Crispin O'Brien (Chair) spent 33 years with KPMG, working with global media and technology clients in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. He has held a variety of trustee, advisory and volunteer roles, working with a diverse range of organisations including Thames Reach, (the London homeless charity), Help Tibet, The New Economics Foundation, The Prince’s Trust, Business in the Community and the DTI. Crispin is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He joined FiSH as a volunteer four years ago, initially as a bus driver, and more recently helping with transport and befriending prior to becoming Chair in September 2016. Crispin lives in Barnes, is married to Diana (also a FiSH volunteer), and has two grown-up sons.
Peter Anderson has lived in Sheen for over 30 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 driver of the bus 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.
Graham Baker is a chartered accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and has spent more than 30 years in various financial reporting and treasury roles, including spells in the US and Poland. Graham has lived in East Sheen since 1992 and is married with two sons. He enjoys playing golf, keeping fit and walking.
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.
Tim Gates’ career, amongst other things, has involved particle physics research, jet engine development, the production of training books and videos, management development at the BBC, and then running the operations and IT at several tv stations. He states that his mother distributed orange juice to young mothers at the village hall, his father joined the conservation volunteers, 'so I was carrying on the family tradition by volunteering for FiSH in 2002’. He began by responding to requests for help with practical odd jobs and went on to help with IT in the FiSH office. He has migrated FiSH emails to the ‘cloud’ and is now developing systems that will provide the evermore detailed quantative and qualitative data required by funders. His two daughters were brought up in Sheen where he has lived since 1980. He is now ‘kept sharp’ by five grandchildren which, he says, helps with his work of providing IT support for companies and charities. He became a Trustee Director of FiSH in 2014.
Sanchi Murison has worked in the voluntary sector for many years in communications, marketing and fundraising, as a marketing consultant to many charities, and as a charity trustee. Currently she is Senior Communication Advisor for Think Local Act Personal, a national partnership of more than 50 organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. Sanchi has a personal interest in dementia and is a dementia champion for the Alzheimer’s Society in her spare time. Sanchi is a long standing resident of Barnes.
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.
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.
Liz Wall first volunteered for FiSH in 2001 when her children were still 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 30 years, apart from 2011-2013 when she lived in the UAE. She started volunteering for FiSH again in August 2016 and was appointed as a Trustee in 2017. Liz enjoys gardening, upholstery, walking the dog, and spending time with family and friends, which includes regular trips back to Wales.