8th Sep 2021

Photo: Phil Moorhouse, the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Community Foundation.

The North East’s largest independent charitable foundation, the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, has announced Phil Moorhouse will be the new Chair of its Board of Trustees from 18 October 2021. Mr Moorhouse will lead the 33-year-old charity as it looks to grow its annual grant making to £10 million a year.

Mr Moorhouse has been appointed as successor to the Foundation’s current chair, Fiona Cruickshank OBE, who said:

“Serving as chair of the Community Foundation has been a joy and a privilege. It is a special place: an organisation where lifelong – and cross-generational – relationships are the norm, and where roots go deep into communities. I’m delighted to be succeeded by Phil who I know will bring his own style and focus to the role.”

Mr Moorhouse recently ended a nine-year appointment as Chair of Newcastle Building Society. He began his career as a chartered accountant, qualifying in Newcastle and working in both the UK and Europe. He has been based in the North East throughout his working life, with his last executive role as Managing Director UK of Northgate plc. For the last ten years he has been involved in a businesses, charities and public bodies as non-executive director and investor. These roles have covered financial services, healthcare, engineering and automotive industries.

Of his appointment Mr Moorhouse said:

“It’s a great pleasure to be joining the Community Foundation as chair of trustees. I’m a great admirer, having seen the organisation’s work first-hand during my time as chair of Newcastle Building Society. There we engaged with the Foundation as the perfect vehicle for reaching causes which are not always as visible as the larger charities. I’ve also become more deeply involved personally through a fund my family and I have set up in memory of our daughter, Louise. I have lived and worked in North East England all my life. So, I am very much looking forward to putting my passion for this place, alongside my knowledge and networks, to good use, working with the wider trustees and staff team. I’d also like to thank Fiona for her warm welcome and support as she hands over the reins. She has been an exemplary chair for the Foundation, and it is a privilege to succeed her.”

Rob Williamson, CEO of the Community Foundation, said:

“Phil’s appointment as Chair by our Board marks an exciting new chapter for the Community Foundation. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for our work matching generous people and organisations with important community causes. I want to thank Fiona, who has been a brilliant Chair and whose skills and energy have made such a difference to the Foundation, especially as she guided us through our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Mr Moorhouse won’t be the only new member of the Foundation’s board in October. The Foundation is currently recruiting for a trustee from the business community.

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