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Big Lottery Fund director Lyn Cole joins EY Foundation board



Date Posted: 25 April 2016

Lyn Cole has joined EY Foundation’s board of trustees to help create employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the UK.

The EY Foundation, an independent UK charity that creates pathways for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into education, employment and enterprise, is pleased to welcome Lyn Cole to its 11-strong board of trustees chaired by Patrick Dunne

A wealth of experience

Lyn – recognised as an inspiring leader in the New View 50 BAME public sector list – joins the EY Foundation with a wealth of experience in the charity sector, having worked for the Big Lottery Fund and its predecessor bodies since September 1998. Her current roles include developing a new grant making strategy for the Fund and leading a directorate that looks after £450m worth of funding commitments per year. Before joining the Big Lottery Fund, Lyn managed a community project promoting social cohesion in Lewisham.

Commenting on her appointment to the board Lyn said, “I’m delighted join the EY Foundation board. I am passionate about helping people unlock their potential and so the work of the EY Foundation inspires me. It is an exciting time for the charity – by 2018 it aims to have directly helped thousands of young people into work and I’m proud to play a part in that.”

Patrick Dunne, chair of the EY Foundation board said, “It is a pleasure to be welcoming Lyn to the EY Foundation as a trustee. She is a passionate advocate for young people – who are front and centre of our charity – and is driven by the impact that we want to create through our programmes in collaboration with UK employers. I’m sure that Lyn’s expertise will be greatly valued and help us make a significant and measurable difference to young people’s working lives.”