Neil Carrett, Trustee
After co-founding an environmental consultancy in his home town of Brighton at the age of twenty one, Neil Carrett studied for a PhD researching sustainable development in engineering education (which he did not finish), lectured at the University of Brighton and worked at a recycling social enterprise in Brighton. He has since moved to London where he was the Technical Manager for London Community Recycling Network for 6 years, seeing it grow from 3 to 14 staff. He is now an independent environmental consultant working for a range of clients in the public and community sectors, mainly focussing on waste management.
Ian Hagg, Trustee
Ian Hagg has over 18 years of corporate and voluntary sector experience. He has campaigned for World Vision, and developed policy for the London Chamber of Commerce and NCVO. On the corporate side, he was previously Associate Partner at Luther Pendragon, headed the public affairs practice at Consolidated Communications, and ran corporate responsibility at British Gas and issues management at Shell. Ian has been on TRAID's Board of Trustees since 1999, including as Chair, and was instrumental in the creation of TRAID.
Lekha Klouda, Trustee & Chair
Lekha Klouda has spent most of her working life in the UK charitable sector. From 1999 until her retirement in 2010, she was the founder Director of the Charity Retail Association (formerly theAssociation of Charity Shops), a UK voluntary organisation with a membership of over 200 charities operating retail outlets. She worked as Administrator at the Charities Advisory Trust for ten years.. Prior to this she spent 10 years in Africa where her husband worked for Oxfam. She has also taught English to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Lekha continues her involvement with the charitable sector through her work as governor of a local voluntary aided secondary school and as a charity trustee and is Vice-Chair of the International Council of the charity Minority Rights Group International. Lekha is the Chair of TRAID's Board of Trustees.
Anna Lovell, Trustee
Anna Lovell is a senior finance professional with over 20 years experience of working with commercial organisations. She is a strategic thinker who combines energy and passion with sound financial and commercial acumen. Anna 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 at 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 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 primarily focusing on housing professionals. Stephen was at Shelter for 13 years. Stephen also helped found, and ultimately chaired, the professional body that represents the majority of Charity Retailers in the UK, the Charity Retail Association (formerly the Association of Charity Shops). Stephen is also a Trustee of the homeless health care charity London Pathway.
Rik Williams, Trustee
Rik Williams worked within the automotive industry for twenty-five years before undergoing a complete career change to work for a relief and development charity for fifteen years. Rik currently serves as a consultant to overseas development organisations, and was actively involved in the development of TRAID's funding policies and procedures.
Maria Chenoweth-Casey FRSA, Chief Executive
A born business woman with a refreshing habit for straight talking, Maria made a conscious decision to move from the commercial sector to the charity sector. After seven years at Oxfam working across its retail operations and on niche concept shops, she joined TRAID in 1999 becoming the Chief Executive in 2003. Under Maria's entrepreneurial leadership, she has worked to remove the staid image of charity retail creating destination charity stores, set up the recycled ethical fashion label TRAIDremade and has expanded TRAID's network of textile banks raising ever increasing funds for international development projects. Email Maria
Madeleine Bates, International Development Manager
Before joining the team at TRAID in May 2007, Madeleine studied Central and Latin America history, politics and anthropology in Leeds and Mexico. She has undertaken a variety of networking, campaigning and communications roles in UK and international charities and will be leading and developing TRAID's contribution to the fight against global poverty. Email Madeleine
Hailing from the beautiful island of Sardinia, Enedina ensures that TRAID's second hand clothes shops generate the profits needed to support our charitable objectives. She started her career at TRAID on the shop floor where she first demonstrated her energy, commitment and passion for second hand retail. Today, Enedina uses her in depth knowledge of TRAID shops and its customer base, and her instinct for retail to deliver a unique charity shop experience regularly cited by the press and our customers as one of the best in London and the UK. Email Enedina
Paula Kirkwood, Head of TRAIDremade
Designer Paula Kirkwood returns to TRAID to head up its award winning recycled fashion label, TRAIDremade. In 2000, Paula started out at TRAID as a Shop Assistant, and after a stint managing TRAID Brighton, she became in house designer for TRAIDremade. Paula, who has a BA in Fashion and Textiles, eventually moved on to set up an ethical bride wear company in Brighton. She returns to TRAIDremade to head a team creating gorgeous ethical fashion from clothing otherwise destined for landfill.
Umashish Panda, Finance Manager
Umashish completed his MBA in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Wales, and is studying Chartered Accountancy under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He has worked in the private sector as a Finance Officer in an established team with responsibilities across financial and business processing and handling. In his spare time, Umashish loves gadgets and technology, is an action film aficionado and very keen on cricket. Email Umashish
Lyla Patel, Head of Education
With a background in Sustainable Development, and a gift for communicating TRAID's complex work, Lyla runs TRAID's Education Department working directly with thousands of children, young people and teachers every year. Lyla delivers a programme of participatory workshops for all ages which are designed to unpick the issues around ethical fashion, clothes recycling, the environment and world poverty. She started at TRAID as a volunteer and today her intelligent and inspiring workshop skills are in high demand in schools, universities and further education institutions across the UK. Email Lyla
Scott Coulter, Logistics Manager
Scott has spent 9 years working in the recycling sector. He has helped to implement such schemes as compulsory recycling in Barnet and has vast experience in planning and delivering recycling services. Scott's logistics background comes from hands on experience of managing the day to day operations of a successful kerbside recycling service. From mapping out routes, to designing and implementing databases, he likes to get involved in the operations as much possible. Scott enjoys problem solving and believes in allowing staff the freedom to express their opinions and ideas. Scott has a B.A. in creative writing and journalism, and enjoys writing poetry and plays. He is also an avid Arsenal fan, which he says is not as much fun as it used to be! Email Scott
Mike Webster, National Recycling Development Manager
Mike has worked across all parts of the recycling sector for almost twenty years. He has worked for a groundbreaking community recycling scheme, introduced recycling and waste prevention schemes for a leading local authority and delivered strategy and training for councils across the UK. Further afield, he developed a community composting scheme in the South Pacific. Mike has written extensively on waste and recycling matters in the trade press. He has an MSc in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York and is a Chartered Waste Manager. Email Mike
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