Matthew Bowcock CBE
Matthew Bowcock was Chairman of UK Community Foundations and is currently a trustee of the Beacon Awards, Philanthropy Impact and The Philanthropy Workshop (previously the Institute for Philanthropy). Matthew was a founding director of Localgiving.com and a member of the Philanthropy Review Board. In 2012 he authored a report for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport called Digital Giving in the Arts – Democratising Philanthropy. He is a trustee of the Watts Gallery and Chair of Local Means Ltd.
His background is in technology entrepreneurship, company start-up and investment, international marketing and company directorship. After a Law degree Matthew worked for international technology companies before setting up a software business in 1989, the first of several businesses he has established in Australia, the US and the UK.
In 2000 Matthew established The Hazelhurst Trust, a private family trust, and since 2005 has focused his energies on developing a new culture of engaged philanthropy in Britain. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for services to community philanthropy.
Term of appointment: 1 September 2013 - 31 August 2017