Our Board of Trustees

We have an experienced Board of volunteer trustees who work closely with the staff team and meet regularly to guide and govern our scheme’s work.

If you have experience and expertise to share and would like to join our Board of Trustees please contact us on admin@hswestminster.co.uk.

Christina Smyth

Christina Smyth

Chair

Christina was a senior civil servant with HM Revenue & Customs, The 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 inclusion and the environment. She became a family befriender at Home-Start WKCHF in 2011 and a trustee in 2012, and became Chair in September 2019.

She lives in Hammersmith & Fulham and has chaired the boroughs commissions on poverty and worklessness and the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow. To relax, she sees her three grown up children, goes walking, grows vegetables and sings in a choir.

 

Tinuke Bell

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 has supported a number of children’s charities in the past and decided to get more hands on involved with her local school and joined Home-Start WKCHF in 2015.

Isla Johns

Isla Johns

Trustee

Isla is Senior Capacity-Building Manager at Save the Children, where she works with teams around the globe to build the organisation’s effectiveness and efficiency. Her background is in innovation and programme development and she has a decade of experience in the charity and public sectors. She is passionate about children’s rights and committed to supporting children and families in the UK and abroad.

Isla has been a trustee at Home-Start WKCHF since June 2017.

Saleem Khalid

Saleem Khalid

Trustee

Saleem joined the Home-Start WKCHF board in August 2019.

He is a Barrister with significant experience in public/local authority work.

Saleem lives and works locally. He joined our Board to support the important work that Home-Start does for children and families.

Denise Loewen

Denise Loewen

Trustee

Denise has worked in management consulting and financial services. She is an expert in large scale change and transformation programmes and organisational development, including process redesign and technology. She also facilitates leadership development seminars on topics including team resilience, coaching, and leading with a global mindset.

Denise joined the Home-Start WKCHF Board of Trustees in May 2019.

Originally from Canada, Denise has also lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong.  She has a passion for travel and photography.  Denise also volunteers with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Daphine Aikens MBE

Daphine Aikens MBE

Trustee

Daphine is an award-winning social entrepreneur. In 2009 she started the Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank (HFFB). Launched in 2010, HFFB was not only one of the first foodbanks in London, but it also set the standard for how Trussell Trust foodbanks operate nationally. HFFB’s holistic approach to supporting and equipping the whole person, and the often wide ranging issues which led to the need for emergency food parcels was also ground breaking at the time. CEO until the end of 2021, Daphine left after experiencing serious illness. She has experience in developing strategy, leading volunteers, fundraising, public speaking, and so much more. A cornerstone of her work at the foodbank has been her passion for supporting vulnerable people, especially children.

Stephen Miley OBE

Stephen Miley OBE

Trustee

Steve grew up in care and as a result of receiving that help and support, developed a strong commitment to supporting families.

He became a children’s social worker and worked for a local authority for over 35 years, covering all areas such as family support, children in care and Fostering and Adoption. Much of that time Steve worked with families directly – and more recently in management roles culminating in being Director Children’s Services.

Now retired Steve is a governor at a school for children with special needs and keen to continue to help families through the role of Trustee.