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 McCartney

Chief Executive

Josephine lives in Kent and has worked in the charitable sector for more than 15 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 also a Trustee of Working Families, the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation helping working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.

josephine@kentcf.org.uk 

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 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. Sarah has an active interest in the charity sector; writing her MA thesis on the challenges faced by faith-based voluntary organisations. Following her studies, Sarah loves working at Kent Community Foundation where she uses her knowledge and interest in sociology and the third sector, and enjoys getting out and about meeting the groups our Fund-holders are keen to support.

sarah@kentcf.org.uk 

Bruce Topham

Funds 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 Verrier

Funds Manager

Rachèle joined Kent Community Foundation as Funds Manager in December 2017 after a long career within the Public Sector. For over 20 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 community of Kent and Medway. Rachèle’s main interests include photography, travelling and discovering new cultures.

rachele@kentcf.org.uk

James Horne

Investment Funds 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. He is looking forward to having the opportunity to meet and work with the individuals and organisations who make such a positive impact in their local communities. Outside of work, he enjoys all sports; still playing cricket and occasionally hockey and golf.

jamesh@kentcf.org.uk 

Sophie Hosking

Development Manager (maternity leave)

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 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 Lawrence

Communications Executive

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. Hannah is keen to help raise the profile of Kent Community Foundation. Outside of work Hannah is a huge foodie and loves to travel.

hannah@kentcf.org.uk 

Liz Tredget

Office Manager

Liz has worked in the voluntary sector with various charitable organisations and projects around the country for over 30 years as well as working in the public and private sectors. She lived in Poland for 18 months and enjoys travel and new adventures. She loves working for KCF, a change to work for the funder rather than the funded.

liz@kentcf.org.uk 

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 

Cassandra Reilly

Grants Administrator

Cassandra moved to Kent in 2006 while finishing Art College, then was part of Medway Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme where she completed her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration. Over the past 10 years Cassandra has worked for Medway Council, Kent County Council, small local companies and volunteered her creative skills for voluntary services in Kent. Outside of work Cassandra enjoys visiting heritage sites around the world and crafting.

cassandra@kentcf.org.uk 

Danielle Nash

Grants and Office Administrator

Danielle has lived in Kent her whole life and started at Kent Community Foundation in January 2018. Before starting at KCF Danielle completed a degree in Education Studies and volunteered in a school while completing her degree, where she helped run and engage key stage 3 pupils in art based projects. After completing her degree she worked in retail and then worked in an adult education centre. Danielle has done some work helping at events for adults with learning disabilities and helped raise money for local dog rehoming centres in Kent with her family.

danielle@kentcf.org.uk

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, as a solution to work and childcare. She is now busier than ever! Kent Community Foundation has been one of her clients since 2008 and despite only being in the office for about 5 days a month, 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

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