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Our team

Find out more about our trustees, and members of our leadership and staff teams.

The Board

Jonathan Buckingham

Jonathan Buckingham

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Jonathan has now been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees, having joined the Board in 2014.

Jonathan specialises in providing property advice to both private and public sector clients involved in major regeneration schemes across the capital. He is able to provide commercial knowledge as a highly experienced and qualified chartered surveyor.

Jonathan has been involved in not-for-profit and voluntary organisations as chair or board member for over 30 years.

Jacqui Wilkinson

Jacqui Wilkinson

Trustee

Jacqui joined the Board in February 2015 and is a Westminster City Councillor for Warwick Ward.

She has significant experience of contributing to the strategic oversight and development of organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors as trustee and chair. She is a highly qualified and experienced policy expert in her professional roles and is a long time resident of south Westminster.

Mary Payne

Mary Payne

Trustee

Local resident, Mary brings diverse insights to the board as a popular Abbey Centre member, volunteer, and accomplished chief executive of a local charity. Mary first joined over 6 years ago and through her volunteering at the centre, developed her confidence to enable her to re-train and secure employment as Chief Executive with local charity, UCanDoIT. This organisation trains and supports people living with disabilities.

Mary generously applies her skills by volunteering as a tutor and sometimes runs IT courses at the Abbey Centre to help older members to develop basic IT skills. She works to be the ‘voice’ of older members and act as a visible and accessible trustee.

Richard Walters

Treasurer

Richard joined the Board of Trustees in February 2015.

He began his professional career in investment banking in 2007 before transitioning to investment management four years later. He is currently a portfolio manager in the multi-asset team of a UK insurer. He brings a broad range of experience from across the financial sector.

Dom Gilchrist

Dom Gilchrist

Trustee

Dom Gilchrist has been a trustee since April 2019.

Dom is a civil servant at the Department for Education where he leads on international teacher recruitment. Prior to becoming a trustee, Dom supported the Abbey Centre’s Hot Meals Service for two years.

Observer

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell

Councillor Tim Mitchell has been a Council-nominated observer on the Abbey Centre Board since 1998.

He represents St James’s Ward where the Abbey Centre is located and is currently the Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social and Public Health. He is a self-employed computer consultant and is married to a teacher.

The Abbey Centre leadership team

Mark

Mark

Chief Executive

Phayza

Phayza

Head of Community Programmes

The Abbey Centre staff team

Assia

Assia

WoW Project Support Worker

Caroline

Caroline

Volunteer and Rough Sleeper Project Coordinator

Conan

Finance Assistant

Elias

Elias

Hospitality Assistant

Genoveva

Genoveva

Chef and Catering Manager

George B

George

Customer Liaison Officer

George W

George

Communications and Information Officer

Georgina

Georgina

Business and Events Manager

Ian

Ian

Community Champions Project Coordinator

Linda

Linda

Catering Supervisor

Sascha

Sascha

WoW Micro-Businesses and Self-Employment Development Worker

Sharon

Sharon

Community Champions Project Outreach Worker

Tanha

Tanha

WoW Project Coordinator

Tania

Tania

Wellbeing Project Worker