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.

Dom Gilchrist

Dom Gilchrist

Trustee

Dom has been a trustee since April 2019.

Dom is a civil servant at the Cabinet Office where he works on Education, Jobs and Skills policy. Prior to becoming a trustee, Dom supported the Abbey Centre’s Hot Meals Service for two years.

Rohitha Perera

Trustee

Rohitha (Ro) joined the Board in July 2021.

Ro was a Vice President with IBM Consulting where he helped leading banks and financial markets firms to deliver transformational change. He has extensive experience bringing together senior stakeholders to achieve material profit improvement. Prior to this, Ro was a construction manager working on some of London’s largest commercial developments and then even larger infrastructure projects in China.

Ro has worked in Greater China for over 8 years living in Hong Kong and Beijing.  He is married and has one son.  He is a keen walker and skier.

Ro is currently completing an MA in Chinese Studies at SOAS.  He is also an active volunteer in the community, serving as a Covid Marshall and a walking companion.

Trudy Brown

Trustee

Trudy joined the board in February 2024.

Trudy works for Westminster City Council within Housing Residents Engagement.  Prior to this she worked in the Leasehold Department for Westminster Council for many years.

Trudy has also been an active member of several PTFA (Parents, Teacher, Friends Associations) for over 10 years at her local schools. She is keen on promoting healthy lifestyle choices, fitness, mental well-being and Equality and Diversity for all.

Gillian Arrindell

Trustee

Gillian became a trustee in February 2024.

Gillian is a Westminster Councillor in Vincent Square Ward, and is the Chair of the Discretionary Housing Benefits Panel, Lead Member for Disabilities and also Lead Member for Air Quality. Her background is in legal and welfare advice as well as in community support and engagement.

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 staff team

Adam

Head of Community Programmes

Assia

Advice & Support Officer

Caroline

Caroline

Service and Volunteer Manager

Clemence

Community Champions Project Worker

Conan

Finance Assistant

Erica

Pantry Project Worker

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

Jed

Facilities Support

Jo

Head of Finance

Kris

Facilities Support

Layek

Facilities Support

Laura

Business Start-up Coach

Linda

Linda

Catering Supervisor

Lizzie

Senior Management Team Executive Assistant

Maggie

Facilities and Operations Manager

María

Health and Wellbeing Community Apprentice

Mark

Chief Executive

Nabia

Nabia

Facilities Support

Parul

Training and Employment Consultant

Raisa

Health and Wellbeing Programmes Manager

Rhea

Community Champions Project Manager

Richard

Fundraising Manager

Sulieman

Kitchen Porter

Tania

Tania

Wellbeing Project Coordinator