Chief Executive

Andy Beeforth OBE

Andy joined the Community Foundation in September 1999 as the first and only member of staff.  Before then he had various roles as a Researcher with the Forestry Commission, Social Care Worker, Community Transport Researcher and immediately before joining the Foundation was a Rural Community Officer and then Deputy Director with Voluntary Action Cumbria (now ACT).  Andy studied at the University of Bradford where he gained a 1st Class honours degree in Environmental Science.  His first connection with Cumbria was through his late wife Dora who grew up in Bowness on Windermere.  He has become a leading figure in philanthropy in the UK leading the Foundation and its fund development for over 20 years. Promoting philanthropy and engaging donors with many of Cumbria’s inspirational volunteers and groups is what motivates him most. He was made an OBE for services to the voluntary sector in 2010. Away from work Andy enjoys time with his partner Alice and her two children and when able spends time cycling, sea kayaking, singing, playing the guitar and exploring remote places in Lucy, his 1974 VW Camper van.

Telephone: 01900 820822  Email:

Finance Director 

Helen Mackman

Helen moved to Cumbria in 2012. She has worked for Cumbria Action for Social Support (CASS), Gen2 and McMenon Engineering Services Ltd before embarking on her role as CCF’s Finance Director in 2023. Helen’s role is to manage the finances of the Foundation, along with servicing several committees and looking after the IT provision. She loves to travel the world and skiing is her passion. But when she is home, she loves to walk in the fells and enjoy her garden.

Telephone: 01900 820829 Email:

Finance and HR Officer

Lynsey Stokes

Lynsey joined the team in October 2014 after relocating from North Wales. She has worked in finance for the last 15 years in various roles and is now broadening her horizons by studying for a CIPD qualification. Lynsey works with the Finance Director to monitor and control the company’s finances.  She also sometimes wears a HR hat and helps with recruitment, policies and procedures, and other HR admin. Lynsey is mum to two very energetic and inquisitive boys, so most of her time outside work is taken up refereeing and going out on family walks. When she can, Lynsey likes to escape into a good book and enjoys fitness classes at the gym.

Telephone: 01900 820823 Email:

Finance Assistant

Emma Rathbone

Emma moved from Cambridge to Cumbria in 2021 and joined Cumbria Community Foundation in March 2024. As the Finance Administrator, she supports the day-to-day running of the Finance Department.

Emma is passionate about animal welfare, from birds, dogs and cats, to horses and more. In Cambridge she supported people caring for animals and helping with rehoming needs.

In her spare time she likes to visit Brighton when she can, and also enjoys horse riding, walking the dogs, and meals out with the family.

Telephone: 01900 826012 Email:

Relationships Officer

Caroline Adams

Caroline joined the team in May 2021 after having spent the last 13 years working in business support programmes. As Relationships Officer she supports the work of the CEO and Head of Development as well as coordinating events and managing membership.

Caroline moved to West Cumbria in 2014 with her partner and his two sons. A relative newcomer to the area, she is still exploring Cumbria, finding new places to visit, enjoying a new found love of walking and the fresh air.

Telephone: 01900 820825 Email:

Development Assistant

Jackie Blacklock

Jackie joined Cumbria Community Foundation in May 2022. She has lived in Cumbria for most of her life and mainly worked in administration and the education sector. She started her career working at Sellafield and has held various posts since, most recently working as a teaching assistant in a local primary school.  As Development Assistant she supports the work of the CEO and Development Team as well as coordinating events and managing membership.  She is passionate about Cumbria, its heritage and the people who live here. Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, walking on the fells and in the countryside with her dog.

Telephone: 01900 512392 Email:


Director of Programmes & Partnerships

Dr Jenny Benson

Jenny was appointed Director of Programmes and Partnerships in September 2020 and leads the Foundation’s grantmaking. Passionate about working in partnership and encouraging collaborative working she draws upon extensive fundraising and fund programme management experience from the private, public and third sectors. She previously led the successful delivery of the Foundation’s £10.3m Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015, which helped over 3,100 households and 200 community groups to recover from the devastating floods. Sharing her experience of disaster grantmaking, Jenny delivered a series of joint disaster fund workshops nationally with colleagues from the London Emergencies Trust and We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and helped inform the development of the National Emergencies Trust. Jenny also volunteers for different organisations. She loves spending time with her family & friends, biking and exploring the beautiful Cumbrian fells.

Telephone: 01900 829376 Email:

Senior Grants & Programmes Administrator

Kristine McGlothlin

Relocating from London where she worked as an executive administrator at Middle Temple, one of the Inns of Court, Kristine joined Cumbria Community Foundation in September 2014. She has an MA in Education and Human Development and taught English and British History before managing a university Study Abroad Programme. Kristine has lived and worked as a volunteer in Liberia, has travelled extensively in the UK and Europe as a Tour Director, and is a qualified Blue Badge Tour Guide of Cumbria. As Senior Grants & Programmes Administrator, Kristine processes the grant applications, manages grants data and the monitoring process,  and organises visits to projects funded by CCF for trustees, committee members, staff, donors and fundholders. Kristine is a keen reader, passionate about the theatre, and happiest when in nature and helping out with the sheep on the farm.

Telephone: 01900 820826 Email:

Grants & Programmes Administrator 

Jeanette Halsey

Jeanette joined in 2024 after retiring from a 30-year career teaching Chemistry in 11 -18 schools in the North West, latterly returning to Cumbria to work on the Furness peninsula.

As Grants Administrator, she supports the day-to-day grant making operations of the Foundation. Away from work Jeanette enjoys walking, mountain biking, cooking and has travelled extensively.

Telephone: 01900 512396 Email:


Senior Grants & Programmes Officer

Ellen Clements

Ellen joined Cumbria Community Foundation in May 2010. She previously worked for the Crown Prosecution Service as a Paralegal based in the Courts in Carlisle, so within her work has seen all different aspects of life within communities. She has also run her own business while bringing up her two children. Ellen is part of a team of Grants Officers who each have their own funds and as part of her work, she supports fundholders, potential donors and advises applicants. She likes to keep abreast of what is happening in the county which is a large part of her work, she also administers and supports a number of grants committees. She likes to walk in the outdoors with her family and her dog Molly, as well as reading and visiting different countries around the world. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Justice of the Peace and also for a community organisation, this enables her to meet all different kinds of people from different backgrounds, which she enjoys. Ellen has lived in Cumbria all her life, she has traced her ancestry back to the 1600’s and all her descendants were born in Cumberland.

Telephone: 01900 820824 Email:


Senior Grants, Programmes & Communications Officer

Annalee Holliday

Born in Cumbria, Annalee moved away and returned in 2002. She has been with Cumbria Community Foundation since 2009, having previously worked for a social housing provider. In 2014, she completed the Aspiring Leaders Programme, combining formal academic teaching with experiential learning and personal development and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Social Enterprise Leadership. As part of her role at the Foundation, Annalee supports individuals and businesses with their philanthropic giving, advising on how best to invest their money in the community. She also leads on several strategic programmes and manages the charity’s marketing and PR, overseeing the communications strategy and publications. Committed to the third sector, Annalee is a trustee of Francis Scott Trust and volunteers for the Henry Smith Charity, and has mentored young adults. In her spare time, she enjoys the gym and getting outdoors with her dog, Joey, and her friends and family.

Telephone: 01900 820827 Email:


Grants & Programmes Officer

Sarah Thompson

Sarah joined Cumbria Community Foundation in August 2021. Sarah relocated to Cumbria with her partner and their son from London in 2013. Sarah has worked in various capacities within the charity sector for over 20 years. Away from work Sarah enjoys time with her family & friends, discovering new places to visit,  walking & swimming.

Telephone: 01900 820821 Email:

Grants & Programmes Officer

Tracy Cheesbrough

Tracy joined Cumbria Community Foundation in August 2023, after relocating back to Cumbria. As our new Grants and Programmes Officer, she brings over 25+ years of experience of teaching Psychology, Health & Social Care and Business Studies in secondary schools based in South Gloucestershire.
Tracy is married with two grown-up children and a dog, called Pepper and she is looking forward to spending more time walking the Cumbrian fells with her family. She has also just taken up wild swimming and is hoping to explore a range of other hobbies and develop some creative skills as she settles back into Cumbrian life.

Telephone: 01900 512395 Email:

Grants & Programmes Officer

Lisa Blackwell

Lisa joined the Grants Team in 2022 as a Grants and Programmes Officer. Since graduating from the University of Northumbria Law School in 2007, Lisa has undertaken a variety of roles predominately within the voluntary and community sector. Cumbrian born and bred, Lisa is passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable people in the local community. Her roles within the Third Sector and specifically, within the field of funding and income generation, has enabled her to play a key part in developing projects that provide vital services in the local community, especially for people with a learning difficulty and/or autism.

In her spare time, Lisa is a pianist and voice over artist. She also enjoys playing the Kalimba, keeping fit, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Telephone: 01900 820828 Email:

Learning & Insights Officer

Becca Dunlop

Becca joined Cumbria Community Foundation in March 2024. She previously worked for Cumbria Constabulary as a PCSO in West Cumbria, so has a good understanding of life in our community and the challenges that many people face. More recently, she has been running her own business while bringing up her two young children.

Becca’s role is to gather and provide information and data about particular topics, or areas within the community, and is responsible for researching, sense-making and sharing insights and learning from our funding. This is used to help to inform decision making in many areas of our work.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running with her local running club, and volunteering with a number of different organisations.

Telephone: 01900 512394 Email:

Communications & Content Lead

Natalie Rutherford

Natalie first moved to Cumbria in 2001 to train as a journalist, following a spell teaching English in Japan, and went on to work as a reporter and sub-editor on newspapers around the country. More recently, she has worked in communications and fundraising for the NHS and a national cancer charity.

She joined Cumbria Community Foundation in 2024. Her role involves capturing stories of our amazing supporters and the incredible projects we support, and sharing them with the wider world, via the media, our website, social channels and more. In her spare time, you’ll find Natalie swimming in a lake, playing her clarinet or writing stories for children.

Telephone: 01900 820820 Email:

Age-Friendly Coordinator

Katie Gatt

This new role aims to create a supportive, welcoming, and vibrant environment for older adults. Katie plays an important role in supporting our ambition to build an Age Friendly community in South Lakeland. Katie works with partner organisations, agencies, authorities and local residents to ensure more people have an opportunity to enjoy a good later life, and to reduce inequalities in aging.

Telephone: 07546 985705 Email: