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Our Board of Trustees

We are  proud to have an excellent Board of Trustees, bringing a diversity of skills and experience to benefit Community Links.

Steve Wyler (Chairman)
Steve was Chief Executive of the Development Trusts Association. He led this through a merger with Bassac to form Locality - the national umbrella organisation enabling, championing and representing organisations like Community Links. Steve is an expert on social enterprise and social investment, and is currently an independent advisor and writer in the field of social change and innovation.

Althea Baker
With over 20 years experience as a Civil Servant, Althea has worked in the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health. Althea lives in Newham and is also an experienced and active school governor.

Gill Budd
Gill is a Director of Governance and Compliance at Teach First and brings high level skills in risk, contracting & legal issues. Gill’s background is in law with corporate firm Slaughter and May followed by Cadbury Schweppes. She moved into the charity sector in 2008 with roles at Save the Children and Plan International. She is also a Trustee of Blenheim CDP.

Radhika Bynon
Radhika is a Community Worker currently working for the Young Foundation as Director of "The U" a citizens university. Radhika worked with Community Links in 2008, supporting the last Government’s Council for Social Action. Radhika is involved in a number of local community activities including Forest Gate Festival and Newham Make Poverty History and is a founder trustee for the Asha Trust (Sri Lanka).

Javid Cante
Javid is Group Financial Controller at CLS Group

Peter Kane
Peter has a senior policy, operational and financial track record in both central and local government. Currently Chamberlain at the City of London Corporation, his former roles include Finance Director at the Home Office, Head of Public Services Reform at the Cabinet Office, overseeing HM Treasury relationships with local government and leading Economic Development in Inner London boroughs both as a senior officer and an elected member.

Maria King
Maria is a Director of HR and Development at Unite the Union. As a highly experienced HR professional, Maria was previously the Director of Human Resources at Islington Council, where she worked for eight years and before that she worked at Newham Council as acting Head of Strategic HR where she was involved in the Plaistow Community Forum. She first came across Community Links through a Common Purpose course.

Alan Lazarus
Alan is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Openreach

Fiona Riley
An accredited business coach, facilitator, consultant and a fully qualified psychotherapist, Fiona has extensive experience working in public relations for businesses both in the UK and internationally. She has a strong track record in delivering both strategic and practical HR consultancy solutions with clients from many differing sectors

David Thomlinson
David was a member of Accenture’s Global Management Board – the culmination of a thirty year career with the well-known global consultancy firm. David’s portfolio of interests now includes a role on the Global Advisory Council for Teach For All. David is a long standing corporate and personal supporter and also leads our Development Group.

Chris Wright
Chris is Chief Executive of Catch22. Chris originally trained as a probation officer and in 1999 established Nottingham’s first multi-agency Youth Offending Team. From there he moved to the Youth Justice Board as Head of Performance. Chris is an advocate for the social enterprise sector playing a key role in the delivery of public services. As a result, Catch22 is known both for its innovative and collaborative approach to justice, education, employability and social care.

Our Board of Trustees provide governance  for the organisation and support our Senior Management Team; they also work with our Development Group who extend our network of supporters and givers.