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Our trustees

Robert Sackville-West DL

Robert Sackville-West DL

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Robert spent most of his career in publishing, creating illustrated books for an international market. He is executive chairman of Knole Estates, the property and investment company which – in parallel with the National Trust – cares for Knole, the house and park in Kent that are open to the public. Robert has been involved with education in both the private and state sector, as a governor at Sevenoaks School and Knole Academy, and as a former UK board director of the International Baccalaureate. He has written three critically acclaimed books on aspects of English history and has recently been appointed as a Commissioner of Historic England.

Sarah Hohler

Sarah Hohler

TRUSTEE

Sarah has represented Malling North on Kent County Council since 1989. She is currently a Deputy Cabinet Member and represents KCC on Kent Music, Turner Contemporary, the Rochester Bridge Trust and the Kent and Medway Fire Authority.

Melissa Murdoch DL

Melissa Murdoch DL

TRUSTEE

Melissa has a background in international development including human rights and public health projects in Cambodia and microcredit programmes in Peru. Melissa is also on the Board of the Garfield Weston Foundation and a number of other charitable and philanthropic organisations.

Hugo Fenwick

Hugo Fenwick

TRUSTEE

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Hugo joined Fenwick Limited, the independent department store group where he is Group Trading Director. He was High Sheriff of Kent 2014-15 and is a Trustee of Canterbury Cathedral. He is Vice-Chairman of Canterbury College, Vice-Chair of Sandwell Academy in the West Midlands and Governor of Spring Grove School.

Emilia Falcetti Boscawen

Emilia Falcetti Boscawen

TRUSTEE

Following her Ph.D. from UCL, Emilia went on to work in equity research for Deutsche Bank and Cantor Fitzgerald in London and Hong Kong. Since moving to Kent, she continues to work as a consultant for healthcare sector investors as well as supporting the family drinks business, Mereworth Wines.

Gail Hall

Gail Hall

TRUSTEE

Gail is a partner at Warners Solictors, a law firm with a long heritage and reputation across the south east. Within her role at Warners, Gail offers advice to clients around inheritance and succession planning. She is a key member of the team advising elderly and vulnerable clients, as well as forming part of the Warners Agricultural team of solicitors. Gail brings experience of charity governance issues and before qualifying as a solicitor, Gail spent 20 years working for fine art valuers and auctioneers having graduated from the Courtauld Institute London University in History of Art and Architecturenes.

Russell Race JP DL

Russell Race JP DL

TRUSTEE

Graduating as an economist, Russell spent the majority of his career with a stockbroking firm in the City of London, principally as a director in corporate finance. Since early retirement, he has been a non-executive director with a number of public and private companies. He chairs the foundation Trustees of the Mathematical School at Rochester, is a past Senior Warden of the Rochester Bridge Trust, on which he still sits, and is also a Trustee of Rochester Cathedral Trust and Rochester Cathedral Council. A former Court Chairman at Medway Magistrates' Court, Russell is also President of the Friends of Medway Archives. Russell is the current High Sheriff of Kent 2022/23.

Munya Badze

Munya Badze

TRUSTEE

Munya Badze is a driven, enabler, connector, creative and enterprising with a passion to helping people to succeed. Being innovative and forward thinking has led to effective delivery of regional and national projects such as setting up the Enterprise Adviser Network in Kent, Founder Member of Kent and Medway Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony and has been STEM Ambassador for a number of years.

Sam Cooper-Gray

Sam Cooper-Gray

TRUSTEE

Sam is a senior leader at HSBC working closely with small businesses across the world with experience of leading on inclusion and diversity through her work as the global co-chair of HSBC BALANCE, the 50,000 member gender diversity employee resource group. Having worked in financial services for over 20 years, Sam also has experience leading businesses as a Chief Operating Officer and HR experience having lead the learning agenda for a global corporate bank. In addition to this Sam has experience as a non-executive director and is on the board of Women on the Wharf where she leads the cross organisation mentoring programme for over 500 participants. 

Kruti Shrotri

Kruti Shrotri

TRUSTEE

Kruti works in public policy and advocacy. She is currently Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK, working to influence Government and the health system to drive better outcomes for people with cancer. She is passionate about empowering people to have a voice and bringing about equal access of opportunity. She has volunteered with educational charities to help ‘level the playing field’, including most recently being a mentor for ‘The Girls’ Network’.

The Lady Colgrain, The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent

Patron

Lady Anne-Marie Nelson CBE DL

Vice President

Simon MacLachlan MBE DL

Vice President


We are grateful to John R. K. Emly, FCIS, a co-opted member of our Investment Committee. Following a long and successful city career at Robert Fleming, the London-based international investment bank, John was appointed Investment Director of the £5bn Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme. He also holds a number of directorships of investment trust companies. 

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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