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. Up until September 2020 he was 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 art.  Richard is also passionate about the urban environment, cities, communities and the history of London. He 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 Credit Union Foundation, Vice President of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce, 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.

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 establish DP9, a specialist planning consultancy 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 many 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. He is a Trustee of Borough Market has many connections within and around the Market itself, 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 and Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.

Ben Johnson
Thomas Cure’s Warden

Ben Johnson is an academic science 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.

Cindy Glover
Bell Warden

Cindy Glover has been resident of north Southwark for over 30 years and is deeply attached and well networked in her community.  Her career spans 40 years working as a trained occupational therapist with older people.  She has worked in the specialist area of dementia care and support, working in charities, hospitals and sheltered housing, helping design buildings and spaces that are appropriate.  She currently works for the Southwark charity Time and Talents and feels it is a privilege to be working with older people, dealing with the challenges they face, and understanding their remarkable lives.

Cindy joined the Board in May 2019 and is a key member of our new almshouse design and services overview team.

Izabela Szmidt
Newcomen Warden

Izabela Szmidt is an experienced finance professional and brings United St Saviour’s crucial insight into the world of debt financing and financial markets.  She holds a very responsible and senior position at Credit Suisse AG, London, and is a member of the ICE LIBOR Managers Committee.   She is a resident of north Southwark, and Deputy Chair of Governors at the Southwark-based Bridges Federation.

Izabela joined the Board in May 2019 and is a member of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.

Kathryn Dowlath (Ogunbona)
Alleyn’s Warden

Kathryn is an experienced housing professional and is currently CEO of Harrison Housing, a charity provider and manager of high quality almshouses and sheltered housing for older people across London. Her background is finance and she is a certified ACCA accountant.  She is passionate about providing excellent support to older people and is particularly excited about growing the size of our housing provision.  Through her volunteering work Kathryn knows Southwark well, and she is also trustee of Lambeth-based youth music charity Kinetika Bloco. Like many of her fellow Trustees, she is a proud cyclist.

Kathryn joined the Board in May 2019 and is a member of the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.