Big changes at the top for SYCF!

James Newman, the former Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, has now officially taken over as Chairman of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) one of the largest charities in Yorkshire.

The new chairman took up his position in May for an initial five year term, replacing Giles Bloomer, OBE DL, who has stood down after a year as Chairman and as a Trustee since 2006. James also becomes a Director of the Key Fund, in which SYCF has a 50% interest.

SYCF is a grant making charity which works to improve lives in South Yorkshire’s communities. Through raising funds from businesses, philanthropists, trusts and statutory bodies, SYCF puts it back into meeting the needs of local people facing economic hardship and other barriers to their aspirations.

The charity has been undergoing plenty of improvements in recent years having also recently developed a new website and brand refresh as well as launching its 30th Anniversary Fund and SY100 Scheme for businesses and individuals.

The former Master Cutler and current chairman of Finance Yorkshire, founded the Sheffield City Region LEP in 2010 and led the City Region in creating the strong City Region private/public sector partnership and securing major funding deals from Government, including the historic £900 million Devolution Deal he signed with the Chancellor in October last year.

James Newman said: ‘’I am delighted to have been appointed to chair the Trustees of SYCF, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Its reputation for being a caring organisation and supporting the local communities of South Yorkshire is well established and I look forward to working with my fellow Trustees, Executive team and other partners and patrons to continue this most important work.’’

Ruth Willis, CEO of SYCF said: We are so happy that James is now our Chairman and both I, the staff team and Board of Trustees very much look forward to working with him. He is well known throughout Yorkshire and the north in business and social circles which will help the Foundation grow and attract funding for its activities.
James also brings a breadth of leadership experience and insights from his work with both local and national charities, which will be invaluable to the Foundation.”

In thanking his predecessor, James said: “Giles took on the role of Chairman in May last year and during the last 12 months he has led the Foundation to a number of impressive achievements. These include overseeing the setup of a Fund for Child Sexual Exploitation, delivery of the Take2 Community Covenant project for veterans and the launch of the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation Philanthropy Catalyst Endowment Match Challenge.”

Giles, who is currently the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, will continue to represent SYCF as a Director of the Key Fund.