Stuart Cowen joined the Berkeley Group in October 2015 and became Chief Executive of the Berkeley Foundation in April 2016. The Foundation is a grant-giving charity which aims to help people improve their lives, participate actively in society and thrive through their own efforts. The Foundation was established by the Berkeley Group in 2011 and supports programmes around four themes: Homes, Jobs, Skills and Care, see http://www.berkeleyfoundation.org.uk.
The Foundation is fortunate to be strongly supported by the business, which funds the overheads of the Foundation – ensuring every penny raised goes to charitable activity – and provides core funding for the major programmes. It is also wonderfully supported by Berkeley staff who have raised over £3.3 million through fundraising with consultants and contractors, and through GAYE over the Foundation’s first five years.
Prior to joining the Berkeley Foundation, Stuart had a full career in the Army. He has been involved in a variety of charitable organisations during his life, including several service charities. Whilst he is focused on the good work of the Berkeley Foundation, he also makes time to chair the Rank Prize Funds.