Meet the FiSH team…
Our Trustees are committed to acting in the best interests of FiSH, setting the strategy, ensuring its financial stability, making key decisions and overseeing the running of the charity.
Richard sits on the FiSH Funding and Finance committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and a retired banker. Most of his career was spent in the city, with a three year stint in Hong Kong which included witnessing the handover to China. He served for six years as a non-executive Director of a local sports club and in his spare time enjoys Golf, Padel Tennis and Bridge. Richard and his family have lived in Barnes for nearly 30 years and he and his wife are both FiSH volunteers.
The lead Trustee on governance and policies. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. She worked in the oil industry for a number of years before taking a career break and moving to the Far East. Since her return to the UK she has worked for a number of not for profit organisations. She has a wide experience of not for profit accounts and a particular interest in governance. Sue has lived in East Sheen for over thirty years.
Lead Trustee - Transport
Jean-Louis has lived in Mortlake and East Sheen for 40 years, and started driving buses for FiSH as a volunteer in 2018. He has a particular interest in the care of patients with dementia and Parkinson’s. He held Marketing and General Management positions in a number of industrial and engineering organisations during his career, as well as non-executive positions in the not-for-profit sector.
Solvène founded Stageing in 2009 to help give older people the joy of performing to local audiences. The company formed groups at the Barnes Green Centre, at Viera Gray House (poetry mornings), and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In 2011, supported by Age UK, she performed Old and Alone for 24 hours in an empty shop window on Castelnau. She has staged and written plays for the Riverside Studios and the French Institute London, and trained as a drama teacher. She currently teaches English literature and Drama at a sixth form school for students with learning difficulties.
Lead Trustee PR & Communications
Sue began volunteering for FiSH in 2021 after leaving her full-time job in broadcasting. Her BBC career spanned more than 40 years, including many years in senior editorial roles and she has a wealth of experience in network television news, and the leadership and management of large teams. Sue has lived in Barnes for 27 years with her husband (also a FiSH volunteer) and has two adult sons. She is also a regular FiSH “helpliner” and participates in many FiSH events.
She has lived in Barnes and SW London for more than 40 years. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant although switched to investment fund management from which she eventually retired in 2014. She has been involved in setting up a charity and has served as treasurer for three others. Anne first volunteered for FiSH in 2019 after qualifying as a bus driver. She very much enjoys and is kept busy by her children and grandchildren. She is also a keen choral singer.
Kate lives in Barnes and began volunteering for FISH during a career break in 2018. During the Covid pandemic, she helped the staff team to review their processes around the administration of the many expense claims for shopping, and has continued to support the administration of the accounts. She is a management consultant by profession, and brings expertise in business and financial analysis, strategy and planning. Alongside volunteering for FISH, she volunteers in several roles in the sport of rowing, including as a coach and as an administrator for competitions including the Fours Head.
Lead Trustee - Risk Management
Melanie began her career with John Lewis as a graduate trainee on the shop floor. She has since spent more than 16 years in Commodities trading, holding various roles from heading up operational teams managing day to day movements of oil tankers and storage terminals, to COO for European Oil with Morgan Stanley.
She has lived in Barnes since 2010 with her husband and young daughter. She is a keen horse rider and has given a Tuesday Talk on Side Saddle riding
Revd Jonathan Haynes
Jonathan represents the local churches on the FiSH board of trustees. He has been vicar of Christ Church East Sheen in the Mortlake team ministry since September 2022. Previously, he was a curate in the parish of Putney. Before ordination Jonathan worked as a professional actor. He’s delighted to be continuing the close association with FiSH and local churches and is keen on fostering and nurturing those relationships. Jonathan, as do his clergy colleagues, believes that caring for older people is one of the greatest privileges and challenges facing our society today. He is honoured to be serving an organisation such as FiSH which meets crucial needs in the community.
Lead Trustee - HR & Safeguarding
Maggie has lived in Barnes for more than 40 years and has been informally involved with FiSH since her husband started as a volunteer bus driver in 2006. As a FiSH volunteer she enjoys doing regular bus escort duties for shopping trips, lunches and outings. After graduating in Economics she worked in computing support and then Human Resources. After leaving full time employment she worked on contracts in industrial and finance organisations. She also served as a trustee on the board of a large pension fund.