Staff Team

Senior Leadership Team

DSC_8135_bwKate Hainsworth – Chief Executive (

Kate read Classics at Oxford before doing management training with Total Oil GB and a London marketing consultancy. She worked in Europe (Belgium and France), and has further degrees from the Open University and Sheffield Hallam University. She returned to Leeds to work in senior cultural posts at Axis, Yorkshire Culture, and Opera North.  Kate joined LCF as Development Director in 2015 and was instrumental in launching the Leeds Fund in 2016.

DSC_6359_bw_3Pip Goff – Grants & Programmes Director (

Pip qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Cardiff, working in front line mental health, housing and care settings in both Leeds and Bradford for 15 years. She developed  third sector leadership roles at Volition, completing ILM training and joining Leeds Community Foundation in 2014. Pip is committed to supporting the third sector through funding, capacity building and raising its strategic profile to achieve positive change and reduce inequalities in Leeds, where she is proud to live, work and cycle.

DSC_7808_bwKaren Devonport – Finance Director (

Karen joined the Foundation in June 2015. She graduated in Economics from the University of Liverpool before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Leeds. She has 25 years’ finance experience in public and private sectors in Leeds, Sheffield and Barnsley. Karen is responsible for the finance function of LCF and also works on governance. Karen loves family time and is a season ticket holder at Barnsley FC.



DSC_6710_bwRosie Robinson Boardman – Grants Manager (

Rosie started her professional life as a Stage Manager, following training at Central School of Speech and Drama. She then utilised those transferable skills to work in a range of roles in the arts, third and public sectors. Her move to the Foundation in July 2015 sees her return to the third sector after 9 years in the public sector supporting a wide range of grants programmes.

DSC_7827_bwCarlos Chavez – Grants Manager (

Carlos has a background in social development. He graduated from  Leeds Beckett University with an MA in Urban Regeneration in 2004.  Carlos joined the Foundation in 2006 and has 12 plus years of grant-making experience. He enjoys supporting charitable groups  from start-up to fully developed organisations.  Away from work, he loves being with his family, cooking, playing and watching football with friends and walking in the countryside.

DSC_7855_bwKatharine Greathead – Grants Officer (

After an early career in nutrition research and science teaching, Katharine moved to Leeds 17 years ago and became increasingly involved with her local community through volunteering.  She worked for national charity Heart Research UK promoting heart-healthy lifestyles and managing their health grants before joining LCF’s grants team early 2016.  She is delighted to support the charity’s vision of making Leeds a healthier, happier city for all.

DSC_6685_bw_3Amberzine McCracken – Grants Officer (

Amber started working for the Foundation in May 2015, having previously volunteered with us. She read Sociology at the University of Sheffield and has experience of ESOL teaching and sales. Her role involves processing and assessing applications, supporting community groups and measuring the impact of the Foundation’s grants work. In her spare time, Amber enjoys walking and cross stitch and has an interest in archaeology.

DSC_6584_bwJess Helyer – Grants and Finance Assistant (

Jess joined the Foundation at the start of September 2015 as an apprentice to the grants team after finishing her GCSEs in summer 2015.  She supports the Grants Team, whist working towards a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration. In her spare time, Jess likes to listen to music, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.

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Erin Fuller – Grants Team Administrator (

Erin graduated in summer 2017 with a BA in Political Science from the University of Birmingham, where she also worked as a bouncer. Her role at LCF includes giving administrative support to the Grants Team and assisting applicants with the grants process. When she’s not working, Erin enjoys spending time with her friends and her dogs, as well as keeping fit at various exercise classes.



Matthew Roberts bwMatthew Roberts – Head of Business Development (

Having studied music at the University of Hull, and following a stint in the property industry down south, Matthew commenced a career in fundraising with some of the country’s leading arts organisations, including Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Opera North. He joined the Foundation in 2016 to support its business development in both Leeds and Bradford. He is a keen pianist and also enjoys running, cycling and trying his hand at DIY.

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Rachel Evans– Development Officer (

Rachel is our Development Officer. Before joining LCF, Rachel worked as Conference Manager for Shine – a social enterprise which offers events and conference space in Leeds.



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Theo Sheridan – Development Officer (

After graduating with a BA in International Development and Relations from University of Leeds, Theo had a varied career in employability, logistics and property. He joined the Foundation in January 2017 and helps supports the development team on donor engagement and measuring the impact of our grants. Alongside his work at LCF, Theo teaches and studies theology and enjoys the thrill of a game of cricket.

Lily B&WLily Ackroyd-Willoughby – Development and Marketing Assistant (

Lily graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Fine Art before moving into fundraising and enterprise within the Higher Education sector. She joined the Foundation in June 2017 to support the team with donor development, marketing and communications. Outside work, Lily is a practising artist and runs an artist-led studio group in Leeds.



DSC_6477_bwKirsty McKinnon – Head of Relationships (

Kirsty joined the team in August 2013 to lead on the Foundation’s marketing activities and build press and media relationships to raise the profile of the charity. Originally from Glasgow, she has a background in marketing and events having worked in a variety of roles within the arts, professional services and the public sector. In her spare time she likes spending time with friends and travelling whenever she can.



DSC_6524x_bwSarah Millett – Finance Manager (

Sarah joined the Foundation as Finance Officer in October 2012. She has experience of working in finance teams across a range of business sectors, including financial services, clothing manufacturing and tourism and is studying for her CIMA accountancy qualification. Outside of work, Sarah has recently moved back to the Harrogate area and is enjoying making the most of the city, but also loves to travel and visit places both in Yorkshire and abroad.


Office Management

DSC_6549_bwSimone Ivatts – Executive Assistant (

Simone joined the Foundation in July 2014 after a varied career as a bookkeeper, director of a health food workers’ co-op, proofreader and musician. She is PA to the Chief Executive and office manager, as well as our volunteer coordinator. Simone is a trustee of The Leeds Library, the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK – she is a self-confessed ‘book nerd’ who also loves music.