Peter Anderson has lived in west and south-west London for 40 years. He became a trustee in 2016 and is also a trustee of Field Studies Council, the environmental education charity. He is a FiSH volunteer, principally as a shopper and as a leader of the Wednesday Walks. Peter was a corporate finance partner in a large London law firm for 29 years; he retired in 2015 and is no longer a solicitor. In the past he was also a trustee of a grant giving charity and a non-executive director of a medium sized company in the retail sector.
Jean-Louis Evans has lived in Mortlake and East Sheen for 40 years, and started driving buses for FiSH as a volunteer in 2018 following his retirement the previous year. He is responsible for the charity’s Transport activities on the Board of Trustees and has a particular interest in the care of patients with dementia and Parkinson’s. During his career, he held Marketing and General Management positions in a number of industrial and engineering organisations, as well as non-executive positions in the not-for-profit sector. He is married with two adult sons and two grandchildren, is a keen photographer, plays golf regularly, participates actively in a local cycling group, and enjoys open water swimming in the summer in various locations around London.
Melanie Payne started 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. Latterly her role was focused on regulation and governance, in particular the management of commercial trading within the regulatory landscape post the 2008 credit crisis. She has lived in Barnes since 2010 with her husband Tom, and young daughter. She is a keen horse rider and has given a Tuesday Talk on Side Saddle riding. Melanie is also a helpline volunteer and qualified FiSH bus driver. She became a Trustee in 2019.
Sue Preston 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 and has been involved with a number of local organisations. She is a keen baker for FiSH.
Anne Raikes has lived in Barnes and SW London for more than 40 years with a break of four years in the late1980s living in Tokyo. There she switched from accountancy to investment fund management from which she eventually retired in 2014. She had earlier qualified and worked as a Chartered Accountant. 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 a keen choral singer, enjoys tennis and is a bad bridge player!
Nity Raj first volunteered for FiSH in 2020 shortly after the pandemic took hold and has really enjoyed meeting older members of his local community as part of that work. He sits on the board of his local football club, Brentford FC and also of FC Midtjylland, the Danish champions. Nity trained as a solicitor and was formerly General Counsel for AOL International. A reluctant runner and cyclist, he is the co-Event Director for the parkrun event which is based in Old Deer Park in Richmond (mainly attending parkrun for the tea and cake afterwards). Nity lives in Sheen with his wife Sharon (also a FiSH volunteer) and their two teenage children.
Rev Stephen Stavrou became Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Barnes in 2016. Previously he was Minor Canon Succentor at Southwark Cathedral and a Chaplain of King's College, London, and before that a curate in Chiswick. Stephen was brought up in north London and was educated at the Latymer School, Edmonton, and St John's College and Peterhouse in Cambridge (BA and MA in theology respectively). St Michael's as a church has a close association with FiSH and regularly hosts the Retro Cafe in the St Michael's Community Centre and he is pleased to build on this connection. As a trustee, Stephen looks forward to representing the churches of the local area, and liaising with Churches Together in Barnes and other ecumenical groups. He believes that caring for older people is one of the greatest privileges and challenges that faces our society today, and is honoured to be serving an organisation such as FiSH which meets crucial needs in the community. He became a trustee in 2017.
Solvène Tiffou founded Stageing in 2009 to help give older people the joy of performing and showing their untapped talent to local audiences. The company formed groups at the Barnes Green Centre (one of their OSO shows went ‘on tour’ to the Royal Hospital!), at Viera Gray House (poetry mornings), the 2nd Half Centre and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Caring for the elderly is a difficult challenge but a true joy. 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, the French Institute London and the Alliance Française Delhi, and recently trained as a drama teacher. Currently, she is studying American Theatre and developing a series of local shows based around world literature. She lives in Barnes with her family and loves walking or running along the river.
Liz Wall first volunteered for FiSH in 2001 when her children were at school. She then began a second career as a charity fundraiser and worked across several sectors including palliative care, environmental protection, education and heritage. As well as raising money for core work and new projects, Liz ran a variety of events, conferences and various forums where professionals could network and share information. Liz has lived in East Sheen with her husband and three daughters for 34 years, with a brief spell in the UAE from 2011-2013. She started volunteering for FiSH again in August 2016 and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017. In November 2021 she will take up the responsibility of Chair. Liz enjoys the theatre, cinema, sea swimming, gardening and spending time with family and friends, which includes regular trips back to Wales.