We are a distributor of National Lottery funding, established as a non-departmental public body by an Act of Parliament.

The National Lottery Community Fund is governed by a board. The board is responsible for setting the Fund’s long-term strategy and key policies, and making sure that it’s run in an effective and efficient way. It delegates the day-to-day running of the organisation to the chief executive and her senior management team. The chief executive and her senior management team are responsible for delivering the strategy and policies set by the board. They oversee the day-to-day running of the Fund.

Our work is divided into five portfolios, covering funding across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and the UK as a whole. We have teams all over the UK who are the main point of contact for communities. They work with people to develop ideas and create opportunities for groups to come together.

Paul Sweeney Chair

Kate Beggs Chief Executive

Why the National Lottery Community Fund is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

To give an individual the opportunity to observe, learn and contribute to the work of the NI Committee. This will increase their confidence to apply to sit on Boards/committees in the future.

We will also benefit and learn from the lived experience of the individual and what they will bring to the committee and meetings to complement our business and decision making.

We also think this is a great programme and a fantastic idea to help break down the barriers to participation.

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Belfast, other locations when required, virtual

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Bi-monthly business meetings and a decision meeting every 3 months

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)


Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)