Fabian French has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of UK Community Foundations, the membership organisation for community foundations that work across the UK to raise then distribute money directly to local causes.
He will replace Stephen Hammersley who left at the end of December after ten years in the role. Until he starts in March, Kate Stewart will take the role of Interim CEO.
French, a qualified lawyer, joined Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2009 as Director of Fundraising and Retail, following a career with Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch. During his time at the charity, its income grew from £70m to £100m, despite the economic recession.
Oxford-based French is a trustee of three charities, and is active in fundraising for local causes. He joins UKCF the year after it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first community foundation.
On the announcement of his appointment, he said:
“I am convinced that Community Foundations have a critical role in today’s society and have massive potential to grow their funding and influence. I look forward to playing a very active part in helping to both drive that growth and to supporting each of the 48 Community Foundations across the UK in their continued development.”