Our Team | About Us | Foundation East

Our Team

Foundation East is a membership organisation, we are democratically run and controlled by our members; who share and support the values and mission of Foundation East.

Our staff team is led by our Chief Executive, Katy Ford who is supported by our board members.

To contact a specific member of our team please select them below.

Chief Executive

  • Katy Ford

    Katy Ford

    Chief Executive

    I lead the strong staff team to deliver the vision and mission of Foundation East and to ensure the values of the company are embedded at all levels.

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  • Bob Shimmon

    Bob Shimmon

    Senior Business Lending Manager

    I am a Senior Business Lending Manager with Foundation East, having responsibility for all business lending.

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  • Alastair Stewart

    Alastair Stewart

    Data Analyst

    I'm responsible for ensuring business intelligence and data integrity are accurate.

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  • David Close

    David Close

    Systems Manager

    I use my experience and background in IT and systems development across all aspects of Foundation East.

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  • Valerie Jarrett

    Valerie Jarrett

    Finance and Administration Manager

    I have worked for Foundation East since 2005. I was a Loans Manager for 11 years moving on to the role of Finance and Administration Manager in 2017.

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  • Rebecca Allen

    Rebecca Allen

    Portfolio Manager

    My main role is overseeing the finances of Foundation East, including the management of the company’s cash flow, accounts, and day to day financial administration.

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  • Mike Harrowven

    Mike Harrowven


    Mike has over 20 years top level international experience in the finance, digital investment/asset management and social housing sectors.

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  • Barry Van Eupen

    Barry Van Eupen


    Barry is a Chartered Accountant with many years of experience as Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer with multinational service businesses.

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  • Belinda Bell

    Belinda Bell

    Chair of the Strategy Group

    Belinda Bell is a social entrepreneur who founded Foundation East and became its first Chief Executive in 2004.

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  • Peter Jones

    Peter Jones

    Board Member

    Peter has a number of non-executive roles as trustee or investment advisor to pension schemes and charities.

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  • David Bell

    David Bell

    Board Member

    David studied Law & Economics at Durham University, graduating in 1995. From 1996 to 2001 he worked in the banking industry in London.

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  • Stephen Cook

    Stephen Cook

    Board Member

    Stephen Cook works as a business consultant focusing on leadership, cultural change, governance and risk management.

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  • Mark Gipson

    Mark Gipson

    Board Member

    Mark is a Partner at Birketts LLP, one of the region's largest law firms.

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  • Tom Cook

    Tom Cook

    Board Member

    Tom is a solicitor and Partner with the East Anglian firm, Ashton KCJ.

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  • David Martin

    David Martin

    Board Member

    David Martin has been a member of Foundation East since June 2012.

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  • Nigel Foyster

    Nigel Foyster

    Board Member

    Nigel is an experienced corporate financier and manager.

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