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, 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.
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, 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.
Dato’ Ir Jauhari Hamidi is the Managing Director of Sime Darby Property Berhad. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia and a corporate member of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia. He has undergone the Harvard Business School’s Senior Management Development Programme. Dato’ Ir Jauhari holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from University College Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.
Dato’ Ir Jauhari was the Executive Vice President – Sime Darby, Energy & Utilities Division (Non China) prior to his present appointment on 1st April 2015. He was also formerly the Director of Special Projects, the Executive Vice President for the Utilities Division and Managing Director of Sime UEP Properties Berhad. Dato’ Ir Jauhari has served in various capacities since joining the Group 33 years ago.
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.
Linda started with the Foundation in November 2015 after seven years as the Grants Administrator at the John Ellerman Foundation, providing support to the Head of Grants, Director and Trustees. Linda previously worked for Barclays Bank Plc for over 25 years, holding positions in management, compliance and customer care.
She is also a volunteer visitor for the older people’s charity Independent Age.