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.


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  – 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.


Lucilia Falsarella Pereira – 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.


Ashley Hodges – is a not-for-profit and education executive, having been Chief Executive of Speakers for Schools and most recently AccessEd NGO. She has a rich background in programme development, campaigns and cross-sector partnerships helping organisations effectively invest in meaningful youth, diversity and social mobility interventions. Ashley previously served as staff for the Obama Presidential campaign and a communications specialist in digital media, before moving to London to complete a degree at the London School of Economics. She uses her experience in youth and community programming and as a school governor to support the work of Elizabeth House.


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. 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.


Rui Avelar Silva – Rui is a senior digital and technology executive with 20+ years’ experience in the consulting, travel and hospitality, e-commerce and financial services industries. Rui specialises in setting up new and scaling up business operations through the use of information and digital technologies. He currently works as Chief Technology Officer (Managing Director, Global Banking and Whole Credit and Lending) for HSBC. Rui is a local resident who started supporting Elizabeth House during the pandemic in early 2020 and was appointed as a Trustee in July 2022.


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.

Trustee recruitment – Information Sheet

For more information email or call us on 020 7690 1300

Our Board of Trustees