Chair and Trustee, Lekha Klouda

Lekha Klouda was the founder Director of the Charity Retail Association, a UK voluntary organisation with a membership of over 200 charities operating retail outlets from 1999 up until her retirement. Prior to this she worked as Administrator at the Charities Advisory Trust for ten years. She spent ten years in Africa and has taught English to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. She continues her involvement with the charitable sector as governor and is trustee of a local voluntary aided secondary school.

Melinda Bhartti, Trustee

Melinda is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Arup, the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. She has worked on some of the most high profile iconic infrastructure projects in the UK. Her work centres on a range of sustainability themes that affects urban development including resource optimisation, whole life emissions management and enhancing circularity in supply chains.

Neil Carrett, Trustee

Neil Carrett has 10 years experience supporting community reuse organisations and helping to shape policy for the wider community reuse sector. He has worked in local government for 12 years supporting joint working on environmental services in North London and more widely. Neil sits on a number of forums supporting the development of waste and resources policy at all levels of government.

Ian Hagg, Trustee

Ian Hagg has nearly 20 years corporate and voluntary sector experience. He has campaigned for World Vision, and developed policy for the London Chamber of Commerce and NCVO. He was previously Associate Partner at Luther Pendragon, headed the public affairs practice at Consolidated Communications, and has led Corporate Social Responsibility at major corporations. He has been on TRAID’s Board of Trustees since 1999, including as Chair.

Anna Lovell, Trustee

Anna Lovell is a senior finance professional with over 20-years’ experience working with commercial organisations. She is a strategic thinker with sound financial and commercial acumen. She has a degree in psychology and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers in 1995. Since then she has held a number of senior finance and director roles with companies such as T-Mobile and British Telecom and was part of the management team at a number of new start-ups including technology ventures Citria and Bulldog. Anna also worked for a number of years at a senior level in the retail sector.

Stephen Robertson, Trustee

Stephen Robertson has been CEO at the Big Issue Foundation since July 2007. His previous role was Director of Commercial Operations at Shelter, where he had responsibility for a chain of 100 charity stores, a mail-order business and a training business for housing professionals. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years. He also helped found the Charity Retail Association, a UK voluntary organisation with a membership of over 200 charities operating retail outlets. Stephen is also a Trustee of the homeless health care charity London Pathway.

Andy Rutherford, Trustee

Over the last thirty years, Andy has worked with women and men across Africa, Asia and Latin America who are at the forefront of working for social justice in their communities and countries. From 1984 – 2011, Andy worked with community based organisations and social movements as Head of International Partnerships at War on Want and then One World Action. Today he runs Fresh Eyes, a travel company which aims to bring people together in solidarity with individuals and groups working for social and economic justice in Asia and Europe.