Our Trustees

The Trustees at Toynbee Hall have ultimate Governance responsibility for the organisation. 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.

Stephen Burns

Stephen is Executive Director for Care and Communities at Peabody and is responsible for Peabody’s care services as well as the work of its community foundation. Stephen joined us in February 2022 and brings huge experience in leading strategically to enable strong and successful community based partnerships.


Husna Mortuza - Trustee
Husna Mortuza

Husna grew up locally to Toynbee Hall and has strong connections to the area. Beyond Toynbee Hall, she advocates for policy changes in areas of social justice and welfare reform and is currently the Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. She is a former civil servant and Head of Policy Campaigns for the pan disability charity, Leonard Cheshire. Husna has extensive experience of Policy Development, Strategy and Campaigns with Governments and the not-for-profit sector.



Sam Thomas

Sam is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) at Heriot-Watt University. In previous roles, he managed major grant funding programmes at the Health Foundation and led policy work for the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, working across the national charities Clinks, Mind, and Homeless Link to address multiple disadvantage.



Ali Hussein, Trustee
Ali Hussain

Ali has worked for JP Morgan in various roles over the last 22 years and is now an Executive Director in the Asset Management division. In his career he has worked on various finance roles and is currently the CFO for the Global Equities team.



Laura Ratling

Laura is a Creative Producer who specialises in large-scale socially-active arts and cultural projects, which explore and build the relationship between communities and the space around them. She has led programmes in both the UK and Uganda, for organisations including the Big Issue Foundation, the British Council and Emergency Exit Arts. She currently works as a Project Manager/Events and Engagement Officer for the City of London, and leads on community engagement strategies and programmes around Aldgate and surrounds. Laura has completed a Masters in Art and Politics at Goldsmiths College, in which she focussed on the notions of the ‘right to the city’ and the ‘right to culture’, both of which underpin her work.



Alice Gac

Alice is a senior insurance professional, chartered accountant, former Managing Director and former Head of Risk, Resilience & Response for Lloyd’s of London, with experience across financial services and education sectors in the UK and internationally. Alice is both a finance and risk professional and held a number of board positions including Finance Director and Chief Underwriting Officer.  Alice regularly sits as panel member to hear School Admission Appeals  for both Southwark Education Commission and Wandsworth Borough Council. She has also been a volunteer teacher for 10 years and delivers financial literacy training to primary schools in Tower Hamlets through The Switch.



Thomas Nowacki

Thomas has lived close to Toynbee Hall for many years. He is an operational risk manager, with over 25 years’ experience in identifying and managing risks in technology and operations across global organisations, mainly in finance. He has worked for UBS since 2011 and has supported several local nonprofit arts organisations.



Yu-Shan Chiu
Yu-Shan Chiu

Yu-Shan is a resident of Tower Hamlets and a social impact consultant at The Social Investment Consultancy. In this capacity, Yu-Shan has supported 30+ clients on impact evaluation, business development, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She focuses on social issues such as poverty, social mobility, racial justice, and arts and culture. Prior to her current role Yu-Shan was a consultant in the Social Innovation department at KPMG.



Damola Olaleye

Damola is a human resources professional committed to helping people become the best version of themselves and helping leaders move the dial in ensuring positive and empowering work environments. She has a breadth of experience in  learning and talent management, performance and reward, risk and governance, project planning, HR communications, driving employee engagement. She is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development  and  volunteers at her local CIPD branch.  She is very keen on social justice issues.



Liam Keogh

Liam Keogh is a business leader, entrepreneur, investor, advisor and communications, marketing and PR specialist with a deep connection to East London. He was educated and lives in the area and has always based his businesses in that part of the capital.

In 2010 he Co-Founded a Public Relations and MarComms agency, following a career as a journalist. He has experience across all comms disciplines, from PR, to influencer marketing, social media, copywriting, advertising and brand identity. In 2023 he was named the “Outstanding Professional” of the PR industry by the PRCA and he has also been shortlisted as the “Consultancy Head of the Year” in the PRCA National Awards.

Since exiting his agency, he now works in education and as a Non-Executive Director, board advisor and consultant for multiple businesses, supporting them fulfil their growth ambitions.



Claire Collins

Claire has worked in the Further Education sector in London for 21 years.  Since 2016 she has been Group Director HR & Organisational Development, where she has led on EDI initiatives and consultations on pay and reward.



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