Board of trustees

We are an organisation with a close-working, diverse staff group delivering our various projects, and our Board of Trustees reflects our ethos of teamwork, co-operation and good communication. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, see our volunteering page.


Sade Alade (Chair)

Sade is an Early Intervention and Prevention Area Manager at Waltham Forest Council who has worked on issues concerning vulnerable children, young people and families in both the voluntary and public sector for more than 10 years. She has worked on drugs, children in care, child poverty and now early intervention. Most recently she was the operational lead for the boroughs 2 year Child Poverty Innovation Pilot Project which was funded by the Department for Education. This project ended in March 2011.

Sade completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law at SOAS, University of London and has been a facilitator in the Family Partnership Model for two years.


Angela Bell

Angela Bell works as a consultant for the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education, delivering training and advice to community groups who run educational activities for their children after school and at weekends.  She has been an English teacher and Deputy Head Teacher in London comprehensive schools, and was Education Director for Westway Development Trust from 1999 to 2007.  She volunteers on the Advisory Group of Axis Educational Trust and as an advice worker with Carers Trust Thames.


Debbie Ladds


Debbie has a strong track record of delivering multi-million pound initiatives for Government and in funding and supporting organisations and individuals. Until summer 2016 Debbie was the Chief Executive at Local Trust and responsible for the £200 million Big Local programme across England which supports resident-led change to transform communities, socially, environmentally and economically. Debbie is now a self-employed consultant supporting a range of not-for-profit organisations.

Debbie is values driven, with a passion for equality of opportunity, especially so that people grow in confidence and skills to make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Chartered Management Institute, she has a background in the voluntary and community sector, particularly with community development, youth and disability charities.

Debbie is actively involved in a range of community activities. She is chair of the UK Scout Grants Committee; chair of the Regional Growth Fund Investment Panel for Responsible Finance and a co-opted member of their Board; and she is a trustee, volunteer fundraiser and mentor with Age UK, Waltham Forest.



Ruth Jenkins (Treasurer)

Ruth is a chartered accountant specialising in charities. She has worked in the homelessness, training and volunteering sectors.  She is currently also a Director of Genewatch, a campaigning organisation.


Rosie Smith

Rosie is a Supported Learning Team Leader, tutor and subject teacher in the area of LDD/SupRosie Smithported Learning at City & Islington College. She has worked for City and Islington College for ten years and originally studied for her A-Levels at the Pitfield Street wing of C&I, when it was known as City and East London College.

Rosie also volunteers as a board member of Connecting Vibes, a City and Islington College based dance company. She has recently become a governor of Kentish Town Primary School and a Governor of a KS4 Pupil Referral Unit.

Rosie has taught a wide range of subjects both under the Paths for Life banner (Adult Supported Learning students), at Skillsbase (our 16 to 18 provision) and in the Community.


Lizzie Streeter

Lizzie has over 10 years’ experience within the voluntary, health and local government sectors.  She currently manages a national pilot of Personal Health Budgets with Looked After Children and young people with mental health needs at NHS England.

She originally trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she developed an interest in inclusive dance practice and the social model of disability, whilst teaching at a special school.  From here she worked at several national children’s charities managing projects with young disabled people.

Lizzie is experienced in engagement and co-production with children and young people, and previously led on strategy and participation at Camden Council.  She has an MA in the Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights from the Institute of Education at UCL.