About the Eight Foundation

With a growing reputation and a calendar of regular events, the Eight Foundation is managed by Victoria Riggs, and monitored by a team of Trustees you can meet below.

Watch this short video to discover how the Eight Foundation is making a real difference to individuals and families through grants and support.

Our Trustees

Victoria Riggs

After an NHS career consisting of over 15 years in nursing, and taking time out to grow her family with her second child, Victoria was looking for a change of direction when her brother, Ian, told her about the need for a Manager for the Eight Foundation.

‘I knew from nursing about so many individuals, families and small charities in need of support, so I was excited at the idea of being able to help people in a new and exciting way,’ Victoria explains. ‘Because Ian had regularly spoken of his plans for a foundation, I had always known his vision and told him I wanted to support him in any way I could, so I was flattered and excited when he asked me to take the position.’

Starting her new role in 2018, Victoria is responsible for collecting and managing grants for Trustee review, liaising with benefactors and beneficiaries, leading the organisation of events such as the annual Fundraising Ball and Golf Day, and the creation of materials such as the Foundation’s newsletter. She makes sure all activities are recorded and has managed the creation and updating of this website since its launch at the start of 2020.

Victoria Riggs
Manager

Ian Riggs

Ian was the initial drive and visionary for the Eight Foundation long before its launch in September 2017 when he took the role as Chair of Trustees.

Ian’s previous experience in the charity sector includes trusteeship of The Elizabeth Foundation, the UK’s largest single provider of education services for babies and preschool children with hearing loss, and extensive fundraising for St James Place Charitable Foundation. His personal fundraising efforts have seen him take part in numerous charity runs, cycling challenges and even climbing Mount Everest.

As CEO of Eight Wealth Management, a Chartered Financial Planner and Chairman of the Trustees, Ian oversees the management, promotion and finances of the Eight Foundation. He chairs quarterly meetings, hosts events, acts as the face of the Foundation and ensures the matching of donations from Eight Wealth Management.

Ian Riggs
Trustee

Storm Shepherd-Riggs

Storm has been a trustee since the Eight Foundation was founded in September 2017.
Storm was raised in what she calls ‘a tradition of giving’

“I was lucky to be raised by two of the most philanthropic people I know. My parents raised my siblings and I knowing the importance of giving back to your community. They installed the value of volunteerism and public engagement, ‘learning to give’ was a common saying in our home. Weekends were spent with my mother at the CWA coffee mornings and bake sales, helping my day at the Lions Club and the Rotary Club, Sunday’s were spent collecting for Action Aid and evenings writing letters with Amnesty International. A lifetime of watching and learning first hand how to give through them.”

Storm knew that her husband, Ian, had wanted to start his own foundation for sometime. “When he felt the time was right I was right by his side and am proud to be supporting him and the foundation to shape our vision and advocate for the foundation’s key issues.”

Storm contributes to the shaping of the foundation’s vision and strategies, meets with trustees quarterly to review applications, and ensures the foundation does what it sets out to achieve. “The people we support and the projects we back provide the best illustration of our commitment to our community.”

Storm Shepherd-Riggs
Trustee

Kelly Sims

Kelly Simm is a British artistic gymnast. She is the 2015 Summer Universiade all-around champion, vault silver medalist, and floor bronze medalist. She represented England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning a gold medal in the team final, and competed at the 2015 World Championships where she won the bronze medal with the team.

Kelly Sims
Ambassador

Sue Jennings

When the Eight Foundation was founded in 2017, Sue was appointed as Secretary to the Trustees and attended all meetings in order to record grant approvals and note the subsequent actions required.

‘From the beginning, I could see first-hand all the good that was being done with donations received by the Eight Foundation and instantly shared the passion for the causes it supported,’ she recalls.

As Brand & Engagement Leader at Eight Wealth Management, Sue has had years of experience running numerous client events, so offers the Trustees insight into what people enjoy, like to be involved in and how best to motivate fundraising and raise awareness of the Foundation’s achievements. ‘My intention is to bring my knowledge to the team in order to find new and inventive ways of reaching out to the wider community and helping even more individuals and smaller organisations who are in need of support.’

‘I feel hugely privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved in the Eight Foundation from its early stages, understand and appreciate the aims of the charity and support Victoria in her role as Foundation Manager, so I was thrilled to be asked to step up to join the Trustees and look forward to working with them.’

Sue Jennings
Trustee

Olivia Riggs- Flynn

After being approached by Victoria back in September about helping the Foundation with social media, Olivia was honoured to have been given this opportunity to be a part of The Eight Foundation.

I am very passionate about the foundation and always have been since it was founded in 2017. I have been involved in many fundraising events for the foundation including, The Great South Run in 2018 & 2019. I also helped the foundation a lot during the pandemic, helping make and deliver care packages to our amazing key workers. I am also very passionate about dance and very recently performed in the annual foundation ball in October 2021.

To be apart of a foundation that is so heart-warming and life changing brings me so much joy and makes me very proud. I am privileged to work with a team of people who have a passion for helping and changing lives.

Olivia Riggs- Flynn
Social Media

Tracy Grimes

After 29 years working for Lloyds Bank she took on a part time administration role at South Coast Financial Planning, who have since merged with Eight Wealth Management.

I am a very keen golfer and play for my club in county events. I have previous experience in running golf events for charity, so it was only natural for me to assist at the Foundations annual charity golf day. I help with the administration and research at the Foundation and I am the women to go to if you want hampers, bottles , or gifts wrapped for any event!

To be part of the Eight Foundation and seeing what life changing work is achieved in our community, brings me extreme pride. It’s an honour to work with Victoria who has a passion for helping others like no other.

Tracy Grimes
Administrator

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