Member of Investment Committee
Martha Wilkinson is Chief Executive of the Devon Community Foundation (DCF), which she joined in 2009 just as the economic crisis was hitting its stride and the Foundation needed a complete restructure and renewed focus. The Foundation works closely with individual, family and corporate philanthropists to distribute grants to local groups and organisations which are tackling disadvantage and deprivation across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. She relishes the challenge of working with all sectors to bring about positive changes in the lives of the most vulnerable people.
Martha started her career in retail with the John Lewis partnership and spent 10 years working in retail, ICT and manufacturing. She then went on to join the Senior Management Team of Business Link Hereford & Worcester, and built upon that experience to start a Social Enterprise in East London which helped major multi nationals in the City of London and Docklands build supply chains with local small businesses in order to create prosperity and jobs in the deprived City Fringe area of London.
In 2002 Martha became a self-employed consultant in economic development. Her work included developing strategy, assessing and evaluating the impact of economic development and especially the engagement of local communities in development plans.
She has consistently worked effectively with the public, private and voluntary sectors, philanthropists and infrastructure organisations building vital links between community, economy and social action: ensuring that national charitable and public funds go to local, engaged communities. She is also a non-executive Director of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
Member of Health & Wellbeing Challenge Fund South West Investment Committee