Our trustees guide our strategic direction, bringing a wealth of expertise and knowledge to our organisation.
Donna has lived in Wandsworth since 1984. Her voluntary activities in the borough have included time spent as a school governor and as Vice chair of Wandsworth Community Health Council.
She began her professional career in the trades union movement and spent ten years as a member of the TUC General Council. She then moved into the voluntary sector, and is a former chief executive of Asthma UK and the Refugee Council. She currently works on issues around violence against women and girls, as Chief executive of AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) and executive chair of IRISi, which runs the IRIS programme, the gold standard intervention on domestic abuse for Primary Care.
In 2014 Donna was awarded the CBE for services to Equality and Human Rights.
Donna is passionate about the power of the voluntary sector to transform lives and looks forward to working with WCAs staff, trustees and stakeholders to give voice particularly to those groups who are too often shut out of decision making.
Stephen joined the WCA Board as a Trustee in April 2020, and was appointed Chair of Healthwatch Wandsworth from the same date. He had previously served as Lay Member and Vice Chair of NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, and its predecessor the Primary Care Trust. He is a former Chair of St George’s Hospital Charity.
Avril Horsford first joined the WCA as a volunteer member of Healthwatch Wandsworth, Enter and View team; and became a WCA Trustee in May 2019. As a trustee, her current focus is with jointly delivering the shared objectives of fellow WCA trustees; with a particular interest in supporting health and well-being through community engagement and cohesion.
Elizabeth joined the WCA Board as a Trustee in 2013 and has spent her professional life in teaching, in secondary education predominantly with the Girls’ Day School Trust, and as a tutor in higher education in HMP Wandsworth.
Tom joined the WCA Board as a Trustee in September 2019.
Tom specialises in corporate governance, assurance, and board development and has more than six years’ experience supporting organisations in healthcare, government, higher education, sports and the voluntary sectors. He has led significant quality improvement, redesign and strategy support programmes with clients across the UK, giving him insight into best practice delivery.
Hicky joined the WCA Board in January 2021.
She is CEO at Kingston Charitable Foundation, having previously worked at Age UK Wandsworth in Fundraising and Volunteer Management for 11 years.
Janis joined the WCA Board in January 2021.
Janis was by profession a chartered tax adviser, and during her career in the financial sector developed a detailed knowledge of the legislation applicable to Trusts and Charities; the taxation of Trusts and Charitable activities (income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax and more recently VAT as this can affect charities and local authorities). She was also involved in the preparation of trust accounts.
In recent years she switched focus to various aspects of Risk Management including auditor independence rules, GDPR, money laundering, conflicts of interest, and the impact of the law on bribery and corruption. Part of her role also included the review of contracts and responses to invitations to tender, staff training, and the provision of advice on these subjects.
Clare joined WCA in 2021. A former Senior Civil Servant at the Ministry of Justice, she has been a research and policy consultant since 2001. Clare has worked for several public/voluntary sector bodies on health and social care, and promoting public involvement & community engagement; particularly in relation to seldom heard voices such as minority ethnic/faith groups, older people and people with disabilities.
Clare is the WCA Board’s mental health champion. She is also a member of the Healthwatch Wandsworth Committee.