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Somerset Community Foundation CEO Justin Sargent is recognised with OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list

June 8, 2021

The team at Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) are incredibly proud to announce that their Chief Executive Justin Sargent has been recognised with an OBE for services to the community in Somerset in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Justin said: “It is deeply humbling to have been awarded such an honour. It has been the privilege of my life to have led Somerset Community Foundation for the past 16 years. However, the success of the Foundation is truly a collective effort, and I would like this honour to be viewed as a reflection of the care, compassion and dedication of everyone who has been involved with the Foundation.

“I work with an exceptional team of staff, Trustees and volunteers, but we can only continue to make the difference we make thanks to the very generous support of our donors and funders and the commitment of our local voluntary groups, who all help to change the world on their doorsteps every day. Never has this been more apparent than during the coronavirus pandemic, when local charities and volunteers have gone above and beyond for those in need. It is the unrelenting desire of our communities to make Somerset a better place for all that I feel is reflected in this award.”

Jane Barrie OBE DL, Chair at SCF said: “The Trustees of SCF are absolutely delighted that Justin has been honoured in this way. He is a man of very special qualities who gives far more to Somerset beyond his role as CEO of the Foundation. He is passionate about doing the best for the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our communities, and in crises such as those posed by the Somerset floods of 2013/2014 and the coronavirus outbreak, he has worked well above the call of duty to help provide funding and leadership to the voluntary and community sector.”

Justin joined SCF in 2005 bringing with him considerable experience in community development and grant-making, having previously worked with small non-governmental organisations in Lesotho in Africa, and on environmental and social initiatives here in the UK.

Since SCF was founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £16 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset, and most recently awarded over £1.5m worth of grants in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, Justin leads a team of 12, delivering over £2m of funding to Somerset communities every year. In 2017 he was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from CASS Business School, and in 2018 Justin joined the Board of Trustees at the Nelson Trust.

Somerset Community Foundation is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.


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