The Livewell Foundation was incorporated by the Charities Commission in 2017 with the purpose of making a real difference to the people of Plymouth and South West Devon.
The Foundation administers the charitable funds for services run by Livewell Southwest CIC. It also awards grants to support community projects and initiatives to help improve health and wellbeing, prevent ill health or reduce social isolation within Plymouth and South West Devon.
We use our knowledge of the local area, as well as our desire to improve the health and wellbeing of the community we work within, to distribute funds to fantastic causes and initiatives on behalf of our donors.
The Foundation provides a flexible, personal and responsible way for donors, both individual and organisational, to invest in the local community, safe in the knowledge that all due diligence has been undertaken.
Board of Trustees
Pictured: The Livewell Foundation's board of Trustees.
From left to right: Jill Davies (Vice Chair), Nakul Puri (Treasurer), Morris Watts, Rachel Marshall, Geoff Baines and Craig Hampton-Stone (Chairman)
Craig has spent the majority of his life as a Commissioned Officer in the British Army and recently retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after nearly 27 years’ service.
As a highly experienced military leader, he was trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and King’s College London.
He has been tested at every level of command from Platoon to Regiment, most recently commanding 165 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, which has its Headquarters at Derriford Army Reserve Centre in Plymouth.
Outside of Regimental duty, Craig has led expeditionary logistics on operations around the globe in the most challenging of environments. He has also enjoyed roles from teaching and recruiting to strategic programme management.
Craig also enjoys wider responsibilities amongst the community.
He has the position of Vice President of the Royal British Legion in Cornwall, and governor at University Technical College Plymouth, both of which are positions which he is very proud to hold.
Having retired from the Army, Craig has now embarked on a second career in the construction industry and is a Senior Project Manager with Mace, where he is responsible for supporting the delivery of multiple highways projects across Cornwall – in his own words, it's nice to have a “grown-up job”.
Craig joined the board of Livewell Foundation trustees in 2019 and is currently chairman.
Jill has an extensive understanding and keen passion to support communities and community groups having worked abroad, and managing and supporting a number of community entities in the South Hams area. Jill has excellent first-hand experience in seeing how small investments in community activities and development can make a big difference to vulnerable individuals.
Jill has 16 years’ experience in working for the South Hams Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) where she started as Groups Development Officer supporting new and existing third sector organisations before being promoted to Chief Executive in 2009.
Jill possesses a broad and deep level of knowledge of the charity and community sector, is well versed in charity governance and has supported many boards of trustees and grant making panels in her role within the CVS.
Jill is also currently studying for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (ICSA) Certificate in Charity Law and Governance.
Jill joined the Livewell Foundation board in 2019 and is Vice Chair.
After gaining a degree in Biotechnology, Nakul’s career began as a Post-Doctoral fellow at Wye College, University of London, where his research focused on the mechanisms of disease resistance in model plant systems.
Nakul’s passion and ability for numeracy led him to then step into the world of finance and accountancy where he worked closely with the senior management of a number of FTSE 100 companies including the Direct Line Group and Legal and General. Over 15 years, Nakul’s roles included Senior Planning Analyst, Corporate Planning Manager and Strategic Planning and Forecasting Manager.
Nakul is a CIMA associate member and has volunteer experience as treasurer and secretary for a residents’ association.
Nakul joined the board of Livewell Foundation trustees in 2019, is currently Treasurer and is particularly passionate about employee mental health and helping people to “work well”.
Rachel’s career began at Plymouth Sound Radio (now Heart FM) where she spent 11 years undertaking a range of roles including Office Management, sales and promotions and presenting on the breakfast show.
Following that, Rachel invested time in the public sector working within youth offender teams and then for Sure Start Children’s Centres as Senior Admin Lead. Rachel then transitioned to the third sector as Operations Coordinator within a charity supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. This role included volunteer recruitment, training, project management, quality standards accreditation and fundraising.
An astute businesswoman, Rachel then set up her own business and as Operations Director masterminded the acquisition of three businesses, cultivating them from start-up initiatives to successful going concerns with an annual turnover of £900k pa.
More recently Rachel has joined shipping company, Brittany Ferries, as Workforce Development Manager.
Rachel was appointed trustee to the Livewell Foundation in 2019.
Morris completed 31 years’ service in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, progressing through the ranks to Chief Superintendent. For a three-year period, he was Plymouth's Senior Police Officer actively engaged in the establishing of the City Strategic Partnership, leading on the themes of safe and strong communities.
Morris was appointed as the Plymouth Domestic Abuse Partnership Manager and was responsible for establishing a city-wide strategy and action plan to improve service to victims of domestic abuse and their families. A particular success was the establishment of a service user forum known as SEEDS which received national recognition as a model of effective engagement.
Morris has been a Non-Executive Director for Livewell Southwest CIC since 2011 and has a particular interest in the themes of older people, carers and the community.
Morris has been a trustee with the Livewell Foundation since its inception in 2017.
Geoff Baines qualified as a social worker and has worked in health and social care services for more than 30 years. His roles vary from direct care, to commissioning and strategic leadership, both regionally and nationally. He became Livewell Southwest’s Director of Professional Practice, Safety and Quality in September 2013.
Geoff has extensive safety and quality experience. He was director of the external change team appointed to respond to the Health Care Commission’s investigation of Budock Hospital in Cornwall in 2006.
He also helped coordinate NHS England’s response to Winterbourne View in 2011, has been chair of the National Strategic Health Authority addressing national learning disability and safeguarding developments, and was head of patient experience across the south of NHS England.
Raised in Plymouth and its surrounding areas, Geoff graduated with a degree in Social Policy and a further Masters Degree in Business Administration from Plymouth University in 2002.
Geoff joined the board of Livewell Foundation trustees in 2019.