The Barnes Fund and Walsingham Lodge Trust charities have a corporate trustee called The Barnes Fund Trustee Ltd. It has nine Directors – all voluntary. For simplicity on this website we refer to them as trustees. We employ an Executive Director.
Our Executive Director
The role supports the leadership of the organisation and provides day to day management and administration within the strategic framework established by the Trustees.
The duties include (but are not limited to) administration of all aspects of the Grant Giving process; advice to the Board on services and work in the community; liaison with referral agencies, charities we support, the CVS and local authorities; support to the relationship with ELM Group in respect of Walsingham Lodge and the Berkeley Road Bungalows; compliance with financial and other statutory requirements; and issues regarding the Fund’s freehold property interests.
KATY MAKEPEACE-GRAY (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)
Katy joined The Barnes Fund in September 2018, bringing fifteen years of grant making experience from her time at London Councils, in which she managed a grants programme tackling social disadvantage across London. She has extensive knowledge of, experience and contacts within the Voluntary Sector and is passionate about strong local communities, green space and the thriving voluntary sector of Richmond borough.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board of directors is responsible for the charites’ strategic governance and comprises nine people, all of whom must live in Barnes.
The board oversees all aspects of the charities’ work – including allocation of almshouse vacancies and the effective management of the almshouse community; the grants programme; and is responsible for the stewardship of the charities’ income generating assets, made up of property and investments.
To manage its work effectively, the Board has created three committees : 1. Grant Giving. 2. Walsingham Lodge and 3. Investments. Each Director is a member of at least one committee, and the board can co-opt other individuals onto a committee in order to benefit from their expertise.
Appointment of Directors
All Directors are appointed by the Board and selection is made based on skills, experience and knowledge of the needs in Barnes.
In five cases, they are nominated: two by Richmond-upon-Thames Council, two by Churches Together in Barnes and one by Richmond Council for Voluntary Service. The other four are identified following open advertising as vacancies arise.
Directors can be appointed for up to two four-year terms.
If you are interested in applying to become a director, please contact our Executive Director.
Chair, Nominated by Churches Together in Barnes
Sarah is an economist and financial regulator who has also worked in international development, at Save the Children and VSO. She has senior management experience in both the public and third sectors and, in addition to pursuing her enthusiasm for local community through being Chair of The Barnes Fund and Walsingham Lodge Trust, is currently a member of the Board of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Programme and a Trustee at the London Early Years Foundation.
John is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, who has worked throughout his career in the property industry, including an extended period with a multi-national company dealing with property matters. He has led a Master’s Course in Property Investment, been chair of property industry education committees and a governor of a group of independent schools. He brings property expertise to the Board.
Caroline’s professional career in Canada and in the UK, including Hammersmith and Fulham Council, was as a social worker. Her main focus was in Adult Social Care and also with children in need, people with mental health problems and disabled people. She brings experience and knowledge of the statutory, independent and voluntary social care system; including assessment of the needs of the disabled and elderly and the safeguarding of vulnerable people. She is The Barnes Fund and Walsingham Lodge Trust Designated Safeguarding Trustee.
Nominated by Churches Together in Barnes
Debbie worked for ten years for a stockbroker before studying Interior Design, working with a property developer and doing private consultancy work. She is a member of Holy Trinity Barnes. As a trustee, Debbie focuses particularly on managing our Housing Register (for applicants to Walsingham Lodge) and on ensuring effective and responsive communication between trustees and the residents there.
Carolyn Rampton MBE
Nominated by RCVS (Richmond Charity Voluntary Sector)
Carolyn brings experience from a career as a manager in the Citizens Advice Bureau, providing help for those in need. She set up the first service for asylum seekers funded by the Home Office, and the first Money Advice Service funded by the financial sector. She has also managed a team and worked in policy making for the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords.
Luke brings commercial experience from twenty-five years in industry. He has expertise in marketing and communication, data protection and in using data to improve understanding of the needs of people in the community. As a trustee, he provides a fresh view of the vision for The Barnes Fund and Walsingham Lodge Trust, and of how to communicate about ourselves to the Barnes community.
After 25 years in financial services within complex multinational, multi-cultured organisations and ten years in various charities as strategic advisor, founder or trustee, Nicolas brings local knowledge gained from his role as trustee of another local charity; from setting up a school in the parish; and from fund-raising and volunteer work. Nicolas is Chair of the Investment Committee.
Treasurer, Nominated by Richmond Council
Ken McFarlane is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of advising in private practice, retiring as Vice Chairman of Deloitte LLP in 2017. He is an experienced charity trustee who, on joining The Barnes Fund and Walsingham Lodge Trust, has taken on the role of Treasurer.
Councillor, Nominated by Richmond Council
Aphra is a local Conservative Councillor for Barnes Ward. She is a former Government Economist having spent 10 years working for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, before going on to set up a successful veterinary business with her husband. Aphra grew up in Barnes, is an active member of the local community and a trustee of another local charity – the Castelnau Centre Project.
Member of Grant Making Committee
Michael had a career in telecommunications covering business research, finance and project management. Since retiring, he has been active in a variety of roles for St Mary’s Church. He was a trustee of The Barnes Fund for 8 years until 2019. Since when he has retained a role as a member of the Grant Making committee, with a specific focus on liaison with local organisations that meet mental health needs.