Cambridge House logo

Trustees

Meet our trustees

Cambridge House is governed by its trustees and directors (collectively called the Council of Management) who are elected at the Annual General Meeting. The council meets seven times a year to manage the business of the organisation. Each year one third of the Council of Management members stand down at the Annual General Meeting and are eligible for re-election. There is a thorough selection and induction process whenever a new trustee is recruited/appointed.

David Coleman Chair
David coleman, trustee, cambridge house David trained and qualified as a solicitor at City law firm Macfarlanes, where he specialised in corporate law. He was the partner responsible for training and knowledge management across the firm until he retired in 2013. As a corporate lawyer David brings to Cambridge House experience of advising businesses at critical stages in their development, an understanding of the critical role of the board of directors and experience in chairing meetings effectively. David also sits on the Parish Council of his local church, which is within the diocese of Southwark, where amongst other things, he keeps a close eye on the church’s finances. David was appointed as our chair of trustees in November 2009 and served until December 2015, before handing over to Julie Myers. David was appointed to the position of Interim Chair in 2018 when Julie stepped down in December 2017.
Simon Latham Vice Chair
Simon became a trustee in 2017, Simon works for the City of London Corporation, where he is Head of the Chief Executive’s Office, and lives locally in Peckham. He is vice-chair of governors at the Belham Primary School and previously worked for a think-tank in Westminster.
Clarissa Lyons Company Secretary
Clarissa joined the Board in 2018. Working for Macfarlanes LLP, she advises UK and international charities, not for profit organisations and philanthropists (both individual and corporate) on a wide range of charity law and philanthropy issues.

Her work focuses on the structuring of philanthropic giving, charitable legal structures, registrations, governance and operational matters including fundraising, grant making and matters requiring the consent of the Charity Commission. Clarissa’s recent work includes advising on the creation of new charitable vehicles to undertake a wide variety of activities, on cross-border giving and the use of donor advised funds, on charity structuring, governance and trustee duties and on a number of transactional matters that have required the consent of the Charity Commission.

Clarissa is a member of the Charity Law Association, Charity Tax Group, Charity Investors Group and the STEP Charities and Philanthropy Special Interest Groups.

Dan Metcalf Trustee
Dan became a trustee at Cambridge House in 2007 and is a local resident. His expertise is in strategy, evaluation, communications and behaviour change. He is currently Head of Brand and Campaigns at the Wellcome Trust. Prior to this Dan held a range of senior communications roles at Cancer Research UK, the Cabinet Office and Public Health England, where he was Deputy Director of Marketing.
David Goode Treasurer
David became a trustee in 2017 and is a member of the Finance Sub Committee. David is a mathematics graduate from Warwick University who went on to become an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant whilst working within audit. Keen to put his financial acumen into use outside of work, both for experience and for the benefit of a great cause, he explored his options and was drawn to the mission and objectives of Cambridge House.
Nikki Dawson Trustee
Nikki became a trustee of Cambridge House in May 2011. With over 15 years experience in strategic marketing communication, she also has a postgraduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. In 2009, Nikki took a one year placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) as a fundraising and advocacy advisor for a disability NGO in New Delhi, India. She has a broad range of experience in fundraising and CSR as well as international development.  Nikki currently works as the European Marketing Lead for Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive.
Shveta Shah Safeguarding Lead
Shveta is the Head of Portfolio, Humanitarian Preparedness for the Start Network, a transformative international network of 24 leading humanitarian NGOs aimed at connecting people in crisis with the best possible solutions. Shveta has over 15 years experience in global programme, policy and advocacy work in human rights, development and humanitarian sectors at Oxfam, Save the Children International, in Amnesty International, Red Kite Learning, and ActionAid International. Shveta’s experience includes constructing new pathways and innovation through partnerships, networks and collaborations in the field in over 30 countries in every region as well as at headquarters level. Shveta has been a trustee of Cambridge House since 2006 with a focus on governance, impact and evidence, and legal empowerment.
 
Clarisse Simonek Trustee
Clarisse is an expert on risk, corporate sustainability and responsible finance with executive and non-executive experience. She has 12+ years experience in investment firms, multinationals and NGOs across Europe, the USA and Latin America and is passionate about ventures that meaningfully combine profitability and sustainability at both the company and market level. Clarisse is the investment expert for the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), where she leads a network of investors committed to responsible investment. Prior to that, she worked in leading investment firms in Europe and as an auditor for multinationals in Latin America. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Bootstrap Company and the founder and executive director of Aondê Advisory, a boutique sustainability consulting company. Clarisse earned a dual B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Swarthmore College and a joint MBA-M.S with focus on corporate sustainability from HEC Paris and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Internal Auditor designations and is a qualified accountant in Brazil.
Lorna Stabler Trustee
Lorna is a social care researcher who works within Children’s Services in local councils to evaluate social work practice and outcomes for young people and families. She has a particular focus on participatory evaluation methods, working with excluded and vulnerable communities in the UK, drawing on her diverse experience in the voluntary and public sector, and her own lived experience of growing up in foster care and working as a friends and family foster carer. She also has voluntary experience in the development sector in Zambia and Poland. She joined Cambridge House as a trustee with a specific focus on impact evaluation and representation.
Stephanie Tidball Trustee
Stephanie joined the Board in 2018. She is Head of Learning and Development at Macfarlanes. She is responsible for all training within the firm (legal and development skills) for lawyers (from future trainees at the pre-training contract stage through to partners) and for non-legal staff. She has a leading role in the firm’s development processes, including the formal mentoring scheme, and has a special interest in the issue of gender equality.

Stephanie is a qualified business coach.

Skip to content