A board of voluntary trustees some nominated by local organisations linked to the 17th century donors (the current Bishop of Fulham and the Latymer Foundation) governs the charity and shapes its strategy. We are always on the look out for new trustees – local people with skills and experience to contribute.

Mike Smith

Chair of Trustees

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Mike Smith

Chair of Trustees

“I am an accountant by training, worked in banking for many years but am now retired. I joined the board because I liked the fact that the charity completely focuses on our area; I was impressed by the housing and thought it had the potential to grow – which it has!  And the opportunity to work with people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal is very rewarding”. – Trustee since 2007

Vivienne Lukey

Deputy Chair

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Vivienne Lukey

Deputy Chair

Chair of the Housing Committee

“I have lived in Hammersmith for 35 years. Now retired from full time work, I was previously a Director of Specialist Social Services in a central London borough. I have Chaired Hammersmith and Fulham Mind and Yarrow Housing. I am the Councillor for Fulham Reach ward and I was the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care. I joined the board to ensure a good relationship between the charity and the council and to promote the role of the charity in our area” – Trustee since 2014

Sian Davis

Trustee and appointee of the Latymer Foundation

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Sian Davis

Trustee and appointee of the Latymer Foundation

“The charity is important to me because it listens to those who may not have a strong voice  – and it helps in the most practical way, by putting a roof over peoples’ heads.  The grants for local projects is also hugely important for young people. There are a lot of creative ideas from local organisations that are able to be put into practise due to the grants. Hammersmith is special because of its diversity. It’s a vibrant and area that represents all that I love about London.” – Trustee since 2017

William Wates

Trustee

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William Wates

Trustee

Sam Deards

Trustee

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Sam Deards

Trustee

Chair of Grants Committee

“I grew up and went to school in Hammersmith and I have always loved the rich history and diversity of the area. The Charity is important to me because of the opportunity to help the less well off who live in the area and connect people from all backgrounds to increase greater community cohesion and neighbourliness” – Trustee since 2014

Iain Cassidy

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

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Iain Cassidy

Trustee and appointee of LBHF

“Hammersmith is an incredibly diverse area, the people of Hammersmith come from all over the UK, and all over the world. New residents are constantly moving into Hammersmith while others move on, but there is a very strong sense of community in the area. Hammersmith United Charities is very deeply embedded in the history of Hammersmith. The housing it provides is beautifully maintained, and the tenants and residents are firmly at the heart of everything the charity does. However, the charity is also increasingly outward looking, and it is doing a lot of work to reach out into the community to give grants and support to the many charities, groups and communities that work locally.” – Trustee since 2014

Marilyn Hawkins

Trustee

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Marilyn Hawkins

Trustee

Chair of the Governance Committee

“I live locally and have worked with London communities for over 15 years. I wanted to make an impact in my locality by supporting a Board which has its feet in the Hammersmith community. Hammersmith has an amazing mix of long standing communities together with vibrant newer groups. For 400 years, the charity’s vision of support for those in need has stood the test of time.” – Trustee since March 2017

David Bailey

Trustee

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David Bailey

Trustee

Chair of Finance and Investment Committee

“I was a founder of a large specialist accounting company based in London and around the world. Hammersmith is where I live. Its where I have friends and where I socialise. Its a very big part of my life. I am very aware that some people have it harder than others and we need to make Hammersmith a fairer and better place for all. HUC is all about Hammersmith and the people that live in it.” – Trustee since 2017

Bernadette McGlew

Trustee

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Bernadette McGlew

Trustee

“I have many years practical experience within the charitable sector, working with a range of organisations tackling social disadvantage and exclusion. I was born and brought up in Shepherd’s Bush. I was drawn to HUC as a local charity, embedded and connected to the community it seeks to serve and I very much look forward to being an active part of the HUC community.” – Trustee since 2017

Ben Humphries

Trustee and appointee of the Bishop of Kensington

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Ben Humphries

Trustee and appointee of the Bishop of Kensington

“I’m an ordained minister in the Church of England, working for the Anglican church in White City and Wormholt. I am part of the community on the estate and I meet the residents daily, they tell me their experiences and I try to understand the issues that affect their lives. What I love about Hammersmith the most is the youthfulness, the creative energy and the sense of enjoyment that people get out of life. With help of Hammersmith United Charities, we have the resources to make life better here.” – Trustee since October 2017

Hammersmith Reflections – Award Winning Secret Gardens Open Saturday 9 June

Hammersmith United Charities is thrilled to announce the charity has won two awards at the London Gardens Society Competition for each of its two sheltered housing schemes for older people.  Sycamore House won third place for the large community gardens at the awards ceremony. (more…)

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Enigma Event – Polish Heritage Day

We were up against the Royal wedding, the FA cup final (featuring Chelsea), battery powered technology and Ikea flat pack garden furniture…it didn’t feel promising! But the sun shone, we viewed “the dress” on our mobile phones and we were enchanted by the hospitality of the organisers of Polish Heritage day in Ravenscourt Park.

This Enigma lunch took place in a tent on a drop in basis. The revelation was how to make people laugh – genuinely surprised, proper laughs – directly ask them to sit at a (slightly wobbly, bilious orange) table, eat bread and cheese and talk to someone they don’t know. For those who dared, this was everything we wanted from an Enigma event; people sharing their stories, their languages and their experiences.

We focused the lunch around the republication of “Passport to Exile”, memories of Polish migrants in the 1980s. And around an artist in residence who shared his art with us during the day. Technology failure denied us a Polish musician but instead we enjoyed – for the first time in this series of events – the conversation and enthusiasm of some delightful children.

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Irish Enigma Event

Serenaded by footstompingly enjoyable traditional Irish musicians, we enjoyed the hospitality of the new Irish Cultural Centre for our third Enigma lunch.

The hall was full for the occasion with guests drawn from the Cultural Centre, our residents, friends of the charity and neighbours who found out about the event from Next Door.

As hoped, the conversation flowed, sparked to some extent by responses to our republication of the reminiscences of Irish migrants first published in the 1980s. Guests were delighted to read the stories; some remembered the original project and, for others, the stories newly discovered, very much tuned in to their own memories.

We ended the event with a riveting and entertaining story by a professional story teller who had the whole hall enthralled and entertained with her tale of her life as the daughter of a small town shopkeeper  – and more seriously with her thoughts about “community”  – very much the theme of our Enigma lunches.

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Hammersmith Reflections – People who aren’t like us

I was sitting in the sunshine on a bench in Ravenscourt Park having a coffee when I noticed people waving from another bench on the far side of the Tea House. It was Diane, who lives locally near Hammersmith Grove, and a couple of other people.

Diane comes over. We haven’t seen each other for a while. She’s pleased to see me and shrieks in delight.  I am delighted to bump in to her too. Diane smiles. You should see that smile; (more…)

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