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.
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 has been a director, and latterly Chairman, of The Pen Shop, and acted for eight years as a non executive director of Newcastle Building Society.
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.
Mary was until last year the Director of Human Resources at the British Library. Prior to this she worked in local government, for diverse, and politically different, London local authorities. She has held a variety of senior management positions developing HR strategies in the local government context, where modernising HR has been high on the agenda. Mary is well known in the HR community as a “thought leader.” A conference speaker, and professional spokesperson.
Trustee, Member of Estates Committee
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 leads campaigning work on financial services for Which? the consumer organisation. Prior to this, she was the first campaigns manager at The National Autistic Society, worked in the campaigns team at Mind, the mental health charity, and worked as a carer for older people and as a support worker for children with special educational needs.
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”.
Perdita Hunt is Director and Trustee of Watts Gallery. Perdita is a trained arts administrator. She has worked in senior positions at the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and WWF-UK. In addition she served as theatre projects co-ordinator at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Marketing and Development Director at the Aldeburgh Foundation in Suffolk and Press Advisor to Suffolk Crafts Society. She is a Trustee of Baynards Zambia Trust, and tutor on The Recess College an international leadership programme for senior executives and professionals. As Director of the Watts Gallery, Perdita lead the Hope Restoration Project to save the future of Watts Gallery and its collection and is now leading a campaign to save Watts’s house and studio. Perdita Hunt was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey in May 2011.
I feel privileged to be working with an historic institution which maintains with passion and perseverance its mission of alleviating poverty through innovative thinking in the spirit of its founders. I am also delighted to renew the connection between Watts Gallery and Toynbee Hall. G F Watts, the great Victorian artist, was a great advocate of the activities at Toynbee Hall in the last century”.
Marie Kemplay was a Residential volunteer at Toynbee Hall from 2008 – 2009 and joined the trustee board in March 2013. She also worked at Toynbee from 2009 – 2012 in the financial inclusion team, working on Transact – the National Forum for financial inclusion. Her background is in journalism and communications and she currently works as a financial journalist at Which? She writes about a range of issues including consumer rights in financial services. In her spare time she also volunteers as a counsellor for the charity Childline.
It's a privilege to be on the trustee board of Toynbee Hall - it's an inspiring place which plays a vital role in helping people achieve better outcomes. I am really pleased to be able to play a role in the pioneering work the charity does affecting social change, both locally and nationally".
Trustee, Member of the Finance Committee
Meredith Niles works as Head of Innovation in Fundraising at Marie Curie Cancer Care. Previously, she worked as an Investment Director at venture philanthropy funder Impetus Trust, where she co-led the multi-million pound Impetus for Reducing Reoffending Initiative, supporting the scale-up of charities working with offenders. Prior to joining Impetus Trust, Meredith was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. Meredith is also a trustee of Hestia Housing and Support and of Booktrust.
Toynbee Hall has a long tradition of tackling some of the most difficult and entrenched social problems, from poverty to social and financial exclusion. I am delighted to be able to support the work of this innovative and dynamic organisation."
Chairman, Member of the Finance Committee
Ben began volunteering through Toynbee Hall in 1994 as a student on summer camps for disadvantaged children and teenagers, which he continued every summer until 2000. At about the same time, together with the then Chief Executive of Toynbee Hall, Ben was instrumental in the establishment of Services Against Financial Exclusion, SAFE. Ben joined the Board in 2000 and was appointed Chairman in 2009 through an open competitive process.
Ben set up and now runs Arch, an innovative new provider of apprenticeships for employers who want to capture the talent and enthusiasm of young people who want to get into careers in the knowledge economy, for example in IT and digital communications. Previously Ben worked for a variety of organisations, including his own consultancy, helping local authorities to improve and become more efficient.
Toynbee Hall is an extraordinary place. The energy, creativity and passion that got the organisation up and running 125 years ago are still our life blood. It is a great privilege to work with so many talented people, both those on the paid staff and volunteers. However, the scale of need in our immediate area and beyond remains daunting".
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 Estates Committee
Kate is Development Manager at Shared Assets. 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 a 2013 Clore Social Fellow. Kate has worked in the field of community led regeneration and development for eight 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.
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”.