John Nickson joins UK Community Foundations as trustee

Philanthropy expert John Nickson has joined UK Community Foundations as a trustee, one of five new appointments to the board of the organisation which represents the UK’s 48 accredited community foundations.
Nickson joins the board as an independent director. He is author of ‘Giving is Good for You‘, about which UK Fundraising interviewed him in 2013.
The other new appointments, all of them from member community foundations, are:
• Trevor James – chartered accountant with a specialism in charity accounting and a trustee of Sussex Community Foundation
• Jane Moss – solicitor and experienced trustee, latterly with Quartet Community Foundation
• Colin Seccombe – chartered accountant and former partner KPMG, head of investment committee for Community First and trustee of Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
• Laura Keen – chartered accountant, finance director and deputy CEO of Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
John Nickson was co-opted as an independent trustee for a year, and Alun Evans (Community Foundation in Wales) and Sonal Shah (London Community Foundation) were both co-opted for a further year.
UKCF chairman David Sheepshanks said: “

We have recently undertaken a governance review with all our 48 member community foundations invited to participate and these latest board elections demonstrate UKCF’s commitment to high standards of corporate governance, and by rotating our trustees every six years we maintain a good balance of experience and fresh ideas”.

On his appointment at UK Community Foundations, John Nickson said:

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“The increasing demands on the voluntary sector means the need for community foundations is stronger than ever; they are ideally placed to match need with resources at a local and regional level.
“Change requires the UK to think again about the best way to sustain civil society and this will require new and imaginative partnerships and community foundations are already working with some of the UK’s leading charitable foundations to strengthen the charitable sector.”