Caroline Banks – Chair

Caroline was a senior civil servant working for the Office of Fair Trading. In her last post there she was Director of the Consumer Regulation and Enforcement Division; responsible for the development and implementation of the Office’s policy on consumer protection regimes. When she left the Office in 2003 she had a portfolio of jobs. These included acting as a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Scheme. For 10 years she sat on the Civil Service Appeal Board which was the ultimate appeal body for all civil servants at every grade against dismissal or discrimination. She volunteers at the North London Hospice and has been a trustee for Home-start Westminster since 2014 and became chair as of September 2016.

Christina Smyth – Trustee

Christina was a senior civil servant with HM Revenue & Customs, Department of Work & Pensions and the Cabinet Office.  Since 2011 she has worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector, focusing on poverty, social exclusion and the environment.  She is a trustee and family befriender at Home-Start Westminster and enjoys experiencing the work from both perspectives.  She lives in Hammersmith & Fulham and is Chair of the borough’s Commission on Poverty & Worklessness.  As a member of the Management Committee of HACAN (Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise) she participates in rallies, meetings and media interviews.  She represents her borough at the London Heliport Consultative Committee.  To relax she sees her three grown up children, goes walking and sings in a choir.

Claire Sands – Trustee

Claire is a freelance researcher specialising in children’s rights and issues affecting children and young people. Recent projects have included: research into the treatment of criminal records obtained in childhood for the Standing Committee for Youth Justice; police call-outs to children’s homes for the Howard League for Penal Reform; an evaluation of relationships between social worker and vulnerable families funded by the Department for Education. Claire is also on the teaching staff for the Child Rights and International Child Rights MA courses at King’s College London. She has been a Social Policy Advisor for Home-Start UK and was a volunteer befriender for her local Home-Start in Richmond-upon-Thames. She practised as a solicitor for some years. She has two children, aged ten and two, who take up all of her spare time!

David Bass – Trustee

David is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), an education sector charity advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges in the UK. David is involved researching and advising on policy and practice in relation to student equality, and has led the organisation’s programme on student participation and improving underrepresentation for equality groups. He has also started and developed the charity’s work in the skills sector in Scotland. Prior to joining ECU, David was the Senior Policy Officer at Lead Scotland, an organisation that works to ensure post-16 educational opportunities for disabled students. He was responsible for developing Lead’s policy positions and campaigns, and building relationships with the Scottish government, politicians and key stakeholders to influence policy and practice in higher and further education. David studied geography and economics and has an MSc in Public Policy and Management.

Sophie Coronini-Cronberg – Trustee

As a local resident and young parent, Sophie knows the healthcare landscape in north west London from the perspective of a service user. She also completed her training as a specialty registrar in the region. She took up her first Consultant in Public Health post with Bupa in 2013, where she is now the Head of Clinical and Cost Effectiveness. Since 2012, she has also been an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and regularly publishes public health research. Sophie holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Charite Medical School, Berlin, and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Tinuke Bell – Treasurer

Tinuke spent 20 years with Motorola after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in London. Her time with Motorola spanned international operations including a 2 year assignment in Dubai, UAE where she was Corporate Finance Manager for Middle East operations. Tinuke’s career has been focused on internal controls, financial governance and bid strategy. Tinuke has supported a number of children’s charities in the past and decided to get more hands on involved with her local school and HSW in 2015.

Rebecca Veitch – Trustee

Rebecca is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Royal Society, leading work on mathematics and teaching. She previously held the position of Head of Evaluation and Policy at Home-Start UK. Rebecca was keen to continue supporting Home-Start when she left so is delighted to be a trustee. She also volunteers and is a governor at a large primary school. In her free time, she can be found with her two children who are growing up much too quickly!

Rob Bradshaw – Trustee

Rob is a public sector Management Consultant for KPMG where he leads transformation and improvement programmes, focusing on health and social care. He is passionate about improving public services and supporting children and families in need to build resilience and thrive. Rob began his career at Nottinghamshire County Council where he gained experience across corporate, adult and children’s services and education. Rob read History at the University of Sheffield, and during his gap year he taught English to school children in Thailand. In his spare time, Rob enjoys travelling and spending time with his nephews and niece.