History of the charity

The One Foundation was formed in June 2011, after our Council identified the need for a more efficient, robust and professional way to assist individuals and companies in making charitable donations. At the One Foundation we help local individuals and companies support community projects within sport, education and culture. The Foundation team have spent a considerable amount of time and resources on agreeing the legislative framework and putting a professional foundation structure in place to contribute and positively impact the local community. To date, the One Foundation have distributed more than £3 million pounds in Jersey, which has directly benefited the Island community. The One Foundation ensure Jersey’s individuals, teams and community projects have the backing they need to succeed.

Who’s Involved

Ben Cooke

Founder & Guardian

The CEO of Dominion, Ben Cooke, is also the Founder and Guardian of both the One Foundation and the Jersey Sport Foundation.

Ben formed the One Foundation in 2011 when he identified a need for a structure to be put into place both financially and professionally to help assist local sports clubs, charities and other not for profit organisations. The Jersey Sport Foundation was later formed in 2014 when a need was identified for the delivery of specific services to sports associations. Ben has an active role within the Foundations, and sits as the Guardian of both the One Foundation and Jersey Sport Foundation Boards.

As well as his, and his families, philanthropic desire to help the local community, Ben is a keen sportsman and has undertaken a number of sporting challenges over the years including completing triathlons, multiple Ironman 70.3 events and annual long distance cycling trips - as well as competing in local swimming meets.

Derek De La Haye

Sports Council Member

Derek has held the position as the Head of Sport for Sport Leisure and Recreation, Education Sport and Culture, and more recently Economic Development Tourism Sport and Culture, since 1995. He trained as a teacher and taught PE at Grainville School from 1982 until 1995. After being educated in Jersey, Derek gained his teaching qualification at Loughborough College. Following a period of 3 years teaching at De La Salle College he went to Carnegie and Leeds University and then Washington State University where he gained a Master’s Degree in PE and Sport Management.

Derek has always had an interest in sport, and has represented Jersey in many different areas when younger. His favourite way of remaining active is by enjoying the long walks that the north eastern parishes offer.

Steve Jacobs

Sports Council Member

Steve relocated to Jersey in 1987 from the UK and has worked in the Building Services Industry having roles as the Managing Director of one of the largest companies operating in the Channel Islands and most recently creating a building services division for G4S. During his time in Jersey he has held many positions within organisations including - President of the Jersey Association of Plumbing & Heating engineers, Company Secretary of the Jersey Construction Council and Committee member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Steve is currently the Chairman of the Island Games Association of Jersey and helped launch the One Foundation in 2011 through the Foundation’s sponsorship of Team Jersey for two games in the Isle of Wight and Bermuda. Recently retired Steve is now enjoying focusing on some of his other interests which include archery, fishing, keeping fit and carpentry.

Rod McLoughlin

Cultural Council Member

Rod has been States’ Cultural Development Officer since 2006. Previously, he held the position of Chief Officer in the Bailiff’s Chambers and as the Director of the Jersey Arts Centre - for 13 years. He trained as a journalist and was Deputy News Editor of the Jersey Evening Post.

Educated in Jersey and a graduate in English from the University of Edinburgh, Rod is particularly interested in literature, theatre, classical music, history and the visual arts. He enjoys writing occasional reviews, reading, playing the classical guitar and experimenting in the kitchen.

Wendy Hurford

Community Council Member

Wendy has a background of teaching, and has been the Head teacher of several island schools. She subsequently became Head of Special Needs for the Education Department. In this role she worked cross agency and in 2006, found a gap in the services offered - which led to the setting up of the Child and Family Centre, known as The Bridge. The Bridge enables families to access a range of services, both statutory and voluntary. She then recognised an additional need and the charity Brighter Futures was formed in order to meet the needs of these families. During this period she become very involved in the charitable sector joining the boards of Lloyds Banking Foundation, where she sat as a Trustee for nine years, and Help A Jersey Child, before becoming involved in the One Foundation.

Wendy is now retired and maintains her interest in the voluntary sector along with keeping active by sea swimming, cycling on her electric bike and dog walking - much to the enjoyment of her dog!

Sophie Le Blond

Foundation Coordinator

Sophie is the Coordinator of the One Foundation having joined the organisation in January 2012.

As part of the One Foundation team, her role involves all aspects of administration from guiding applicants through the process of applying for sponsorship, to collating governance and outcome reporting documents. Sophie is also involved with the projects and events that Dominion engages in as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Sophie is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has completed the Level 3 First Line Management Diploma. She also holds a Foundation Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.