Who we are

A brief history...

Established in 1988 Tees Valley Community Foundation are committed to improving the quality of life of the people of Tees Valley by raising and managing funds for distribution in response to local needs.  Our core values are to remain ethical and compassionate, professional and approachable and effective and flexible.

Community Foundations are charities located across the UK dedicated to strengthening local communities, creating opportunities and tackling issues of disadvantage and exclusion. Community Foundations target grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. They manage funds donated by individuals and organisations, building endowment and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, connecting people with causes, and enabling clients to achieve far more than they ever could by themselves. Community Foundations provide professional and personalised philanthropic advice and grant portfolio development for each client. The Community Foundation Network has grown rapidly over recent years. More than 95% of the population live in the area of benefit of a Community Foundation. It is one of the largest independent funders of community organisations in the UK (making grants of around £70 million a year). www.communityfoundations.org.uk

President:  Sir Ronald Norman OBE

Vice President: Dr Anthony Gillham MBE

Founder: Sqn Ldr K.C. Kime (Retired) OBE

Our Trustees

Default Image Tag Chris Hope

Chris took the Chair of TVCF in September 2009, although he first became involved as a Board member in 1997, and as such is one of our longest serving Trustees. Chris has had a successful career in corporate finance and, although primarily based in the North East, he has travelled extensively supporting clients including ICI and Du Pont during his time as a partner with KPMG. Other appointments have seen Chris as CFO and Company Secretary of Aeon PLC and for UK Steel Enterprise in support of local business start ups. A lifelong resident of Darlington, Chris enjoys rugby, although he no longer plays, he is an avid spectator and active member of Darlington Rugby Club. Chris regularly plays bridge and as a result has been appointed Hon auditor of the North East Bridge Association.

Default Image Tag Neil Kenley
Trustee & Board Member

Neil joined the Foundation’s board in 2005. Neil’s professional life began in the Royal Navy where he was a marine engineer. Since leaving the Navy twenty years ago, Neil has held a range of senior management positions in the chemical, energy and services sector. In 2005 Neil moved in the public sector and is currently Director of Business Investment at Tees Valley Unlimited. In his spare time Neil enjoys scuba diving and spending time with his wife and two children.

Default Image Tag Brian Beaumont
Trustee & Board Member

Brian joined the Foundation’s board in 2006. Since starting his career in commerce and industry Brian has had a varied career. Initially he focussed on finance and general management, before turning his attention to feasibility studies, strategy business planning, funding packages, mentoring and coaching. He now works as a Business Development Specialist with Waltons Clark Whitehall. Throughout his career Brian has undertaken unpaid work in the third sector. In his spare time he enjoys walking, photography, research and writing.

Default Image Tag Rosemary Young
Trustee & Board Member

Rosemary joined the Foundation’s board in 2006. She has spent her life in the Tees Valley, studying at Yarm Grammar School and Teesside University. She began her career in HR at Northumbrian Water, before becoming a lawyer specialising in private and elderly client work. Rosemary is also the trustee of the John Bloom Bursary, a role she particularly enjoys.

Default Image Tag Marjory Houseman
Trustee & Board Member

Marjory joined the Foundation’s board in 2006. She has worked for Northumbrian Water since 1992 and is currently Business Customer Manager. This role involves customer retention, negotiation of contracts and commercial agreements and representing the company at senior level.

Default Image Tag Keith Robinson
Trustee & Board Member

Keith joined Tees Valley Community Foundation as a Trustee in 2006. He is a Chartered Accountant who began his career with PWC working for them in London, Zambia and Nigeria. In 1978 he returned home and set up Keith Robinson & Co in Middlesbrough. He sold his eponymous company in 2008 and is now retired. Keith is also a keen linguist and in his spare time he enjoys travelling and singing in Cleveland Teesside Philharmonic Choir.

Default Image Tag Peter Rowley
Trustee & Board Member

Peter joined the Foundation's board in 2009. Peter spent the majority of his career at the Darlington Building Society where he was Chief Executive for seventeen years. Following his retirement from this role Peter became Head of Business Support for The Social Investment Business which assists third sector voluntary groups and social enterprises. More recently Peter has served a coach, organisational consultant and non-executive director in a range of sectors.

Default Image Tag Wendy Shepherd
Trustee & Chair of Grant Giving Panel

Wendy joined the Foundation’s board in 2010. She has worked in the social sector for twenty years and is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. For the majority of her career she has worked with children and young people who have suffered sexual abuse. Wendy is currently programme manager for the Barnados SECOS and Bridgeway Projects in the Tees Valley. She is also Chair of the Safer Middlesbrough Partnership on issues relating to prostitution, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Default Image Tag Jeff Taylor
Trustee & Board Member

Jeff joined the board of The Foundation in September 2012 and brings experience in investment management. He currently works at Redmayne Bentley as Stockbroker & Investment Manager.

Default Image Tag Keith Smith
Trustee & Board Member

Keith joined the Foundation's board in 2012. He began his career as a Chartered Management Accountant with the EverReady group, before moving into Local Government. Following spells at Stockton and Langbaurgh Councils Keith commenced a long term career with Hartlepool Borough Council. Starting in 1989 as a Principal Accountant he rapidly moved on to become Assistant Treasurer and then Assistant Director of Neighbourhood Services where his commercial acumen proved invaluable in creating a cost effective and commercially efficient Department. Keith retired in 2010 but has recently taken a part time role in the NHS providing financial support to the Department responsible for Continuing Health Care for physically and mentally challenged adults and Children.

Default Image Tag Eileen Martin
Trustee & Board Member

Eileen joined the Foundation’s board in 2013. She began her career as a midwife and specialist nurse in the NHS, before moving into health service management and then education as Chief Executive and Principal of a large and successful college of Health and Nursing. She moved into Higher Education in 2005 when she became Dean of a multi-professional Faculty of Health, Philosophy and Social Career. She moved to Teesside University in 2010 to become Deputy Vice-Chancellor. As well as being Deputy Vice-Chancellor Eileen is also a Governor of the North East Ambulance Service. In her spare time Eileen enjoys gardening and classical music.

Our Staff

Hugh McGouran - Chief Executive Hugh McGouran
Chief Executive

Hugh joined the Tees Valley Community Foundation as Chief Executive in September 2006. At this time he also became chair of Tees Valley Professional Services Group and Viva Volunteers, a role which was dissolved following the group's merger with TVCF. Prior to joining TVCF Hugh was National Business Development Director for Pertemps People Development Group. Hugh has enjoyed a varied professional life with early spells as a professional musician, car salesman and as a L'Oreal sales representative. Following this diverse start he studied Public Administration at the University of Teesside. After this he began a career focussing on regeneration. He began as a Credit Union Worker at Stockton Borough Council before moving onto Pertemps and TVCF.

Default Image Tag Linda Leather
Giving Services Co-Ordinator

Linda joined the Tees Valley Community Foundation in 2011, following its merger with Tees Valley Professional Services Group (PSG). Linda had served as a Project Coordinator at PSG prior to the merger. Since the merger Linda has continued to be responsible for co-ordinating PSG projects, processing grant applications and also manages the Teesside Emergency Relief Fund (TERF). Prior to joining PSG Linda was a Personal Assistant at Tees Valley Tomorrow Ltd.

Default Image Tag Sarah Hodgson
Giving Services Co-Ordinator

Sarah joined the Tees Valley Community Foundation in 2011 as Volunteer Liaison Coordinator and is responsible for looking after individuals who want to volunteer and organisations looking for volunteers. Prior to joining the Foundation Sarah was a volunteer coordinator with Tees Valley Professional Services Group (PSG).

Default Image Tag Hayley Wilson
Giving Services Co-ordinator

Hayley joined the Tees Valley Community Foundation in November 2012 as a Giving Services Administrator. In this role Hayley is responsible for processing grant applications. Prior to joining the Foundation worked at the NHS.