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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: 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.


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.


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.


Canon Brian Coyle

Farther Brian as ordained in 1984 for the Archdiocese of Southwark.  Since then his priestly work has been divided between teaching, office jobs in the diocese, and full-time parish work.  He has been parish priest in St Teresa’s, Morden, and St Thomas of Canterbury, Rainham, Kent. He was appointed parish priest at Our Lady of Loreto and St Winefride’s in November 2020.


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.


Gaye Russell 

Gaye returned to Richmond Upon Thames 10 years ago, where she previously worked in Leadership Consulting in the 90’s and 2011, after having lived in Brazil and Colombia for several years. Gaye brings a wealth of people management experience and expertise from across the private, public health and not-for-profit sectors. She has been a school governor and recent NED advising on the impact of business change and employment law.


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.


Adriana Minkova

Adriana Minkova is from Bulgaria and she came to England 17 years ago.  She worked in a residential home for elderly people with Dementia and related illnesses. For the last 12 years she has been working at the Wellington Hospital as a Ward Manager. She has been part of St Anne’s congregation for 5 years, and has a 27 year old daughter who works in pharmaceutical market research and lives in Brentford.


 

 

Our staff

 

 We have three 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 Admininstration & 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.