Meet The Trustees

  • Jannelle Williams
  • June 12, 2018

Fitzrovia Youth in Action

Board of Trustees

Anne Shewring – Chairperson. Anne has worked in fundraising for over 20 years, both here and in the USA. She was Director of Fundraising at the Cardinal Hume Centre for seven years and now works as a fundraising consultant for a range of non-profit organisations. She has sat on several boards and was Chairman of Hands on Portland in the USA. She is also a local resident and the parent of a teenager so has seen first-hand what an important role FYA plays in the lives of local young people. Anne was a school governor at the local primary school, All Souls, where her son was educated, and is now a governor at the London Nautical School in Lambeth.

David Mooney Treasurer. David Mooney is a chartered accountant and has worked in some high profile companies including KPMG and Gazprom. David has direct experience dealing with charities whilst working as a corporation tax consultant at haysmacintyre. He now works for a small consultancy firm, SSP Limited, where he is on an equity partner track.

Natalie Speranza – Natalie has worked as a lawyer in Australia and the UK for the past 9 years. Originally from an IT law background, Natalie now works in-house, providing commercial and corporate legal advice to an international property company. Natalie also has a particular interest in the well-being of young people and children’s charities and currently volunteers for a UK-wide young person’s helpline.

Emilie Vanpoperinghe. – Emilie Vanpoperinghe. – Emilie is a qualified accountant and holds a MBA from ESSEC, France. She has over 15 years’ experience in Finance and Corporate Services working both in the private and charitable sector in the UK, India and France. Emilie is currently CEO and founder of Oddbox, a purpose-driven business tackling food waste on farms with London’s first wonky fruit and veg box subscription.

Jane Boddington. – Jane is Communications Specialist experienced in creating and project-managing campaigns and currently works as a Communications Planner at the National Citizens Service (NCS). She has more than a decade of experience across the communications field and has a particular interest in youth work.

David Gilani – David is a communications and youth engagement professional currently working at Middlesex University London. He’s a strong proponent of encouraging young people to engage in democratic processes, having sat on the board of the Southampton Fairness Commission and acted as Returning Officer for the National Student Television Association. He is also the founder of the Student Publication Association, a national body setup to represent and support student journalists.

Patricia Marron. –  Patricia has worked in fundraising for over six years including Major Donor and Corporate Fundraising. Patricia is currently Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer at the Cardinal Hume Centre, a homelessness prevention charity. Patricia has volunteered at various charities including a disability charity in Peru.


Dr June Crown CBE – June is a local resident and was a founding chairman of FYA. She is a public health doctor and Past President of the UK Faculty of Public Health. She has acted as special advisor to the World Health Organisation and to overseas governments on public health and health care reforms. She has served as Chairman of Age Concern England and as Chairman and Trustee of several other charities. She was also Deputy Chairman for Brighton University for seven years.

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