HIWCF is a specialist grant-making charity, supporting the projects and resources of local charitable, voluntary and community groups on behalf of a range of donors.
Rebecca’s appointment comes after the retirement of Jonathan Cheshire after 3 years as chair and 7 years on the Board.
Rebecca Kennelly has said:
“We are all extremely grateful to Jonathan for guiding us with his gentle humour, commitment and above all complete dedication to supporting disadvantaged people across our region and he remains a great friend to the Foundation.
“I am delighted to have been asked by the Board to succeed Jonathan, having worked with HIWCF as a trustee for the past 10 years and we are already working hard to ensure that local community groups can stabilise, respond and recover from the devastating impact of Covid-19”
The current Chief Executive, Grant Cornwell MBE, will be leaving the organisation at the end of January 2021. Having made the decision some months ago to relocate outside the county, Grant has decided to step aside to allow the Board to appoint someone more ‘local’ to take the organisation forward.
Grant Cornwell MBE has said:
“I have appreciated the unique privilege of getting to know and hear about all the amazing grassroots activity and community organisations that keep this county going. Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is truly blessed with a vibrant and active voluntary sector and I’m convinced that without them stepping up during the pandemic, many more people’s lives would have been drastically impacted.
“It is also humbling to consider HIWCF achievements during the pandemic, which were only made possible thanks to the contribution of so many incredible individuals, partners and donors. This year we managed to raise almost £5 million in charitable income, nearly £2m of which is for long term endowment building, distribute over £2 million in grants reaching over 350,000 beneficiaries across Hampshire & Isle of Wight and fund over 400 charitable organisations. I would like to thank my team, my Board of Trustees and all of our supporters without whom our work would not be possible.”