Lottery fund replaces England director position with two senior roles

Emma Corrigan and Phil Chamberlain will join the National Lottery Community Fund next month

Emma Corrigan and Phil Chamberlain
(L-R) Emma Corrigan and Phil Chamberlain

The National Lottery Community Fund has scrapped the role of England director and replaced it with two new senior positions.

Emma Corrigan was yesterday named as England director for programmes, operations and regions, while Phil Chamberlain will be the director responsible for strategy, partnerships and engagement in England. 

Between them, they will oversee about £450m in NLCF spending every year. Both will start in their roles next month.

The NLCF told Third Sector the change would allow the organisation to focus more closely on the key areas of partnership working and operations.

Corrigan was previously head of design and delivery at Children in Need, and before that worked for a range of funders including community foundations and housing associations.

“The capacity available to enable communities across the UK is humbling to me, and I am ready to listen to the wealth of knowledge and expertise of the organisation to enact positive and meaningful change where it is needed most,” she said.

Chamberlain joins the NLCF from the adult education college City Lit, where he was executive director for external engagement. He has also worked in senior roles in the charity sector, including at the Youth Sport Trust, Legacy Trust UK and the NLCF’s predecessor, the Big Lottery Fund.

Chamberlain said he was looking forward to having the chance to “help lead and further champion” the NLCF’s work.

Corrigan and Chamberlain replace Elly de Decker, who was England director at the funder until last summer.

The NLCF is one of the largest funders in the UK, and made grants worth more than £750m last year.

David Knott, its chief executive, told Third Sector in April that he wanted the NLCF to be part of more “big national debates” and urged charities to participate in its ongoing strategy review.

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