Trustees

Board of Trustees

Katherine Low Settlement is governed by a Board of Trustees who are legally responsible for the charity.

Our Board members are:

Ben Thomas, Chair of Trustees

Ben is Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools.

I believe in being a good neighbour and was hugely impressed by the important work that KLS was doing to support the local community and to foster and strengthen community spirit. It has been a real privilege and pleasure to meet and work with such a diverse range of positive people and to witness the growth of so many brilliant projects under KLS’s roof. I am the Headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea, a co-educational independent prep school in Battersea High Street for boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 13. I am also a Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, a family-run group of schools which was started by my parents in the 1970s. The schools now educate more than 2,000 children in four preparatory schools. I am married to Katie and we have three teenage children – and three dogs.

Abby Cable, Vice Chair

Abby is a neighbour of the KLS and her children love the Messy Art classes. She joined the Board in 2016 and became Vice Chair the following year. She has a background in strategy and healthcare and is a director at multinational Plc.

KLS plays a key role in enabling our community to work together and look out for one another. It’s a privilege to be able to apply skills learnt in the workplace to such a worthwhile organisation and to be part of a talented and dedicated team at an exciting stage in its evolution.

Rev. Canon Simon Butler

Simon is the Vicar of St. Mary’s Church Battersea. A vicar from St Mary’s has sat on our board since we were established in 1924. He is the Trustee with responsibility for Safeguarding.

I became a trustee because, as the local Vicar, I want to see my community flourish. Christians are rightly concerned for those at the bottom of the pile and those with no voice of their own. As Battersea gentrifies we mustn’t lose sight of the many and various groups who do not benefit from that social change. KLS does a wonderful job in helping the poor and giving a voice to those who don’t have one. I have been a priest for 23 years. Before that I was a naval officer. I have a lot of experience of Trusteeship and bring that to the work of KLS.

Lucy Elphinstone

Lucy is the Headmistress of Francis Holland School (Sloane Square), and like St Mary’s they have always retained a seat on the Board since our founding days.

Lucy is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge, and was previously Head of Sixth Form at Downe House School. Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books. Her vision is to prepare young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character. Flexibility, creativity, enterprise, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing technological world. Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, Young Enterprise, Mindfulness, Exploration Society and Place2Be, a programme of early intervention in children’s mental health.

Nicholas Stopford

Nick is our Hon. Treasurer and a local Battersea resident.

Having seen a little bit of the good work that KLS was doing from afar, I wanted to get more involved and am lucky enough to have become the treasurer of KLS. The mission of helping those who are not as fortunate as others is the heart of operations of KLS, we are fortunate to have such an active and effective organisation in the neighbourhood. I work for a European diagnostics and testing company and have been a local Battersea resident on and off since 1998.

Geoff Thomas

Geoff is a long standing member of the board, having previously worked at Francis Holland School as their Bursar.

I have known KLS through Francis Holland School, who have been a long term charitable supporter, I admired their work and when I retired I was invited to be a Trustee, which I happily agreed to. I have a background in most forms of operational management (finance, buildings and general controls) having been a director of an auto component manufacturers and subsequently as a Bursar.

Sarah Swash

Sarah is a senior civil servant in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has lived in Battersea for 20 years.

I first got involved with KLS in 2014, through being a learning mentor with Love To Learn. In 2018 I was invited to become a KLS trustee. I’ve done voluntary work since I was about 18 – first before university and now alongside my full-time job. I’ve always worked with under-represented people in society because I feel it’s important for me to give something back. When I walked through the main entrance of the KLS building for the first time I felt an amazing sense of positivity, community and engagement. As a trustee I’ve seen the broad range of valuable projects which the charity runs, working with such a diverse variety of people, and I feel privileged to be able to contribute alongside such a fantastically impressive team. The stories of people I’ve met highlight to me the incredibly important role KLS has in the local community. It brings people together, gives individuals a voice and instills confidence. I feel proud to be part of the KLS community.

Martin Alcock

Martin runs a consulting business helping companies in the travel industry.

I first got involved with KLS as a learning mentor in the Love to Learn programme, supporting young people from refugee backgrounds with their studies. I was immediately blown away by the team’s commitment to helping families in the community, and so it was an honour to join the board of trustees, to help out.

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