New Chair appointed at the Community Foundation for Surrey

18th March 2022

We are delighted to inform you of the appointment of Sir Denis O’Connor CBE as our new Chair, following Jim Glover OBE DL stepping down after a very successful term of office having joined us as Chair in September 2019.


Sir Denis currently supports the Community Foundation for Surrey as a Trustee, and officially starts his post as Chair today, 18th of March 2022 – at which point Jim will become a Vice President of the Foundation, continuing to support our strategic growth and development.

Denis has years of experience as a trustee for a number of charitable organisations, including the Migraine Trust and the Inclusive Educational Trust. He has also supported the Surrey Care Trust from 2015-17, and was appointed as Chair from December 2017 – July 2021.

Denis is a lecturer and advisor and member of the Committee at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He was Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary between 2009-12. Prior to joining the Inspectorate in 2004, he was Chief Constable of Surrey between 2000 and 2004.

He received the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in 1996, CBE in 2002, and was knighted in 2010.

“As Chairman I want to build on the Community Foundation for Surrey’s great record over the last 2 years in acting as a catalyst in attracting donations, to enable Surrey charities to help more local people.”

– Sir Denis O’Connor

The Board of Trustees and I have been hugely impressed with Denis and his deep understanding of, and empathy for, local issues and his commitment to our role at the Community Foundation for Surrey. I know you will join us in welcoming Denis into his new role.

Rebecca Bowden