Rob Williamson

Rob is Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, where he drives a long-term strategy to grow endowment and increase funding to benefit communities. The Foundation awards grants of around £8m a year to local charities through funds set up by individual philanthropists, business donors and partner organisations. Rob plays a leading role in philanthropy and social investment in North East England and nationally, and has particular expertise in governance, charitable giving and voluntary sector research.

Rob was for six years Director of Policy and Communications and later Acting CEO at Northern Rock Foundation. His early career was in frontline charities for homeless and vulnerable people. He then went on to senior roles in urban regeneration and local government. Rob is a fellow of the RSA, and he speaks and writes regularly about issues in charity, philanthropy and funding. He is a member of the advisory committee for BBC Charity Appeals and sits on the Court of Newcastle University, whose steering committee he chairs. Rob is also a trustee of Northumberland-based performing arts group, November Club.

Rob is a member of the Programme Development Group and the Access Legacy Group