Elizabeth Davies (Chairman of the Trustees)

Appointed 13th May 2010. Elizabeth has lived in Finchley for more than 25 years. This is her second term as a Trustee. She recently retired as Head of Human Resources at The Institution of Civil Engineers. As a former member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Elizabeth provides The Finchley Charities with valuable experience in this area. She is involved in a number of local organisations. Elizabeth was elected Chairman of the Trustees in September 2014 and again in November 2016.

Ian Anderson

Appointed 27th May 1980. Ian is a property partner at Curwens Solicitors who has worked for many years in the charity sector. He is a past chairman of the Herts Law Society Property Committee, an Elder at Trinity Church North Finchley and a member of Finchley Chamber Choir.

Roger Chapman

Appointed 24th October 2010. This is Roger’s second term as a Trustee. He has worked as a professional town planner for over 35 years and is active in the local community with many voluntary sector groups dealing with economic, social and environmental issues.

The Reverend Philip Davison

Appointed 24th November 2008. Philip is Rector at St Mary-at-Finchley, the historic Parish of Finchley, which was instrumental in the founding of The Finchley Charities. For this reason, the Rector is an an Ex-Officio Trustee. He has been a trustee of other charities dedicated to the relief of those in need. The Parish of Finchley remains committed to the well-being of all the people of Finchley.

C. John Huckstep

Appointed 23rd May 1977 as an Ex-Officio Trustee, John has served as a Churchwarden of St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church and as Vice-Chairman and Chairman of The Finchley Charities. He worked for 35 years as a senior executive with Shell International both in the UK and overseas. For many years he was a consultant with Charity and Fundraising Appointments. He has also served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of Finchley Age Concern.

Toni Morgan

Appointed 11th January 2016. Toni moved to East Finchley in 1972. Her working life has been mainly in secretarial/administrative jobs working for the BBC, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and, finally, 11 years with the Ministry of Defence working for the Royal Navy. She retired in 2001 and has close involvement with The Archer, a local community newspaper which covers the N2 area. Her main interest is bowls and she is involved with several other local activities. Having lived in East Finchley for over 40 years, she has come to know the community well and enjoys taking an active interest in the area and its residents.

Martin O’Donnell (Vice-Chairman of the Trustees)

Appointed 29th March 2004. Martin works as the Community Development Manager for Peabody Housing Association. He has been Director of Finchley Credit Union since 2000 as well as being Director of Finchley Community Development Trust since 2002. He has served as Chairman of East Finchley Constitutional Club and is the Regional Director for London and South East Association of British Credit Unions.

Graham Old

Appointed 12th February 2018. Graham has lived in East Finchley for 32 years. He worked as a management accountant in the City and subsequently as a tax inspector. He was elected to Barnet Council in 2010 having previously served for 8 years as a Councillor in Merton.

Mahmood Syed

Appointed 21st November 2016. Mahmood is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He worked in the profession for 37 years before retiring as a partner in KPMG. He is a keen golfer, a member of Mill Hill Golf Club and a past captain of the seniors’ section. He resigned as a trustee on 10th September 2018 owing to ill health and, following treatment, was reappointed on 3rd June 2019.

Cllr. Daniel Thomas

Appointed 12th June 2006. Daniel is Leader of Barnet Council and also chairs the council’s Policy and Resources Committee. He has represented Finchley Church End ward as a councillor since May 2006.  Outside of politics, Daniel has worked in banking for almost 20 years.

Robert Shutler

Appointed on 30th September 2019. Robert has lived in the Borough of Barnet for more than 50 years and is a Fellow of the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is a founder and partner in Metropolitan Development Consultancy, a practice of architects and surveyors. He has been chair of a local residents’ association for twenty years and participates in community events including carol singing and charitable quizzes.