Sir Richard Heaton KCB
Chair of Trustees (Warden of the Great Account)

Richard Heaton has worked at senior levels in the Civil Service since 1991, having started his career as a legal adviser. He is currently Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, and race equality champion for the Civil Service. He has a strong interest in art and design and collects modern British and Indian paintings and drawings.  Richard is also passionate about the urban environment, cities, communities and the history of London. He is on the board of the campaign group aiming to bring the Royal Vauxhall Tavern into community ownership, is a Bencher of Inner Temple and an occasional visitor to the Den, and lives in north Southwark.

Richard joined the Charity’s board in 2011 and sits on our Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.  In 2014, he was elected Chair of Trustees. Richard was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List 2019.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark
Rector’s Warden

Roy Kennedy grew up in Newington, Southwark and attended local schools in Camberwell and Peckham. He served as deputy leader of Southwark Council and was Director of Finance of the Labour Party prior to becoming opposition spokesperson in the House of Lords on DCLG and other matters. In 2007, he was appointed Honorary Alderman by Southwark Council. Roy is also Trustee of the Mayor of Southwark’s Common Good Trust, Vice President of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Local Government Association, Director of London Mutual Credit Union, a member of Surrey County Cricket Club and a season ticket holder at Millwall FC.

Roy joined the Board in 2014 and sits on our Finance, Investment and Audit Committee and Property Committee.

Claire Treanor
Renter Warden

Claire Treanor is a planning and property professional with over 28 years’ experience. She was formerly a partner at Montagu Evans in the Planning and Development Department, where she worked for over 15 years. In April 2004, she helped established DP9, a specialist planning consultancy. The company is based at 100 Pall Mall and is widely regarded as one of central London’s leading planning practices.

She left DP9 in March 2013 and set up Treanor Consulting to widen the scope of professional planning and property advice and consultancy. Claire is a Southwark resident of 8 years and her other interests include horticulture, cycling – she helped set up the women’s cycling group pedElle to promote cycling among women in the property industry – and participating in a volunteer reading programme with primary school children.

Claire joined our board in December 2014. She sits on our Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.

Nicola Steuer
Henslowe’s Warden

Nicola joined the Board in 2016 to bring expertise and strength to our community investment programme.  Working in Southwark at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, as Director of their London School, she brings a valuable strategic insight to our grant making and community investments.  Before that, Nicola was Programme Director for 3 years at the highly-respected place-based grantmaking charity Cripplegate Foundation in Islington, and prior to that at the think-and-do tank New Economics Foundation.

Nicola is also a trustee of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research. She chairs our Community Investment Committee.

Stephen Burns
Hopton’s Warden

Stephen Burns joined the Board in July 2016 to help bring more strategic expertise in housing management and new development to the charity.  Stephen is the Executive Director for Communities at Peabody, one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations and charities.  He joined Peabody in 1998 and is now responsible for Peabody’s housing management and community investment. He also leads Peabody’s sheltered and supported housing provision.

Stephen’s work has been based in north Southwark since 1991. He has spent 11 years working for charities, technology companies and the welfare to work sector, and also held various voluntary and non-executive positions on Boards, including Trust for London. Stephen chairs our Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.

Shane Holland
College Warden

Shane Holland is a third sector and business consultant, particularly within the artisanal food sector. He is Chair of Slow Food London, and Executive Chair of Slow Food UK, and Trustee of food waste charity Plan Zheroes. He has many connections within and around Borough Market, and is also a long-serving school governor of Highshore special needs school in Camberwell.

Shane joined the Board in March 2018 and is a member of the Community Investment Committee.

Ben Johnson
Thomas Cure’s Warden

Ben Johnson is an academic publishing professional and former local councillor in Southwark, where he lives. He is experienced in local government, community engagement, housing, planning and communications. He is passionate about the area where he lives and brings a wide range of skills and knowledge of Southwark neighbourhoods and things that matter to people living and working in them.

Ben joined the Board in March 2018 and is a member of the Community Investment Committee.