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Chief Executive

The Organisation

UK Community Foundations (UKCF) is an ambitious and innovative organisation placed at the heart of the rapid growth in the past ten years in local philanthropy and the community foundation network. It is a small and influential umbrella organisation for a membership network of 48 community foundations that cover the whole of the UK, managing £450m of endowed donor funds and investing around £65m per annum in grants into local charities from individuals, families, corporations, government, the public sector and trusts.

The Brief

Prospectus was asked to lead the search for UK Community Foundations’ Chief Executive, who would lead the next step in the charity’s growth whilst developing world class philanthropy services and excellent member support. Able to build strong relationships with private, public and not-for-profit stakeholders, candidates would have experience in networking and building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. They were also required to have proven experience of devising successful strategies and delivering change, as well as a track record in developing new business.

Our search targeted community development organisations and public sector bodies, social investment organisations, wealth management companies and private trusts and foundations as well as educational institutions that focussed on philanthropy. We also conducted searches in to membership bodies, umbrella organisations and federated charities.

The Appointment

Fabian French was appointed to the Chief Executive post and will take up the post in March 2015. Fabian brings over ten years of experience in investment banking at Managing Director level, with a track record of turning around underperformance through strategic implementation, business development and leadership skills whilst also building personal relationships with stakeholders. Most recently, he grew Marie Curie Cancer Care’s fundraised income from £78million to £100million as Director of Fundraising and Retail, through 650 staff and 7000 volunteers. He delivered a rigorous and professional approach to Marie Curie’s income generation and business development, acting as ambassador for the national charity and building personal relationships with a variety of donors. He is a graduate of Cambridge University.