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Our board of trustees make up the Management Council, along with our director Judith Moran. We have recently welcomed several new members who bring a wealth of experience and skills - welcome to Colin, Laura, Peter, Sandie and David Robson.

In October 2011 we were runners-up in an NCVO award recognising excellence in governance development work: news story here.

Joycelin Dawes (Chair)


Joycelin is passionately committed to practical action to bring about a more equal society, particularly in ways that enable and empower people to find solutions to the impact of social on their life. She has been Chair of Trustees and clerk to the Management Council since January 2010. Joycelin has wide experience as a researcher in political, social and economic affairs, as a writer, in education and facilitating workshops. She is a Quaker at Winchmore Hill Local Meeting and represents North London Area Meeting on QSA Council. Joycelin is an Associate Tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre; she is also a Trustee of StreetGames and Findhorn College.

Colleen Stretch


Colleen moved to London to study in 1998, and now calls the city home. She has lived in different parts of the capital, although having recently moved to the Borough of Hackney, she hopes that she will be able to increase her knowledge of the areas in which QSA works. Colleen joined QSA as a trustee in December 2008, and quickly saw how the organisation expresses the values she seeks to nourish. Colleen has worked as a subtitler for a UK news channel and now works as a freelance translator and researcher. She enjoys reading, urban photography and cycling. She is also interested in the counselling field and volunteers weekly as a children's counsellor.

Gillian Ashmore

Gillian has mostly worked for government on policy development, legislation and management and in leadership and trustee roles for third sector organisations, such as Metropolitan Housing Partnership, Refugee Housing Association, Rich Mix and the Fostering Network. She has never specialised but has always been motivated to work on issues of equality and social justice in whatever field she has worked in. She is a Quaker and a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, an anti-poverty organization. Now retired, she travels frequently whilst working on an Open University degree.

Colin Kinloch

Colin is a policy manager working in the public sector on the commissioning of debt advice services. As a volunteer, he co-facilitates workshops and conducts risk assessments for a charity focused on changing the behaviour of domestic violence perpetrators Colin has also worked  as a Policy Lead for the debt advice programme at Money Advice Service, and as a Parliamentary researcher for the Rt Hon John McFall MP.

Peter Rivers


Peter has spent most of his working life in the voluntary sector and lived for about a quarter of his life in Tower Hamlets.  He was a Franciscan brother for twenty years and he has a deep commitment to the relief of poverty.  He sees being a Trustee of QSA as being a continuation of this.  He is currently a Senior Consultant with C F Appointments which specialises in sourcing candidates for senior posts for Charities.  Peter now lives in Upminster, at the end of the line, where he particularly enjoys the creation and upkeep of a lovely garden and is a member of the Romford Meeting.

David Robson

David worked as a consultant physician in the NHS in south east London for 30 years. As well as direct patient care he also helped manage hospital services including a period as Chief Executive of an NHS Trust. He is currently Chair of a hospice charity. David has attended Blackheath Meeting since 2001.

Laura Roling


Laura holds a long term commitment to the Quaker values of peace, justice, equality and integrity and is a passionate supporter of a range of charities and organisations, particularly within the human rights field. She has an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights and is proud to have worked as an intern with the Prison Reform Trust on their campaign to secure the right to vote for sentenced prisoners. In addition to working part-time at Comic Relief  as their Mental Health Programme Manager she also shares responsibility for the primary care of her three year old sons with her partner and attends at Croydon meeting.

Sandie Finn


Sandie is a teacher with experience working in secondary schools.  More recently, she has been training people to become teachers in referral units and in the lifelong learning sector. Prior to this, she was employed by The Depaul Trust as a Project Worker and supported street homeless young people to rebuild their self esteem and develop the personal and practical skills to find training or employment. In her spare time, she likes keeping fit, visiting bookshops and going to the cinema. She currently lives in east London.

Caroline Tisdall


Caroline was born in Pakistan, somewhere she still considers her 'emotional home', however, she has lived and worked mainly in the UK. As a chartered psychologist specialising in coaching, facilitation and group work, she is intensely curious about people and uses a strengths-based approach to partner them in their development. Caroline has a commitment to social justice although struggles with living a more simple life; the refugees she has met and worked with in Azerbaijan and Pakistan-  people of other faiths and none- have continued to help her on this journey. She is a member of Norfolk and Waveney Area Meeting, and also a Quaker Spiritual Healer.

David Hickok

David is a retired partner of the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he was active in the firm's mergers & acquisitions and private equity practices.  He is also a trustee and treasurer of North West London Area meeting and a member of Friends House Local Quaker Meeting.

Jim Howson

Jim is an accountant with wide experience in both the public and voluntary sectors.  He is a member of Banbury Quaker Meeting.

James Robertson

James is a Chartered Accountant most of whose career was spent in insolvency practice.  He is a member of Brentford & Isleworth Quaker Meeting.

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