Gemma was born and raised in Tower Hamlets, she joined THFN in 2016 as a trustee, as she valued the significant positive impact THFN has on the local community. She has worked in the not for profit sector and local authority social services departments for over 10 years. Gemma has extensive experience within mental health and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Gemma has volunteered in both South America and Africa with community development programmes.
Amanda became a trustee in January 2016. Amanda is currently an in-house solicitor at an international investment bank and has over 12 years of legal experience, primarily in the area of derivatives and structured products. She is interested in the social issues that can arise due to mental illness, ageing and loneliness, and how these issues can be alleviated by community-based organisations and initiatives. Amanda became Vice Chair of THFN in February 2018.
Anne joined THFN in March 2016 and became Treasurer in July 2016. Before joining THFN Anne was a trustee and treasurer for a large national homelessness charity for 11 years. She is a chartered accountant and retired in 2009 after a career at a large accountancy firm and in the civil service.
Tony Hardie has been Director of St. Margaret’s House (SMH) for 25 years, where THFN are based and has been a trustee for 20 years. He is also a trustee with the Bangladeshi Parents & Carers Association, Bethnal Green Poor’s Land, Queen Adelaide Charity and the Second University House Trust and over the years has been a trustee on a number of other charitable bodies as well as a school governor twice.
Kirsty joined the Board in February 2018 and brings with her over a decade of experience running a global electronic Foreign Exchange sales team at various City of London financial institutions.
Stephen joined the THFN board in June 2020. He has held various roles within the advisory and assurance practises of multinational accounting firms and currently works in transaction services advising financial services clients on deal planning and execution. Stephen was attracted to the work THFN does and the positive impact it has on society by combating isolation and improving the health and well-being of older more vulnerable members of our community. He is a Chartered Accountant and lived in South Africa before moving to the U.K.
Carl joined the board in April 2020. He has spent over 25 years working in Insurance training as an underwriter, principally in the London Market. He has worked across a wide range of companies from large insurers and brokers to new start ups.
Chris was appointed as a trustee in April 2020. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2004. Having spent over two years on international placements, Chris returned to London, working in the Insurance and Asset Management sector, and he specialises in governance and controls. Chris has lived on the Isle of Dogs since 2006 and enjoys using his skills to support the local community.
Pam was born and raised in Tower Hamlets, and now works in the borough. She joined THFN in 2019 as a Tele Befriender where she contacts her client once a week. She works in English language teaching to international students preparing to study within the UK for undergraduate or postgraduate education. She has been a teacher for over 10 years and has worked in Sweden, Thailand, and has settled working in London with the occasional volunteering abroad.