Chair of Trustees Maddy Thomson
Maddy is the Chair of Keychange’s board of trustees. Like all the trustees, she applies her Christian faith to the oversight of the charity’s activities and resources in support of its aim to provide Christian care to vulnerable people.
With over 40 years’ experience in the Social Care and Voluntary Sector, Maddy’s previous roles include 14 years at Skills for Care, first as Regional Manager for London and then National Programme Head for Standards, Learning and Qualifications. She is currently a consultant and coach in the Social Care and Voluntary Sector. Maddy also has extensive governance experience to chair level.
As a Christian, she welcomes the opportunity to serve a charity that has a strong Christian ethos and history and to lead its team of highly skilled and committed trustees. She sees the trustee role as ensuring the charity continues to fulfil its mission, delivers high quality services and uses its resources well to both maintain, grow and develop its services. Maddy believes passionately in establishing caring and inclusive communities where everyone can be supported to live life how they wish and be involved in contributing to their home environment as well as to the surrounding neighbourhood. Whatever our stage in life, or circumstances, everyone has a part to play.
Vice Chair Tim Cotterall
Tim became a Keychange Charity Trustee in February 2015. He has brought his business skills, developed over many years as a Senior Manager in medium-sized businesses across the North West of England.
Most recently, Tim was a Director of a Library book supply business for over 15 years and prior to this spent over 10 years in the Travel industry in varying IT roles.
Tim is married to Liz, and they have two grown up daughters: Becky and Hannah. The family live in Chorley in Lancashire and worship at St Andrew’s Leyland where Tim is on the Leadership team.
Tim and Liz enjoy their time in the Lake District and get up there whenever they have the opportunity. Tim is also a very bad golfer!
Honorary Treasurer Tim Roberts
Tim joined Keychange Charity as a Trustee early in 2018. He had just retired after 11 years employed at The Goldsmiths’ Company (one of the old Livery Companies of London – founded in 1327) particularly involved with the charity side of the Company. This has given much experience with the grant-making of an old established endowment charity, and more recently in the establishment (2007) of a training and education charity based in Clerkenwell to support those in the jewellery and allied trades. Previous employment has involved 20 years in the paint industry in financial and supply chain posts in both the UK and Germany.
Outside of his day to day job Tim has been involved in the charity sector for some time. This has included being a trustee/treasurer of a charity providing befriending and support to older people; on the finance committee for the local Thames Gateway YMCA in Romford and also assisting small organisations achieve charitable status.
Tim has been married to Hilary for nearly forty years, and they live in Shenfield, Essex close to their two married children Alastair and Charlotte. Recently their time has been increasingly taken up with their two young grand-daughters.
They are together involved in Sayers Church in Brentwood, which has ambitious plans for rebuilding as they have outgrown their current premises.
Ian became a Keychange Charity Trustee in the middle of 2021 and is director of an architectural practice that specialises in social and private housing in London and the Midlands.
He has been involved in several charities as a Trustee including a housing trust and a Christian charity offering help to the homeless and marginalised. This also provided opportunities to volunteer which gave an understanding of the huge problems faced by so many people, especially the homeless and asylum seekers.
Ian lives in West London and as a committed Christian is involved with St Paul’s Ealing and he keeps active by joining with the church cycling group.
Stefan is a lecturer at Sheffield University Management School where he specialises in Organisation Development and Management Learning.
Previously he worked in the NHS as a senior manager and also in public sector consulting. One of his interests is how to include everyone in developing and sustaining quality of care. Being a part of Keychange is a wonderful way of combining Christian faith with practical service.
He has recently been appointed an elder of a local evangelical church in Sheffield. He is also learning to appreciate the benefits of walking in the Peak District and taking a break in its many cafés!
Joan joined the Board in July 2016. She has over 25 years’ experience as a management development consultant and business owner helping managers and organisations enhance their effectiveness and improve both performance and employee job satisfaction.
She also has extensive experience as a volunteer for charities supporting the elderly, disabled and people in need. As a committed Christian Joan is particularly interested in exploring how Christian values are demonstrated in the workplace.
Joan lives in London and enjoys travelling, reading, working out at the gym and spending time with her family in (her native) Yorkshire.
I have retired from full-time paid work, having spent my life in Social Work and Social Care apart from four + years when I worked in Papua New Guinea. I have worked in Local Government, Charity and Commercial Companies and in all areas of Social Work practice across service user and client groups.
For a number of years I was CEO of a staff association called Social Care Association until it ran out of money in 2012. There, we believed that the key measure of quality was the interaction between the person receiving support or help and the one delivering it. Promoting best practice in Social Care was our mission through the heart, mind and motivation of the individual worker and faced by disciplinary cases, we did not defend poor practice.
I have been ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Diocese of Plymouth since 2010. I am married and have one son, who is also married – to an Estonian and they have a daughter and live in Tallin. Because of that and my faith, I am a Europhile and a citizen of the world affected by what happens elsewhere and responsible for what we do (and have done) in other places.
I am Chair of the Prama Foundation Board as well as being Director of Sea Change, a trading arm of Poole Methodists.
Ayub is currently the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, Harlow.
An experienced leader possessing strong strategic operational management and people- development skills, Ayub is commercially and politically astute with a 20 year track record of accomplishment gained within the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. He has successfully led pre- and post-16 education and training programmes, shared services and grant management.
He is experienced in governance and Board leadership, and is currently Trustee of YGAM, Keychange & Haringey Sixth Form College.
Ayub is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Management Institute.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. He is a committed Christian and a member of Woodford Baptist Church.
Selina was appointed as a trustee in July 2018. She is a corporate and commercial solicitor in a boutique law firm based in Central London, and is able to contribute her commercial and legal knowledge to the Board of Keychange.
Selina is involved in her local church and enjoys volunteering every Sunday with a community of children aged between 5 and 11 years old, contributing to the development of a fun and loving environment for children from of all backgrounds, encouraging the next generation to learn, create, foster lifelong friendships and grow into mature well-balanced young teenagers.
In her spare time, Selina enjoys watching movies, travelling around the world and exploring new food hotspots (near and far).
Nick has a wealth of experience as a board member across health, housing and student unions and has served on boards since 2005. His full-time role is as a Church of England rector in Northamptonshire, where he has six small village churches.
His board work began when he was elected onto the Benenden Health care board and become chairman of both the Friends and the Hospital trust. He helped with the hospital redevelopment project which was a £45 million investment and supported development of new services across the hospital including a new fertility centre. He also serves on a day care centre board in Cheam pushing forward the centre pension policy. In the housing sector he is a board member for Co-op homes which has around 1400 properties mostly under management and he also serves as Vice-chairman of the student union of The University of East London as an external trustee.
Nick has undertaken a full range of training for this role e.g. with the Institute of Directors including gaining a Diploma in Management from Bridgwater and Taunton College and has attended conferences in both health and housing sectors.
He also supports community work – when he was working in Coventry he helped to set up a local foodbank, job club, and the city-wide winter night shelter for the homeless. He also works with young people where he is a chaplain with both the Air Cadets and Army Cadets.
His interests include rugby and steam railways.
Rosh became a trustee when she worked in a supported housing project in Liverpool and readily agreed to join the Keychange board because she believed in the work passionately and felt her experience could be helpful.
Her strong desire as a trustee is to serve and through the work of Keychange to see lives change for the better; to be God’s hands and feet on this earth!
Rosh has considerable experience as Business Development Executive for Standards and Excellence at YMCA England with a passion for working with vulnerable people of all ages including the homeless, having experience of working in the sector. She has recently established RMQS, an organisation helping businesses improve their quality and deliver change.
Amongst her hobbies Rosh enjoys horse riding, dog training and agility, theatre, walking, cycling and travel especially to Australia and Scotland!
Rebecca has been involved in the provision of housing for many years having worked leading the YMCA in Wimbledon for 8 years, and since founding LivShare, a consultancy company focused on assisting the design and delivery of affordable shared housing for people on low income.
Rebecca has also been part of the leadership of Merton Winter Night Shelter since its inception in 2011. In addition to her involvement with Keychange, Rebecca is a board trustee of Faith In Action, Merton Homeless Drop-In.
In her free time, Rebecca often finds herself on unexpected adventures with her family like roller-skating in the park, camping with 5,000 others at Greenbelt festival and getting messy making cake.