New Trustees join Cumbria charity board

13th November 2017

Cumbria Community Foundation recently welcomed two new members to its board of trustees.

Nicholas Coulson and Jim Johnson became newly elected trustees in October and joined the board made up of 17 other professionals, including Chairman David Beeby, who also Chairs Cumbria CBI, Vice Chair and Company Secretary Tim Cartmell, and Main Grants Committee Chair, Jane Humphries.

Cumbria Community Foundation connect people who care with causes that matter, having distributed more than £37 million in grants on behalf of its fundholders since 1999.

Nicolas Coulson is retired having spent nearly thirty years working in international financial markets. After retiring from the City, Nicholas spent six years living and working in Hong Kong, where he ran his own business. He and his wife 

Jim Johnson & Nicholas Coulson now life in Cumbria full time.

Nicholas said: “I have been aware of the work done by CCF in both highlighting and alleviating the deprivation behind the picture-postcard landscapes in Cumbria for many years. I was particularly impressed by the Foundation’s rapid, efficient and hands-on response to Storm Desmond and therefore when the opportunity came up to become a Trustee and do more first-hand to help the Foundation’s excellent work, I jumped at it.”

Jim Johnson is a life-long resident of Cumbria. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he followed a challenging senior managerial career in professional, industrial and educational environments, and leading to specialisation in business recovery. He currently volunteers as a Trustee of Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance, Chair of Parish Council and Churchwarden.

Jim said: “My wife and I established a Fund with the Foundation a couple of years ago, because we wanted to ensure that any charitable giving we made would be effective, efficiently administered and support mainly local needs. CCF fulfils all those objectives, as I have seen first-hand since joining the grants panel and through visiting community projects to witness the benefits of CCF’s funded support.

“When I was asked this year to join the Board of Trustees, I was delighted to accept, and consider it to be an honour to have the chance to add value to the governance of such an excellent organisation”.

Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to formally welcome Nicholas and Jim to the board. We are always looking for people whose skills and expertise will compliment those of our existing Trustees, as we continue to tackle disadvantage across the county.”

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