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CEO

Karen Perkins

As CEO my role is to lead the strategic direction of the Foundation and uphold its values. Through strong, clear leadership, my focus is on building capacity, ensuring impact and sustainability of the Foundation and continuing to build our reputation as a champion for philanthropy in Bedfordshire.

Working closely with my senior team; the Head of Operations and Head of Partnerships, together we shall ensure that services are maintained and delivered to an exemplary standard and are always underpinned by our principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Head of Impact & Programmes

Francesca Johnstone

As Head of Impact & Programmes my role is to lead, manage and coordinate all aspects of the Foundations impact & learning and grant programmes delivery across multiple priority areas. I also lead on several initiatives including INSIGHT, this initiative offers support and advice to charities on accessing our services. We run several events each year, with a different focus each time e.g. climate/environmental, Recruiting volunteers, Mental Health, working with young people etc.

With an extensive background in the grants sector I am passionate about supporting local community groups in finding ways to address local need.

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Head of Business Development

Daniel Douglas

As Head of Business Development my role is to support the development of the foundation and its work with local partners and businesses, to build sustainable and beneficial relationships that can in turn help us deliver our core work to our communities.

With 14 years of experience in the sports, education, and community sectors. I am passionately dedicated to inspiring lasting change and creating opportunities

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Grants Manager

Rae Rahman

As a Grants Manager in the Grants Team I work across funds and initiatives, and ensure relationships with communities around the County are grown and nurtured over time. I work with applicants and organisations interested in making an application to ensure that they feel supported and confident in the process of applying for funding and monitoring their grant.

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Finance Consultant

Jaqui Childs

Jaqui has been advising the Foundation since June 2019. She is an FCA, having spent years as a partner in accountancy practices advising corporate entities. At the Foundation she oversees the finances, which includes fund management, reporting and accounting systems and reporting to the trustee board.
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Administrator

Amanda Denholm

The role of an administrator is quite varied! I will be working closely with all the BLCF team to ensure we can provide best support to all our partnerships.

My background is mainly within the financial services industry I’m hoping to utilise some of these skills to assist the foundation, as I live in Bedfordshire it’s exciting to work and build relationships locally. [email protected]

Grants Administrator

Deborah Hathway

I have experience of working within both the charity and voluntary sectors. Working for a charity pre-school, as well as previously undertaking the roles of charity trustee and school governor. I have always lived in Bedfordshire and enjoy being a member of the BLCF team.

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Grants Manager

Suzanne France

As a Grants Manager I work closely with local community groups and charities to help them navigate the grant application process. Additionally, in my role I work with groups to build strong relations, provide support and monitor approved projects to ensure they are on target and meet the needs of beneficiaries.
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Senior Grants Manager

Simon Cook

As Senior Grants Manager, I work with our Grants & Programmes Team to support organisations applying to us for funding. For over 18 years I have been a grants and programmes manager covering diverse activities such as policy analysis & development, employment support, refugee resettlement support, case management, immigration advice, supported accommodation, education and childcare. I am especially passionate about inclusion and social justice.

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Grants Manager

John Omotosho

John is an Alumni of the local university with extensive experience in business support management. He brings a sizeable amount of transferrable skills to the team to aid develop and diversify our grants management service by providing a more support-based approach to applicants.

He is a local resident of the community and is passionate about a better Luton for all.

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