We were established by the shareholders who are redeveloping Battersea Power Station. Thanks to their investment, the 42-acre former derelict site flourishes once again and they want to help nurture healthy, vibrant and diverse local communities.
Our grants — made possible by Sime Darby Property, S P Setia and the Employees’ Provident Fund — support organisations working to make a real difference to local people living in Lambeth and Wandsworth.
We fund projects that bring out the best in our neighbourhoods and give everyone the chance to share in the many benefits they have to offer.
We want to encourage better connections between, and amongst local communities, so people feel a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for the places where they live.
That’s how we can help to build stronger, more cohesive communities who are inspired by new possibilities and empowered to make positive changes in their own neighbourhoods.
We believe the most powerful catalyst for change comes from within our communities. So our focus is on supporting partner organisations who are in touch with local people and can help us understand the best ways to make the biggest difference.
We like to fund work that has clear, practical outcomes and particularly value projects that have a broad reach or leave a long-term legacy.
Over the past year the Foundation has taken some time to review our strategy, aim and approach. The changes agreed by our Board are an evolution, not revolution in what we do and how we do it.
The BPS Foundation remains a place-based funder that cares about our deep relationships in the two boroughs where we work, Wandsworth and Lambeth. We hold true to the long-term systems-change approach we have always had, and we are committed to transparency, respect, and equity in our partnerships and in our communities.
The refreshed strategy builds on the past three years of our work. We have refined our philanthropic approach to respond to the continued challenges facing local communities. This revised approach has been influenced by what we have experienced and learned from the wider community.
We have learned important lessons from the last three years of investing in Wandsworth and Lambeth — for example, the importance of investments in not only individual programmes and projects, but also in the strength of neighbourhoods. We have found that when local partners work together across areas of interest, organisations significantly increase positive outcomes in areas such as youth programming and violence prevention, employment and healthy living.
The review has offered us insights into how we work and respond to the local area but we do not plan to stop there. We will continue to assess where we are now, how we can do better, and where we are challenging ourselves to go. We will build on the strengths of our current work while looking for ways to be more effective and to ensure that our systems and practices continue to be fit to function.
We’re an independent charity, registered with the UK Charity Commission and receive our income from the shareholders of the Battersea Power Station development, which is led by Malaysia’s most respected property development and investment businesses, Sime Darby Property, S P Setia and the Employees’ Provident Fund.
Shareholders longstanding commitment to the development project is reflected in its long-term intention to help support organisations in both boroughs. This is reflected in the shareholders commitment to funding the Foundation for at least the duration of the build. Over this time the Foundation will evolve into a major funding body.
Our work is overseen by an independent Board of Trustees, including senior executives from the shareholder companies and a team based on site at the Power Station with a deep, personal commitment to the local area.
Lord Strathclyde was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of BPS Foundation in 2014.
Lord Strathclyde is also Chairman of the Battersea Power Station Advisory Board. He was a member of the British Cabinet from 2010-2013 as Leader of the House of Lords. He held several ministerial appointments between 1988-1997 before becoming Lords Leader of the Opposition in 1997. Since leaving politics he has developed a business and charitable career and works with many well known companies in the UK and abroad. He is also a governor of Wellington College.
Datuk Wong Tuck Wai is currently the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of S P Setia Berhad, a position he held since 1 April 2016. He started his career in civil engineering projects with Syarikat Pembinaan Setia Sdn Bhd (now known as S P Setia Berhad) in 1976 and has served S P Setia Berhad Group over 40 years. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Setia Putrajaya Sdn Bhd in December 1999, which constructed the Prime Minister’s Office, Residence and the Government residential quarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia between the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was subsequently appointed as Executive Vice President of S P Setia Berhad in 2013 before his appointment as Acting Deputy President & COO in 2015.
Lord Salisbury was educated at Eton College and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was Member of Parliament for South Dorset (Conservative) from 1979 until 1987 and became a member of the House of Lords in 1992, serving successively as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence; Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords; and Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords. His current interests include membership of the Advisory Board of Open Europe and of the Centre for Policy Studies. He is Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire, President of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Chairman of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library and, in 2012, was Chairman of the organizing committee of The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
With over 15 years in the voluntary sector, Barbra has been with us since July 2015.
She was previously Head of Grants for the John Ellerman Foundation and has also worked as Grants Officer for the Social Welfare Programme at the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, on the Education Programme at the Big Lottery Fund, and at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Before coming to the UK, Barbra worked at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in the United States. She has served on the boards of Cardboard Citizens, an arts charity that works with homeless people and Restless Development, a youth-led development agency.
Laura started with the Foundation in 2018 and has been working in the voluntary and community sector for 15 years. Laura started her career at Action for Blind People, followed by becoming Communications and Innovations Manager at Freedom from Torture, moving to become Fundraising Manager at Eaves (an organisation addressing violence against women) and then Business Development Manager at Young Lambeth Cooperative (a commissioner of youth and play services in co-production with young people). Her roles have included leading across a breadth of income streams and managing supporter communications. Laura has also acted as Social Impact Trustee for Breadwinners – an organisation supporting refugees into employment.