Ged Cassell

Funding Policy Coordinator

Photo of Ged Cassel, setting in the Barnwood lounge area and smiling


What am I responsible for?

I am responsible for coordinating the policies and processes around the Trusts funding programmes including placed-based funding opportunities and funding for commissioned projects.


What brings me here?

My early career was in conservation, helping people to enjoy wildlife and the countryside: then, working for councils and housing associations, I supported communities by promoting engagement and participation; helping organisations to become more accountable; and helping people to have a voice and to secure the resources they needed.


What am I working on?

We’ve just introduced a new grants programme, the Digital Inclusion Fund, to support projects aiming to make sure disabled people and people with mental health challenges can take advantage of digital opportunities. After this our next programme will be Short Breaks, providing support for carers and families.

We also need to understand the impact of our funding, so I’m working with successful applicants to monitor what difference our funding has made in their communities.

Finally, Barnwood Trust aims to be open and transparent both in the funding we award and in the way we make our decisions, so I’m working on ways to make sure information on our grants is openly and freely available to everyone.


What do I enjoy spending time doing for my own wellbeing?

Relaxing for me means spending time with wildlife: listening to birdsong, watching butterflies and dragonflies and just walking in quiet, wild places. (He/him)