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Trustees and Management Team

Trustees

Lee Smith, Chair of Trustees

Lee Smith, Chair of Trustees
Trustee since 2012

 

Lee has worked in the charitable sector for over 20 years, including Mind, the mental health charity, at national and local levels.  Lee, who is also a psychoanalyst working in private practice, is director and co-owner of Kingsmith Care, a homecare company.  Lee has been a trustee of the charity for four years.He lives in Fulham.

Jane Walker, Treasurer

Trustee since 2015

Jane is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with Price Waterhouse in London. She worked at Public Relations agency Burson-Marsteller as European Financial Controller for eight years before leaving to act for two years as Honorary Treasurer for the National Childbirth Trust. She then joined Palmer Capital Parters in Mayfair where she worked as FD until 2007 and since then has worked for several smaller organisations on a part-time basis. She has been a volunteer for Tax Help for Older people for 5 years and also volunteers for a music charity. Jane is from theMidlands and has lived in Fulham for 16 years.

Alex Morley

Alex Morley
Trustee since 2012

Alex is a solicitor with wide experience of corporate, commercial and charity law. He worked in the City for Allen & Overy for 13 years (including three years in Hong Kong) and subsequently Centrica plc and the London Metal Exchange. He moved into the charity sector, working as a solicitor with Macmillan Cancer Support and is currently Head of Legal Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society where he handles a broad range of legal and governance matters. He is a resident of Hammersmith and has volunteered with a number of local community-based charities for many years.

Tom Fitzgerald

Trustee since 2009

Tom lives in Hammersmith and is an anaesthetist in the NHS. He has been involved with the charity sector for a number of years.

Tom Hackett

Tom Hackett
Trustee since 2012

Until August 2012 when he retired, Tom was a Member of the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Executive Director for the European Investment Bank (EIB) with a remit to develop cooperation between the two institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.  

Before joining EBRD in May 2010, Tom was Director General at EIB from July 2005 in charge of its lending in the EU, Turkey and the Western Balkans. He began with EIB in 1981 and in banking in 1968.

Tom, who was born, grew up and lives in Fulham, is also a trustee of Fulham Palace Trust, where he is on the Finance Committee, and of Voluntary Action Worthing.  He has been teaching at UCL, London and is on the “Europa Nostra” panel identifying the Seven Most Endangered European Heritage Sites. He helped to organise a conference at Fulham Palace on Financing of Heritage Investment and to set up a retail bond platform for financing charities.

Fergus Cusden

Trustee since 2015

Fergus has been a Fulham resident for over 15 years and is passionate about bringing happiness and opportunity to his community.  He is an aviation professional with over 25 years of experience in leading organisational transformation, operational performance, management consultancy and safety management.  Fergus is now a Director of Alpha Sierra, a business dedicated to bringing aviation transformation skills and experience to other sectors including local government and health.

Management Team

Rory Gillert

Rory Gillert
Chief Executive & Company Secretary since 2007

Rory has worked in the private and public sectors and in the third sector since 1985. He has worked in the fields of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and criminal justice, holding senior positions at Open Door Housing Trust/St George CT, National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), Look Ahead Housing Association, Alcohol Recovery Project, The Big Issue Foundation and Broadway Housing, amongst others.

He has held trustee positions at three charitable organisations and was a primary school governor for three years.

Born in Manchester, he went to Urmston Grammar School and studied English and Philosophy at Lancaster University.

Matthew Byrne

Matthew Byrne
Care & Repair Manager since 1999

Matthew has worked for Bishop Creighton House for 14 years, initially joining as Care & Repair Caseworker in 1999, progressing to Casework Manager and then to his current role as Care & Repair Manager. He is responsible for running the Care & Repair project and also has an overseeing role with our other practical improvement project, Safer Homes. He is also part of the BCH Management Team.

He has experience working in the private and local government sectors. Prior to joining BCH, he worked for Croudace Construction, working on-site within the management team on various commercial and housing schemes.

In 1996 he joined Rochford District Council’s Environment Dept to work as a grant officer, administering Renovation and Disabled Facilities Grants as well as becoming their energy efficiency specialist. He worked closely with the local Home Improvement Agency and from there decided he would like to pursue a career in that sector.

He has an honours degree in Construction Management from Southbank University.

Joy Wilson

Older People's Services Manager since 2015

Joy has worked for Bishop Creighton House for almost 10 years.  Prior to this Joy worked in Leeds providing a social club for people with learning disabilities and in the Civil Service.     Joy joined first as Volunteer Co-ordinator for Homeline and has covered Homeline Management for 2 years previously during maternity leave.     In addition to Homeline H&F Joy  managed the Richmond Homeline pilot in 2011-12 which was a partnership with the NHS to provide a new telephone befriending service in that borough.  In 2012 Joy  was awarded a level 3 VRQ (Vocationally Related Qualification) certificate in  Staff and Volunteer Management.   Joy now manages the Homeline Services, the Keep Active Services and H&F Connect 55+