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Ms Fiona Ellis

Fiona joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2011. She is a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee and the University Strategy Implementation Committee and is Chair of St Cuthbert’s Society College Council.

As an Independent Consultant to the charity sector, Fiona’s recent clients have included the Millfield House Foundation, Turn2us and the Asfari Foundation. Fiona is a non-executive Director of Big Society Capital.

Fiona has lectured widely on aspects of philanthropy including conferences in Rome, Berne, Basel, Warsaw, Luxembourg, and Copenhagen. In June 2010 by invitation of Philanthropy NZ and the New Zealand government she gave a series of seminars throughout that country. Other work in philanthropy includes the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation where she was Assistant Director (Arts) for almost six years and, in a freelance capacity, for the Baring Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Charitable Trust.

She was, until March 2009, Director of the Northern Rock Foundation, the foundation set up by the bank of the same name in 1997. Previous posts have included: Chair of NCVO's Funding Commission; Chair of Mission, Models, Money's Capital Matters Taskforce; Vice Chair of Futurebuilders; Comic Relief's UK Grants Committee; Chair of the Nationwide Foundation, Commissioner for the IPPR North Public Services Commission and was a judge for the Charity Awards for five years. At various times she worked in the arts as a community arts worker, stage manager, theatre director, funding officer and director of a rural arts centre.

Fiona currently serves as Chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee; Trustee of the People’s Operator Foundation; Chair of the Newcastle Culture Fund; Governor of Whalton C of E First School; and a Trustee of Whalton Village Hall Committee.