Chair and Member, Finance Sub Committee
Appointed Chair in October 2020, Justina is Chief Operations Officer (COO) of co-working and flexible office provider, The Brew and brings extensive experience of building and growing an organisation to high performance. As COO, Justina supports the CEO and engages in strategy and its implementation. Her responsibilities on the Leadership Team are overseeing operations, communications, member experience, and recruitment, HR and culture. Justina is Vice-Chair of the Electoral Reform Society where she line-manages the Chief Executive and deputises the Chair. Justina’s responsibilities as Vice-Chair include ensuring the effective management and administration of the Society as well as oversight of governance matters and risk management. Justina has been on the board since 2015 and was lead for its member engagement, and diversity and inclusion work. She also advised on the construction of its new five-storey building.
A passionate advocate for diversity, Justina has also launched her own company, Heady Mix, a subscription book service and publisher that showcases writers and stories from underrepresented groups including women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTIQ+ and people with disabilities. As part of her work, Justina advocates for more diversity and inclusion in literature and creates campaigns that raises awareness of the challenges facing underrepresented groups and builds allyships in new audiences. Through Heady Mix, Justina has made a diversity pledge that will see schools in London, the North West and Scotland donated books that decolonialise history and highlight historical figures from underrepresented and minority groups.
Member, Finance Sub Committee
David is completing his MBA at London Business School where he focuses on technology and entrepreneurship. He has experience working for Google as well as a number of tech startups where he has led their expansion into new markets through building partnerships. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant at KPMG focusing on the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors.
Vice Chair and Chair, Programmes Sub Committee and Nominations Committee
Christine in the Founder & CEO of With Insight Education C.I.C., a not-for-profit organisation that she set up to increase the number of black-heritage pupils progressing to top ranked universities as a gateway to a more prosperous future. Since setting up the venture in 2018, her organisation has supported pupils to secure places at top universities including Cambridge, Bristol, Leeds, Kings College London and Southampton and is now increasingly working with companies who are keen to nurture a pipeline of black talent.
Christine’s background is as a social marketing practitioner with 17 years’ experience of strategic marketing, programme management and driving organisational change in not-for-profit organisations. Christine is Chair of Governors of a primary school and sits on several other educational and diversity boards including Causeway Education and the AccessHE BAME forum.
Member, Finance Sub Committee
Dorota grew up in Poland. She came to the UK in late 1990s after completing a degree in Economics at Warsaw University. She trained as an auditor and is a qualified FCCA. At the V&A Museum, where she worked for 14 years, she supported a total commercial transformation of the Museum’s retail function as well as its publishing and licensing programme and corporate entertaining. In her current role Dorota is the Director of Finance and Resources at Alexandra Park and Palace and is responsible for the strategic financial management together with the effective leadership of support services, including Procurement, HR and IT. She supports the Chief Executive Officer, senior managers and the Boards in planning and delivering a strong and sustainable financial future for the organisation, whilst seeking ways to maximise profitability and reduce financial risk in the short and medium term as well as looking after robust financial controls and implementation of appropriate procedures and policies. Dorota enjoys working in the challenging environment where charitable objectives of the Trust and commercial targets of its commercial operations both work towards the delivery of strategic vision of the organisation.
Chair, Facilities Sub Committee
Martin began as an architect and later switched to representing organisations that need new buildings to be designed and built – inevitably involving many other related issues. Over time Martin has migrated towards the third sector, from organisations such as commercial developers and airports, to senior-level positions in universities, research institutes and, currently, as Director of Land & Estates for the Epilepsy Society, located in Chalfont, Bucks..
In the past, Martin has also been a school governor, has helped a retirement home with its expansion plans, and participated in local activities to safeguard the quality of our built environment. Martin has lived in many areas of London during the past 35+ years, including Camden and Tufnell Park, and now lives in Kennington. He is an avid Londoner, following its ever-changing built environment, and seeing its future success as inextricably linked to the opportunities we give to our young people.
When not in London, Martin is never happier than when sitting in the rain on a sailing boat in the middle of the English Channel.
Member, Finance Sub Committee
Margaret Gorman is an international executive with over twenty years of experience in finance and human resources. She has been working at Citigroup since 2004 with a variety of roles in Europe, Asia and North America, most recently supporting the Global Consumer Business in an analytical human resources role.
Ms. Gorman joined Citigroup after completing her MBA and MA at the University of Pennsylvania at The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute. Prior to business school, Ms. Gorman’s work experience included strategy and advisory roles at Charles Schwab and Dresdner Bank.
A graduate of Pomona College, Ms. Gorman grew up in Indiana. She developed a lifelong love of art and writing which culminated in her first self-published work in October 2018. She wrote, illustrated and self-published the children’s picture book All Animals Count in five countries, raising funds in partnership with a conservation charity to save valuable ecosystems worldwide. Ms. Gorman can often be found wandering the Thames path between her home and her studio, searching for good light.
Leah is the Head of Legal and Business Affairs at the Royal Opera House dealing with all legal matters affecting the ballet and opera companies, having previously been General Counsel at The Old Vic Theatre. She is a qualified real estate lawyer who moved into the charity sector after 15 years working in private practice and in house where she focussed on development work in the hotel and residential and office sectors. Since 2010 she has worked at Save the Children and The British Council before moving to The Old Vic.. Leah has also held a number of non- exec roles in charities including as Chair of a housing association, Chair of a charitable trust and Governance Trustee at Kings College Student Union. She is currently chair of the Independent Living Committee at Jewish Care which focuses on the provision of accommodation to older but still able tenants. Leah grew up in Tufnell Park, has spent her whole life living in and around North London and she has 2 children.