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The Trustees


Dr Sir Laurence Howard KCVO OBE, JP
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Dr Sir Howard has recently retired from his long held position as Lord Lieutenant of Rutland. He was appointed in 2003 and had been a Deputy Lieutenant since 1997. He served as a JP for 25 years, 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 and is also a Freeman of the City of London. He is a Trustee of both Oakham and Uppingham Schools.

Dr Howard holds a degree in Neurological Science from the University of Nottingham and a PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Leicester. He joined the University staff in 1974, was appointed Sub Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Science in 1990 and retired in 2006. He became Knight Commander of the Victorian Empire in 2017.

He and his wife, Christine live in Rutland. He lists his hobbies as cycling, gardening and hedging. 

Vice President

Countess of Gainsborough LVO DL

Vice President

Ian McAlpine OBE


Steph Morgan QPM
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Steph Morgan

Steph is a retired Temporary Deputy Chief Constable from Leicestershire Police and former Policy Advisor to Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

During her 30 year career she served in both Hampshire and Leicestershire.  For a time she was the police commander for the Isle of Wight, was 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 is now involved in voluntary work and recently was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal at an investiture at Buckingham Palace.  Steph also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from De Montfort University for her services to Leicestershire Communities.  Steph holds 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.

Vice Chair

Rick Moore LLB, FRICS, JP
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Rick 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 was Chairman of LRCF for 8 years, stepping down in 2017 but remaining a committed member of the Board of Trustees. 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.”


Trevor Shaw
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Trevor trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in Leicester before specialising in company taxation. His work has taken him to a number of different cities working for firms in Nottingham, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Leeds and London. He has now returned to Grant Thornton in Leicester, and lives in Melton Mowbray.

Outside of work Trevor is involved in ProHelp as part of Leicestershire Cares and in 2012 walked the Leicestershire Round in 4 days to raise over £2,000 for two local charities.

Trevor is really impressed with the Community Foundation and the broad range of donors and activities that benefit from its work. He was delighted to become a trustee in September 2014.

Trevor said, ‘It’s great that through the Community Foundation a donor’s money can have far greater impact across a broad range of needs: much more than any individual could hope to achieve on their own’.


Nisha Chandarana
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Nisha previously worked with the Community Foundation as a consultant advancing philanthropy within Leicestershire and Rutland before joining the Board.

Nisha qualified as a dispensing optician and for six years was a general manager for Vision Express. Here she was involved in the growth of the organisation, leading on the set up and operation of new stores.

Nisha has worked with her husband in their textile business, and has recently set up her own business in Care for the Elderly.

In her spare time Nisha enjoys cooking, reading and socialising.


Robin Clarke
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Robin joined the Community Foundation board in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has worked in the profession for thirty years.

A Partner at Strutt and Parker, Robin has also worked for The Crown Estate as a Portfolio Manager as a member of its leadership team.

He is a Trustee of CLA Charitable Trust and a business mentor for The Prince’s Trust, with a keen interest in promoting education.

Robin’s other interests include conservation promotion on his arable and livestock home farm. He also enjoys gardening, architecture, heritage, antiques, and spending time with family.



Stuart Dawkins
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After a career in banking which included eight years on the Executive Committee of FTSE100 bank, Alliance & Leicester, Stuart Dawkins now has a number of non-executive director and advisory roles, many supporting the well-being of Leicestershire and the East Midlands.  These include being a non-executive director of the East Midlands Ambulance Service and of the Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce. Stuart became a Trustee of LRCF in September 2012.


Justine Flack
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Team portraitsJustine 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.


James Kirkpatrick
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Team portraitsJames has worked within funding for over 15 years – for the Big Lottery Fund, Children in Need and Comic Relief, as well as working on “the other side of the fence’’ as a trusts and grants fundraiser for a number of East Midlands’organisations. He holds an MSc in Grantmaking Management from the Cass Business School (City University, London).

“From experience I am aware of the importance of the work of Community Foundations across the country, so when the opportunity arose to join and support LRCF, I jumped at the chance.’’ 


Ian McCormack
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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.



Nickie Philbin
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Nickie has worked in the media for twenty five years as journalist then agent and production director for theatrical, voice over, music and photography agencies and production companies. She also works for Voluntary Action South Leicestershire.


Riaz Ravat
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Riaz is Deputy Director of the St Philip’s Centre, responsible for heading up religious and belief literacy training courses, community relations engagement, financial administration, media communications, quality assurance, crisis management caused by national and global incidents and business and partnership development. His work brings him into contact with many organisations including local and central government, other agencies and overseas partners.

Riaz also serves as a member of the Crown Prosecution Service’s East Midlands Hate Crime Panel, the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Prevent Challenge Panel, Leicester Cathedral Council, Bishop of Leicester’s Faith Leaders Forum, Leicester College Multi Faith Chaplaincy Service and Advisor to MBCOL – a death and bereavement service.


Dr Vijay Sharma
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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.


Steve White MBE
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Steve White joined the board in September 2013.

The former head of Rushey Mead School, he now holds a number of formal and informal roles working to promote an understanding between the diverse communities in Leicester. He was awarded an MBE in 2016 for voluntary services to education and sport particularly in Leicestershire.


Her Grace, the Duchess of Rutland
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Emma spent her childhood as part of a farming family; trained at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama in London before setting up her own interior design company.

Emma is Vice Patron of Friends of Alton Abbey, Patron of Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust and President of Rainbows Children’s Hospice: her passions include British Tradition, heritage, craftsmanship, creativity and innovation.