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Our trustees

Chair: Judi Braddock

 Judi has a career as a director in business change and information technology and has worked for many global companies whilst undertaking voluntary roles as a school governor, youth club manager, chair of the Kew police liaison group and is currently treasurer for St Luke's Church.  In 2019 Judi was interim CEO for Kew Community Trust in a maternity cover role and has supported KNA in sharing information between the organisations.


Vice chair: Alan Sandall

Alan has lived in Kew since 1983. I used to be a Clerk in the House of Commons.  Locally I've been chairman of Kew Young Musicians, treasurer of various local groups, and a governor of Waldegrave School in Twickenham.  For KNA I'm a returning trustee, an office volunteer and secretary to the Trustees.


Martin Keene

Martin has lived in Kew for nearly ten years.  His wife, Laura, volunteers as a driver with KNA, and he works in the media in Paddington.


Martin Cross

Martin has lived in Kew since 1974. He retired in 2009 from a career in financial services and became a KNA volunteer driver and trustee, including two periods as chair (2015-2017) and (2020-21). He also volunteers with Oxfam and Age UK Richmond. His wife Jenny is a KNA Office volunteer.


Andrew Brown

Andrew has lived in Kew since 1986 and started volunteering for KNA on retirement from the Home Office in 2007, becoming a Trustee in 2009 (Chair 2017-2020). In addition Andrew is a KNA Volunteer Driver, volunteers at Richmond parkrun and drives minibuses for Avenue Club outings.


Lindsey Cape

Lindsey has lived in Kew for 14 years.  She has three daughters at university and has volunteered for several local charities including St Anne’s Tercentenary Appeal, Kew Riverside Primary School, Kew Sparkle and The Shelter Project in Brentford.  Lindsey is Director of Fundraising for a breast cancer charity.


Treasurer: Josie Adams

Josie Adams is now on her second stint as treasurer of the Kew Neighbourhood Association, the first time about twenty years ago. She is a chartered accountant and tax adviser who is also a university lecturer. Josie moved to Kew in the early 1980s and also spent several years as treasurer for the parents’ associations at her sons’ schools.


Sharon La Ronde

Sharon has lived in Kew for 30 years. Her background in the private and third sectors, she has worked for national and local charities and funders, including Skylarks charity and at Richmond Parish Lands Charity as Grants Director. She is a charity consultant and also offers pro bono support to local charities.  Volunteering experience for numerous charities includes KNA, Hounslow Toy Library, Honeypot Charity, Kew Riverside Primary School, Dogs for Good, The Barn Nursery. She is a member of the Keeping Richmond Safer Working Group and Funding Lead for the Richmond Youth Safety Programme


Kirsty Gillan-Thomas

Kirsty has a background in social research and evaluation, focusing on issues of social policy and the charity sector. She currently works for Paul Hamlyn Foundation, a grant-making charity. During her career she has also worked for the Home Office, and a number of charities in a paid and voluntary capacity, with experience in fundraising, caring and work with children and young people. She has been living in the area since 2015 and joined KNA as a trustee in 2018.


Claudine McCreadie 

Claudine has lived in Kew for over thirty years.  Married to Douglas, she has five adult children and two grandchildren.  Claudine attends St Anne's Church and is particularly concerned about the relationship of faith and social justice. Before retirement, Claudine was an academic at King's College London in the Institute of Gerontology.  Her chief research interests were the abuse and ill-treatment of older people, and the relationship of older people with technology.


Margaret De FonBlanque 

Margaret moved to Kew 30 years ago, but as her husband was a diplomat she spent some of those years abroad. Although her main career was in the Civil Service, she diversified into teaching history in Delhi, working for the European Commission on recruitment in Brussels, and acting as an English language editor in Vienna. She was an Assessor for the Civil Service graduate recruitment scheme for 20 years, and acted as the lay member on the interview panels for the magistrates service.


Ursula Baschiera

Ursula is originally from Australia.  She has lived in the UK for nearly 20 years, including the last ten years in Richmond and Kew.  Ursula works in Human Resources for a global management consulting firm and is a mother of one son at The Queen's School, Kew.


 

 

Our staff

 

 We have four paid, part-time members of staff -  a Co-ordinator who runs the day-to-day business, a Companionship Co-ordinator who manages Kew Neighbour's Companionship Programme. They are supported by an Admin Assistant and a Communications Assistant.

 

 

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Co-ordinator
Abi Palmer
mail@kna.org.uk
07951 293 319

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Companionship Co-ordinator
Linda Redding
linda.redding@kna.org.uk
07534 095 885


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Administration and Communications Assistant
Vicky Griffin
vicky.griffin@kna.org.uk

07497 376 634

  

Our volunteers

A team of volunteers run the office on week days from 10am – 12 noon, finding volunteer drivers, gardeners and shoppers to meet the requests of those who need help.