum for Northern Ireland

    ​Paula is chair of the Funders Forum for NI. Its role is to connect grant-makers on issues and funding opportunities, consider partnership and collaboration, to promote philanthropic giving and share information on funding policy and processes. The Forum was vital to funders during the recent pan...

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    Shannon .

    I work in Project Management by trade, I am currently a Boardroom Apprentice on the Northern Ireland NLCF committee, including both the Empowering Young People and People & Community panels. ​

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    Duro Oye Chief Executive @ 2020 Change

    Duro Oye, a London based award winning social entrepreneur and filmmaker. Duro is chief executive of 2020 Change a youth empowerment social enterprise renowned for helping young people realise their true potential and cultivate the right mind-set to engage with today’s changing society. “If a yo...

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    Nick BSL Interpreter BSL interpreter

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    Baroness Diana Barran MBE Minister for Civil Society @ DCMS

    Baroness Barran was appointed as the Minister for Civil Society for the UK Government on 26 July 2019. In this role she is responsible for policy related to the UK's Civil Society, including but not restricted to responsible business and social enterprise, youth and social action, and loneliness.

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    Dame Caroline Mason Chief Executive @ Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is one of the UK’s largest independent funders. Esmée aims to improve our natural world, secure a fairer future and strengthen the bonds in communities in the UK. Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Ch...

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    George McGowan Project Director @ Old Library Trust

    Project Director at the Old Library Trust - a healthy living centre based in the heart of the Creggan estate in Derry. A charity that simply exists to provide opportunities for local people to improve their physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing. A recognised model of good practice bot...

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    Chris BSL Interpreter

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    Fozia Irfan OBE Director of Children and Young People @ BBC Children in Need

    ​Fozia has recently been appointed the Director of Children and Young People at Children in Need, specialising in equitable funding distribution and investment for young people.  She was previously awarded the national 'Rising Star CEO' award by the National Charity Times  and voted one of the 25...

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    Kimberley .

    Kimberley is 23 years old and from Hull. She works for The National Lottery Community Fund grant holder This-ability and she's passionate about supporting young people with disabilities and health conditions to find sustained employment.

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    Yvonne Field Founder and CEO @ Ubele

    Yvonne Field is the Founder and CEO of The Ubele Initiative, an African Diaspora led social enterprise helping to build more sustainable communities across the UK. Over the past four decades, Yvonne has been working with women, young people and Black and marginalised communities to fulfil a lifel...

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    Danielle Walker-Palmour Director @ Friends Provident Foundation

    Danielle Walker Palmour is the director of the Friends Provident Foundation, which is an independent grant-making and investment charity that was established from unclaimed shares arising from the de-mutualisation of Friends Provident Life Office in 2001. In 2013 she joined the judging panel for ...

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    John Rose Interim CEO @ TNLCF

    John was appointed Interim CEO from January 2021. When not fulfilling this role, John is the deputy accounting officer and responsible for the development, delivery, and communication of The National Lottery Community Fund’s grant programmes in Wales, working closely with stakeholders in the publ...

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    Dr Calum MacLeod Policy Director @ Community Land Scotland

    ​Dr Calum MacLeod is policy director of Community Land Scotland, the national membership organisation for rural and urban community landowners in Scotland established in 2010. He is also an independent sustainable development consultant and is based in Glasgow.

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    John Mothersole Committee Chair @ TNLCF - England Committee

    John Mothersole has held senior local government posts in UK cities including London, most recently as Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council. Since standing down from that post in December 2019 after 11 years, John has taken on a series of non-executive roles which now include Chair-Designate...

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    Nick Gardner TNLCF

    As Head of Climate Action, Nick is responsible for delivery of the Fund’s £100 million Climate Action Fund, awarding money raised by National Lottery players to help communities take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

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    Jemimah .

    Jemimah is 22 years old. She just moved back to London after living in Lancashire for a few years and volunteers with The Wildlife Trust. She's passionate about the environment, mental health and inspiring young people to make a change.​

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    Sir Adrian Webb Chair @ TNLCF - Wales Committee

    Previously Vice-Chancellor of Glamorgan University, Sir Adrian has a wealth of experience of leading at executive management level in public, not for profit and education sectors. He has been involved in many UK and Welsh Government initiatives.

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    Serena .

    Serena is 22 years old and lives in Hawarden in Flintshire. She works as a Creative Engagement Assistant at Theatr Clwyd working with community groups to use the arts to improve health, wellbeing and accessibility, and wants to support young LGBT+ people in Wales.​

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    Afsheen Kabir Rashid CEO @ Repowering London

    Co-founder CEO of Repowering and chair of Community Energy England. She is a community energy specialist with over 15 years’ experience working with communities, Local and National Government. Afsheen was awarded an MBE for her work delivering renewable energy to deprived London communities

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    Osian Davies

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    Roy Kareem

    I am a Black and Green Ambassador for Bristol, a programme focused on getting diverse voices heard in conversations about sustainability. I’m also the Director of Bright Green Future, an environmental leadership programme for young people, based at the Centre for Sustainable Energy in Bristol.

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    Clover Hogan

    Clover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the Founder and Executive Director of Force of Nature. Force of Nature is a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. Through virtual programmes, they empower young people in 50+ countries to cultivate m...

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    Craig Leitch Greener Kirkcaldy

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    Pippa Coutts Policy and Development Manager @ Carnegie UK Trust

    ​Pippa Coutts was a freelance research and development consultant specialising in health, social care and employability. Hence, Pippa has worked with The Scottish Government, Local Authorities, the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE), the Department of Work and Pensions and Department f...

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    Ndidi Okezie CEO @ UK Youth

    ​Ndidi is the CEO of UK Youth; a leading national charity with a growing network of over 7000 youth organisations and nation partners who use the educational disciplines of youth work to support the social, personal and skill development of over 4 million young people. 

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    Carol Mack OBE Chief Executive @ ACF

    Carol Mack is the Chief Executive of ACF, the UK-wide membership association for foundations and grant-making trusts. ACF’s mission is to support foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way that they use their resources for social good. Its 400 plus members include family trusts, corpora...

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    Kim .

    Kim is 22 years old and lives in Swansea and recently graduated from Swansea University in Medical Biochemistry. She works at the Centre of African Entrepreneurship in Swansea as a Youth Entrepreneurship

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    Raheel Mohammed Director @ Maslaha

    Raheel the director and founder of Maslaha and named as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals by the Observer newspaper and Nesta. He has also been a judge for this award.  Under his direction Maslaha creates long-term interventions tackling inequalities in areas such as health, education, gender in...

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    Maggie Jones Chief Executive @ CVAA

    Maggie Jones is currently Chief Executive of the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) which is a national body co-ordinating and supporting charities that work to make adoption placements. She was formerly Chief Executive of Foundation, a Leeds-based organisation dedicated to building...

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    Richard Jackson Chief Officer @ Voluntary Action Leeds

    ​Originally trained as a Master Craftsman Carpenter, Richard has worked in the Leeds Third Sector for 30 years, the last 10 as Chief Officer of Voluntary Action Leeds, leading, facilitating and delivering solutions focused collaborations mainly in local neighbourhoods, communities & the city of L...

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    Amelia .

    Amelia is 18 years old and lives on a farm in Yorkshire. She works for Ribble Rivers Trust as an Apprentice and volunteers with Our Bright Future. She's passionate about the environment and all things wildlife.

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    Ian Thomas Welcome to our Woods

    Ian is presently the operations and program manager at the welcome to our woods project. The project showcases an alternative option for managing public forestry land in a deprived geographical area at the head of the Rhondda Fawr Valley, Treherbert. Ian is a keen forager and hill walker. A fa...

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    Abdou Sidibe Head of Regional Funding – Yorkshire & Humber @ The National Lottery Community Fund

    Abdou is Head of Regional Funding for Yorkshire and Humber region at the National Lottery Community Fund. He leads a talented team of funding officers and managers who are embedded in their local communities and making grants that support the Fund’s ambition to put People in the Lead.    Prior t...

The National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest community funder in the UK – and is proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion.