National Lottery Community Fund appoints four new Board members

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A number of changes have been made to the make-up of the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) Board, following four new appointments by Nadine Dorries.

The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has hired Richard Collier-Keywood OBE, Stuart Hobley, Helen Stephenson CBE, and Peter Stewart MVO to the board of the NLCF.

The quartet have all been appointed for terms of four years, commencing July 1 until June 30, 2026.

Writing on LinkedIn, CEO David Knott said: “A huge welcome to Helen Stephenson CBE, Richard Collier-Keywood, Peter Stewart MVO, and Stuart Hobley as they join the Board of the National Lottery Community Fund. 

“Like all of us here at the Fund, I’m really looking forward to working with you, supporting you as new Board members, and benefitting from your vast collective experience.”

Collier-Keywood is the Chair of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Chair of Fair4All Finance (a UK financial inclusion organisation funded by dormant assets), the Chair of Big Education and the Chair of New Forest Care (a company that provides bespoke care and education to children with complex needs).

Previously, Collier-Keywood was a senior adviser to DCMS (2017-2021) and Global Vice-Chairman of PwC and served as Managing Partner of PwC UK from 2008 to 2011. He is also a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Stephenson is Chief Executive of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, which employs around 400 staff and is responsible for regulating over 168,000 charities.

She joined the Civil Service from the Big Lottery Fund where she was Head of Strategic Policy and Partnerships.

“I’m really thrilled to be joining the Board of the National Lottery Community Fund working to ensure every pound of lottery money for good causes supports communities across the UK,” Stephenson wrote on LinkedIn.

Meanwhile, Hobley – who has worked for the Heritage Lottery Fund in a number of roles – has spent almost twenty years working in the grant-making and not-for-profit sector, including philanthropic and charitable giving, social finance, local authority funding for communities, and lottery grants.

He is currently the Director of The Linbury Trust, an independent grant-making foundation that supports a wide range of organisations, across the UK and overseas.

Lastly, Stewart is an Executive Director at The Eden Project, with the responsibility for Eden’s charitable mission.

Board Members of the NLCF are offered remuneration of £7,848 per annum, though Stephenson will not receive remuneration from the organisation while she is CEO of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

The NLCF also appointed new Directors in May –  Emma Corrigan has been tasked with overseeing programmes, operations and regions, while Phil Chamberlain has responsibility for strategy, partnerships and engagement.