The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees 2023

Sally MacDougal - Chair

I grew up in Plumstead and now live just around the corner from Shrewsbury House. I am a secondary school teacher with a wide range of experience and expertise but I now work part-time which allows for voluntary work and hobbies. I have been volunteering with Crisis at Christmas for 18 years and currently manage their residential south London centre, I am a trained Samaritan, and I am also on the board for the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival. I am delighted to take up the role of Chair and am keen to ensure the success of Shrewsbury House for many years to come.

Geoff Sheath - Vice Chair

I have lived in the area for nearly 50 years and I am a regular member of Shrewsbury House attending the Monday Get Together Group, singing with the SE18 choir, playing in a band and fundraising. Until I retired I worked as an editor in educational publishing and taught Maths and ICT at most levels. I am a trustee of the Damilola Taylor Trust and also convene our local street association, which includes a neighbourhood watch and sit on the local SNT board. I use my IT skills to help small non-profit groups though I have created large commercial websites in the past.

Duncan Martin - Secretary

I enjoy 'giving something back to the community' as a member of the board. I run a not-for-profit broadcasting organisation as a Director, and have a very community focused outlook. I am often succesful in applying for funds to help develop and sustain Shrewsbury House as a unique community facility for all.

Richard Perrott - Finance

I joined the board in 2017, and am a very close neighbour to the house, with a growing family. I have been working in investment since 2005 and I enjoy utilising my financial mangement and governance skills to support it's sustainable development as a community centre for the wider community.In my own time I'm interested in diving, wine, gardening and reading.

Rob Belfield

I have been using the house for twenty or so years running the Cougar Club of Jujitsu. In that time I have spent many years as an active member of the board in different roles including 3 yrs as Chairman. My background is cinemas and event bars, running various establishments in Kent and London, and I am the premises licence holder for Shrewsbury House.

Andy Brockman

My family and I have known and used Shrewsbury House since we moved to Shooters Hill in 2000. I originally worked in Theatre as a lighting designer and production manager, and now work as a freelance archaeologist and writer, specialising in community projects, heritage crime and the history and archaeology of World War One and Two. You might have seen the episode of "Time Team" we made in 2007 where we set up the incident room in the Shrewsbury House Annex. Both my day jobs have shown me the importance of community based resources like Shrewsbury House and we work together to give Shrewsbury House and our community the sustainable future it deserves. I bring practical experience of areas such as event and project planning, budgeting, health and safety, andworking with historic buildings.

Jessica Macfarlane

I am now retired, but spent most of my working life in BBC World Service, where I started in news admin and ended up managing relationships with government departments, parliament and cultural institutions. I've lived just down the road for almost 30 years, my children grew up here and went to local schools and I am committed to making sure that the extraordinary local resource that is Shrewsbury House is able to flourish.

Kate Halpin

I have lived close to Shrewsbury House for the last 10 years, but have been aware it for many years having first visited the house to see Father Christmas in the 1970s!

I am a retired Metropolitan Police Officer with over 30 years' experience including several postings on Greenwich Borough and more recently as the Borough Commander for Lewisham. I have a number of skills which I hope will assist the Board including experience of partnership working with the statutory and voluntary sectors, change and project management.

Harry Denford

I have over 20 years experience in large scale professional event management and owned a London Theatre and was the artistic director and produced over 180 productions including large scale Shakespeare touring productions around the UK.  I retired from professional theatre two years ago and started a local community theatre group at Shrewsbury House and have put on plays at the house plus 18 short radio plays for Maritime Radio.

I run a number of large scale model railway shows around SE England including one last year at Shrewsbury House

I really love the house and the events and classes for the local community and use my commercial event and marketing background to assist in creating new revenue streams into the house which can then be used to support free community events and classes and open the venue to a wider audience.

Larissa Turkina

I’ve lived in Southeast London for 16 years now, and found out about Shrewsbury House when joined Shooters Hill Players, a local amateur dramatic group 3 years ago.

My current role is head of product and planning a major international tour operator and I have over 20 years experience in the tourist industry and work with English Heritage, National Trust and a number of major tourist attractions around the UK.

My interest include theatre, art, history, running and keep fit.  I used to have part ownership of a London Theatre venue and worked there part-time as a producer and also run the bar. I speak Italian and Russian. 

I am pleased to be a trustee as I love the house and its architecture and the interior and wish to give back something to the local community and see the house prosper.




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