The Committee

We are a volunteer run organisation that holds committee meetings 4 – 5 times a year with members of The Connection at St Martins team; including Pam Orchard (CEO) and Elizabeth Charles (Director of Fundraising & Communications). We are supported by Rupert Dean, our Charity Administrator.

Charles Woodd
Chair of Trustees
Charles joined the Committee in 2015, but has been connected with St Martin-in-the-Fields for over 20 years. Charles has spent his professional life working for and with voluntary and community organisations in the field of community development. He retired after 11 years as a Government policy adviser in 2011. He has also served on the committees of numerous charities and voluntary organisations. He now lives in Salisbury, but enjoys coming up to London regularly.

Margaret Beels OBE
Deputy Chair of Trustees
Margaret joined the Friends Committee in 2007 and shortly afterwards became Secretary. Since then she has also held the posts of Acting Treasurer and Vice President. Her career involved working in the public, private and third sector – most recently as a change programme director. Now, semi-retired, she is a non-executive director of a water services company and chairs the Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority.

Mary Keane
Secretary
Mary is an experienced Company Secretary and governance specialist with a proven track record in senior roles in the social housing and not for profit sectors. She has experience of leading compliance and governance teams and has worked with senior executive teams and non- executive boards. Throughout her career, Mary has been involved in ensuring that organisational governance arrangements are fit for purpose and has undertaken board skills reviews, board recruitment and ensured compliance with regulatory requirements and Codes of Governance.

Chris Riley
Treasurer
Chris is a parishioner at St Martin-in-the-Fields and joined the Committee in July 2017. He is an economist who worked for many years at the Treasury and then as Chief Economist in various Government Departments, advising on financial matters, policy and strategy. Since retiring from Government service in 2005 he has worked as an economic consultant, at the same time acting as treasurer of another charity. He lives in Clapham.

Sheila Batchelor
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Sheila got involved through volunteering at mailings about 9-10 years ago, and joined the committee in 2012, after retiring from full time teaching. She knew of the work carried out to help the homeless and vulnerable via St Martin’s during her childhood nearby in Camden in the 50s and has always been drawn to it. Her function is as the Volunteer Co-ordinator with the delightful task of getting teams of volunteers together three times a year to complete a mailing to all our members and also inviting them to support at other events.

Emily Cecil-Dennett
Trustee
Emily is one of the newest members of the committee being elected to join after enquiring about volunteering at The Connection. Emily has a background in film production and works currently in live event cinema domestically and internationally. Using her knowledge from this sector Emily is enhancing and building the Friends online community. Emily grew up abroad in South East Asia and currently lives in West Sussex.

Paul Taylor
Trustee
Paul is a member of the SMitF congregation and the Nazareth community and serves as a Steward. He is also a Trustee of the Friends of St Martin’s. Paul has been a volunteer at the Connection for the last three years and participates in the annual London to Canterbury Pilgrimage. A qualified chartered surveyor Paul, now retired, was an Executive Director of Schroder Investment Management and head of the UK direct property investment and research team having previously been a Director of the Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Real Estate team. A former Governor of Latymer Upper School and founder member of the Latymer Foundation Investment Committee he now sits on the Latymer Council and is a member of the Charities Property Fund Advisory Board.

Alex Gandini
Trustee
Alex is a Chartered Accountant and has been working at Deloitte for almost 9 years. During her time there she has been involved in organising various fundraising activities on behalf of the firm for a number of charities, including a charity focused on child homelessness in the UK, where she assisted in the co-ordination and organisation of fundraising events. She will use her knowledge and experience to continue to develop the work of the Friends community in support of The Connection. Alex is of Italian heritage, born in the UK and currently resides in London.

Rev Richard Carter
Associate Priest, St Martin-in-the-Fields