The HVBT Board of Trustees


Carol Glover (Chair) – has been working in communications, campaigns and public affairs at a variety of education and health charities for 15 years. Previously she spent 10 years as a journalist, editor and magazine publisher and has been a Communications Consultant at the Department of Health working on digital projects with diverse stakeholders. Carol has extensive experience in the voluntary and statutory sectors, particularly in marketing, communications, fundraising and HR. She has lived in the area for 25 years, so is passionate about community engagement.


Valerie Bossman-Quarshie – is a local born and bred ‘Islingtonian’. Valerie has worked in education for many years and is a governor in a local secondary school. She brings extensive experience from the sector, and an impressive energy to make our local community a better place to live, by creating opportunities to learn and thrive. Valerie joined the Board in September 2019 and vouched to support children, young people, families and the wide community in accessing services at Elizabeth House.


Jeremy Corbyn MP  – is Labour Member of Parliament for Islington North and leader of the Labour Party. He lives in Islington and is a parent of three boys. He prioritises the needs of the poor and human rights of all, at home and aboard. In Parliament, Jeremy speaks up on all of the above issues which he believes to be so important. He is also involved with numerous local organisations and community centres.


Mary Dakin – retired Deputy Director at City and Islington College, Centre for Lifelong Learning. Currently teaching in Adult Education in Islington for several years, Mary is knowledgeable about the Borough and has worked with Elizabeth House from is very beginnings running literacy and numeracy courses and seeking to increase local participation in the courses on offer. Mary joined the HVBT Board in 2010.


Hayley Davidson – is a charity campaigns, communications and policy professional who currently works for Crisis Action. Her previous experience leading a child literacy campaign with Save the Children has enabled her to provide support in the development of our childcare provision.


Ashley Hodges – is currently the Executive Director of the UK charity Speakers for Schools, and has a rich background in programme development, communications and cross-sector partnerships. Prior to this she held a post at sister charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, working to deliver an array of projects including Speakers for Schools. Before moving to London, Ashley previously held positions with not-for-profit and digital media companies. In 2008 she left her post as a Communications Specialist to become a staff member for the Barack Obama Presidential Campaign in the city of Pittsburgh, later moving to London to complete an MSc at the London School of Economics focusing on media, politics and third sector innovation.


Garry Luxford – is a local resident and highly experienced Business/Operations Leader with particular expertise gained from working in blue chip organisations (First Direct, HSBC and E.ON). Garry advises the board on people, finance and strategic matters.


Lee-Anne Richardson-Pring – has worked in production of content for TV, Radio, Online, Audio & Social Platforms for almost 30 years. She has extensive experience of creating and overseeing budgets of all sizes, logistics both here and abroad, scheduling, employing large numbers of freelance staff and running many events. Lee-Anne has been heavily involved in fundraising for a local primary school & her daughter has attended After School Club and Holiday Playscheme at Elizabeth House for the past 6 years.  During lockdown, she was involved in the Elizabeth House Food Hub as a volunteer and loved being part of the support group helping the local community. She would like to build on this experience by being involved in further community work.


Elizabeth House is also looking for new Trustees to join its dynamic Board. Could it be you?

We looking for community members and service users, ideally but not exclusively with legal, financial or educational experience.

For more information email or call us on 020 7690 1300

Our Board of Trustees