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Finance & Business Recovery Experts Join Community Foundation Board

Jim Johnson & Nicholas Coulson

New trustees with backgrounds in international financial markets and business recovery, have joined the board of the Cumbria Community Foundation.

Nicholas Coulson and Jim Johnson were elected in October and join a 17-strong board that has distributed more than £37 million in grants on behalf of its fundholders since 1999.

Mr Coulson spent nearly 30 years working in international financial markets. After retiring from the City, he spent six years living and working in Hong Kong, where he ran his own business. He and his wife now life in Cumbria full time.

“I have been aware of the work done by CCF in both highlighting and alleviating the deprivation behind the picture-postcard landscapes in Cumbria for many years,” he said.

“I was particularly impressed by the Foundation’s rapid, efficient and hands-on response to Storm Desmond and therefore when the opportunity came up to become a trustee and do more first-hand to help the Foundation’s excellent work, I jumped at it.”

Mr Johnson qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into senior managerial roles in professional, industrial and educational environments, and specialisation in business recovery. He currently volunteers as a trustee of Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance.

He said: “My wife and I established a fund with the Foundation a couple of years ago, because we wanted to ensure that any charitable giving we made would be effective, efficiently administered and support mainly local needs.

“CCF fulfils all those objectives, as I have seen first-hand since joining the grants panel and through visiting community projects to witness the benefits of CCF’s funded support.”

Andy Beeforth, chief executive of Cumbria Community Foundation said: “We are delighted to formally welcome Nicholas and Jim to the board. We are always looking for people whose skills and expertise will compliment those of our existing Trustees, as we continue to tackle disadvantage across the county.”

Trustees’ Week, running from November 13-17, is an annual event to showcase the work of trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

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