Sir Laurence, now retired as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, has been an active supporter of the Community Foundation since its earliest years. He served as a JP for 25 years, and is a former Chairman of the Rutland Bench and of the Central Council of the Magistrates’ Court Committee. He is President of Leicestershire and Rutland Magistrates’ Association, Freeman of the City of London and Trustee of both Oakham and Uppingham Schools. He holds a degree in Neurological Science from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Leicester. He was Sub Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Science 1990 to 2006. He became Knight Commander of the Victorian Empire in 2017.
He and his wife, Christine live in Rutland and he likes cycling, gardening and hedging.
Steph was Chair of the Community Foundation from 2017 to 2021. She is a retired Temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police and former Policy Advisor to Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. During her 30 year policing career she served in both Hampshire and Leicestershire. She was the police commander for the Isle of Wight, the first officer from the West to visit Russia as part of fraud investigation, and worked on behalf of the Foreign Office undertaking a scoping study of Policing in the Gambia.
Steph was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2017. She has an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University for her services to Leicestershire Communities, as well as a History Degree and an MSc in Professional and Policy Studies (Crime and Policing).
She and her partner are settled in Leicestershire and have embraced life in the locality, including voluntary work and speaking engagements.
Rick was Chair of the Community Foundation from 2009 to 2017. He was born and brought up in Leicester. A Chartered Surveyor and a Law Graduate, he directs his own Property Advice Consultancy and has been a Magistrate for more than 30 years. He is a Governor of two city schools, and chairs the Building Schools for the Future group. He is Chair of Healthwatch Leicestershire.
He says: “As a former Chairman of the Prince’s Trust, I have always been impressed by the unique character of the Foundation especially in matching donated monies from businesses and individuals with local deserving causes.”
Stuart is an experienced board member for a variety of sectors, notably focussed on the well-being of the East Midlands, its businesses and community. He has a wide range of business experience, including heading strategic planning and corporate communications for a FTSE100 company, Alliance & Leicester plc.
After a career in banking, Stuart now has a portfolio of non-executive and advisory roles. As well as being Chair of the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation, Stuart is a director of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and is President of the Chamber for 2023. He is also a Governor of De Montfort University.
Previous non-executive roles include ten years on the Board of the East Midlands Ambulance Service, seven as Deputy Chair. He was Chair of Governors of Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I sixth form college in Leicester for five years and a member of the Audit Committee of the University of Leicester.
Ian has worked in the financial services industry for 38 years and in Leicester for most of these. He is currently a Divisional Director – Investment Manager with Brewin Dolphin East Midlands. He has added significant investment experience to the Community Foundation Board in 2017.
Outside of work, Ian supports all Leicester sport and in particular Leicester Tigers, where he is a long term season ticket holder together with his father and son.
Mark retired as the Chief Executive of Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS) in 2022 after a long career in Financial Services. He has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles including MHBS’ charitable foundation, Chair at SULETS (a Leicester and De Montfort university student letting business) and a charity to preserve a local war memorial. He is currently Chair of Risk at Beverley Building Society.
He has a business degree (Warwick MBA) and is a Chartered Surveyor and lives in Market Harborough.
Dave’s career spans from Deputy Head of a comprehensive school in Leicestershire, to presenter, producer and commentator with BBC Radio Leicester. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, and acts as Communications Advisor to the Lord Lieutenant, as well as Chair of the committee promoting the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the County. He has been involved with many charitable initiatives over the years, including forming Applause, a CIC solely concerned with raising money for a number of local charities whilst promoting local music and musicians.
He worked with the Community Foundation to review and support many local charitable and voluntary groups as we delivered c£1.25m emergency coronavirus support grants, and continues using his journalistic background with stories that showcase the achievements of the charitable, voluntary and community groups which do so much to help our local area thrive.
Justine was born in Northamptonshire, attended university in Lancashire and spent most of her working life in Shropshire before moving to Leicester in 2010.
A solicitor with Howes Percival, she specialises in matrimonial and family law and is a qualified collaborative lawyer. In 2009 Justine spent 3 months as a volunteer teaching English at a school in a remote area of Ecuador.
She was appointed a Trustee of the community foundation in March 2012. This gives her an opportunity to connect with the vibrant community of Leicester and she hopes to raise awareness of the Foundation in the local business community.
Jonathan has worked in business for over 40 years at Colton Packaging Limited, a long established Leicestershire family business. Formerly Managing Director, he is now semi-retired and works as the company’s Finance Director at their new site in Loughborough. He spent 15 years actively volunteering for the local branch of a national charity.
Having been a donor via his endowment fund at the Foundation since 2012 Jonathan became a trustee in 2018. His interests outside of work include playing squash, golf, going sailing and watching Leicester Tigers.
Vijay Sharma is a Non-Executive Director at East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust and Chairs the Trust’s Workforce Committee. She is also a member of the Leicester University Council and Audit Committee; Vice Chair of Leicester University Medical School Student Fitness to Practice Committee and a Leicester University Stakeholder Governor on Kettering General Hospital.
In addition to joining the Community Foundation board in 2017, Vijay is a trustee of Rainbows Children’s Hospice and the Caxton Foundation. She is a former trustee of Leicester Theatre Trust – Curve and Gingerbread – and currently chairs Curve’s Health and Safety Committee.
A member of the Women in Philanthropy Steering Group, Vijay has also previously served as a non executive director on East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust and West Midlands Government Office.
During her career, Vijay was Head of the BBC Asian Network – a national Digital Radio Station.
Jenny is an experienced CEO, Trustee and senior manager in the voluntary and community sector. She has a strong, empowering and creative leadership approach to change management and the implementation of highly effective delivery to make a difference to people in need locally and nationally. Jenny has experience of achievement of national quality Awards, through strategic and project management in a variety of areas of health, education and social policy. Her particular interests are in developing effective partnerships and involving service users to bring about meaningful change. A focus throughout Jenny’s public sector career has been in championing the equality agenda through working with some of the most disadvantaged communities.
Jenny plays the cello in several local orchestras and enjoys walking, spending time with family and playing bridge.