STAFF

Sandra Jones

GDF Grants Administrator

Sandra Jones joined GDF as the Grants Administrator in January 2018. Sandra’s previous roles have included Head of Customer Services and Head of Operations in the Financial Services sector. Semi-retired, she is now enjoying a change in direction and helping to ensure that grant applications are administered in an efficient and effective way.

TRUSTEES

Michael Davies

Chairman

Mike Davies joined GDF in 2012. He retired in 2011 after nearly  40 years as a social worker and a manager, working with people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. He is chair of grants committee.

TRUSTEES

Christine Ellson

Vice-Chair

Since moving to Gloucestershire in the 1970s, Christine Ellson has been involved in the charity, statutory and voluntary sectors with a special interest in offender rehabilitation and disability. Previously a member of the Gloucestershire Probation Board Trust and an assistant director at the Barnwood Trust, after retirement she has spent 15 years as a GDF trustee

TRUSTEES

Vacancy

Financial Compliance

We hope to recruit soon a new trustee who will be responsible for financial compliance. If you would be interested in applying, please contact the GDF office.

TRUSTEES

Gail McCarthy

Company Secretary

Gail McCarthy joined GDF in 2015.  Following her retirement from full time employment she became Company Secretary for GDF in 2020.  Gail has many years’ experience of grant-making from her previous work for Barnwood Trust.

MEMBER

Joan Davies

Member

Joan Davies joined GDF in 2015 and is now vice chair of grants committee. She retired from the NHS in 2016 as an Occupational Therapist with over 40 years of experience. Her last 20 years of employment was spent working in the community with people with physical disabilities, which also gave her experience of making applications to charities.

MEMBER

Steve Elway

Member

Steve Elway joined the GDF board in 2017. Most of his employment history was working in local government, including as Director of Culture, Learning and Leisure. He was instrumental in creating the Aspire Sport and Cultural Trust in 2008, the aim of which was to manage and operate leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of local authorities within a Charitable Trust environment.

MEMBER

Jenny Hopkins

Member

Jenny Hopkins joined the GDF board in 2019.  A former CEO of a local charity, she has both professional and personal experience of deafness.  Jenny is semi-retired and now does a small amount of consultancy work, alongside studying for a PhD on deaf charities in England.

MEMBER

Maxine Knight

Member

Maxine Knight joined GDF as the charity administrator in 2013 and resigned from the post in 2017 in order to become a trustee. She previously worked in the NHS for 11 years. She is a mum and full-time carer of a daughter with disabilities.

MEMBER

Nora Lynch

Member

Nora Lynch joined GDF in 2017. She retired from a Social Work Team, where most recently she was an Assessor of Adult Care needs. She has 20 Years of experience supporting people with varying disabilities.

MEMBER

Sue Page

Member

I became a GDF Trustee in 2020 having spent many years involved in leadership and diversity training with the purpose of helping individuals to build self confidence and develop new skills.  I enjoy working with people and problem solving. I am also a Trustee for a Housing charity based in Gloucestershire.

MEMBER

Terry Rogers

Member

Terry Rogers has worked in health and social care since 1974. Starting as a social worker in Bristol, he worked in Training and HR in two locally based national disability charities and was a Director of HR for many years. Terry retired in 2016 and apart from his work at GDF, enjoys walking his dogs, reading, listening to music and supporting his local football team.