Katy Pugh

Foundations Derbyshire
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What drew you to Foundation Derbyshire?

Having been a grant applicant, then a member of the grants panel it was good to understand how philanthropy is grown by the team and becomes the life-blood of so many amazing projects and groups in Derbyshire

What excites you most about Foundation Derbyshire?

I think the potential to link local people with the means and motivation to be generous with frontline projects and groups is amazing. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring together everything needed to achieve great things.”


Born in Wirral, Merseyside, Katy trained as an NNEB and worked with children with additional needs and victims of abuse and their families.

Completing half an Open University degree whilst working, she started a degree as a mature student at SDUC Lampeter in Ceredigion and gained 1:1 in Joint Honours Victorian Studies and English Literature in 1996 and went on to complete her MLitt in 1998. That year, she married and moved to Oxford, where she managed a Carers Centre supporting unpaid carers and growing the service and team.

In 2004 she and her family relocated to Derbyshire to take up the Chief Executive of Age UK Derby and Derbyshire post. Katy joined Foundation Derbyshire as a Trustee in July 2023.

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