South Yorkshire's Community Foundation

A message from the Chief Executive

Dear Candidate, thank you for your interest in the role of Chair at South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation.

We are South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation and are here to support and build strong resilient communities across the region. We provide community groups with grant funding through our committed donors, to help people facing hardship and disadvantage along with those working to improve the communities they live in. We connect people who care about South Yorkshire and want to invest in supporting the Foundation to build stronger and healthier communities.

We are now seeking an inspirational new Chair to take over from the motivational leadership and dedication shown by James Newman OBE who will be retiring from the position this year.

To continue and further develop our invaluable work, we are looking for an individual who will be able to provide strategic leadership to our organisation and support the Board and the Chief Executive in fulfilling the organisation’s mission and vision.

We are looking for a senior leader of the highest calibre; an outstanding influencer, with well-established networks who is able to engage positively and communicate effectively with a range of both internal and external stakeholders from all sectors across the region.

We are operating in unprecedented times, when the Foundation needs to be agile and well informed in its response to the needs of all communities across the region. During the last 12 months we have supported communities through the SY Community Flood Disaster Relief Fund and the SY Covid-19 Fund to the tune of £3.2m.

If you share our passion and have the prerequisites to support South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation through the challenges and opportunities ahead, want to work with an experienced and enthusiastic team of staff, Trustees and volunteers then we look forward from hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,
Ruth Willis,
Chief Executive