Our Trustees are all volunteers from the local community who have gained considerable skills, knowledge and experience in their working lives. They work with the Chief Executive and other staff to guide, govern, shape strategy, and give direction.
These are our current Trustees:
|Peter Edwards, Chair
Peter has over 20 years’ senior management experience in various public sector appointments. As a senior manager with Surrey County Council he led its democratic and civic services, managing the election and induction of councillors, the transition to new systems of governance, and the scrutiny of changes to NHS services in the county. He has also held positions with the Surrey Police Authority and the Surrey Probation Board, and has more recently carried out a number of projects as an interim manager in local government.
Alison has over 20 years experience as a pensions lawyer. She currently works as a Financial Ombudsman and is also a voluntary adviser for The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS). She leads our work on Research and Campaigns.
Ian has 35 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry, primarily with BP, where he held a number of senior commercial management roles. He has worked on major energy projects in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He is also a business mentor at UnLtd, a charity providing support to social entrepreneurs. Ian is our lead Trustee for Human Resources.
Charlotte has resided in the Borough for over 25 years and is a retired civil servant. She chaired the Board from 2013 to 2017. She was a member of the Senior Civil Service between 1984 and 2010. Most of her career was spent in the Department of Transport and its agencies, but she also worked in the House of Commons and the Prime Minister’s Office. She has also held Trustee roles with Leatherhead Samaritans and with Banstead Musical Society. Charlotte is our Lead Trustee for Money Advice and Debt.
Shaun is a retired tax director. He was an Inspector of Taxes before joining oil major BP in 1985. After 20 years with BP in senior leadership roles in London, Glasgow, Brussels, and Singapore, Shaun took early retirement in 2005. He has been a trustee since 2006, Chair from 2007 to 2013, and was our company secretary from 2008 to 2015. He is also a trustee of Carers of Epsom and of Epsom Parochial Charities. Shaun is our lead Trustee for Mental Health and also ITC.
Christine is a former borough councillor. She has responsibility for HR and Health & Safety.
|Mohammed Mahdi, Treasurer
After gaining a B.Sc in Economic and Social Studies at the University of Sierra Leone in 1976, Mohammed pursued a career in audit and accountancy. He is both a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Internal Auditor and holds an MBA from the University of Warwick. Mohammed worked for a number of accountancy firms both in Sierra Leone and London before setting up his own accountancy practice in 1992. He joined the Home Office as Internal Audit Manager in 2000 where he also represented the Internal Audit Unit on the Directorate’s Equality and Diversity Working Group. He joined Relate Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow as Treasurer Trustee in November, 2015. Mohammed’s other interests include current affairs and politics.
Alistair is a former police inspector and currently head of security for a religious institution. He is an established organiser and management practitioner with considerable experience and skills in risk management, risk mitigation and contingency planning. Alistair is comfortable presenting and communicating with the broadest spectrum of stakeholders including executive and government level. He has spent the duration of his career working with vulnerable people.
Hony is a Director in housing; an expert in directing the transformation, expansion and operational management of not-for-profit organisations to ensure financial performance and stability. Key strengths include leading executive teams to a set strategic vision, strengthening corporate governance and directing effective business planning; rapidly assessing operations to formulate and execute transformations that drive process efficiencies and optimise both human and capital assets. Hony has an MA in Housing Law and Policy, a Masters in Bio Chemistry and an MBA from London Metropolitan University. She is also a non-executive director of Eldon Housing Association.
Alexis is an experienced consultant and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of a successful tax firm which specialises in technology tax incentives and sits on a UK government working group for the R&D Tax Relief scheme. She has degrees in chemical engineering and an MBA from London Business School. She led the University of Michigan London Alumni group for seven years. In her free time, Alexis enjoys public speaking, running and reading.