Meet the Board of Trustees / Directors
Sara Williams BA (Chair and Secretary)
With nearly twenty years in complementary health practice across Australia, Japan and the UK, Sara is Founder/Director of Spherical Living Ltd, London based Complementary Health Clinic and Lifestyle Presentation Company. Sara approaches volunteer work with the same degree of commitment and integrity as she does her paid work. In the past Sara’s volunteering charitable work has included phone line and human resource management work with WIRE, an Australian women’s crisis line, management and delivery of water well projects and documentary making in Sri Lanka as Chair of Tao Foundation, a Japanese charity active in development work in countries like Sri Lanka, and leading youth on safari and Zulu village development support in South Africa as an original trustee with Clouddog, a UK youth charity. Her current volunteer work includes Director of EWH (an International Women’s Health and Lifestyle Company), Director/Chair of the EPA UK/EU (a professional practitioner association), Founder of the EPA Women’s Health Network, co-Founder/Director of ALL RISE, a not-for-profit company active in addressing cyber abuse.
Founder and Director of Creative Health and Rehabilitation and Creative Aquatic, a nationally awarded swim school, Simone is herself a multi-award winning swim teacher and coach, with over 12 years in the Swimming industry, including roles as a trainer and presenter nationally and internationally. She is Ambassador for learn to swim for a leading international company, bringing her unique focus to that is founded upon a place of building a relationship with water and having fun, rather than the more commonly accepted approach of survival in swimming first. She continually initiates innovative programs to support the local community with the view to addressing the national epidemic of 1.1million children not being able to swim. Simone works closely with schools, the elderly and people of all swimming abilities in the community who may struggle with water. She has devised programs to provide free use of swimming facilities to aid and support professionals offering medical rehabilitation in the water. She is an active School Governor with multiple schools, with a dedicated focus on curriculum development and Co-Founder/Director of ALL RISE, a not-for-profit company active in addressing cyber abuse.
A serial entrepreneur who loves business and the nature of the commercial interaction with customers, presently co-managing a successful retail venture, Papillon in Brighton. His active interest in charity began as a Trustee of Streetleague, a charity using football as a means of engaging with disadvantaged youth aged 16-25, where he created a commercial partnership with City firms, that resulted in a trip to Downing Street showcasing innovation in the sector.As well as being on the Development Board of Lamda and an advisory panel for BBC Your Game my most challenging time in the sector was being appointed a Trustee of social justice charity, The Scarman Trust in 2007. In the past he has been the lead trustee on round table discussions with the Charity Commission regarding accountability assurances and in merger talks that involved almost three months of full time negotiations with lawyers, The Charity Commission and both parties, that delivered a successful merger of a high economic calibre.
Dr. Jane Keep, Phd, MSc, Mphil, FCIPD, MIC, CMgr, FCMI
Jane has worked extensively in Healthcare and the wider Public Sector and voluntary sector for over 35 years as a manager, a senior lecturer and practitioner of organisational change and human resource management. During this time Jane has also worked regularly as a freelancing consultant for a wide range of charities in the UK on short to longer term projects to support the leadership, and the personal development of those working in those charities, conflict resolution and mediation, as well as supporting patient, and citizen engagement in the development of health related charities. Jane has also been involved in research related to healthcare initiatives with health charities in England. Jane’s current voluntary charitable work includes working on a range of Global Health and Wellbeing projects, and co-ordinating a patient befriending project, as well as being a volunteer/befriender for a local hospital. As a volunteer Jane also co-ordinates a team of health professionals who work together as a group of volunteers to offer events and presentations about health and wellbeing for the local community.
Dragana has managed the educational charity called Community Health Foundation (CHF), having a significant hand in successfully promoting the Charity. The Charity went from strength to strength in the advancement of health and well-being education, attracting students not only in London but across the UK and the world. One of Dragana’s most significant roles was liaising with media. She has co-authored a health food book with Boy George, appeared on numerous television and radio shows, as well as featured in national and international newspapers, tabloids, magazines etc. More recently and in partnership with Boy George, Dragana successfully managed a health food shop and café in London’s High Street Kensington. She currently works with a family of influential business entrepreneurs and writes regularly for the Huffington Post.
After qualifying as a chartered accountant Michael spent 12 months in Kenya, including a secondment to Rwanda to assess the finances of a family planning charity funded from the United States. On returning to the UK he worked with the BP Pension Fund, before leaving to join an independent financial adviser and subsequently founding his own specialist insurance and financial planning business dedicated to providing advice to members of HM Forces. His experience of assisting many of the servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan led him to persuade insurance companies to improve the benefits that would be payable to soldiers in the event of injury, many of which have now been adopted as standard. As a natural progression he has supported a number of the armed forces charities, most notably Combat Stress and Walking With The Wounded. He is also a trustee director of a Central London family estate, derived from a will trust dating back to 1812. Michael combines his experience of finance and business development with a track record of providing a service and care for all those he meets.