Our Story

Quintessentially Foundation is the award winning and grant-giving arm of Quintessentially Group, providing funding and building awareness for UK registered charities.

Through mindful entrepreneurialism, our aim is to improve the welfare of disadvantaged communities and individuals, facilitating change and allowing dreams to become a reality. Established in 2008 - Quintessentially Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Quintessentially Group has raised over £13 million for charities through unique and innovative events.

Through innovative events and charity partnerships, the foundation is proud to have helped 10,000 school children in Enfield and Croydon through Place2Be, helped with funding towards a new cancer centre in London through Maggie’s and assisted vital projects in Syria through War Child.

Quintessentially Foundation has proudly supported a variety of charities over the years including Rays of Sunshine, Greenhouse Sports, The Prince's Trust, Sentebale and Elephant Family.

In 2019 we are proud to have supported The Felix Project,J ames' Place and Dimbleby Cancer Care.

Over the years we have supported many charities including: Walking with the Wounded, Dallaglio RugbyWorks, the Miles Frost Fund in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, Resources for Autism, Dimbleby Cancer Care, Rugby Portobello, Elephant Family, James' Place, The Royal Parks Foundation and the Felix Project.

Registered charity number: 1144584

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Team Members

Harriet Quigley

Events Manager


Ben Elliot

Chairman and Trustee of Quintessentially Foundation and Co-Founder of Quintessentially

Ben has been a pioneering force behind Quintessentially Foundation and is the co-founder of Quintessentially. Ben is also a non-executive director of YouGov Plc, as well as being a regular contributor to the FT/New York Times and other publications.


Trustee and Advisor

Geordie Greig


Geordie Greig became the editor of The Mail on Sunday in April 2012. He started his journalistic career as a crime reporter on the South-East London and Kentish Mercury in Deptford. In March 2009 Geordie joined the London Evening Standard as Editor and he was also appointed in June 2010 Editorial Director of The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.


Emma McCarthy


Emma is Management Development Executive at Churchill Retirement Living. After leaving the Foundation in 2015 she has joined as a Trustee to continue her support as well as managing The Churchill Foundation.


Aaron Simpson


Aaron is Co-Founder of the Quintessentially Group and is passionate about driving the charity forward to achieve its goals and ambitions.


Peter Crowther

Trustee and Advisor

Peter is a Partner in the London office of the international law firm, Winston & Strawn LLP. He has been a trustee of the Foundation since its inception and is a great supporter of the charity.


Sebastian Lee


Sebastian is Founder of Latitude International Ltd. He has been a close friend of Quintessentially since its inception over fifteen years ago and an avid participant of Quintessentially Foundation Events.


Paul Drummond

Non-Voting Advisor

Paul is Co-Founder of Quintessentially. Paul is especially keen on staff participation in supporting the charities and will be helping this aspect of the Quintessentially Foundation in particular.


Rory Brooks

Non-Voting Advisor

Rory is Co-founder of the international private equity group MML Capital Partners and Chairman of Manchester University’s Global Leadership Board. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester in October 2010 and also is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.