Board of Trustees

Frances Bates

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.

Andrea Williams

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 Nadarajan

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 Edwards

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.

Andrew Peck

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 Orwell Youth Prize and a trustee and Treasurer of Conciliation Resources.

Alex Horsup

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 Watters

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.

Emma Wyatt

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.

Beatriz Montoya

Beatriz (Bea) joined the Board in August 2017. She is Digital Marketing Director at Simply Business. She has over 20 years’ experience in marketing and has held leadership roles in London, New York and Paris.

Nadine Cartner MA BSc PGCE

Born and brought up in Manchester, and educated at the London School of Economics, Nadine began teaching in further education colleges in the 1970s. She enjoyed two decades in colleges teaching philosophy and sociology, progressing to the post of Assistant Principal. In 1997 Nadine took a national policy role and in 2000 became the Director of Education Policy at the Association for College Management.

Nadine believes passionately in the power of education to transform lives and in addition to her work in the UK she has worked with colleges and education projects in Tanzania and Nicaragua.

She is the author of several publications about good practice in education. In addition to her professional experience in the post 16 sector, Nadine was chair of governors at an outstanding Hackney primary school for several years. She is honoured to have been appointed as a trustee for the Mary Ward Settlement.

Heather Heathfield

Heather was formerly a trustee of the Blackfriars Settlement and joined the board in June 2018 after the merger with the Mary Ward Settlement. She is currently the UK Director of Innovation and Insight at the British Red Cross. Heather joined the Red Cross after 20 years working as a management consultant specialising in health and social care. She began her career as an academic developing multi-perspective evaluation methodologies for complex healthcare interventions and then went on to lead a number of informatics projects for the NHS.

Penny Snow

Penny has been a student at the Mary Ward Centre for about 5 years studying French and glass fusing. She worked for 25 years in the civil service. It was a varied career and she is proud of having been part of the public service and greatly enjoyed working with people from all different backgrounds and at all levels. Penny was elected as student trustee in 2019 and welcomes the chance to be able to contribute to its future as it faces big changes and opportunities with the move from Queen Square.

Other Trustees: Austin Hill (elected staff trustee)