Our Trustees & Staff

Liza Kellett - Chief Executive
Liza Kellett is the Chief Executive of the Community Foundation in Wales. With a background encompassing the arts, external relations, marketing and business development, she has worked in the third sector in a number of capacities: as Head of Development at West Yorkshire Playhouse (where she completed her Masters in Business Planning for Development); as the Chief Executive of Emmaus Leeds – a community for homeless people which she established by raising £3 million and leading the organisation through growth and change; as a Consultant advising on business development to arts charities; and as a Trustee of a school, arts charities and FE college ensuring effective governance. In a voluntary capacity, Liza is a Member of Glas Cymru, a director of Social Enterprise Vera Media, and on the Advisory Group of Common Purpose Wales. Liza has also just become a board member for WCVA from December 2010.

Liza’s special interests/expertise include: the arts, homelessness, education and social enterprise.
Julie Ashton-Davies - Philanthropy & Business Manager
Appointed as Philanthropy & Business Manager in Spring 2009, Julie came to the Foundation with a wealth of project management experience gained through a 28-year career with BT. Her expertise and skills in the areas of IT, business planning, team building, client services and delivery have proved to be an ideal foundation for this new role. Being responsible for the capacity management of BT’s largest database system for the NHS was a career high point. Julie is now responsible for programme management, Fund holder relations and business management. Her life outside work revolves around her family and church. As well as being a Deacon which entails strategic and governance work, Julie brings her creative, culinary and organisation skills to a broad range of activities at her church – including holiday clubs and the weekly ‘paradise run’ supporting homeless people.

Julie’s special interests/expertise include: homelessness, Christian charities, community projects and HIV/Aids.
Tom Morris - Researcher
Tom joined the Foundation in February 2009, initially as a volunteer, before being appointed to the post of Researcher. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tom’s background includes an undergraduate degree in International Politics from the University of Aberystwyth and a postgraduate MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. Tom has extensive voluntary experience, having spent time volunteering for Oxfam and Birmingham Friends of the Earth. As a campaigner he has worked on the Control Arms campaign (a joint campaign by Oxfam and Amnesty International to bring about a global arms trade treaty), and The Big Ask (a Friends of the Earth campaign which successfully pressured the government into adopting legally binding carbon reductions).

Tom’s special interests/expertise include: the environment; the landscape of poverty and social need in Wales; sport & the arts as vehicles for social inclusion
Helen Fagan - Administrative Assistant
Having graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2008 with a Geography degree (BA), Helen Fagan is also currently working a few hours a week at the Wales Millennium Centre fitting this job around her time as an Administrator for the Community Foundation in Wales, having started out as a volunteer in June 2009. Recent volunteer experience includes donating her time for Save the Children appeals, helping supervise fundraising events for the Wales Millennium Centre’s charitable aims and has helped raise £700 for the Millennium Centre through her successful completion of cycling the Taff Trail from Brecon to Cardiff Bay. She spent summer 2010 going further afield, spending 10 weeks in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in aid of the charity Raleigh International and completing projects to benefit the local community whilst out there.

Helen’s special interests/expertise include: empowering young people, the arts, development and education