Rob Williamson

Chief Executive

Rob plays a leading role in philanthropy in North East England and nationally, and has particular expertise in governance, charitable giving and voluntary sector research. As CEO of the UK’s largest Community Foundation, he drives a long-term strategy focused on growing a sustainable endowment – currently valued at around £80m – and increasing funding to benefit communities now and in the future.

Rob was previously Director of Policy and Communications at Northern Rock Foundation. He began his career working in frontline charities for homeless and vulnerable people and went on to senior roles in urban regeneration and local government.

Rob is a fellow of the RSA, Vice Chair of UK Community Foundations and member the Court of Newcastle University. He sits on advisory committees for BBC’s Charity Appeals, for the Institute of Public Policy Research (the Future of Civil Society in the North programme) and for Charity Bank.


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