Education is fundamental to building a long term, economically sustainable future for Africa, independent from aid. The Hazelhurst Trust is supporting projects that give communities the wherewithal to build schools themselves, using their own skills and labour.
The Hazelhurst Trust has supported a wide range of community groups that are taking responsibility for the problems in their own communities. The trustees support to the principles behind Asset Based Community Development (ABCD – see http://www.abcdinstitute.org/) that builds on the skills and talents in the community, rather than depending on external agencies.
The arts can bring communities together and give individuals self belief by enabling them to express their thoughts and ideas. The Trust has supported a range of local organisations that use arts to engage excluded young people, prisoners and disabled.
Chris has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech sector. He is Chief Executive of Spirogen Ltd, a drug discovery company pioneering DNA targeted anti-cancer therapies. Chris was non-executive Chairman of Sciona, Inc. and a founder of Paras Ltd. and worked as a consultant in the healthcare industry for ten years. He is a director of Finsbury Technology Trust and Xenva Ltd. Chris is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Sainsbury Management Fellow (MBA, IMD 1989).
Tuula’s background is in Corporate Finance and International Economics and her career began in international banking. After a period at the treasury of Valmet Corporation in Finland managing the money market portfolio and her MBA at IMD in Switzerland, she worked as Group Finance Director of Valmet Automation and Regional Finance Manager for ICI. She was a co-founder of Paras Limited, an international boutique management consultancy, and worked in particular in the area of environmental technologies and environmental management in the process industries. She joined Xenva Limited, a management services company, in 1998 as a principal providing financial management, treasury and corporate finance expertise for client companies, mainly in the biotechnology sector.
Matthew graduated in Law and worked for multinational computer companies prior to establishing his own software business. He has founded and managed technology and biotech companies in Australia, the US and the UK. Since 2005 he has focused on growing philanthropy and for for seven years was the chair of UK Community Foundations, the national body that links the 56 Community Foundations. In 2012 he prepared a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the future of Digital Giving in the Arts and in 2013 was appointed to the Arts Council. He is currently a trustee of the Watts Gallery, Philanthropy Impact, The Philanthropy Workshop, and the Beacon Awards as well as a governor of St Edmund’s School, Hindhead. He was a founding director of Localgiving.com and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board . In 2014 he was appointed a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Helen graduated from Durham University in 1979. After a number of years in business development in the software industry she co founded a software company taking primary responsibility for human resources. In 2006 she was awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. In 2009 she researched and wrote the report Hidden Surrey. She served as High Sheriff of Surrey for 2013 – 2014 and is Chair of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, a member of the Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal Committee and of the University of Surrey’s Advancement Committee. In 2015 Helen was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.
Hidden Surrey – Why local giving is needed to strengthen our communities (2010), Dr. Helen Bowcock
Although Surrey is known to be one of the wealthiest counties in the United Kingdom, with the majority of its population enjoying a high quality of life, as the title of this revealing report suggests there are, in fact, many pockets of deprivation within the county. These are not evident from statistical data based on coarser mapping grids but become all too clear when finer grids are used. Furthermore, they frequently occur within towns and villages which are often associated in the minds eye with prosperity and high living standards. In some cases they are amongst the most deprived areas in the country.
It is our hope that this report will inspire more of those within our community with the means to do so to consider contributing to our efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives throughout Surrey. Professor Patrick J Dowling CBE DL FRS, Chair, Community Foundation for Surrey