Trustees & Staff

Our trustees sit on The Management Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the affairs and property of The Trust. The Committee has a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 15, all of whom should be on the electoral register for Kew or Richmond wards, or have an established connection with the area which benefits from The Trust’s activities. For brief biographies on the trustees click here. The Trust tries, where possible, to recruit staff from within the local community.  Brief biographies of current staff members can be found here. Details of which sub-committees trustees and staff sit on can be found here.

Trustees

Jeff Harris,Trustee

Jeff Harris (Chairman)

Jeff, a long-standing resident of Kew, joined as Chair of Trustees in 2019. He trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and spent several years in the profession. He moved to Alliance UniChem plc in 1985 where, over a period of 18 years, he progressed to Chairman. He held other non-executive directorships and chairmanships including with Cookson, W H Smith, Bunzl and Associated British Foods. He was also chair of Richmond Parish Lands Charity (2002-2010) and Age UK Richmond (2013-2017). Jeff was chairman of British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers, GIRP (the European pharmaceutical wholesalers’ association) and a member of the Consultative Committee to the Financial Services Authority.

Janet Chesterton, Trustee

Janet Chesterton (Treasurer)

Janet joined the Trust as Treasurer in 2016.  She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in South Africa and worked at senior finance levels with small to medium sized companies in the service sector in London for twenty years.  Since moving to Kew in 1997, Janet has acted as treasurer for three local charities including Kew Neighbourhood Association.

Margaret Marshall,Trustee

Margaret Marshall (Deputy Chair)

Margaret became a Trustee in 2011.  She has lived in Kew since 1966.  Margaret has a background spanning all aspects of residential property work plus voluntary work primarily with charities for special needs.  She is patron of a national charity, having previously been a trustee for over 20 years and chair for 8 years.  Margaret has chaired the Grants Committee at RPLC and served on the Property Committee selling and buying social housing.  Margaret is currently a Trustee of Richmond Charities, and Chair of its Property Committee.

John Armitstead, trustee

John Armitstead

John became a Trustee in 2018.  After practising as a hospital doctor, he obtained a Diploma in Osteopathy and ran his own osteopathic practice as well as continuing in hospital medicine.  He was a member of the Kings Fund consultative committee, which led to the passing of the Osteopaths Act, and served on the first General Osteopathic Council.  He finished his career in hospital medicine as well as working as a GP with the homeless.  Now retired, John enjoys opera and climbing mountains.  Having enjoyed running marathons, age now largely limits him to walking and yoga.

Mark Boyle, trustee

Mark Boyle CBE

Mark became a Trustee in 2016.  He has a background in corporate finance working across private and public sectors.  He served as non-executive Chair of The Pensions Regulator from 2014-2021 and Chair of HM Land Registry from 2011-2016.  Prior to this he held senior commercial roles with the Government’s Shareholder Executive and with two major FTSE companies, Compass Group and Rentokil Initial. His early career was in banking with Kleinwort Benson and Lloyds Bank International. He has lived in Kew since 1989 and is an active member of Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club and Pensford Tennis Club.

Lucinda Evans, trustee

Lucinda Evans

Lucinda became a Trustee in 2015. She has lived in Kew since 2003. Lucinda worked as a solicitor in the City, specialising in corporate law, before stopping to look after her children. Since 2013 she has been Clerk to the Governors of Latymer Upper School and Latymer Prep School (a charitable foundation). Lucinda is on the Committee of Pensford Tennis Club in Kew.

Bernie Jackman, trustee

Bernie Jackman

Bernie, a resident of Kew since 1979, joined as Trustee in 2018.  She trained as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and worked in senior positions in industry for several years. In 2001 Bernie took a career break and volunteered as finance manager with a number of charities including StreetInvest, The Malta Charities Association and Linacre Institute, and as a mentor with The Prince’s Trust. Bernie was involved in fundraising for Unicorn School. Having completed a CELTA course, she now teaches English as a foreign language.

Rita Kamat, trustee

Rita Kamat

Rita became a Trustee in 2016 and has lived in Kew since 1994. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a Masters’ in Education. She is passionate about the Kew community and volunteers for KNA, another local charity. She has been involved with her children’s schools, fundraising for them and their charities, as well as supporting Indian charities. Rita is interested in building public awareness and raising the profile of KCT and The Avenue Club in the local community. She is on the Fundraising committee and supports the Communications Team. Rita loves walking, enjoys playing bridge and cooking.

Rory McPherson, trustee

Rory McPherson

Rory joined the Trust in 2018 and has lived in Kew since 2013. Rory is passionate about the local area and enjoys pottering around it with his wife Suzie and 2 young children. He is looking forward to transitioning from exploring the local playgrounds to the local sports clubs when Fin and Otis are a bit older.

Diana Ormrod, Trustee

Diana Ormond

Diana became a Trustee in 2018.  She has lived in Forest Road in Kew since 1992.  Prior to that, Diana lived in the Isle of Man.  She is a primary schoolteacher and has taught in Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham and currently in Merton.  In 2008, Diana took the decision to work abroad, enjoying four years at The English International School in Moscow.  On returning to Kew, Diana joined Kew Community Choir and is a member of St. Luke’s Church choir.  Diana has three grown-up sons and nine grandchildren.

Steve Robinson, trustee

Steve Robinson

Steve became a Trustee in 2014 and is a member of the Buildings Sub-Committee, and the Chair of the Technology Sub-Committee.   Steve is a retired Civil/Structural Engineer.  His career was largely based in the Far East managing the planning and design of Mass Transit Railways.  After more than 30 years away, Steve and his wife moved back to the UK in 2009 to live in Kew where they have had property since 1981.

Bridget Towers, trustee

Bridget Towers

Bridget joined as a Trustee in 2018 and has lived in Kew since 1980. Her career has been as an academic criminologist specialising in medical policing and forensic mental health. After qualifying, Bridget worked at the University of California, before returning to the UK where she led the development of undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Criminology and Forensic Science. She retired in 2013 to concentrate on her research work and take a more active role in local community projects.

Shiona Williams, trustee

Shiona Williams

Shiona has lived in Kew since 1977 and was appointed a Trustee in 2017. Now ‘semi-retired’ from the career development consultancy she founded in 1985, she has a track record of designing and delivering a diversity of ‘people projects’ for individuals, companies and universities. A published writer, she is well known for conducting qualitative research and producing ‘discussion documents’ to help management teams understand their organisations better, particularly during periods of change. Over the past few years, her work has focused upon helping young people – mainly in their twenties – to make and implement positive career decisions. Shiona was a trustee of CRAC – The Career Development Organisation for 10 years.

Staff

Chief Executive Simon Boddis

Simon Boddis – Chief Executive

I have lived in Kew with my family for 30 years and we have two children. I started my working life as a forensic psychologist in prisons.  I held a number of civil service posts in the Ministry of Justice, ending up as an Executive Director. After leaving the Civil Service in 2019 I ran a charity which provides rehabilitation for people in prison and on probation.  I am currently the Chair of Hillingdon Citizens Advice. My whole career has been based on the values of making communities better places, and I am delighted to have this opportunity with Kew Community Trust.

Vicky O'Neill, Centre Manager

Vicky O’Neill – Centre Manager

Vicky joined Kew Community Trust in March 2018. Prior to joining The Trust, Vicky worked for over 13 years at a local Church of England Primary School as the Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the headteacher. She was also a Governor at the School for 8 years.  Vicky also worked for an IT specialist company for many years.  Vicky has lived in Kew since 1991, after leaving her hometown of Durban, South Africa.

Lisa McTaggart, Avenue Club Manager

Lisa McTaggart – Avenue Club Manager

Lisa started her career in a record company and then went on to be assistant to a film producer. She moved to Kew in 1981 and, after having her son in 1994, took a career break.  In 2000, not long after the Council stopped running it as a Day Centre, Lisa took on running The Avenue Club and built it up.  Having no experience in this sector, she had no preconceived ideas, but believes that was an asset.  Lisa loves the continuing challenge of providing services to the local community, enabling people to carry on an active social life well into their retirement.

Bernadette Bird, KCT Finance Manager

Bernadette Bird – Finance Manager

Bernadette, who was born and raised in Budapest, has a background in financial management with international experience in senior finance roles in the private and public sectors. She has lived in Kew since 2003. While taking a career break to raise her three boys, Bernadette enjoyed being involved with voluntary work in the local community, including serving as a governor and chairing the Finance Committee at The Queen’s School. She is a Trustee and Treasurer of The Barn Nursery. She joined KCT in June 2019. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys playing tennis or taking long walks with the family dog.

Pippa Anderson, Office Admin

Pippa Anderson – Office Administrator

Pippa has lived in Kew since 2002 and has been very involved with the Kew community ever since her children attended The Queen’s School, including committee roles with Kew WI, Kew Scout Group and The Queen’s School PSA. Pippa was also Clerk to the Governors at the school for a number of years. Having previously worked at Kew Neighbourhood Association, Pippa joined the KCT team in September 2020 in a part-time capacity. She is still a volunteer for KNA and enjoys cooking and walking with her dog.

Siobhan Cockrill, Avenue Club Assistant

Siobhan Cockrill – Avenue Club Assistant

Siobhan joined The Avenue Club team in November 2018. As well as looking after the day to day needs of members, her focus is on maintaining accurate records and keeping the Club website and communications up to date. Siobhan started her career in advertising, working in agencies in central London for over 10 years. She then moved into administration at St Mary’s University, initially working in the School of Education promoting postgraduate teaching courses then in the School of Management & Social Sciences. She has lived in Richmond since 1994 and enjoys working in her local community.

Caroline Hart, Avenue Club Assistant

Caroline Hart – Avenue Club Assistant

Caroline and her then young family moved to Kew from Fulham in 1997.  The majority of her early working life was as area manager of a group of privately owned restaurants but in 1995 she moved into NHS Management – specifically HIV and Sexual Health, followed by a short stint in Oncology Services and then Primary Care.  Caroline has worked as part of the Avenue Club team since 2017.

Patrick Boateng, Site Supervisor

Patrick Akumamoah-Boateng – Site Supervisor

Patrick has worked for the Centre and St Luke’s Church since 1991. At the time when Patrick started working at the Centre it was known as St Luke’s Community Trust which was then run by social services in the Borough.  Patrick is well known by many generations of the Kew Community. Richmond has been home to Patrick and his family since 1994. Patrick was born in Ghana and moved to the UK during 1990. He has a beautiful wife and 4 children, who can sometimes be quite a handful!

Daiva Krovikova, Cleaner

Daiva Krovikova – Cleaner

Daiva, who has worked within the Kew community since 2005, began working for the Kew Community Trust in 2016. She tries to visit her home country, Lithuania, whenever she can.

Sub-Committees:

Avenue Club: Chair: Lisa McTaggart, Members: John Armistead, Siobhan Cockrill, Caroline Hart and Avenue Club members

Buildings: Chair: Margaret Marshall, Members: Steve Robinson, Vicky O’Neill

Finance: Chair: Janet Chesterton, Members: Jeff Harris, Rory McPherson, Mark Boyle

Personnel: Chair: Shiona Williams, Members: Mark Boyle, Jeff Harris, Diana Ormond

Trustee Recruitment: Chair: Jeff Harris, Members: Margaret Marshall, Lucinda Evans

Communications: Chair: Shiona Williams, Members: Rita Kamat, Diana Ormond, Bridget Towers

Governance: Chair: Lucinda Evans, Members: Janet Chesterton

Technology: Chair: Steve Robinson, Members: Bernadette Bird, Bernie Jackman, Vicky O’Neill

Fundraising: Chair: Bridget Towers, Members: Janet Chesterton, Jeff Harris, Rita Kamat, Alice Painting