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- Danielle Walker Palmour, Foundation Director
- Andrew Thompson, Grants Manager
- Abby Gibson, Grants and Social Investment Officer
- Colin Baines, Investment Engagement Manager
- Sue Scott, Foundation Administrator
- Nicola Putnam, Communications Manager
Danielle has previously occupied senior policy and research roles throughout the non-governmental sector including the head of policy of what is now The Big Lottery Fund, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Law Society of England and Wales.
She was previously a member of the Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Civil Society Advisory Body of the Cabinet Office and the Financial Services Authority Financial Capability Steering Group. She is currently a board member of Big Society Capital and a Trustee of Woodbrooke Quaker Studies Centre, and the Foundation for Credit Counselling.
For over 8 years he undertook a wide variety of different roles within the Big Lottery Fund and its predecessors, across Operations Planning, the Deputy Chief Executive’s Department, Programme Management and Business Development. During time as a Programme Development Manager he helped create and implement a number of new grants programmes, including some revolutionary ‘public participation’ initiatives.
He has also carried out grant-giving assignments for the New Opportunities Fund, the Home Office’s Active Community Unit and the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England & Wales and is a long-standing freelance assessor for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.
Since moving to York nearly 15 years ago, he has immersed himself in local life by volunteering for a number of charities and joining the Board of a community co-operative pub. Passions include walking, running and cycling – as well as baking !
Abigail previously worked for seven years as a Senior Research and Policy Manager at the UK Commission of Employment and Skills (UKCES) where she undertook policy analysis, the management of research and policy projects and dissemination activity.
She previously spent nearly ten years working in funding, business development policy and research roles at the Wise Group, a social enterprise based in Glasgow and has played a number of voluntary roles in the third sector including acting as a Grant Advisory Panel Member for the MSE (Money Saving Expert) charity.
Outside of work Abigail spends the rest of her week having adventures with her young son, struggling to control her garden and acting as Chair of a local charity.
He has co-authored ground-breaking reports on climate change and high carbon financial risk, led high profile investor and oil industry engagement culminating in shareholder resolutions at the 2010 AGMs of Shell and BP, and led an investor, business and NGO coalition to successfully advocate for mandatory greenhouse gas reporting for all FTSE companies. Colin also co-founded the Community Energy Coalition and successfully campaigned for, and contributed to, DECC’s Community Energy Strategy. Colin has introduced pioneering policies and disclosure, and contributed to think tank reports, that helped establish tax and public policy as material CSR and ESG issues. He has also given evidence to select committee and has sat on several government and sector working groups. Colin is a member of advisory boards to Birkbeck College, University of London, and the UK Energy Research Centre.
When not at work, Sue enjoys doing crafts and is a fan of watching world cinema.