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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 Interim 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.
Fran Sanderson Treasurer and Chair – Finance Sub Committee
Fran Sanderson, Francesca Sanderson, Cambridge House Trustee, Cambridge House, Trustee Fran became a trustee and our Treasurer in 2014. She is a local resident who currently manages NESTA’s Arts Impact Fund, she previously worked at Big Society Capital as an investment Director after a career break travelling and living off-grid with her young family. Increasing inequality in the UK prompted her to use her financial sector experience for greater social purpose. Before this, she managed an ethical fund, predominantly invested in UK equities, at JPMorgan Asset Management, as well as being an analyst in the Global Equities Team. Fran started her financial career at JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management on the corporate debt side, having previously worked in charity fundraising and administration. Fran is a regular member of the UnLtd Big Venture Challenge awards panel.
Simon Latham Vice Chair and Chair Elect
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 and Chair of the Governance and Trustee Development Subcommittee
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.

Andy Carr  Fundraising Working Group
Andy was appointed as a trustee in 2014. Currently Marketing Director of Cambridge Audio, previous positions included Head of Communications at UPP, and communications, fundraising and business development roles at Connect Public Affairs, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Neil Stewart Associates and Pulse Radio. A keen cyclist, Andy was a member of the Cambridge House RideLondon Team in 2015.
Dan Metcalf

Employees, staff and visitors at Cambridge House Youth Project in Camberwell, South London.
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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 Finance Sub-committee
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
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.
Peter Jenkins Fundraising Working Group
Peter became a trustee in 2014, is a local resident and a member of our Branding and Communications Working Group. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in campaigns, public affairs and media handling roles in the public, private and charity sectors. In his most recent role as Managing Director of External Affairs at the UK’s leading disability charity Leonard Cheshire, Peter has led an award winning campaign to end the scandal of 15 minute social care visits. Prior to this he has worked in the energy industry, in government communications and as a campaigner and spokesperson for Which? the consumer organisation. With stints at the BBC and in the House of Commons Library, Peter brings a wealth of relevant communications expertise in his role as a trustee for Cambridge House.
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.
 Julie Myers
Julie became a trustee in 2014 and is a local resident. She held the position of Chair between 2015 and 2017, is an ex officio member of the Finance Sub Committee and a member of our Impact Working group. With a background in in policy-making, consumer affairs and organisational change, Julie is currently Corporate Director at the Legal Services Board where she is responsible for all aspects of operations, corporate governance and communications. Her first job was as a Trading Standards Officer in Coventry and she has since spent most of her career ensuring all in society are able to access goods and services and are treated fairly by businesses.
Clarisse Simonek Finance Subcommittee
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 Safer Renting Project Board
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
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.