A huge welcome to our new Chairman

15th July 2017

Tim Bull has been appointed as the new Chair of Kent Community Foundation after The Lady Colgrain stepped down after nearly 12 years in the role.

Tim has been a trustee and the Vice Chairman of Kent Community Foundation for 6 years. Prior to that, Tim enjoyed a long career with Saga here in Kent.

Tim was brought up in a village in mid-Kent, and educated at local schools before going on to Oxford University. In 1981 he joined Saga, the Folkestone holiday company for older people. Tim remained with Saga until 2007, becoming a director in 1988, and helping to develop the business into a major and broad-based supplier of financial and other services for people over 50. From 2008 he was for several years a non-executive director of the company. At this time, with his wife, he set up the Brook Trust, a family charity which has concentrated on supporting organisations helping survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and early intervention with disadvantaged families and young children. The Brook Trust also supports smaller charities in Kent, through a fund with the Kent Community Foundation.

The Kent Community Foundation is now in its 16th year and manages over 70 Funds. Its endowment fund has grown to in excess of £18m, helping to provide a long-term source of charitable income for charities in Kent. The income from the endowment fund together with other annual donations means they distribute between £1.5m and £2m per year to small, local charities in Kent.

Over the past 16 years, Kent Community Foundation has distributed £27.5 million and in the last five years, it has made over 2,500 grants to organisations in Kent, benefiting a significant number of people.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation comments: “The work of Kent Community Foundation has never been more important to help small local charities continue in their work, as they are increasingly facing difficulty obtaining funding. Kent as a county has a number of very active philanthropists whom we work with and we are very grateful to them for their ongoing support.”