Foundation Team

The City & Guilds Foundation amplifies the activity we do across City & Guilds, through high impact social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes.

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Each of the programmes we run act as a catalyst for us to make a difference to people, organisations and society through investing our surplus into helping everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, get opportunities to succeed.

Whether we’re looking at how we bring together other charitable organisations to address major societal challenges like reducing reoffending, whether we’re designing awards programmes that recognise exceptional staff training, or whether it’s designing a measurement tool that shows the genuinely transformative impact of City & Guilds on society – what flows through it all is our approach; our activity is about innovating, celebrating and evaluating.

We work collaboratively across all of our programmes and we each bring a unique set of key strengths to the team. Hover over the images below to learn more or visit our team profiles.

Laura Mountain

Laura Mountain (she/her)

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Laura works on our commissions, social investment programmes, and overall strategy for the Foundation.
Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts (she/her)

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Lauren leads for all of our advocacy work across the Foundation.
Stuart Tucker

Stuart Tucker (he/him)

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Stuart is responsible for the Foundation's digital strategy.
Justine Procter

Justine Procter (she/her)

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Justine provides key support across the Foundation team ensuring our activities run smoothly.
Polly Rowe

Polly Rowe (she/her)

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Polly works across all of our Foundation programmes, but with a particular focus on our grant giving work and measuring our social impact.
Jennifer Warner

Jennifer Warner

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Jennifer works on the development of impactful communities and collaborations in the Foundation.
Mike Ormand

Mike Ormand (he/him)

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Mike is responsible for the maintenance and development of our digital platforms.
Faiza Khan

Faiza Khan MBE (she/her)

Faiza is the Director of Corporate Affairs and Foundation at City & Guilds. She is passionate about social change.
Michael Osbaldeston

Michael Osbaldeston (he/him)

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Michael is the Special Adviser and is especially involved with work with our President and the Princess Royal Training Awards.
Lan Che

Lan Che (she/her)

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Lan looks after our award recognition programmes, the Princess Royal Training Awards and the Ampersand Awards.
Julia Bena

Julia Bena (she/her)

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Julia works on leading the implementation of our responsible business strategy.

Foundation Committee

The Foundation Committee provides strategic guidance and direction to make sure that the City & Guilds Foundation can make the most impact possible.

Committee members are Trustees, Council members and industry experts who have a wealth of experience and a passion for helping improve people’s lives through skills development.

Dick Palmer

Dick Palmer

Committee Chair

Dick is the Chair of the City and Guilds Foundation and is one of our Trustees. He is involved in measuring social impact, the Princess Royal Training Awards and our bursaries.

Carmen Watson

Carmen Watson

Committee Member

Carmen is one of our councillors and is involved with our Inclusion & Diversity programmes. She is also the chairperson at Pertemps Network Group.

Ben Wiseman

Ben Wiseman

Committee Member

Ben is a marketing and innovation leader. He is a Trustee of City & Guilds and Liveryman of the Merchant Taylors’ Company.

Andy Cross

Andy Cross

Committee Member

Andy is one of our councillors and is the former director of services at St Giles. He is involved with our charity work.

There is so much social need in the world and so many deserving of support. Unfortunately, we can’t help everyone directly. But what we can do is work with a selection of like-minded individuals, organisations and communities to explore new ways of doing things when it comes to skills development, in order to combat key societal issues where existing structures aren’t working.

Dick Palmer

Foundation Committee Chair

Reflecting on our achievements in 2022

As the end of 2022 fast approaches, the team at the City & Guilds Foundation took some time to reflect and share their top highlights and achievements from the last year and moments to be proud of. Laura Mountain “Thinking about what we’ve collectively achieved...

Demonstrating the impact of outstanding training with The Princess Royal Training Awards class of 2022

This year 46 organisations came together at London’s Banqueting House on Tuesday 6th December to be personally congratulated on stage by HRH The Princess Royal, alongside Chief Executive of City & Guilds, Kirstie Donnelly MBE and Chair of City & Guilds, Dame Ann Limb.

Interview with Jordan Stevenson, City & Guilds Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Product

We caught up with Jordan to find out more about how we are changing the way we design products at City & Guilds to make sure everyone – whatever their background – has the best opportunity to succeed. As a Foundation, we are dedicated to removing barriers for...

City & Guilds launches Specific Learning Difficulties tool for trainers

This guest post is by Jordan Stevenson, the Diversity and Inclusion Product Lead at City & Guilds City & Guilds, in partnership with the Education Training Foundation: SEND excellence gateway, are launching a series of tools to support inclusive learning. This...

Invitation to take part: Improving Diversity in Craft Businesses with Cockpit

Calling all craft businesses. The craft world has a diversity problem – let’s change that. Craft businesses are invited to get involved in a new project to help improve diversity in the craft workforce. Our vision is a future industry where anyone, from any...

Creating a diverse and inclusive online experience for our community

To support our diverse range of stakeholders who visit our websites, the City & Guilds Foundation now provides enhanced accessibility support online to create a barrier-free user experience. We pride ourselves by going the extra mile to always improve...

Widening participation in heritage crafts: training bursary for Black and ethnically diverse makers

The City & Guilds Foundation sponsors the Heritage Crafts training bursary targeted at Black and ethnically diverse makers, which is an under-represented group in heritage crafts. This guest post is by Daniel Carpenter of Heritage Crafts. For more information, see...

Unlocking refugee talent to access skilled people looking for work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS__3EnKgzk The City & Guilds Foundation recently ran a virtual event with our partners The Launchpad Collective to examine how to unlock refugee talent to access skilled people looking for work. The Launchpad Collective (TLC)...

Pride Month: celebrating LGBTQ+ inclusion in our networks

The history of LGBTQ+ Pride Month LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States and its impact was...

Helping our partners in the offender / reoffending space to embrace neurodiversity

Last week was my second week of secondment with the Foundation Team and I was fortunate to be able to attend a two-day Neurodiversity Train the Trainer event. It was delivered by Helen Arnold Richardson from DO-It Solutions, and was specifically for our Foundation...
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