The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation Organisation

President  - Mrs Julie Spence OBE QPM

Julie is CCF’s honorary President. A graduate of Liverpool University and I M Marsh College of Physical Education where Julie trained to teach PE and Biology. Julie moved to the West Country to take up a teaching post but soon discovered teaching was not for her.    

In 1978, she joined Avon and Somerset Police and was posted to South Bristol. After postings to CID, community policing, the force communications centre, the Family and Child Protection Unit, the Press Office and uniform operations, Julie was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers secretariat in London for two years. In 1999, Julie was appointed to Assistant Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.

Appointed to Deputy Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in April 2004, Julie was responsible for Operational Policing for the County. In 2005 Julie was appointed Acting Chief Constable and subsequently appointed to Chief Constable in 2005.  

In the Queen’s 80th Birthday Honours, Julie was awarded an OBE for her management of complex and contentious organisational issues, leadership of Thames Valley’s contribution to the operations to protect Heathrow and the Queen Mother’s funeral, her work for the ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters Committee on Royalty and VIP Protection and her strong leadership and determination in taking forward the Gender Agenda and the development of the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP), which have both become major drivers for gender equality in British policing. She was President of BAWP for 10 years (2000-2010).

In 2008 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Anglia Ruskin University and in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list she received the Queens Police Medal (QPM).

 In September 2010, after a 32 year career, she retired from policing.

Julie is Chair of the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and is also the Chair of the Police Mutual Assurance Society, Chair of Wellbeing of Women (Cambridge Branch) and a Trustee of Ormiston Families. 

In April 2017 she was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, The Queen’s representative in the county, a post that she will hold until 2030.

Vice Presidents

Lady De Ramsey

The Right Reverend Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey DL



Michael O'Toole - CEO

Michael joined CCF as CEO in 2018. Michael is a Manchester University Business Finance & Law graduate. Previously he was Chief Executive of Mentor UK, a national charity working to help every child grow up free from the harms caused by drugs. Prior to this he was the first Crown Representative for the Voluntary & Community Sector. In this role he advised government on how to strengthen charities’ role in building communities.

He has been a Trustee of three charities, a school governor and led the establishment of a new charitable consortium working in the children’s services early intervention sector. Michael is a father to 4 children and enjoys watching many sports, theatre and trying to keep fit by running fairly slowly, but quite far!

Vivienne Atkinson - Operations Manager

Viv co-ordinates all departments to ensure the smooth-running of the CCF team, supporting Donors at every stage of their relationship with us. Viv read History at Cambridge before her MA in Museum Studies. Previously Director of an independent production company her background is in live broadcast, digital content and account/project management. She keeps up her interests in history and museums as a Trustee of The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey and a volunteer at Duxford Imperial War Museum. Originally from the hilly Peak District, Viv lives with her partner in South Cambs and has developed a love of rural Cambridgeshire and the fens.


Sue Tilley - Finance Manager

After many years as a volunteer, Sue entered the charity sector in 1991 working for MND Association. She studied for an MsC in Charity Law & Finance and after several years  moved to freelance work with charities – with a diverse range of clients such as Missing People, Drake Music, Harlington Hospice and Asthma UK. More recently she spent several years travelling to Brussels to work with the European MS Platform. During this time she also served as a Trustee of several health related charities and Board Member and Chair of a committee for an International charity. This probably sparked her love of travel, as Sue frequently spoke at International & national conferences.

Sue lives in a village in Northamptonshire and enjoys playing host to her extended family, several of whom live overseas, giving even more opportunity to travel!

Beth Emmanuel - Senior Grants Officer

Beth has been part of the grants team since September 2017. Before that she spent three years in Cambridge, studying Theology, during which time she was involved in a number of local community projects. Beth's main activities include corresponding with grant applicants, presenting applications to donors and processing feedback from funded projects.

Beth lives with her husband in Cambridge and enjoys singing in a gospel choir, going to the gym and attending her local church.

Sara Marshall - Grants Officer

Sara joined the CCF team as a Grants Officer in August 2019. Her background is in marketing and community engagement and she has worked on projects for several local charities.

Her particular interests include communities, environmental sustainability and social equality.

Originally from East Cambridgeshire, Sara lives in Cambridge and enjoys book club, bat detecting, board games and cooking with FoodCycle.

Bridget Mailley - Grants Officer

Bridget joined the CCF team in September 2019.  Prior to joining, she worked with CARE on their corporate fundraising team where she worked on partnerships with PepsiCo, Mars, and Amway among others.  She has a Master’s in Public Administration and has worked widely in the non-profit sector in the US and globally.  

Bridget just recently moved to Cambridge from Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two cats.  She’s very excited to explore Cambridge and the UK more broadly, trying as many sticky toffee puddings as possible.

Katrina D'Souza - Community Development Officer

Katrina joined CCF in April 2020 as a Development Officer. Prior to this, she worked closely with a Community Interest Company focussed on connecting with at-risk and vulnerable groups through music, media, and dance. With a degree in Business Management and Economics, she has worked as a consultant supporting multibillion-dollar global organisations across the oil and gas, technology, and gaming industries to address their needs.

Katrina grew up in Peterborough and therefore has a strong connection to the area. She is looking forward to connecting with local organisations to understand how we can all better serve our communities.
In her spare time, Katrina perfects her 3 tier carrot cake recipe and loves spending time with Lilo her new Labrador puppy.


Our Board of Trustees is composed of:

Simon Humphrey

Simon Humphrey - Chairman

Simon is a Senior Manager within the Corporate Responsibility team at Arm where he leads on global education programmes and local community investment. Simon has been involved in sustainability and corporate responsibility since 2008. Prior to that he spent 12 years with accountancy firm PwC advising on risk management working extensively across Europe, Africa and Australasia. He is currently a Board member for the Engineering Development Trust, he has been a Governor at Netherhall School and Sixth Form since 2015 and is also on the Board of the Anglia Learning Multi-Academy Trust.

Alison Griffiths

Alison Griffiths

Alison is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Taxation. She has worked as Director of Taxation in FTSE companies in London since 1995. A particular focus during this time has been on international expansion, project management, Board governance, and corporate simplification.

Now living in Cambridgeshire, she joined the CCF Board in December 2015 with a particular focus on Finance and Governance skills.

Her interests include walking, tennis, travel and building her new home.

Philip Woolner

Philip Woolner

Philip  is Joint Managing Partner at Cheffins, a long established firm of Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Valuers with offices across the Cambridge region. Philip is based in Cambridge where he heads the Commercial property agency, development and investment team. Prior to joining Cheffins he spent seven years at Bidwells where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor. He acts for a range of public and private sector clients built up over more than 20 years.

Stuart Thompson

Stuart Thompson

Stuart is a partner at Mills & Reeve, Cambridge.  He is also a member of the Corporate and Social Responsibility committee at Mills & Reeve.  Stuart works with a number of companies and organisations within East Anglia.  Stuart previously worked as a teacher at Norwich School and he is passionate about helping young learners achieve their goals.

Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart

Catherine started her career in nursing, specialising in heart transplantation and becoming the first Clinicians' Assistant at Papworth Hospital.  However, for the past 20 years she has been involved in the IT industry where she and her husband, John Stewart, set up and ran several companies, the last of which she sold in June 2013.

Sadly, John was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and died in April 2011, leaving Catherine with a business and 2 young daughters to manage.

Both Catherine and John were keen sportsmen, and so after his death, and as a way of trying to make something positive from such a tragic loss, Catherine set up the John Stewart Memorial Fund, which is how she was introduced to CCF. The objective of the fund is  to 'Enable Sport for All', particularly the disadvantaged and disabled.  It is therefore appropriate that much of the fund raising has involved sporting challenges!

Catherine was so impressed with CCF that she agreed to join the board. She is a keen advocate and will be promoting the great work CCF do, with a particular interest in highlighting the benefits of the Endowment Funds.

Catherine's interests are, predictably, her daughters, her sport, and, unsurprisingly, supporting the work of Prostate Cancer UK

Liz Damazer

Liz grew up in Manchester but escaped to go to London University and never went back.

After a couple of years working in research she then spent 30 years working in sales, training and management in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

When she retired, planning to become a lady who lunches, her husband persuaded her to take over the management of the Cambridgeshire Police Shrievalty Trust. This took up six years of her life where she gained valuable experience fund-raising and applying for grants, as well as running the office. It was here that Liz got to know the staff at the CCF and was involved with the High Sheriff’s Award Scheme.

For the last three years she has been volunteering at the CCF and has gained valuable experience on the Grants Panel as well as working in the office and getting to grips with the database.

Liz is married and has one grown-up daughter. She lives in an old house that needs constant TLC but is also great for entertaining.

Bob Satchwell

Linda Sinclair

Other than a few years in banking, Linda spent her working life in the state education sector where she enjoyed a number of teaching and management roles - initially in 11-18 secondary schools and then at Hills Road Sixth Form College where she worked for 29 years.  Linda believes passionately in the importance of building strong communities. In her most recent role as Principal of Hills Road Sixth Form College, she had the privilege of working closely with a range of educational and community organisations, including as a member of the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board, the Cambridge Area 14-19 Executive, The Board of the Association of Colleges in the Eastern Region and as a strategic partner of the Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance.

Now that she is retired, Linda is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support local community groups through her membership of CCF. Linda is married with two daughters and has lived in South Cambs for almost 30 years. Her other interests include gardening, reading and travel.


Bob Satchwell

Chris Parkhouse DL

Chris founded Deyton Bell in 2005 and as Managing Director still leads all aspects of the businesses which provides clients with specialist economic and commercial development support via a range of professional consultancy, advisory and outsourced services. The business operates internationally, with emphasis on supporting multinationals on commercial issues and public sector bodies on economic development issues.

Chris is currently a Senior Visiting Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants. Chris was proud to be appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire in 2018.

Chris has been a very keen and active oarsman for over 45 years and when time permits still enjoys any opportunity to be on or around the water. Chris is a Vice President of Cambridgeshire Rowing Association, a past President of Rob Roy Boat Club, a past coach of University College crews in Cambridge and a fully qualified/licensed British Rowing Umpire.

Caroline Stenner

Caroline Stenner

Caroline was born in Ely and, apart from the first 10 years of her life with her peripatetic Air Force parents, has grown up and was educated in Cambridgeshire. Caroline attended Huntingdon Grammar School and then read law at University College, London. She returned to Cambridge to qualify as a solicitor with Hewitsons and has since worked with other Cambridge law firms becoming a partner at Birketts in their newly opened Cambridge office in 2008. Caroline heads the private client team and is a board member.

Since 2003 Caroline has been the Under Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.  The High Sheriffs’ Fund for Young People was one of the first funds brought under the management to the newly constituted community foundation so Caroline has been in touch with the community foundation since it was first set up.

Caroline is a governor of the Perse School and a trustee of the Cambridge Music Festival.

Caroline plays the violin very badly and would like her other interests to include gardening, cycling and canoeing but in reality has very little time for any of these.

Bob Satchwell

Gareth Thomas

After graduating from Cardiff University with Honours Zoology Gareth commenced a lifelong career in Nature Conservation with the RSPB. Having obtained a PhD for studies on waterfowl ecology at the Ouse Washes in Cambridgeshire he worked as a research scientist and left the position of Deputy Head of Research for a second calling in the RSPB Reserves Division where he worked as Head of Reserves until his retirement, after 40 years continuous service.

Gareth has been involved with vocational community work in a variety of ways. He served on the Big Lottery/ Natural England Independent Judging Panel – dispersing funds to connect people living in disadvantaged situations with nature and wildlife. He was a non-executive director of WREN for 16 years and sat on both Heritage and Biodiversity project review panels. Also, he sat on 5 WREN County Panels, including Cambridgeshire, helping disperse Landfill Community Funds to local causes. He also sits on the CCF/Amey panel for Cambridgeshire helping to disperse landfill funds to local good causes. He is a trustee of The Arbory Trust-A Woodland Burial Charity based at Barton, where some 40 acres of consecrated land are managed for burials and wildlife.


Jo Slota-Newson

Jo Slota-Newson

Jo’s work involves helping early stage technology businesses find the resources they need to grow. Jo holds a MSci in Natural Sciences, and a PhD in Chemistry, both from the University of Cambridge, and has experience working in several small tech companies. She has worked and studied in Cambridge since 2003, except for a brief spell teaching and researching at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Jo became a Trustee of CCF in early 2018. Jo has particular interests in education and mental health issues. She enjoys swimming, cycling and canoeing.