Mark Oakley – Chairman
Mark Oakley was officially appointed Chairman of The Board of Trustees in December 2016.
He is a partner with law firm Judge and Priestley specialising in commercial litigation including property disputes, and also helps manage the company.
Mark has a general enjoyment of sport and regularly plays golf and cricket.
He lives in Sydenham.
Councillor Nicholas Bennett JP
Nicholas is the Managing Director of Kent Refurbishment Ltd and Chairman, Beckenham Constituency Conservative Association. He was educated at Universities of London and Sussex.
Councillor in London Borough of Lewisham 1974-82 (Leader of the Opposition 1979-81) and member of the ILEA 1978-81.
After a professional career in education he was elected to Parliament as MP for Pembroke in 1987 and appointed a Minister at the Welsh Office in 1990 with responsibility for Health, Local Government & Planning, Housing and Social Services.
After the 1992 election he was adviser to Price Waterhouse and a member of the Further Education Funding Council for England. From 1998 – 2003 he was Chief Executive of the Association of Consulting Engineers. He set up Kent Refurbishment Ltd in 2003.
Mr Bennett chairs a court at SW Magistrates Court. He is a keen swimmer. His other interests include history, transport, and British cinema between 1930-60. He and his wife Ruth (councillor for Bromley Common and Keston Ward) live in Bromley.
Michael is the Managing Partner of Madano, a strategic communications consultancy. Michael is an experienced communications practitioner who has advised a number of large companies on their communications challenges. His expertise centres around strategic communications and reputation management and managing complex issues as well as working on a number of areas relating to the energy and environment sector.
Before joining Madano, Michael was Principal Private Secretary to the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and spent five years providing policy advice across a range of issues ranging from climate change and energy policy to health and biotech issues.
Michael is married with a daughter and lives in Bromley.
Isobel runs her own business specialising in leadership and organisational development, currently working with clients in the NHS and other public sector organisations on a group and individual basis. She also works as an Associate for three other organisations and has an MSc in Organisational Behaviour. She previously worked as an NHS Chief Executive and also brings experience of the third sector, as she was chair of a national charity for 6 years. She enjoys running and has recently taken up road cycling.
Johnny Heald is Managing Director of ORB-International, a full service market research/polling agency. His area of specialism is social and political research, working for international governments and institutions in both in the UK and across the Middle East and Africa.
He has lived most of his life in Bromley and has three children at local schools.
Adrian Hollands is a chartered accountant and senior partner of the Bromley office of Baker Tilly, a national firm of accountants. Having worked in the area for over 35 years, he is involved in a number of community groups including the Bromley Community Fund and Bromley Youth Music Trust.
Adrian is a keen sportsman and apart from playing football and squash follows his beloved Spurs around Europe.
He lives with his wife Ann in Beckenham.
Dr Val Lowman OBE
Val leads the field in the area of skills and employment for the construction sector in London delivering practical community benefits and social inclusion across the sector. Widely acknowledged by her peers in terms of setting the agenda and pushing boundaries, Val’s achievements have been recognised by the award of an OBE in the 2009 New Year Queen’s Honours List for services to the Construction Industry and to Skills Training.
Val founded and managed BeOnsite, which directly employs and trains those with multiple barriers to employment such as the long term unemployed and ex-offenders. In 2015 she stood back from the day-to-day operation of BeOnsite, taking on the Non-Executive Director role. This has enabled her to focus more time on health and fitness as a Team GB Group Triathlete.
As the Digital Media Director for global loyalty management company Aimia (owners of Nectar and Air Miles), Andrew is a leader with proven commercial experience. He co-founded Intelligent Research, an Aimia business, and led a team of 90 to launch Nectar Italia. He aims to employ his board level experience, loyalty, digital and commercial skills for the benefit of social enterprise.
Andrew, who lives in Bromley, brings his knowledge of finance and IT to the Board.
Christine Whatford CBE
Christine Whatford retired as Director of Education and Leisure with the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
She is Chair of the UK UNESCO National Education Committee and member of several government initiatives on social exclusion and children’s rights.
Christine is married with children and grandchildren and lives in Beckenham.