They have legal responsibility for the charity's work, guide strategy, support the Senior Management Team and ensure the objectives of Toynbee Hall are realised. All Toynbee Hall Trustees are volunteers.
Julian is the Chief Executive of LankellyChase Foundation where he has led a major shift in its focus towards funding systemic change for people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. Julian has significant experience in both the civil service and the voluntary sector spread across a number of years with previous roles including Chief Executive of criminal justice and mental health charity Revolving Doors Agency. Julian also lives in Tower Hamlets.
Toynbee Hall has not only been a pioneer of social reform in the UK but continues to provide vital support to people who live in London’s East End and beyond. Community anchor organisations such as Toynbee Hall, which act as a focal point for local people’s energies, priorities and relationships, have a crucial role to play in the future of publicly funded services. It is a huge privilege to help ensure Toynbee Hall continues to be at the forefront of supporting people to fight the effects of poverty and disadvantage.”
Trustee, Member of the Finance Committee
Richard Allan spent his career working in KPMG where, as a partner, he had extensive experience of advising clients in a broad range of industries, both in the UK and internationally. Since retiring from KPMG, he was a director, and latterly Chairman, of The Pen Shop for many years. He was also a non-executive director of Newcastle Building Society for eight years."
Richard has maintained a financial involvement in the voluntary sector and acts in a financial review capacity for the national Chance to Shine charity. He is a former member of Shelter’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, and acted as Treasurer of Notting Hill Housing Trust for five years. He joined the Toynbee Hall board in 2009.
Trustee, Member of Redevelopment Project Panel
Clare Corbett was a residential volunteer at Toynbee Hall from 2003-2005 and joined the trustee board in May 2009. In her professional life, Clare is Head of External Affairs at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), responsible for the organisation’s policy, political and media engagement and influence. Prior to this, Clare’s background is in campaigning, working for a number of leading charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Which?, The National Autistic Society and Mind.
Toynbee Hall is a special place with a vital mission to deliver and advocate creative and practical solutions to enable people to escape the poverty trap. Having gained enormously through my experience as a Residential Volunteer, it's a privilege to be involved with the organisation as a trustee".
Vice-chair, Trustee, Member of the Finance Committee
Emma Davies is a career diplomat working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She is currently in the Policy Unit, leading Policy Excellence, including strategic challenge and open policy making. She is also a former trustee of a legal advice charity.
Toynbee is a pioneer in social change and an important part of the local community. I am delighted to be able to support Toynbee as it faces new challenges and continues to lead innovative national policy through local solutions”.
Hanif’s professional background is in community development and he has spent the past fifteen years passionately designing, delivering and managing programmes and services designed to tackle inequalities and improve the lives of people living in inner-city areas. Much of this work has taken place in Tower Hamlets, where he was born and raised.
He has held senior management and leadership roles in a local authority, two charities and a housing association and has recently established his own community development consultancy.
Trustee, Member of the Finance Committee
Sarah Squires is a qualified lawyer, who has worked in the City of London for just over twenty years. As part of her professional responsibilities, in addition to providing legal advice, Sarah has been actively involved in graduate recruitment, with a particular focus on diversity and social mobility. Sarah also has experience of being a member of various bodies engaged in consulting on proposed changes in legislation. As a junior lawyer, Sarah volunteered at Toynbee Hall's Free Legal Advice Clinic for 4 years.
Having previously volunteered at Toynbee Hall, I feel privileged to be able to return as a Trustee. I am very much looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the work done by Toynbee Hall in supporting the local community".
Trustee, Chair of Redevelopment Project Panel
Kate is an Executive Director at Shared Assets, a think and do tank that supports and promotes common good land use, by providing practical support, strategic research and advocating for policy change. She is a passionate advocate of community led solutions to urban and rural development challenges. As well as being a trustee of Toynbee Hall, Kate is on the board of the Grange, a permaculture smallholding supporting refugees and migrants fleeing torture and persecution. She was a 2013 Clore Social Fellow. Kate has worked in the field of community led regeneration and development for over ten years, supporting community organisations to take a social enterprise approach to building development and management. She gained valuable experience during her time as a residential volunteer at Toynbee Hall in 2003.
Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee
David is an experienced social sector leader, committed to collaborative action and finding creative solutions for social change. Now an Independent Consultant, David has been working for over 30 years in the charity sector, mostly recently as Director of London Funders. Previous roles included 10 years running a national animal welfare charity, a period working as an Independent Consultant working with funders and funded charities in London, with the rest of his career being spent working in homelessness and supported housing, including time working in direct access hostels, as a Regional Director at Stonham Housing Association, and 5 years as Director of Homeless Network (the umbrella body for homelessness charities in London) prior to its merger with National Homeless Alliance to create Homeless Link.
Over the last 30 years David has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles, including being a trustee and treasurer at LVSC, and Chair of the Revolving Doors Agency. David is currently Chair of Engines Orchestra.
Kawsar is a lawyer at an international city law firm. He was born and raised in East London and is a passionate advocate for social justice and mobility. Kawsar was the first in his family to go to university graduating from LSE, Oxford and Harvard Law School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
He is a Governor at Morpeth Secondary School in Bethnal Green and served as a Commissioner for the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life chaired by former Attorney General The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP. In 2009, he was a Global Fellow of the Prime Minister.
Having grown up locally, I feel immensely proud and honoured to serve as a Trustee. For well over a century, Toynbee Hall has championed the causes of the most disadvantaged communities in the East End of London. Providing people with the necessary skills and opportunities is fundamental to creating a more just and cohesive society".
Annette was the founding Principal of Tower Hamlets College. Over 14 years her team took the College from the bottom of the league table of colleges to the top 10%. She now works as an independent facilitator, coach and trainer specialising in participative leadership and management.
Toynbee Hall’s work in pioneering practical approaches to challenging poverty and promoting civil society is as important today as it has ever been. It needs and deserves all the support it can get”.