Somerset Community Foundation appoints new Chairman and President

July 15, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation is delighted to announce two new appointments. Mrs Jane Barrie OBE DL has been appointed as our next Chairman. She will replace Peter Wyman when he retires from the Board in September at our AGM.  Meanwhile Somerset’s new Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Annie Maw, has also been appointed as our Honorary President, succeeding Lady Gass who had been President since the Foundation was created in 2002. 

A stockbroker by profession, Jane Barrie is also Chair of Health Education South West and has held several Non-Executive roles within the NHS during the last 24 years, including Chair of NHS Somerset and Chair of Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority. She has also recently retired as Chairman of Governors of Taunton School, and is the former Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council for Somerset. She is a past President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, a Patron of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and President of Care Focus (South West) CIC.

Jane said “I am delighted to be appointed the next Chairman of the Somerset Community Foundation. Having been a Trustee for under one year, I hope to build on the excellent work of the present Chairman, Peter Wyman. Although not born in Somerset, I was brought up here and its prosperity both in terms of its economic success and the success of its local communities is very dear to my heart. As part of the Foundation, I hope we can continue to make a real difference in Somerset.”

Annie Maw was invited to become the Foundation’s second President when she became Lord Lieutenant, following the tradition started by her predessor Lady Gass. Annie is a trustee of several charities supporting young athletes, those with disabilities and those with spinal injuries in Somerset and across the West Country. She is a Director and Council Member of the Royal Bath and West Society, Vice-President of the Friends of Wells Cathedral, and Chancellor of the Children’s University of Somerset. Annie and her husband, ‘Dickie’ live near Shepton Mallet, having moved there from the Chew Valley.

Annie said “As Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset my involvement with SCF is crucial to my role.  The SCF reaches the people in our county who often ask for very little but who benefit from our support. 

I am delighted to see this organisation go from strength during the time that I have known it.  The wealth of experience which Peter Wyman has brought to the SCF during his Chairmanship has been of inestimable value and his successor, Jane Barry, will take the organisation forwards to face the challenges which our county and our community face over the next few years.

Both Peter Wyman and Jane Barrie are Deputy Lieutenants of Somerset which confirms the strong link between the SCF and the Lieutenancy.


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