Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) has announced Rebecca Kennelly, MBE, has been appointed as chair of trustees.  

HIWCF is a specialist grant-making charity, awarding funding to support local charitable, voluntary and community groups on behalf of a range of donors. 

Rebecca, currently the director of volunteering at Royal Voluntary Service, led the development and implementation of NHS Volunteer Responders, mobilising hundreds of thousands of volunteers across England to support the NHS and those vulnerable to Covid-19. She was awarded an MBE in last week’s Queen’s honour list.  

She previously worked at Basingstoke Voluntary Action, supporting local community and voluntary sector organisations, delivering services in the fields of homelessness, youth and young carers as well as chairing the Local Strategic Partnership in Basingstoke and Deane. 

Rebecca joined HIWCF as a Trustee in 2010 and has been leading the grants committee for the last four years, working closely with chief executive.