Our people

Black Prince Trust Staff

Kirk Harrison
Strategic Director

Jason Henley
Community Manager

Lou de Waal
Business & Site Manager

The Board of Trustees

Chris Christou

The Chair of BPT Board of Trustees.
Estate Director for the Ethelred Estate Tenant Management Organisation which houses the Community Hub. Chris’s passion for community work combined with his operational expertise in disadvantaged communities make him a key member of the Board of Trustees.

Kate Hoey

MP for Vauxhall since 1989, Sports Minister 1999-2001, Sports Commissioner for London (current). Kate has been involved in the community hub since its inception in 2005 and was instrumental in forming the Black Prince Trust as a not-for-profit charity in 2011 to enter into the long-term lease with Lambeth Council and turn the Hub into a community asset. Kate’s passion for using sport for development techniques and charities to help disadvantaged communities is as strong as ever.

James Bellis

The Conservative Party candidate for Vauxhall in the 2015 election standing against none other than Kate Hoey! James is a Director at a specialist economics consultancy, specialising in the telecommunications sector, where he advises governments, regulators and companies on policy and regulatory matters. A keen runner and sportsman James combines his passion for sport and his business expertise in assisting the Trust.

Jenny Mosley

Councillor Jenny Mosley represents the Bishops Ward in Lambeth and works full time for the Alzheimer’s Society. Her knowledge of local government and charitable work provides the Trust with considerable expertise.

James Boyson

James Boyson is a Management Consultant working for PWC with over 20 years’ experience of financial services. James specialises in strategic, regulatory and transformation consulting for leading organisations focused in financial services but also spanning other leading organisations in the public and health sectors.

Rebecca Donnelly

Former World Thai Boxing Champion and later English National Boxing champion. Current CEO of Fight 4 Change Foundation. The Fight 4 Change Foundation (registered charity 1143318) was founded in 2009 to promote and deliver boxing and fitness activities as a pathway for young people living in the most deprived inner city areas in the UK. The charity Engages disadvantaged individuals and communities.

Iain Macfarlane

Iain Macfarlane is a solicitor specialising in all aspects of commercial property law.  He advises investors, occupiers, lenders, government bodies and others, and also has a particular interest in property issues in the charity sector.

Chris Oliver

Chris is a Chartered Surveyor by profession and has an extensive background in the property and construction sector, both retail and commercial. Chris is Founder/Director of silversurfers.com, an internet portal for people over 50 with 400,000 members, as well as acting as a Non-Exec for 4 companies ranging from broadband installation to design of residential accommodation for the elderly. Chris also undertakes a number of voluntary roles in the Charity Sector and has always had a keen interest in sport and witnessed its power to change lives. He founded and Chairs his own rugby charity SKRUM based in Swaziland to target the spread of HIV Aids. After being introduced to BPT, and spending time at the Hub and seeing the range of social outcomes delivered to the local community, Chris wanted to become more involved in the Trust and we are delighted to have him on the Board

The Advisory Board

Sam Ross

Sam trained as a lawyer at city firm Olswang and, after a stint at Barclays, now works as a Senior Legal Counsel for Worldremit, an app which helps migrants to send money home via smartphone. While studying, he spent three summers working as a counsellor and group leader on a kids’ sports summer camp in upstate New York.

Sam has been involved with the Trust for around three years, providing guidance to the board on legal and commercial matters. He is looking forward to continuing to support the Hub in this way and bringing fresh ideas to the table.

Gary Palmer

Strategic Lead for Children and Young People at London Sport. London Sport’s aim is to help make London happier, healthier and stronger through sport. London Sport does this by working in partnership with the numerous organisations involved in physical activity and sport in London. Gary brings strategic insight and great ideas to the Trust.

Jemma Turner

Head of Stakeholder Management at the Football Foundation, the largest sport charity in the UK. The Foundation’s mission is to improve facilities, create opportunities and build communities throughout England and is a previous investor at the Hub. Jemma brings excellent partnership working practices to the Trust as well a drive and commitment for social change through sport.

Duncan Jones

Director of the Football Foundation and creator of Upshot, the market leading Measurement and Evaluation (M&E) system used by sport for development charities worldwide as well as numerous Third Sector and commercial institutions. Duncan brings a wealth of expertise to the Trust around measuring social outcomes as well as a passion for charitable work.

Chen Wong

Chen began working for MUFG in March, 2016. Prior to this he volunteered with Mercy Corp, supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan. In 2010 Chen managed Barclays’ flagship CSR Programme, Banking on Change, a savings-led microfinance partnership with charities CARE and Plan International in 11 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. By the time he left in 2014 the programme had reached out to over 600,000 people who lived on less than $2 a day, and developed innovative financial products and services that met their banking needs.

Chen has also worked for a mix of non-profits, CAFOD in West Darfur, Sudan, volunteering for 2 years in Nepal with VSO, and completed a MA in International Development Management. Chen’s aim is to build on the successful foundations of MUFG’s current CSR programme, and evolve the strategy to deliver more value and impact from the bank’s investment in the CSR.

Richard Joyce

Richard Joyce is the Operations Manager at Chance to Shine and has overseen the development of the Chance to Shine Street community project from a London pilot in 2008 into a national project with more than 150 projects across the country. Richard brings experience of developing youth-focussed sports projects with positive social outcomes, as well a knowledge around cross-sector partnership and fundraising.

Will Nicholson

Will facilitates several health and wellbeing collaborations in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.  Current projects include supporting The Dragon Café (a community mental wellbeing space in Borough), Guy’s and St Thomas Charity with their new strategy, work with the Portuguese Community in Lambeth and acting as a local connector at Health Foundry, a collaborative workspace for people using digital technologies to improve health and wellbeing. He was previously Programme Lead of the Resilient Communities Programme at Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care. Will is also co-founder of “Thrive in the City”, a programme of free events celebrating Mental Health in the City on 27 November 2017. It is being curated in collaboration with The Dragon Café, Minds@Work, Thrive London,  Business Healthy  and the City Mental Health Alliance.