Blondel Cluff CBE has been named Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, replacing interim chair Tony Burton CBE. The role will see her set the long-term strategic direction for the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
During 2020 it distributed over £650 million, thanks to National Lottery players, delivering support to more than 13,000 community groups as part of the coronavirus response. Beneficiaries ranged from radio shows for patients in hospital to aid their recovery, to online music sessions for children and young people, helping tackle lockdown loneliness.
Cluff has been a solicitor for more than 35 years, holding a number of high-level public roles. She was coopted to the Prime Minister’s Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, with a focus on education, and is a member of the Windrush Cross Government Working Group, led by the Home Office.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Over the past year, the National Lottery Community Fund has distributed hundreds of millions of pounds to support our dedicated charities playing a huge role in the national effort against coronavirus, providing a lifeline to vulnerable people across the country.
“I am delighted to appoint Blondel as its new Chair. Her extensive background in charity and community work means she is ideally placed to ensure Lottery funding helps us build back stronger from the pandemic and reflects the needs of people right across the UK.”
She will hold the post of Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund from 1 February 2021 to 1 February 2025 and will receive £40,000 per annum for up to two days a week.