Viviane Vayssières originates from La Rochelle, France. For a span of thirteen years, she held the position of Display and Sales Promotions Manager at Dickins & Jones Harrods Ltd in London. However, it was during her tenure as the Sales and Marketing Director at James Egleton then W Wright & Son, Ladies Hat Manufacturers, that she relocated to Luton in 1990. In this role, she spearheaded the global marketing of Philip Treacy Accessories Collection. As Board Director she actively contributed to the British Hat Guild for a decade.
Viviane assumed the role of Sales & Marketing Director at Accessories 4, then CEO at Experience Bedfordshire, The Tourism Partnership CIC. Since 2018 she also held a senior position at Rett UK and currently serves as National Phab Head of Fundraising and Corporate Partnership. In 2009, she embarked on the journey of launching Paule Rochelle Sales & Marketing Consultancy.
A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Freeman of the City of London, Viviane resides in Central Bedfordshire.
Her association with Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation (BLCF) commenced in 2017, she played a pivotal role in the initiation of EVOLVE in 2018. EVOLVE stands as a thriving philanthropic venture centred around women, emerging from the Mark West Fund. Viviane’s contributions led to her election as Chair of BLCF Board of Trustees in December 2020.
Chair of Fund Development Committee
Chair of EVOLVE
Recently retired from Arts Council England, where she was Relationship Manager for Luton, Sue previously worked in a similar capacity with Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire, promoting a wide range of arts and culture activities and supporting organisations throughout Bedfordshire, while gaining significant experience of assessing and monitoring grant applications. Prior to this Sue was East of England Regional Manager for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, where the role included securing funding for and delivering major development projects, collaborating with other lottery funded organisations, and conducting peer reviews. A qualified information professional, Sue previously led Information and Inward Investment Services for Business Link Hertfordshire, managing a team of information advisors and event organisers, securing funding from the EU to set up a dedicated information centre and chairing the Information Managers’ Network.
Sue has recently served as a school governor and co-chair, and she is a founder member of Friends of Herts Young Homeless, scoping and taking part in fundraising activities to enhance life chances for service users.
Member of the Fund Development Committee
Chris has spent his entire career in finance, opting to take a route of on-the-job learning as opposed to university. Chris trained as a Chartered Accountant, passing his ICAEW exams in 2010 before embarking on a variety of roles before settling the into investment appraisal and corporate finance side of finance. Chris’ broad experience of roles has seen him involved in auditing financial statements, establishing a finance function in a start-up, financial forecasting and investment appraisal; more recently taking a role to Head the Financial Planning and Analysis team at London Luton Airport, allowing him to leverage his previous experience in a broad management role.
Originally from Surrey, Chris moved to London with work and recently relocated to Sandy to raise his young family. When time allows, Chris enjoys fishing and cycling.
Chair of the Executive Finance Committee
Judith joined Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation in March 2021. She is the Director of Programmes and Governance at SEMLEP – the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. Judith leads the delivery of the £265M Local Growth Fund programme as well as the Getting Building Fund. She oversees the development of and compliance with SEMLEP Assurance Framework and wider governance.
She previously worked for the East of England Development Agency as lead on community regeneration, rural and sustainable development issues. From 2008-2017 she was self-employed and undertook economic development project management roles.
Judith has worked in economic development and programme management for nearly 20 years and previously in housing and community development. Previously she has been on the Board of 2 housing associations as well as being on pre-school and after school committees and a school Governor.
She lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and three sons.
Chair of Governance Committee
James is a finance and investment professional, having worked at Barclays Bank for five years before joining Harwood Private Capital. During this time, he has provided public and private companies with debt and equity finance to drive growth. James has also spent time in restructuring – supporting distressed companies across the UK, Europe and Asia. His current role is investing in small and fast-growing companies.
James is an advocate of using professional experience to support charities. In the past, he has assisted a non-profit organisation establish a social enterprise and worked with The Prince’s Trust to teach young people enterprise skills, to prepare them for starting their own business. James grew up in Bedfordshire, where he met his wife, with family members living across the County.
Member of the Executive Fund Development Committee
Rory is an aspiring governance professional, having recently completed a master’s degree in Corporate Governance and Law. He is currently a Governance Trainee, assisting international businesses wishing to enter the UK market with their company secretarial and governance requirements.
Prior to this, he was awarded an internship sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and worked within the company secretarial team of an international conglomerate in Hong Kong.
Though he was born in London, Rory has lived in Dunstable for the majority of his life. During this time he has been an active member of the local community, having worked previously in various libraries across Central Bedfordshire.
Member of the Finance Committee
Young Trustees Ambassador
Lorraine grew up in Luton and now lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and 2 sons. Whilst Lorraine completed her Human Sciences degree in London, she returned to Luton to teach, training with Chiltern Training Group, a teacher training organisation she now oversees.
Over the last 25 years Lorraine has held several school leadership roles and is now Deputy CEO of a Multi Academy Trust with schools across Luton, Bedford and Central Bedfordshire. Lorraine has worked here since 2016, gaining experience in school improvement, organisational growth and regional teacher development. She sits on the Trustee Board, reporting as an Officer and attends a number of local governing bodies for schools across Bedfordshire.
Lorraine is extremely passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and much of her work is about ensuring that underrepresented groups access the highest quality education. She is committed to increasing diversity in school leadership teams and to improving schools, where she contributes at a national level regarding school improvement.
Member of the Governance Committee
Aimee Gomez is a Creative Producer and Educator in the fashion industry working on a variety of international events including runway shows photo shoots and brand development. She is the founder of The Fashion Breakdown and STEM X FASHION.
The Fashion Breakdown has been running since 2018 delivering a careers advisory service and educational platform that offers advice and guidance alongside tangible hands on work experience workshops and work experience opportunities to help young people make informed decisions and clear pathways for their future.
STEM X FASHION promotes and informs on the benefits and career routes into the fashion industry through the study of STEM subjects. Linking the study of STEM to an aspirational industry, such as the fashion industry, captures the imagination and raises aspirations of young people working with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focused careers. Aimee recently received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to create and pilot new innovative educational resources and re imagine a new framework for teaching that inspires students and teaching staff to engage with Luton’s hat making heritage with the use of innovative technologies including VR, AR and gamification app development.
Member of the Executive Fund Development Committee
Ian is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.
Starting his career at a Local Authority in the West Midlands, Ian moved to his current employer, Arup, in 1993.
Ian has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland and the USA as well as the UK during his career with Arup, and has also delivered projects in Philippines, Vietnam, China and other nations, helping to deliver connectivity and economic opportunity to emerging regions of the world. He is a Director with the firm, and is currently its Global Aviation Business Leader, with responsibility for business strategy, business investments and project delivery. He is particularly proud of his work with Arup, as it is an employee trust-owned organisation with strong ethical values that he shares.
Since 2019, Ian has been working on London Luton Airport development plans and its Development Consent Order application. Luton Borough Council works for the community benefit, not private shareholders and is supporting a movement to create a town built on fairness, where people can thrive, and no-one has to live in poverty.
Ian enjoys time with his two teenage daughters has a passion for classic cars.
Member of the Executive Fund Development Committee
Born in Luton but currently living in Ampthill, for the past 39 years, I started my surveying career in 1972 with Rumball & Edwards in St Albans, and moved to Edward Symmons in London. I subsequently moved to Manchester in 1983 and joined Bradshaws, becoming partner in 1984 and was instrumental in the growth of the business from one office to 6, expanding the professional side of the practice to encompass Beds, Herts and Bucks, specialising in both residential and commercial property.
In 2008 I sold off the estate agency offices and merged the surveying practice with Pinnacle Surveyors based in Derby in October 2014 where I continue to work part time.
My interests are varied and I like travel, history, historic buildings, rugby, wine, nature and wildlife, walking, photography and remain an active member of The Rotary Club of Luton North, Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, Freeman of City of London Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Trustee of Rotary Youth Trust for Luton.
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