National Lottery Community Fund

Man and women in an allotment gardening

The National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) is a non-departmental public body responsible for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery for “good causes”. Since 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to more than 130,000 projects in the UK. People use this funding to do extraordinary things, taking the lead to improve their lives and communities. Communities come in all shapes and sizes, and National Lottery funding is there for everyone. There are 12 distributors of money raised by the players of The National Lottery, which fund projects and activities that transform communities, protect heritage, and enrich lives through arts, sports and culture.

Inclusive Boards first worked with TNLCF to support the recruitment of Board members for their England Committee – we successfully placed 2 candidates Rosie Ginday and Ray Coyle.

We were subsequently commissioned to support the search and selection process for 2 new England Directors (one with a background in strategy and the other with a background in operations) to lead the fund in their largest geographical and financial area.

We focussed on our networks in the funding space as well as detailed external candidate sourcing. We presented a strong longlist of 20 candidates (10 per role) and 7 candidates were selected for an interview.

We supported the fund to undertake psychometric testing through Thomas International and advised on an equitable approach to the use and interpretation of test results.

2 candidates were offered and accepted the roles: Emma Corrigan and Phil Chamberlain. Emma has 20 years’ experience in grant making and was previously Head of Design and Delivery at BBC Children in Need. Phil is an experienced strategist and was most recently Executive Director (External Engagement) for City Lit.