About Us - Our board

Meet our Board members...

The directors work collaboratively drawing on their diverse expertise to best guide Key Fund in supporting community and social enterprises.

Andy Tupholme


A clear head for figures, Andy Tupholme brings financial rigour to the Key Fund board. Andy has held a number of non-exec directorships, including a leading solar panel provider, Customs Solar, and HR software recruitment business, Tribepad.

Debbie Lamb


Debbie Lamb is a Development Manager with Locality based in the North East. She has more than thirty years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector. Debbie’s career began in supported housing, running a women’s refuge.

Deborah Parker


Deborah started out working in the Careers Service where she advised young people labelled as having special needs. Many had minor issues, but the lack of aspiration due to external barriers for them was enough to exclude them from a wealth of employment opportunities.

James Newman

Chair of Investment Panel (OBE)

With a corporate career spanning over 40 years, he has had a varied career with a number of executive roles including being finance director of a number of FTSE companies.

Melanie Perkins


Melanie is a member the Finance and Risk Committee and the Deputy Chair of the Investment Panel. She’s proud of the work Key Fund has done, investing in businesses that banks wouldn’t, and addressing many social problems in the region as a result.

Meena Bharadwa


Meena Joined Key Fund in 2021 and brings an exciting array of skills to the board. Currently Meena works as a development manager for Locality West Midlands. Meena is passionate about Social change.

Patrick Maloney


Patrick brings valued qualities to the board. He offers a reality check, thanks to his commercial expertise. Running his own consultancy, he brings real life experience of the market place, in the here and now, where nothing is a given.

Sam Keighley


Sam Joined Key Fund in 2021 and brings a wealth of expertise she is a dynamic and experienced leader who has led organisational change across public, voluntary and social enterprise organisations