Heart of England Community Foundation, the largest independent grant-maker in the West Midlands and Warwickshire, has appointed Richard Port MBE as a Trustee.

Recently awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour list 2022 for legal services to domestic abuse victims, Richard is a Family Law Partner at George Green LLP.

With a passion to help victims of domestic abuse and domestic abuse organisations, representing and assisting clients from all walks of life, Richard will help support the Foundation to continue serving vulnerable communities across the region.

His accolades highlight his enthusiasm for supporting those in need; he was awarded Solicitor of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2022 and has also been shortlisted for several awards.

Richard’s input will be beneficial, and Heart of England are confident he will help ensure communities, organisations and people across the region are continued to be supported. He was officially appointed at the Foundation’s AGM hours before the Foundation’s celebration event.

On his appointment, Richard, said:

“I have had the warmest of welcomes, I couldn’t think of a better charity to work with who make a real change for the community.


“In October, Heart of England held their celebration event at Coventry Rugby and it was great to meet so many amazing people who help make our community a better place.


“There were inspiring speeches by our driven CEO, Tina Costello and Chair, Chris West. Along with the outstanding performance by the Midland Mencap singers. The team at Heart of England put on a great event and I’m honoured to now be a part of the team.”

Richard will help build on the Foundation’s successful year of giving in which they awarded almost £3million to 596 local projects across the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

Current Foundation Chair, Chris West, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Richard to the Board of Trustees at HoECF. Richard’s expertise and experience of family law will add a new dimension to the range of skills and knowledge already represented on the Board. I also know that Richard, like me, is committed to helping communities across our region. I look forward to working with him.”

Tina Costello, Foundation Chief Executive, said:

“Richard is a fantastic addition to our diverse Board, his particular skill set will be beneficial to delivering the Foundation’s 3-year strategy. His passion for supporting domestic abuse victims and organisations is something very close to my heart. I know he will be a great advocate of our work and the communities we fund.”

To see the rest of the Foundation’s Board, click here.