Helen Fagan

Head of Grants and Impact

Helen has a decade's experience in managing grant programmes for the public and private sectors as well as Trusts and Foundations. She has been involved in delivering projects that review grant programmes to ensure they are being delivered transparently, efficiently, effectively and for the maximum benefit of the people they are looking to support. This includes implementing (including data cleansing and data migration) Grants Management Systems and ensuring they are utilised appropriately. Her recent role with the Prince of Wales' Countryside Fund involved a review of the Fund’s grant-making since its inception in 2010, setting the Grants Strategy for the next five years and transitioning to Salesforce from their current GMS.

Her voluntary roles include being a Director of the local giving scheme for Hammersmith and Fulham - United in Hammersmith and Fulham; a Trustee of the Dr Edwards and Bishop King Trust and Taskforce Leader for the local branch of Goodgym a group of volunteers who 'run to do good' for good causes in the borough.


Helen is one of LCF’s Head of Grants and Impact, which means she is responsible for maintaining the high quality, efficient and effective operations of LCF’s grant-making. This includes managing a small team, supporting the Senior Management Team to deliver LCF’s strategic objectives and using her experience of grant making to inform how London’s civil society organisations are making a difference to the lives of Londoners.

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Her strengths lie in developing and reviewing systems and processes that support grant making and grants policy. Her interests lie in philanthropy, the relationship with philanthropy and place, using data to maximise impact and reduce duplication in the grant-making sector and campaigning for the voice of those with lived experience in grant-making.

We love London

Helen loves setting out for a cycle ride through Richmond Park and out of West London every weekend, and most weekends in summer can be found at Shepperton lake for an open water swim with her triathlon club Ful-on-Tri.

Did you know…

Helen has seen some musical theatre productions over a dozen times having been an usher at the Wales Millennium Centre as her first job. Unfortunately, the soundtrack of Mamma Mia still sometimes gets lodged in her head.