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Danielle Walker PalmourDanielle has been Director of Friends Provident Foundation since November 2004. Following six years as Director of Policy and Practice at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Friends Provident Foundation is an independent charity, endowed by Friends Provident plc after the de-mutalisation of Friends Provident Life Office. 

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.

 

 

 

Andrew smaller 2Andrew has been employed as part-time Grants Manager since 2008. Andrew grew up in the Lake District but crossed the great Lancashire-Yorkshire divide to gain a science degree in Sheffield. He then joined the graduate management training programme at a well-known financial services company, based in the Home Counties. Whilst there he fulfilled a number of senior business analysis and systems consultancy roles before being seconded to a regional charity to strengthen their marketing, fund-raising and project delivery.

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 joined Friends Provident Foundation as a part time Grants and Social Investment Officer in 2016. Prior to this she worked as an independent consultant providing analysis and quality assurance support for public and private sector clients.

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.

 

 

 

Colin joined Friends Provident Foundation as Investment Engagement Manager in 2016. Previous to this he worked for the Co-operative Group and Co-operative Bank for 11 years as a Campaigns Manager and Ethics Advisor. Colin was responsible for the implementation and development of the Co-op Bank’s Ethical Policy, compliance for the Co-op Insurance and Investments’ Ethical Engagement Policy, development and delivery of Co-op Group social goals campaigns, and the introduction of new CSR policies.

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.

 

 

 

 

Sue joined the Friends Provident Foundation in 2014 having worked previously in higher education administration.

When not at work, Sue enjoys doing crafts and is a fan of watching world cinema.

 

 

 

 

Nicola joined Friends Provident Foundation as part-time Communications Manager in 2016, having worked previously in government communications, including roles with the National Apprenticeship Service, the Skills Funding Agency and the NHS.  Her experience spans leading PR for the first cross government campaign to promote youth employment, project managing National Apprenticeship Week and working to promote parity of esteem for further education. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is also a freelance communications consultant. Nicola lives in rural North Yorkshire and outside of work enjoys walking the dog, gardening and keeping hens and, when all that proves too energetic, reading and the theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

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