Stepney City Farm is a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Trustees, selected and appointed to represent a diversity of skills and experience.
Jo Pertwee – Co-Chair
Jo is an HR and retail professional and mother of young children. Originally from Norfolk, the farm provides her and her family with the opportunity to give something back to the local community whilst enabling her to reconnect with her rural roots. With over 15 years HR and charity, CIC and commercial experience, Jo takes the lead on HR policy on the farm and provides additional commercial and strategic support.
Thuy Ho Preuveneers
Thuy spent 13 years working in IT Consulting and Finance before taking a career break to raise her two children, which is when she joined the team at the Farm as Company Secretary. Since returning to full-time employment in Banking in 2013, she has concentrated on organising children’s parties at the Farm and assisting with governance and finance matters. As she is a committee member of the Tower Hamlets National Childbirth Trust, she also liaises with organisations and local families with young children.
Tor Park – Co-Chair
Tor first visited the Farm in August 2011, loved it, and became a trustee later that year. A Tower Hamlets resident since 2007, Tor previously served on the boards of a local housing association and a global software company based in the City. She brings nearly 20 years of marketing and communications experience to the farm and leads the Communications Committee. Tor is keen to raise the profile of the farm within both the local and wider London communities.
Richard is a Barrister in chambers-with-a-social-conscience. In his spare time Richard travels to disadvantaged parts of the world in order to offer legal advice. He leads on legal issues. He has been a Trustee since the current charity was established in 2009.
Bessie is originally Australian but has been a Londoner for 21 years. She is a mother of two and a local community psychiatrist, with an additional specialisation in psychotherapy. She has interests in forging useful links between the statutory, voluntary and private sectors as well as in fundraising. Bessie has worked with rough sleepers in central London with severe mental illness and has extensive training in management and leadership, including at the Kings’ Fund. She has been a Trustee since the current charity was established in 2009
Tori started volunteering in 2012 and became a trustee in 2014. She is Creative Director of the social enterprise Shift, designing consumer products which have a positive effect on social and environmental issues, and has a background in the advertising industry. She helps the farm with their communications and enjoys growing vegetables.
Ayden lives close to the farm and joined the board in 2017. He worked as a journalist in television and radio news for more than a decade before retraining as a lawyer. He is currently a trainee solicitor at firm in the City that has particular expertise advising charities and social enterprises.
Charles Paxton – Treasurer
Charlie joined the farm in August 2017 through a board training programme run by his employer. He has worked in banking for 5 years and is a qualified accountant. Originally from Cambridgeshire, he now lives in Pinner with his wife and son. His family has an agricultural background which is what attracted him to join the farm as a trustee and treasurer.
Shree first encountered the farm in her quest for a local farmers market after moving to the area. She enrolled in a beginners pottery course and though she was far from a natural, she became enamoured with the farm and the people that worked there. Shree’s day job is also local to the area. She works a Major Gifts fundraiser for Barts Charity, supporting the hospitals of the Barts Health NHS Trust to deliver the best healthcare possible for patients through research, equipment and community projects. Shree can be seen walking around the farm with her husband and one year old son, Leo.
Tim Vaughan – Company Secretary
Tim has had a substantial career as a chartered accountant in financial services in London, from 2010 working in Canary Wharf. He is now focussing his time in the voluntary sector, and acts as trustee on a range of charities based in east London. In late 2017 he made contact with Stepney City Farm through the East London Business Alliance and recognised many of his own interests in the farm’s community and environmental ethos. He joined the Board, taking on the role of Company Secretary.