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 Westminster 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 Westminster in 2015.

Caroline Banks

Caroline Banks

Trustee

Caroline became a trustee for Home-start Westminster in 2014 and acted as Chair from September 2016 to September 2019.

Caroline was previously a senior civil servant working for the Office of Fair Trading.

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.

Caroline also volunteers at the North London Hospice.

 

 

Rob Bradshaw

Rob Bradshaw

Trustee

Rob is a public sector Management Consultant at Gate One where he leads transformation and improvement programmes, working across the public sector. His background is local government where he focused on social care. Rob is passionate about improving public services and supporting children and families to build resilience and thrive

Rob has been a trustee at Home-Start Westminster since May 2017.

 

Uwa Adedeji

Uwa Adedeji

Trustee

Uwa is family law barrister called to the Bar in 2012 with a master’s degree in Advanced Child Protection. After an established career in family law at the self-employed Bar, she has spent the last two years working in Local Authority Children’s Services legal departments advising on child protection and safeguarding. She is currently the Interim Team Manager of a busy team in Essex.

She has also previously worked for non-for-profit organisations working with and for people with disabilities and advising on welfare rights, as well as volunteering with the personal support unit assisting litigants in person and as a McKenzie Friend with the National Centre for Domestic Violence.

Liz Jarvis

Liz Jarvis

Trustee

Liz Jarvis has been a journalist for over 25 years’ and has interviewed parents from all over the country and different walks of life about their parenting journey and experiences, as well as campaigning and broadcasting on a variety of parenting issues.  She has also been a parent ambassador for various brands, helping to shape the way they communicate to parents.

A single parent since her son was 18 months old, she fully understands  the challenges facing all parents raising children in London. 

 

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 Westminster 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.

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 Westminster since June 2017.

Saleem Khalid

Saleem Khalid

Trustee

Saleem joined the Home-Start Westminster 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.

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