Abby Cable, Vice Chair
Abby is a neighbour of the KLS.
“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.” Abby 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.
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 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.”
Cerise is a manager in a technology start-up serving the financial industry
“Making time to contribute to causes I care about and having a positive impact on communities has always been important to me. When I discovered KLS, I was deeply impressed by the breadth of ways that they support people in need within Battersea. Since being appointed as a Trustee in October 2022 and the time before, it has been a pleasure to witness the excellence of KLS staff, and to see the remarkable difference they make to the people of Battersea and Wandsworth.”
Geoff is a long-standing member of the board.
“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.”
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.”
Dr. Sarah Swash
Sarah is a senior civil servant in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
“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.”