Stephen Burns, Chair of Trustees
Warden of the Great Account
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 Care and 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 became our Chair in September 2020.
Lord Kennedy of Southwark
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 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 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 Managing Director, 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 (IVAR) and Help on Your Doorstep. She chairs our Community Investment Committee.
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.
Shane joined the Board in March 2018 and is a member of the Community Investment Committee and Finance, Investment and Audit Committee.
Ben Johnson PhD, Deputy Chair of Trustees
Thomas Cure’s Warden
Ben Johnson runs engagement programmes for a scientific and medical publisher and is a former local councillor in Southwark, where he lives. He is a member of the Public Advisory Board for Health Data Research UK, where he advises on patient and public involvement and engagement, and is a volunteer at Pembroke House in Walworth. 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 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 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 global role at Credit Suisse AG, London, and is a member of the ICE LIBOR Managers Committee. She is a resident of north Southwark, and was a Governor, Deputy Chair and lnterim Chair 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)
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.
Dwight joined our Board in September 2020 and becomes one of our first Trustees who lives in and brings greater insight into the southern part of the London Borough of Southwark. He was co-opted on to our Community Investment Committee in early 2020, and as a trustee he will continue to bring his valuable contributions to that Committee for many years to come.
After a successful first career as an IT consultant, Dwight is now a professional musician, driven by diversity in music in particular. He is a performer, conductor and academic working across numerous musical genres. As a black musician born in this country he is acutely aware of the difficulties and challenges faced by black musicians of all social backgrounds and ages. Dwight has travelled the UK and globe with his French horn as an active member of the Armed Forces in the Band of the Grenadier Guards.