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Trustees

Claire Bruce-Lamblin

Co-Chair
Trustee Claire Bruce-Lamblin has been a Citizens Advice K&C trustee since 2018, but previously trained as an advisor and until she became a trustee, was a volunteer from 2005, concentrating mostly on employment matters. She qualified as a barrister and attorney and was an in-house lawyer at the European Commission, EBRD, and Goldman Sachs. She graduated from the universities of Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Harvard. She is the co-founder of an institute of philosophy and religion and a soup kitchen in Soho.

Kate Blagden

Co-Chair
Kate has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, latterly focused on the Management of Non-Financial and Conduct Risks.  Kate is well versed in corporate governance, having served as Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary on a range of Committees and Councils.  Kate’s COO responsibilities for large global teams have included running Talent Management, Promotion and Renumeration processes. Kate joined the Kensington and Chelsea CitA Trustee Board in January 2021.    

Revd Dr Michael (Mike) Long

Trustee Revd Dr Michael (Mike) Long has been a trustee at Citizens Advice K&C since April 2019. He is the superintendent minister at Notting Hill Methodist Church, having spent over 30 years as a minister in different appointments and has always had a keen interest in community engagement. In 2018 he chaired Shelter’s Commission on Social Housing and has published articles on theology and housing. Mike is a long-serving member of the Methodist Church’s Faith & Order Committee, contributing particularly on social and political issues. He is also a trustee of Action for Children, and the Kensington & Chelsea Foodbank.

Dori A Schmetterling

Council-appointed Trustee.  Dori spent much of his professional life in business development for companies supplying technical materials and equipment to the pharmaceutical industry mainly in Europe and the region between the Nile and the Ganges.  Dori has mainly lived in Kensington since 1970.  In May 2018, he was elected to Kensington and Chelsea Council, where he sits on the Planning Applications Committee and Licensing Committee (a vice-chair), and the Housing and Communities Select Committee.  He joined the Board in October 2018.

Ian Wason

Council appointed Trustee Ian Wason, BSc (Hons), ACA, is a qualified accountant, social entrepreneur, board director and Councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where he is Chair of the Audit and Transparency Committee and Vice-Chair of the Investment Committee. Ian spent 14 years in South Africa doing voluntary work helping people start up and manage small businesses in Cape Town and subsequently starting and growing South Africa’s largest debt counselling business. Since returning to the UK in 2017, Ian divides his time between RBKC, charity and business interests. He joined the Board in October 2018.

Samantha Dunn

Samantha recently joined the Citizens Advice K&C, as a trustee, in January 2022.  She brings 20+ years of experience in strategy and supply chain, gained in consulting (BCG, Accenture & LRS Anthesis), industry (Unilever and Innocent) and the Public Sector (HMT, Cabinet Office).  She has a proven track record of creating a vision and leading others to achieve it, managing change, and project delivery (to time and budget).  In her current role at BCG, she is a Manufacturing and Supply Chain expert, in their Global Operations practice.  On a personal note, she enjoys spending time in South Africa (country of birth), hiking, playing tennis and golf, and spending time with friends. 

Joseph Dudley

Joseph’s background is in technology and software development for charities and the public sector, and in education and skills particularly for the space sector. He lived and studied in the borough while at university, and now lives in neighbouring Fulham. Joseph joined the board in February 2021.

Lord Robert Carnwath of Notting Hill CVO

Lord Carnwath was a Justice of the Supreme Court from 2012 until his retirement in March 2020. This followed a career as barrister and judge beginning in 1970, during which he was (inter alia) Attorney-General to HRH Prince of Wales, Chairman of the Law Commission, Senior President of Tribunals, and Hon President of the UK Environmental Law Association. Outside the law he has been at (various times) Chairman of the Shepherds Bush Housing Association, of the Tabernacle Community Trust, and of the Britten-Pears Foundation. He has lived in the Borough since 1970 and joined the board in late 2021.

Sanjay Jayant

Sanjay has an MBA with over 35 years international and broad-based business management, product and sales experience. He started his career in sales & marketing roles, first in industrial raw materials and then in travel related services. He then spent the last 27 years working in Financial Services focussed on Operations, Strategy, Product Development & Management and Business Development with Swiss bank Corporation, Citibank, Royal Bank of Canada and HSBC, including 4 years in Hong Kong. Sanjay recently returned home to London and joined the Board in December 2021.

Jonathan Pinto

Jonathan is an Associate Professor at Imperial College Business School, where he has been since 2008. He has also been a visiting faculty member at London Business School. He holds honorary editorial roles at two academic journals. Jonathan has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Mumbai – a Bachelor of Commerce and an LLB. He has been an HR executive (P&G India), a management consultant (Andersen Consulting/Accenture), and an HR Head (Clarion Advertising, India). He has worked with over 50 organizations across six countries on three continents. Jonathan joined the Board in November 2021.

Holly Robinson

Holly is a resident of North Kensington. In her professional life, Holly is an accountant working in the charity sector, but she also has a wealth of volunteer experience. Holly volunteers for a local food project as well as serving as trustee for charities advocating work rights and access to quality childcare. Early in her career, Holly was a volunteer legal assistant for the CAB in the Royal Courts of justice supporting litigants in person at a time when legal aid was undergoing great changes. Holly maintains this was a formative experience that has stayed with her throughout her career, and she was thrilled to join Kensington CAB’s Board in January 2022.

Councilor Portia Thaxter

Council-appointed Trustee.

Portia represents St. Helens Ward for Labour. She is an active supporter of local projects making a difference in the community, and a trustee of the Kensington & Chelsea Foodbank and the Methodist church. She works for the National Health Service, with a desirable passion to improve the North Kensington community. She is passionate about the community. Cllr Thaxter grew up in North Kensington with a background in community development, a BSc in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Public Health.

Joy Rhoades

A lawyer, Joy’s area of expertise is financial services regulatory compliance and risk, with assignments in Asia, and the United States. A long-term resident of the borough, Joy is the lead on governance and trustee recruitment. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is a committed mentor and sponsor. Joy joined the board in February 2021.