Tony was appointed a trustee of THFN on 1 February 2018. He has worked in the finance industry for over 30 years and is currently a Managing Director at Credit Suisse. Tony has spent most of his working life in London but did spend 5 years working in Amsterdam. He has extensive experience of managing multicultural teams at all levels across multiple locations. He is a Chartered Account and Corporate Treasurer.
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.
Chris has lived in Tower Hamlets off and on since 1986. He has a mixed background in financial services and as a senior civil servant in the regulatory sector but recently changed direction and re-trained as a professional French to English translator and will read for a PhD in Translation Studies at London Metropolitan University from September 2018. With a strong sense of community service, Chris has always undertaken voluntary work alongside his professional commitments and as well as being a trustee at THFN since 2015, he is Chair of Governors at Wellington Way Primary, and the and co-founder and Chair of Bow Foodbank, where he remains as a Trustee.
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.
Sarah has been a trustee for 5 years and was Chair of the Trustees from 2013 to January 2018. She is currently also a trustee of a healthcare charity and the Chair of governors of a primary school. Sarah was a senior Civil Servant in the Department of Trade and Industry for many years. She has long experience as a charity trustee, mainly in the health and social care fields, and was vice-chair of an NHS Primary Care Trust. She has also been a lay member of the General Pharmaceutical Council and of the Bar Standards Board, and a member of the Competition Commission.
Jyoti has worked in the commodities and finance industry for over nine years and currently oversees global commodity activities for IT, operations and finance as well as enhancing global market structured transactions for an international investment bank. As a previous resident of Tower Hamlets, Jyoti is keen to be involved with THFN in supporting clients experiencing social isolation and ageing in the local community. She is particularly interested in developing the social media strategy for THFN and bringing awareness of THFN through social media platforms. Jyoti has previous fundraising experience through social media and has volunteered in India with children suffering from mental health issues in an orphanage.
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.
Elizabeth spent her career in the civil service and then financial regulation, and, since she retired has been involved with several local charities and other organisations. She was on the Council of Queen Mary University for nine years, including being Vice-Chair, is a long-time trustee of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, in Limehouse, where she chairs the steering group on a major new development. Elizabeth lives in Tower Hamlets and became Chair of THFN in February 2018.
Gemma was born and raised in Tower Hamlets, she joined THFN in 2016 as a trustee, as she valued the signifcant postive impact THFN has the 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.