Beacon Board

We hope that others will be inspired and encouraged to make their own contribution through the great stories of giving that emerge through the Beacon Awards.

Since 2010 the Beacon Awards have been managed by UK Community Foundations.

Beacon's Board



Gay Huey-Evans - Chair of Trustees

Gay Huey-Evans - Chair of Trustees

Gay Huey Evans is Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Council and serves on the Board of directors of Aviva plc, Conoco Phillips and Itau BBA International plc.  Gay was formerly Vice Chairman of the board and non-executive chairman, Europe, of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) (financial trade association). From April 2008 to October 2010 she was Vice Chairman, Investment Banking & Investment Management at Barclays Capital. Prior to that Gay was President of Tribeca Ltd and head of governance at Citi Alternative Investments (EMEA) and Director of the Markets Division at the Financial Services Authority between 1998-2005. She held various senior management positions with Bankers Trust Company in New York and London between 1984-1998). Gay is passionate about giving back and has been involved with various non-profit organisations.  She currently serves as a Trustee of Wellbeing Women, and previously, a Trustee of Wigmore Hall, co-opted Trustee of Tate, Trustee of Benjamin Frankin House and Bucknell University.


Paul Barry-Walsh

Paul Barry-Walsh

After leaving IBM in 1986, Paul Barry-Walsh founded Safetynet followed by Netstore in 1996. In 2001 he founded The Fredericks Foundation which has become one of the UK’s leading micro-finance organisations,  funding 2 disadvantaged individuals per week. Paul is involved in a number of start-ups, and was granted the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. In 2008 he received the Beacon Award for Creating Giving.  In 2009 he was given the CNBC/FT European Philanthropist of the Year Award, and won the Entrepreneur County Inaugural Award for the Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur in 2011.


Matthew Bowcock CBE

Matthew Bowcock CBE

Matthew Bowcock is formerly the Chair of the Community Foundation Network. He is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in founding technology and biotechnology companies in Australia, the US and the UK. He continues to be a non-executive director of early-stage companies but is increasingly involved in philanthropy. He runs the Hazelhurst Trust, a family charitable foundation, which has set up a fund within the Surrey Community Foundation as he believes that giving is most effective when it is locally and professionally managed. He is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and assists wherever possible in donor development.


Anne Boyd

Anne Boyd

A barrister by profession, Anne Boyd has had many years experience of the criminal justice system including work in prisons, criminal courts and  alternatives to custody. Her voluntary sector experience has embraced conservation of marine stocks and she has also been Chair of the Scottish Community Foundation, Vice Chair of the Community Foundation Network, and the Chair of a Lottery fund. Among current commitments she is Chair of the Council of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.


Tracey Reddings

Tracey Reddings

Tracey Reddings is Managing Director and Head of UK Private Wealth Management at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. She has enjoyed a 25-year career as a banker spanning across the private, public and charitable sectors. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Tracey was Head of UK Private Banking at SG Hambros Bank Ltd and before that, she was Chief Executive of CAF Bank Ltd and CAF Marketing Services.  Over the years, Tracey has developed a strong track record and reputation for delivering innovation and building partnerships to create new business and enhance brand value; in 2007 she was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Product Innovation category. Tracey is an MBA-holder and a Chartered Director; she is also a Fellow of both the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute, and a Freeman with the Guild of International Bankers. She is a trustee of the Surrey Community Foundation and Chairman of the British Bankers Association Wealth Management and Private Banking panel.


David Sheepshanks

David Sheepshanks

David assumed the Chair of UK Community Foundations in 2013 and has recently joined the board of the Beacon Awards. He has held a number of high profile board positions in business, sport and charity, including Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club and Chairman of the Football League. Today he is Chairman of St George’s Park (The National Football Centre) and FA Learning, the educational arm of The FA responsible for Coach Education and Professional Development, and a Regional Chair of Coutts amongst a number of non-executive positions. He was the Founder and first Chair of The Ipswich Town Charitable Trust and one of the founding trustees for The Suffolk Community Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 by University of East Anglia for services to the community and made CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to Football and Suffolk Charity.