Election of new Trustees

An election is being held to appoint up to four new Trustees to the Board. Voting will take place between 9am on Monday 16th July 2018 and 5pm on Friday 20th July. Only people who have joined as members of Shrewsbury House Community Association are entitled to vote. You may vote for up to four candidates.

The following people are standing for election to the Board of Shrewsbury House Community Association:

Maggie Aiken

I am applying to become a Trustee as I am very interested in supporting the ongoing development and future success of Shrewsbury House Community Association as a thriving Community Centre within Greenwich.

My career background has been 30+ yrs working at Senior Level Management Roles within the NHS. I chose to retire last year from my final role within the NHS, which was Associate Director of Governance & Quality with NHS Greenwich CCG. The role spanned working closely with colleagues within the Local Authority, in particular Public Health. My role led a strong team of quality, risk and safeguarding specialists, overseeing quality in commissioned services, in particular with Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust and Oxleas NHS FT. It also played a lead role in supporting Board development within the CCG and recruitment of new Board members. Previous roles were in the boroughs of Bexley and Southwark concentrating on clinical governance, quality, Board development and Governance.

On a voluntary basis, I was an elected parent governor for local Greenwich primary and secondary schools, St Thomas Moore Primary School and Crown Woods Academy. (I gave this role up when my son started college). The role continued for several years through my sons primary and secondary education. I have also played a Vice Chair role for Bexley Carers Support, a Bexley charity providing respite to Carers.

I believe I have skills, experience and qualities that would serve the Centre well in a Trustee role.
I have a sound understanding of good governance and the responsibilities entailed in the role of a Trustee. I have the commitment and willingness to give time to apply myself within the role. I live locally and would like to give something back to my community. I have participated in events at the Shrewsbury House Centre and would like to see it develop further successfully.

Abigail Bralee (co-opted Trustee seeking election as a full Board member)

As a safety and environmental professional I am keen to extend further into societal care and welfare.  I want to volunteer in the charity sector and after visiting Shrewsbury House I am impressed with the community development and aspiration to extend further support for vulnerable people.  I can bring project management skills and change management skills to support the organisation through ongoing development.

Fiona Kemp (co-opted Trustee seeking election as a full Board member)

When I moved to Plumstead last year I was very excited to be able to use and get involved with Shrewsbury House.

I have lived and worked in the borough of Greenwich since 1981 and believe it is a great place to be with a diverse and interesting population. I worked as a teacher then as a Nursery School and Children’s Centre Head. I retired in 2014 and continued with some consultancy work until this year.

I spent much of my working life trying to make a positive difference to the outcomes for children, their families and the local community. I believe that community engagement and cohesion is crucial for people to thrive. I am already a governor of a local school and have had previous experience of trusteeship for an outward bound centre.

There is already a comprehensive selection of activities at the house and I’m sure there is plenty of scope to enhance and improve the offer to draw in users from all resident and age groups. The recent development of the community café and bar opening has already increased footfall.

I understand the challenge of being financially viable and feel the buildings and grounds are such fantastic assets a way forward is possible and essential. My experience as a headteacher has provided me with what I believe are some significant skills in organising, leadership and working with communities and other bodies.

I would really welcome the opportunity to be a trustee of Shrewsbury House.

Patrick White (co-opted Trustee seeking election as a full Board member)

I would like to introduce myself and explain why I would like to be associated with Shrewsbury House and what I believe that I can bring to the relationship. I have lived locally (within 10 minutes walk!!) since 1984 and as a family we have used Shrewsbury House throughout that time.  I am currently participating in Pilates on Wednesdays and Choir on Fridays, and regularly enjoying the café (great start up) and the Friday night bar!

I have recently moved on from full time paid work, and am seeking opportunities to help to develop voluntary organisations and, with others, to enable people within the community to fulfil themselves in part at least through community engagement. I have had a variety of jobs and experiences, many of them founded in partnership working and community engagement.

I have set up three successful charitable enterprises – Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership, an E Learning Foundation in Greenwich, and a schools’ partnership in Basildon. These experiences have given me a deep insight into relevant internal and external factors and how they affect the success or otherwise of an organisation needing to engage with partners from across public, private, and community groups and individuals. In addition, founding these organisations meant that I was able to experience all areas of their work from administration, to strategy, to more day to day and  operational activities such as setting up events or clearing up afterwards.

I believe that community activity in this area of Greenwich has been somewhat overlooked when compared to other areas, and I believe that the members of the local community here deserve to experience a wide range of opportunities from exercise to hobbies to culture and education. I believe that Shrewsbury House is at a critical point in the process of adapting to changes in local government funding and providing a value-for-money and effective environment, in which community groups can flourish and local people given the opportunity to engage with a varied and productive menu of activities and experiences.


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