Katie Wellstead

Principal Advisor, Environment

Katie has been responsible for the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) at the Community Foundation since she joined in January 2009. Her work focuses on engaging new donors in environmental philanthropy through LEAF, as well as working with LEAF’s current donors to develop their giving. Katie is also responsible for sharing the learning from LEAF with other networks and partners.

Katie has 14 years grant-making experience with the voluntary and community sector in the north east, and a strong passion for the environment. Her career began in West Durham where she worked with communities to develop rural transport projects. She then went on to be the North East lead for North East social inclusion and rural service projects at the Countryside Agency.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Katie managed a £3m+ portfolio of grant and loan based finance for voluntary sector groups across England, at the Social Investment Business.

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