Chief executive, Community Foundation Network
Stephen Hammersley CBE was appointed chief executive for the Community Foundation Network in 2004 after working as trading director for the Tearfund charity.
Hammersley spent 17 years before joining Tearfund at Barclays Bank plc, working mostly in business project management where he ended up as head of marketing.
Hammersley also currently directs the Leprosy Mission’s trading company and chairs the UK fundraising committee for a refugee hostel in Nepal.
He was made a CBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours List.
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Umbrella body UK Community Foundations has recommended tougher restrictions on private trusts in order to improve effectiveness, in its ‘philanthropy manifesto’ for the general election.
Giving locally is on the up, with the average Community Foundation donor giving £90,000 to local causes, says Stephen Hammersley.
The Office for Civil Society has given £500,000 to community foundations operating in some of the areas worst affected by flooding to help the aid effort.
Over £1m has been raised for flood relief by eight local community foundations in flood-affected areas, and by the umbrella body for the community foundations network.
Shadow Minister for civil society , Gareth Thomas is right when he states its benefits will be too late for many organisations. Voluntary organisations need the benefits now, not in another three years time.
Somerset Community Foundation and the Community Foundation Network (now UK Community Foundations) picked up the top prize in the grantmaking and funding category at the 2012 Charity Awards, for their Surviving Winter campaign helping older and vulnerable people in fuel poverty. By Stephen Hammersley.
While management in the charity sector has changed significantly in the past few decades, a reluctance to invest in governance has led to a stagnation of board structure and a lack of diversity, according to Dame Mary Marsh’s review of skills and leadership in the social sector.
The Community Foundation Network has raised £17m for community projects with the aid of government match funding.
The Give More campaign will help people to engage with the reality of charity, which is about people, not money - Stephen Hammersley lends his support.