BWB Foundation

BWB Foundation is an independent UK-registered charity (1150321) whose work pivots around its core vision of supporting sustainable social change.  

This vision, coupled with its independence, is key to enabling the Foundation to deliver its charitable objectives, funnelling its support to a wide variety of charitable causes and ground-breaking projects.

Since it became operational as a CIO in 2015, the Foundation has disbursed over £250,000 in grants (as of November 2018), primarily through its two main grant-funding programmes:

Stephen Lloyd Awards

As the Foundation’s signature project, the Awards support early stage ideas addressing a social problem in an innovative manner. Finalists receive up to £2,000 upon being shortlisted, whilst winners receive £20,000.   Aside from the financial support, the Awards committee are keen to provide ongoing technical and moral support to all finalists, through a network of dedicated leaders from the charity and social enterprise sector.  The Award opens annually in February of each year.  Further details can be found by visiting www.stephenlloydawards.org.

Impact Grants Programme 

A smaller programme providing grants (of between £5,000 to £10,000) to staff nominated charities, which advance human rights causes, encourage diversity and social mobility, and promote access to justice. Charities must initially be recommended by a Bates Wells employee in order to be considered. This programme opens in September of each year.

The Foundation’s latest annual report and financial statements can be viewed here from the UK Charity Commission website.

Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s work is led forward by its Projects Lead, Mona Rahman.

Mona Rahman - Projects Lead, Stephen Lloyd Awards and BWB Foundation

Mona has been actively involved with the BWB Foundation and Stephen Lloyd Awards (SLA) since their inception.  Working alongside the Foundation’s Trustees, Mona provides organisational support by overseeing the strategic planning and execution of a range of philanthropic initiatives.  Within the Stephen Lloyd Awards, Mona connects socially valuable projects with expert leaders in the charity and social enterprise sector.  Having been with Bates Wells Braithwaite for over 15 years, and as former Marketing Manager, Mona also played a critical role in being responsible for directing and coordinating the firm’s overall marketing and business development activities.  Outside of work, Mona is an active member of the Stag Lane PTA and also enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school.

 Meet the Trustees

 


Evelyn (Eve) Smith
 is the Secretary of the Booker Prize Foundation, and has been involved in governance and high-level administration and policy setting of a variety of charity and not for profit organisations. Her background is as a lawyer and she was a partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite from 2000 to 2003. Her present portfolio of roles is undertaken as a freelance consultant. It has a focus on literature through the Man Booker Prizes, and she is also involved in the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. But by contrast she was for 12 years a trustee and vice chair of Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now Breast Cancer Now) and she is currently an advisor to Hospice UK, the national membership charity for the hospice movement."

 

Martin Bunch is the Managing Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite.  He worked as a general commercial litigator for the first ten years of his career but has specialised in employment and discrimination law since 1996. He is an experienced advocate in the Employment Tribunal and an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator. He is a specialist in all areas of employment law with an emphasis on TUPE, advising on mergers and acquisitions and also advising on the protection of confidential information and other confidential property by the enforcement of contractual covenants. He is currently a trustee and Vice Chair of Migrant Help, a charity providing advice and assistance to migrants to the UK and victims of trafficking, and is a qualified RFU referee.

 

Patrick Nash is a serial social entrepreneur.  He has set up and successfully grown twelve social enterprises, charities and co-operatives, ranging from vegetarian food to renewable energy and from mental health to technology. He has been a CEO of two charities and trustee of six.   At his most recent enterprise, Connect Assist, Patrick launched and delivered over 40 helpline services on behalf of charities and government, supporting vulnerable people with financial, mental health and other challenges. He recently handed over the leadership of Connect Assist and is working as a leadership coach, non-executive director and adviser to organisations with a social purpose.  Patrick is a longstanding client of Bates Wells Braithwaite since 1996.  He worked closely with partners at the firm to set up six organisations. For more information, please go to https://www.enterprisevalues.com or email patrick.nash@enterprisevalues.co.uk.

 

Peter Bennett is former Partnership Executive Officer, who headed up Bates Wells Braithwaite's support services and is now an independent consultant on law firm management and value driven businesses – particularly B Corps. He is dual-qualified in accountancy and marketing and has a successful career in the management of law firms. He has a reputation for innovation and the practical application of A.I. in law.  In addition to being a Trustee of BWB Foundation, Peter is also a board member of Trustees Unlimited LLP and served for six years as Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Health Visiting.  Peter is the Treasurer of the BWB Foundation.

 

Philip Kirkpatrick is the deputy managing partner of Bates Wells Braithwaite and head of the firm’s Charity & Social Enterprise Department. He is also the founder of Bates Wells Braithwaite’s governance consultancy, OnBoard.  He advises charities, social enterprises and other public and social benefit organisations on charity, corporate and commercial law, regulatory and governance issues, including Charity Commission statutory inquiries are keeping him busy just at the moment. Philip sits on a number of boards, including Shakespeare’s Globe Trust, the Death Penalty Project, Trustees Unlimited and the BWB Foundation, for which he chairs the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee.

 

Rosamund McCarthy is a Partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite. She advises charities on establishment and group structures, governance, political activities, fundraising, mergers and collaborations. Rosamund was the founder and first chair of Poet in the City and has worked in a professional capacity as a member or trustee of a variety of other organisations and councils, including the Advisory Group on Campaigning and the Voluntary Sector, the Small Charities Coalition. She is currently a trustee of Citizens UK and a Director of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. She is also a governance trainer for OnBoard and has advised the Boards of many leading charities on complex governance issues. Rosamund is the Chair of the Foundation.

 

Stephanie Biden is a partner in the Charity & Social enterprise team at Bates Wells Braithwaite. She has a particular interest in advising faith-based charities and international NGOs. Stephanie advises new charities and social enterprises, and assists with mergers, reorganisations and constitutional reviews. In addition, she advises on grant-making, fundraising, intellectual property and social franchising, equality and discrimination issues, and corporate philanthropy. Before joining Bates Wells Braithwaite in 2003, Stephanie worked with International Justice Mission in northern Thailand, supporting projects fighting sex trafficking. She is also a trustee of Tearfund, Stewardship (a Christian charity promoting generosity) and Breaking Barriers (a charity which supports refugees into employment). She occasionally hosts a supper club raising funds for small charities.