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Will Churchill

Will Churchill (Staff)
Technology Lead

Will Churchill

Will leads on the use of technology across the organisation to help the Foundation deliver its aims.

Before joining the Foundation, Will worked across a range of sectors, including technology transformation in healthcare, providing social enterprise support, and as a web developer for charities and small businesses.


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    Addressing the lack of diversity in the environment sector

    We're pleased to share a new report from our Involving Young People Collective summarising the discussions at a hackathon on addressing the lack of diversity in the environment sector. We also share our reflections on what we learned and our next steps for making progress on this.

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    This is it: peat bogs are the UK’s climate superpower

    Funding Manager and Our Natural World Lead, Jenny Dadd, writes why, when it comes to powerful solutions to the nature and climate crises, peat bogs are it.

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    Esmée announces new Director of Creative Confident Communities and A Fairer Future

    We're thrilled to announce the appointment of Veda Harrison as our new Director of Creative, Confident Communities and A Fairer Future.

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    £1.8m Reinvent Performing Arts funding awarded to 40 arts organisations

    We're excited to announce 40 new grants worth £1.8m, which we have made through Reinvent Performing Arts funding. This one-off funding is part of our response to the pandemic and provides additional support to some of our grantees as they re-open and lockdown eases.

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  • Investing for Good, Impact-linked finance report

    Impact-linked finance: what do we know about it so far?

    A new report by Investing for Good, and commissioned by Esmée, provides a global review of impact-linked finance and explores the potential for adaptability for the UK social and impact investment market.

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    Annual Report and Accounts 2020

    Read our latest Annual Report, which gives an overview of our operations, funding and investments in 2020.

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  • Hackathon to address the lack of diversity in the environment sector

    Challenging conventions for a diverse and equitable environmental space

    In April, over 50 individuals representing a range of organisations came together to participate in a Hackathon seeking to address the lack of diversity in the environmental sector.In this blog, IYPC member Daniel Seifu shares his reflections from the event.

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  • A fast response to COVID

    A fast response to COVID: challenging how we fund

    In a new Insights report, we share feedback on our emergency response to the COVID pandemic, one year on. We also reflect on how it's challenging how we fund and lessons for the future.

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    Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

    Following the publication of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report, we wanted to reaffirm our commitment to racial justice and to all those working to challenge systemic and institutional racism to create a fairer future.

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    Reinvent Performing Arts

    As part of our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committing an extra £1.5m for Reinvent Performing Arts funding. With this additional funding, we hope to support current grantees working in the performing arts and to provide a boost to support their existing plans for re-opening over the next year.

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    Making a real difference: reflections on working with Esmée to involve young people

    Thalia Papanicolaou and Samuel Zubair from our Involving Young People Collective reflect on their time so far at Esmée. They discuss the opportunities for leadership and training that have been provided, how the experience allowed for personal development as the project progresses and how they're making a real difference to how Esmée works already.

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    Involving young people: what we’ve learnt 10 months in

    With the help of Hudl, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has been working with the Involving Young People Collective (IYPC) for 10 months. But what have we learned? Thalia Papanicolaou from the IYPC interviewed Catherine Hills and Lulu Wright from Esmée on their expectations, learning and future hopes for Esmée and the Collective.

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  • Action for Conservation

    Hackathon addressing the lack of diversity in the environment sector

    Amira Ismail, one of our young consultants with our Involving Young People Collective (IYPC) writes about plans for a Hackathon to help us address the lack of diversity in the environment sector.

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    Increasing our funding for racial justice: a first step

    We are offering organisations in our portfolio that are led by and for racialised communities additional unrestricted funding. A total of £2m has been made available, which will be split equally between the organisations that meet the criteria for this funding.

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  • Devon Wildlife Trust, Caen Wetlands

    Innovative funding to restore nature

    Watch our webinar to learn about the challenges and opportunities of innovative finance models for restoring nature from Devon Wildlife Trust, Moors for the Future, National Farmers Union, The Rivers Trust and Triodos Bank.

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    Q&A on Esmée's new strategy and how we make decisions

    Watch our webinar on our new strategy and how we make decisions. The Esmée Team also share more detail around our impact goals and priorities under each aim.

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  • Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes two new trustees

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation welcomes two new Trustees

    We are thrilled to welcome two new Trustees to Esmée's Board: Professor Claire Alexander and Dr Wanda Wyporska.

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    Caroline Mason awarded a damehood in New Year's Honours list

    Our Chief Executive, Caroline Mason CBE, has been recognised with a damehood in the New Year's honours list

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    What we're doing about diversity, equity and inclusion

    This article explains where Esmée Fairbairn has got to so far, where we're headed, and pulls together our views, plans, and resources.

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    Restoring our natural world

    To tackle climate change, we believe restoring our natural world is vital and the need to do so more urgent. Watch our webinar, where we asked our panel of experts whether it was time to try something new.

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    Creativity is Everywhere

    Watch our webinar, Creativity is Everywhere, where our panel of experts share their perspective of what it means to take a truly collaborative approach to culture and creativity.

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    Unlocking change webinars

    EVENTS ON MULTIPLE DATES: To bring our new strategy to life, we’re holding three webinars to explore ways of unlocking change for our three aims: Our Natural World; A Fairer Future; and Creative, Confident, Communities

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    Using hackathons and human-centred design to help us involve young people in Esmée’s work

    Betty Mayo, a young consultant with our Involving Young People Collective writes about how we’re using hackathons and human-centred design to help us to embed young people’s insights into our work and why they’re a great method for innovation and problem-solving within communities.

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  • Serena Murdoch, IYPC Member

    Why I joined Esmée's Involving Young People Collective

    As part of the Power of Youth Festival, Serena Murdoch, a member of our Involving Young People Collective, writes about why she got involved and her experience so far of working with Esmée.

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  • People make change webinar

    People make change

    Watch our webinar, People Make Change, where we heard from a panel of experts on harnessing the power of people's experiences to bring about a fairer future.

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    New strategy

    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has launched a new strategy focusing on our natural world, a fairer future and creative, confident communities.

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    Lessons from supporting young people with care experience during COVID-19

    In a new report, we share insights on supporting young people with care experience through COVID-19. By sharing it, we hope not only to celebrate what has been possible, but also to inspire others to carry forward successful practice and approaches into the future.

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    How our impact-first approach led us to our first Perpetual Bond

    We share our learning from our social investment into Fair for You and our first Perpetual Bond along with how it could open up finance options for social purpose organisations looking for equity-like investment.

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    Insights from our response to COVID-19

    In this Insights report, we summarise how we responded to COVID-19 and what we learned about ourselves as a funder as well as what organisations we support have told us about how they've managed and some of the risks they now face.

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