Board of Trustees
Peter has worked in adult and community learning and community development in the UK and abroad. His jobs include Director of Community Development in Liverpool, Director of Community Services in Richmond and Chief Officer for Community Education and Careers in the Inner London Education Authority. In adult learning, he has been a consultant to the European Commission, Council of Europe, UNESCO, OECD and the UK government. From 1969 to 1973 he was Research Assistant to the Russell Committee. He was a member of the Government's Advisory Council for Adult and Continuing Education (ACACE) from 1977 to 1983. He produced a study of adult learning and unemployment in six European countries in 1983 for the European Commission. Peter was Chair of NIACE 1986-92. He is the author of 'The Disadvantaged Adult - Educational and Social Needs of Minority Groups', published by Longmans, and 'Russell and After - the Politics of Adult Learning', published by NIACE.
Andrea is a Vice-Chair of the Board. She works in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics at Birkbeck, University of London where she is responsible for the recruitment and retention of international students. Prior to Birkbeck, she worked at the training arm of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Andrea completed the MSc International Business at Birkbeck in 2005 and is a Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also holds an MBA Higher Education Management from the Institute of Education (2012).
Raja joined the Board in July 2013. He is a civil servant in the Department of Energy & Climate Change. Prior to joining the civil service, Raja worked as an employment lawyer at Simmons & Simmons and Slater & Gordon Lawyers.
John joined the Board in September 2013. He has 25 years experience working in the advice sector, as an advice worker and manager in a number of CAB and Law Centres across London. He now works for Age UK's national office, supporting local Age UKs to deliver high quality information and advice to older people. He is a trustee of Advice Services Alliance. John is a regular user of adult education, in particular to improve his foreign language skills.
Helen became a Legal Centre trustee in March 2014. She is a commercial litigation partner at Clifford Chance.
Andrew joined the Board in March 2014 and is Chair of the Audit Committee. Following a career as a lawyer, he became a non-executive director of a major UK insurance company, where he was a member of the Audit Committee and the With Profits Committee. He is also a Trustee of the Guildhall School Trust and of the Orwell Youth Prize.
Alex Horsup joined the Board in March 2014. She is a qualified accountant and holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting. She has 11 years experience in working for charities and 13 years working in the public sector. Alex has a background in working for education charities, including a FE college, and was a school governor for several years.
Kate was elected student trustee in 2015. She has a professional background in adult education and a particular interest in the quality of the student experience and the impact of participation for individuals and for the wider community. She is currently also Vice-Chair of Trustees for Milton Keynes Women’s Aid.
Nicole has been a partner at Linklaters LLP since 2006, where she is a specialist in EC and UK anti-trust/competition law. Nicole is Vice Chair of the Competition Committee of the City of London Solicitors' Company; and a member of the Regulatory Policy Committee - an independent non departmental advisory body within BIS. She joined the Mary Ward Settlement Board in March 2015.
Frances joined the Mary Ward Settlement as a trustee in 2015 and became Chair in March 2016. She is an internal consultant for Euromoney Institutional Investor for new business launches, marketing and operational management, in events and publishing. She has over 20 years’ experience of both start-up and management of SME’s in Asia, Europe and the US. Frances has developed an interest in charity management, with particular focus on early years’ child development, vulnerable families and social and education policy. She has been a Trustee for Home-Start Lambeth for 10 years.
Alison is a public sector lawyer, working mainly in local government. She was Director of Law for the London Borough of Camden for 8 years. She is a Commissioner for the Local Government Boundary Review and a member of the Information Rights Tribunal. She is a trustee of a number of charities including Coram and Hopscotch Asian Women's Centre. She is chair of Coram Children's Legal Centre. She has also lived in Camden for over 20 years.
Jim Bewsher became a student trustee in March 2016. Jim takes art courses at the Centre. He is a change management and strategic communications consultant providing support and advice to teams in the public and voluntary sector. He has held senior roles in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Department of Health, Cabinet Office and East of England Strategic Health Authority. He has been a Board member of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, a trustee of The Scarman Trust and Director of a public affairs consultancy.
Emma joined the Board in October 2016. She has over 21 years of experience in media, corporate marketing and communication. In 2011, Emma joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, for whom she is the Director responsible for marketing and communications across the UK and EMEIA. Emma has spoken at various national Women in Leadership events and is a regular contributor to marketing discussion panels. Away from the office Emma enjoys windsurfing, has been an avid equestrian competitor and has recently learnt to sail.
Other Trustees: Maureen Brewster (elected tutor trustee), Alan Humphreys (appointed trustee) and Austin Hill (elected staff trustee)