Our People

The Board

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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.

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Chris Christou

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.

James Bellis

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.

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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.

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Vaila McClure

Vaila McClure has been a councillor in Prince’s ward, Lambeth since May 2015 and works full-time as a web analyst for the international development charity ActionAid. Having participated in sports throughout her life, Vaila brings with her enthusiasm and passion for community sports, as well as knowledge of charitable work and local government.

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James Boyson

James Boyson is a Management Consultant working for EY 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.

The Advisory Board

Sam Ross

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Black Prince Trust Staff

Kirk Harrison: Strategic Advisor

Perry Sophocleous: Community Manager

Lou de Waal: Central Site and Administration Officer