Fiona Oliver

Joint Chief Executive and Director of Development & Marketing

As the Director of Development & Marketing, I am responsible for securing income and raising profile for WCF to enable us to successfully deliver programmes and services that will benefit the local voluntary sector and disadvantaged people living in Wiltshire and Swindon. 

I have always lived in Wiltshire and I am passionate about ensuring that every person who lives in this beautiful county has the opportunity to thrive.  In my previous role, I spent 10 years working for Hope and Homes for Children, an international development charity, as Head of Programmes Information.  I joined WCF in August 2017 and I’m extremely proud to be a member of the team.  I am looking forward to using my experience from both the charity and public sectors to support the delivery of our ambitious strategy that will see us widen our appeal, share our expertise and expand our networks further and ultimately, benefit more people across Wiltshire.

 You can follow me on Twitter @fiona05oliver

Victoria Hickey

Joint Chief Executive and Finance & Operations Director

I qualified as an accountant in 2004 and spent six years working in the theatre industry before leaving to have my son. I was then a full-time mum for two years before joining WCF.  I had very little charity experience before I joined WCF so it was a whole new world of charity accounting to get used to!

I’ve been here for just over five years now; I enjoy the variety of my role as it’s a small team, I tend to get involved with all operations!

The Finance & Operations Director contributes to the overall success of the organisation by taking strategic oversight and day-to-day responsibility for all financial and operational aspects of WCF’s business. I also oversee office management and the operations of the grants team.

Outside of the office, I am the treasurer of my son’s school PTFA and also help behind the scenes at our family café Sprout in Devizes.

Joanne Brady

Philanthropy Director

(Part-time Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

I joined WCF in May 2016 and as Philanthropy Director my main responsibilities involve developing lasting relationships with new and potential donors, building their awareness of and helping them connect with local charities and their causes.

Previously I worked at Macmillan Cancer Support and prior to that I spent 20 years working as a Business Development Consultant with a variety of companies supporting strategies and employee development. I love working for WCF because I have the opportunity to make a difference to small, local charities that may not have a similar level of capacity, funding or budget as high-profile charities do.


Gary Lawrence

Philanthropy Director

(Part-time Wednesday and Thursday)

As part of my role I work to develop relationships with donors and funders, both existing and potential, and connect them with the organisations and causes that need support in the county. What I enjoy most is relaying the real difference WCF makes to the groups we fund and the many people they help across Wilshire. That is what the role of Director of Philanthropy is all about.

 I also help maintain the profile of the WCF by writing press and magazine articles as well as case studies about the inspiring groups we work with. I have been a journalist for 30 years, editing the Swindon Advertiser, Wiltshire Gazette & Herald, Wiltshire Times, Oxford Mail and Oxford Times among other titles. In a previous career I was also a chef and a bar manager in London!

 My hobbies include running (very slowly) and getting myself into a state of deep distress watching West Ham United.

Jane Butler

Programme Director

I have been a member of the Grants Team at WCF for the last two years.  Prior to this, I was a Funding and Governance Advisor in Wiltshire and Swindon with my last role being at Voluntary Action Swindon. 

I am well-seasoned in supporting voluntary groups in setting up and registering as a charity and in helping them to build a sustainable funding strategy. I also helped set up ‘Involve Swindon’, an innovative network of companies promoting employee volunteering.  

Nicola Hillier

Grants Officer

As Grants Officer, I work closely with the Head of Grants and Strategic Manager, Grant Administrator and Finance team to develop, support and administer our grant making programme. I provide guidance and assistance to potential applicants, set up new grant programmes and develop online grant application forms and monitor groups at the end of their grant period.

The most rewarding and enjoyable part of the role is talking to groups and seeing the amazing community work that is taking place across the county.

Before I came to WCF, I spent 12 years at Wiltshire Council as a Childcare Workforce Development Officer. I have been at WCF for 1 year now!

I’m a mother of two, an active member of a local running club!

Karen Pugh

Grants Administrator

I started working at WCF in April 2018, and as Grants Administrator my role is to provide admin support to the Grants Team.  This varies from inputting information from application forms onto our system to assisting with the smooth running of our grants workshops.   I really enjoy knowing that my work makes a positive impact on people or to organisations.

I have an extremely diverse background; I have worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language (TEFL) in China, Mexico, Turkey and Italy.  I have worked in admin roles for the probation service, the Diocese of Hereford and for a business dealing in international aircraft leasing and repairs.  This is my first job in the charity sector.

Philippa Wall

Finance Assistant

As Finance Assistant, I support the Finance Director in managing, processing and troubleshooting various accounts and transactions. I like all aspects of my job especially that each task has a specific end point and so can be ticked off the to-do list!

I studied Plant Biology at Leicester University before I obtained my PhD. In 1995, I started working at what was Allied Dunbar, now Zurich Financial Services, where I trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Here I was also the chair of the Finance Charity Committee and we ran a number of events to raise money for local community projects. These included a ‘Stars in their Eyes’ show and a number of three-legged pub crawls around Bath, Bristol and Cheltenham!

Maggie Watson

Office Manager

My first role with WCF was as PA to the CEO and Development Assistant.  I have been working here for nearly six years and in that time my job has evolved and I am now the Office Manager. I really enjoy the variety in my work; no two days are the same and what I think I might be doing on any day can be very different from what I end up doing!

I originally trained as a nurse back in the 70’s and after a lapse of several years from nursing I took a course in office administration, which eventually lead to me working at WCF.  It was my first experience of working in the third sector so it was a steep learning curve but now I can’t imagine working anywhere else.

My first love is gardening and I am also quite handy with an angle grinder when I am in DIY mode!

Margaret Firth

Research and Engagement Manager

I undertake research and analysis to provide context and local insight to inform our grantmaking, advise our donors and raise awareness of local community needs and priorities. I am passionate about making the most of collaborative relationships and feel it is through our engagement with community organisations and our statutory partners that we learn where and how we can have greatest impact.