About us

Nick and Holly Candy are long-standing supporters of charitable causes in the UK and around the world. They share a passion for making a difference and have seen first-hand the impact that well-administered funds can have on the lives of those living in challenging circumstances.

The Candy Foundation was set-up to help to further develop their charitable work and interests, and to adopt a more focused and strategic approach to their philanthropy. Our mission is to make best use of the advantages available to Nick and Holly and their global network in order to drive positive change through carefully considered grants and effective social investments.

Trustees & Advisors

With the help of strategic advisors, the couple plan to build the work of the Foundation incrementally and grow it in a measured way, supporting work that genuinely makes a difference.

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Chair

Holly Candy

Holly Candy is an Australian actress, singer, songwriter and model. She began her career in the Australian soap opera Neighbours before pursuing a successful music career as a solo artist. A return to acting saw Holly appear in a number of acclaimed US television series and films. A passionate charity campaigner, Holly has been an Ambassador for Disability Rights International for over 14 years.

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Trustee

Nick Candy

Nick Candy is a British real estate entrepreneur and businessman best known for co-founding global luxury interior design firm Candy & Candy and for his role in some of the most high-profile real estate projects in recent times. Nick has invested in a portfolio of global investments in technology, digital media, consumer and sports, biotech, sustainability and natural resources.

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Trustee

Chris Sulllivan

Chris retired from his role as Chief Executive of the Corporate & Investment Bank at Santander UK at the end of 2018. Prior to Santander, Chris spent 40 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest in various CEO roles. He is the current Chairman of Westminster Abbey Investment Commitment and until recently a Trustee for the Centrepoint charity. He was recognized as the European Diversity Champion of the Year in 2011.

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Trustee

Kevin Cahill

Kevin joined Comic Relief as Director of Education and Information in 1991. In July 1997 he was appointed Chief Executive. He created Sport Relief in 2002 and played a key role in the Make Poverty History and Live 8 campaigns. In 2007 Kevin was awarded the CBE for services for charity. Kevin stood down as CEO in 2016 after more than 26 years at Comic Relief and is now Honorary Life President.

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Trustee

David Walliams, OBE

David Walliams is one of Britain’s best-loved comedians. His Little Britain creation with Matt Lucas won numerous awards including three BAFTAs. In 2008 David published his first children’s book. This was followed by 14 other novels and 8 picture books which together have sold over 37 million copies worldwide. David was awarded an OBE in 2017 for services to charity and the arts and he has been a judge on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ for the last 9 consecutive years.