Staff & Associates

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive

Justin joined Somerset Community Foundation in 2005 as Director bringing considerable experience in community development and grant-making. He had previously worked with small non-governmental organisations in Lesotho, on environmental and social initiatives in the Countryside Agency in the UK and had led the Countryside Stewardship scheme in Herefordshire and Lancashire.

He is married to Sally and they have 3 young children, all Somerset born and bred. In his spare time, Justin enjoys photography, films and (occasionally) suffers bouts of exercise.


Mary Hancock, Operations Director

Mary joined SCF in May 2013 and is responsible for managing the delivery of our business plan, monitoring our financial performance and supporting the team to provide effective services to our clients. She also leads on some aspects of business development.

Mary studied Social Work at the University of Texas and later received a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Birkbeck College. She married a West Country lad in 2011, when they traded the trendy streets of East London for country pursuits in Somerset. Mary enjoys designing knitting patterns for her new baby boy, attempting to tame an unruly garden and surfing on the north coast of Devon.


Jocelyn Blacker, Programmes Manager

In the ten years since Jocelyn joined the Foundation she has taken on a variety of roles including Outreach Officer liaising with community groups across the county and Grants and Finance Manager. In her current role as Programmes Manager she is responsible for the promotion and delivery of the Foundation’s grants programme across Somerset and developing and leading the Raising Aspirations programme.

Jocelyn enjoys music and dancing, and is a member of a local ceilidh band.


Andy Ridgewell, Programmes Manager

Andy joined Somerset Community Foundation in January 2016. He grew up in Somerset and then studied history at SOAS and Addis Ababa University. Andy has previously worked for various non-governmental organisations in Ethiopia and Tanzania, and more recently for two local community organisations in Dorset.

Away from the office, Andy likes to get muddy in the Somerset countryside.


Kirsty Campbell, Administrator

From volunteering at Frome Community Education and Citizens Advice, Kirsty moved into the roles of Finance Administrator and Debt Adviser at Citizens Advice Mendip before joining Somerset Community Foundation in March 2016. Kirsty has also worked as a Field Archaeologist, having a BSc in Archaeology from University College London and an MSc in Geoarchaeology from the University of Reading. She has shared her enthusiasm for archaeology with pupils at her children’s primary school and hopes one day to be able to join an excavation as a volunteer.

Kirsty is also a member of the Twin Research project at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital Trust and enjoys discovering the contribution this research has on medical advances. Kirsty moved to Somerset in 2006 and grew up in neighbouring Wiltshire.


Somerset Community Foundation Associates

Our Associates provide us with flexible and specialist support on specific projects;

Steve McLauchlan – supporting the development and delivery of the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund. Email:

Jenny Perez – supporting the Raising Aspirations programme in Street, Taunton and Wellington. Email:

Liz Simmons – VCSE Strategic Project coordinator, in partnership with Somerset County Council. Email:

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