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Our team

Here at Kent Community Foundation, we are unified by our vision to empower organisations and charities in our local communities of Kent and Medway. 

We share our knowledge and expertise with both our fund-holders and organisations that apply to us for funding to help build a sustainable and confident voluntary sector in our county.

Find out more about our team below. 

Josephine

Josephine McCartney

Chief Executive

Josephine lives in Kent and has worked in the charitable sector for more than 20 years. She was previously Director of Fundraising and Communications for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, an independent, grant-making charity raising funds for projects, research, equipment and training at five London hospitals. Before this, Josephine held a variety of strategic positions with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). She is the Chair of the Voluntary Sector Steering Group for Kent and the Kent Children & Young People’s Steering Group. She is the voluntary representative on KCC Strategic Partnership Board. 

josephine@kentcf.org.uk 

Natalie

Natalie Smith

Director of Grants & Impact

Natalie grew up in Kent, and after studying and travelling, has spent all of her working life in the voluntary sector - in campaigning and management roles in London for national charities, including Amnesty International and the Pre-School Learning Alliance, and most recently working for Involve. She has a good understanding of the third sector within Kent and Medway, knowledge she uses every day in her work at KCF. In her hometown of Maidstone, Natalie is a founding member of a local charity and governor at a local primary school.

natalie@kentcf.org.uk 

Sarah

Sarah Osborne

Company Secretary

Sarah moved to Kent in 2007 when starting her university studies. She spent a year working as a Project Assistant for Canterbury-based charity, Time Out, whilst studying for a Master’s degree in Applied Theology. She has an active interest in the charity sector; writing her MA thesis on the challenges faced by faith-based voluntary organisations. Sarah has worked at KCF since 2012 in various roles and now takes on the role of Company Secretary after completing her Certificate in Charity Law and Governance with The Governance Institute.

sarah@kentcf.org.uk 

Bruce

Bruce Topham

Grants Manager

Having lived all his life in Kent, Bruce joined Kent Community Foundation in 2014 after 27 years financial services experience primarily in retail and business banking. He admits to being regularly inspired by the actions of individuals and organisations he comes into contact with on a daily basis through working at Kent Community Foundation. Away from work he is a fervent supporter of Maidstone United Football Club attending as many games as possible.

bruce@kentcf.org.uk

Rachèle

Rachèle Verrier

Grants Manager

Rachèle joined Kent Community Foundation as Grants Manager in December 2017 after a long career in Education Management within the Public Sector. For over 23 years, she has helped others in the UK and abroad through a number of charitable projects. She is delighted to be part of an organisation and team that truly care and help to support the communities of Kent and Medway. Rachèle’s main interests include photography, travelling and discovering new cultures.

rachele@kentcf.org.uk

James Horne

James Horne

Grants and Social Loans Manager

James joined the foundation in November 2016 after working for almost 35 years in the banking sector, working in retail, private and business banking. As part of his role, James loves meeting and working with individuals and organisations who make such a positive impact in their local communities. Outside of work, he enjoys all sports; playing cricket and occasionally hockey and golf.

james@kentcf.org.uk 

Sophie

Sophie Hosking

Development Manager

Sophie has lived and worked in Kent for most of her life, working largely in the local charity sector, including roles at Canterbury Cathedral, Shepway and Dover District Volunteer Centre and most recently in the Development Office of a local Independent School. She is passionate about working with people and enjoys seeing the difference local giving can make. She has a BA in History from the University of Warwick and an MA in Arts and Culture Management.

sophie@kentcf.org.uk 

Amy

Amy Nash

Development Manager

Amy moved to Kent in 2016, after a career in London of over 13 years across a range of sectors. Before joining Kent Community Foundation she worked for a Social Work Consultancy and prior to this, spent 5 years working as Research Officer for the City of London Corporation, as well as working in Canary Wharf for an inward investment agency. Having graduated in Hispanic & French Studies, Amy enjoys travelling and having three young children, is passionate about getting involved in local community events and supporting her local primary school PFTA.

amy@kentcf.org.uk 

Hannah

Hannah Lawrence

Communications Manager

Hannah studied BA Fashion Marketing and Communications at Nottingham Trent University. Following her studies, she undertook a 3 month internship at Inspiring Interns in London which turned into a permanent position in a Digital Marketing and PR role. After 2 years of commuting she wanted to return to her Kent roots and worked in the Marketing Team at Leeds Castle for 4 years. Outside of work Hannah is a huge foodie and loves to travel.

hannah@kentcf.org.uk 

Joanne

Joanne Brown

Grants Officer

After completing a combined degree in History & Religious Studies in 2010, Joanne took a variety of short-term jobs in the retail sector. During that time, she indulged her love of the written word by volunteering at the Ashford branch of Healthy Planet’s ‘Books For Free’ Centres. Her time here (so she claims) is entirely responsible for the fact that she cannot walk a foot through her house without tripping over a book. Jo completed an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration as part of her apprenticeship with Kent Community Foundation, and is a much valued member of the team.

joanne@kentcf.org.uk 

Danielle

Danielle Nash

Grants Officer

Danielle was born and raised in the Kent countryside. She started working at KCF in January 2018 as a Grants Administrator. Since then, Danielle has supported hundreds of grassroots organisations to gain funding. As of April 2020, Danielle’s role changed to Grants Officer where she assists with the individual funding and is a key part in managing incoming applications and monitoring processes. Prior to life at KCF, Danielle completed a degree in Education Studies and while attending university, volunteered at a local school supporting creative lessons and art-based after-school activities.

danielle@kentcf.org.uk

Mel

Melanie Venning

Bookkeeper

Melanie moved to Kent in 1989 and worked for Maidstone-based accountants Day, Smith and Hunter until 1998 when she left to start a family. After a short career break to concentrate on her two young children, Melanie set up her own book-keeping business in 2005. She is now busier than ever! Kent Community Foundation has been one of her clients since 2008, where she feels very much part of the team. Melanie is responsible for the day to day running of the accounting systems for the office and the charitable funds.

melanie@kentcf.org.uk

Stacey

Stacey Tillott

Communications Manager

Stacey has spent 15 years working in marketing and communications, and was thrilled to join the team in 2019 to help spread the word about KCF and how we help incredible charitable organisations across the county. Originally from Manchester but now a fully-fledged Kent resident after moving here in 2012, Stacey loves exploring the county's countryside and coast.

stacey@kentcf.org.uk 

Kathy

Kathryn Amey

Grants Administrator

Kathy has spent all her working life in Kent the majority of the time in the Arts and Culture sector. After finishing her studies in Business & Marketing, she joined an Arts production company touring European children’s theatre and international opera to major venues across the UK. After spending some years in market research within the UK Hospital sector she returned to the arts as a Business Development Manager for a company providing specialist fine art packing services to the UK’s leading Museums, Galleries and Private Collections. The effect of the pandemic led her to a move to the charity sector joining KCF in 2021.

Outside of work, Kathy loves the outdoors and is happiest gardening and enjoying the Kent countryside with her partner and beloved dog Bow.

kathryn@kentcf.org.uk

Paul Carty

Paul Carty

Grants Administrator

Paul has been based in Kent since 1984 and comes from a background in financial technology solutions. A large part of his career has been spent working in South East Asia and the Gulf Region as well as nearer to home in Europe and London. Commencing work with KCF in early 2020 during the COVID pandemic, Paul loves working closer to home and helping to make a difference to our local communities in Kent. Away from the office, Paul enjoys walking, food and investigating the rich local history of Kent

paul@kentcf.org.uk 

Georgie McFarlan

Georgie McFarlan

Individuals' Grants Officer

Georgie moved back to Kent in 2004 after working in London for the British Heart Foundation and working and travelling abroad. She then worked for Westwood Global Energy Group for 13 years in various roles including Publications Manager. More recently, at Kent Coast Volunteering, she has spent five years on projects funded by Stronger Kent Communities, the Centre for Ageing Better and Tudor Trust and aims to use knowledge gained on the Kent charity sector in her role with KCF; looking after Individuals’ Grants which offer support to individuals and families in need.   

georgie@kentcf.org.uk

Lisa Vant

Lisa Vant

Finance and Office Administrator

Lisa was born and raised in Kent. Originally from Medway, she worked for a local authority before leaving to study full time for a BSc degree in Environmental Biology at Wye College. Lisa remained in the area after graduating, working for a biological control company (selling insects). Since then, she has carried out administration and finance roles in a variety of organisations and most recently worked for many years in a special educational needs school. Lisa is looking forward to working with KCF and contributing to the work they do.

lisa@kentcf.org.uk

Christina Bowden

Christina Bowden

PR Consultant, Bowden PR

Originally from Sheffield Christina has lived in Kent since 1994. With over 20 year’s PR experience in lifestyle, consumer, corporate and charity PR, Christina has worked with Kent Community Foundation since 2019 to promote their work in the media. Christina loves working with the dedicated KCF team and sharing the fascinating stories about the huge difference the Foundation makes to volunteer groups, charities and communities across Kent and Medway. Christina has two grown up children, three cats and three chihuahuas and enjoys the theatre, long dog walks in the countryside and holidays in Greece.   

christina@bowdenpr.co.uk

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

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