Our Board of Trustees

Recruiting for trustees

Elizabeth House is currently looking for new Trustees to join its dynamic Board.

We are looking for committed community members with a diversity of ideas, lived experience and skills.

Could it be you? We would love to hear from you!

To find out more, download the Trustee recruitment information pack 2024

Feel free to contact us on 020 76901300 for an initial chat and a visit of Elizabeth House before you apply.

Our Trustees

Andrew Baxter – has 20 years HR experience, primarily in the public sector and with expertise in recruitment and resourcing. Previous experience includes executive search to recruit senior leaders for charity organisations, leading recruitment services for the Greater London Authority and NHS, and experience leading HR change management in the charity sector. He has a long-standing passion for supporting young people, having previously held voluntary roles in the youth support sector and mentored young male prisoner leavers. Andrew has lived in the area for 13 years, is a service user of Elizabeth House’s childcare provisions and joined the board in May 2024.

 

Cllr 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. Valerie was elected as a Councillor for Bunhill Ward in May 2021.

 

Jeremy Corbyn MP  – has been a Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983 and leader of the Labour Party from 2015 to 2020. Jeremy lives in Islington and one of the founding members of Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust, founded to save Elizabeth House in 1993. He prioritises access to services and human rights of all, at home and aboard. Jeremy is also involved with numerous local organisations and community centres.

 

Lucilia Falsarella Pereira (Secretary) – a local resident and service user at Elizabeth House’s childcare provisions. Lucilia is a  lawyer and senior civil servant, currently working at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as a Director of Cartel Enforcement. Lucilia also leads the CMA’s outreach project ‘Getting Closer to the Third Sector’. She worked as an advisor to HM Treasury ministers and senior officials during the financial crisis. Before moving to the UK, Lucilia worked at the European Commission and as a lawyer in private practice in Brazil. Lucilia joined the Board of Trustees in December 2022.

 

Ned Glasier – has lived and worked in Islington for 19 years when joining the Board in May 2024. He worked at the Almeida Theatre until 2027 and between 2008 and 2024 he was the founding Artistic Director and CEO of Company Three, a multi-award winning theatre company working with young people in Islington. Through this work Ned built partnerships with hundreds of schools, organisations, and individuals across the borough, supporting thousands of young people, and the development of the local Council’s cultural strategy. He is a specialist in co-creation and currently works as a freelance consultant, supporting arts and other organisations to support, work with and platform young people. He is passionate about the role that community centres play in their local areas, and has previously supported Elizabeth House through a governance review in 2023.

 

Carol Glover – has been working in communications, campaigns and public affairs at a variety of education and health charities for 20 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 30 years, so is passionate about community engagement. Carol was Chair of the Board.

 

Jonathan Gore – is a local resident who has been living in Highbury for 30 years. Jonathan has always been an active member of the community and started volunteering at the Food Hub in 2020, at the start of the Covid pandemic. After growing up and studying in the North of England, Jonathan came to London to work as a doctor (GP) until he retired from an East London practice. Jonathan joined the Board in January 2024. He said that he “loves the feeling that Elizabeth House is there for all of the local community and that it is such a warm and friendly place.”

 

Garry Luxford (Chair) – has worked in many different industries including financial services, utilities, and insurance leading large teams and accountable for large budgets. He specialises in transformation and ensuring organisations are customer focused and up to date with relevant technology appropriate for the business. Garry is also does pro bono work for an animal charity and an environmental non-for-profit organisation. Garry is a keen hill walker and spends spare time climbing peaks and mountains.  He is passionate about the environment and supports animal welfare and enjoys football and most sports.

 

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. As a local resident, Lee-Anne has been heavily involved in fundraising for a local primary school and 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.

 

Lis Rideal – is a local resident and has lived in the area for over 20 years. She started learning about Elizabeth House while volunteering at the FoodHub and loves its authentic community spirit and the breadth of services it offers. Lis has worked in Financial Services for almost 20 years in a range of roles and specialises in delivery of strategic initiatives for Boards and complex regulatory-driven programmes. Lis also runs a community choir and is keen to get out in nature whenever possible. She joined the Board of Trustees in May 2024.

Our Board of Trustees