TEAM WORK

MANAGEMENT TEAM

HELENA CROFT – CEO
Helena is the Founding Trustee and the Chief Executive of Streetlight UK. As a former Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader of Horsham District Council, she has wide experience as a senior local community leader.  Having worked with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised women within communities for over 25yrs, establishing projects and highlighting issues related to domestic abuse, separated families and the impact of prostitution; Helena is an advocate and role model for women across all walks of life. Helena is married to Jonathan, and they have two grown daughters. She also loves rock climbing!

MICHELLE GORDON – OPERATIONS MANAGER

Michelle comes with a wealth of experience and skills in people management and in training and solution-finding at a strategic level within the charity sector. She is experienced in working with multi-disciplinary groups of professionals in both the Health and Education settings. She has had a particular focus on working with both adults and young people with complex needs. Her focus for many years has been in teaching people communication skills and Michelle has spent many years working within the charity sector to specifically empower women.  Michelle works closely with the CEO in the strategic management and oversight of Streetlight UK. She oversees our staff teams across our service and is responsible for the recruitment, training, and support of our committed teams of volunteers.  Michelle is married to Charles and has three daughters.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

NEIL JOHNSTON – CHAIRMAN

Neil is a chartered engineer, co-founder of his own property letting company, and Board Director of an expanding commercial property management company, Focus FM, based in London with offices across the UK. It is known for its excellent track record for raising standards and implementing legislation. Neil is father of 3 grown-up daughters, works as a volunteer in his community, leading a group which supports individuals in all walks of life, including single mums, under-privileged families, and those with mental health issues. He is a leader and trainer and delighted to be asked to offer his experience as a Trustee of Streetlight UK. 

SIMON COLES – Trustee (Finance)

Simon has a varied background in Finance, Sales and Leadership. Since 2013, he has been the Operations Director at a Sussex-based charity that employs over 30 staff, with responsibility for Finance and HR. He spent 11 years prior to this at the Bank of Scotland, leading the Asset Finance Team before moving to Barclays where he was the Regional Sales Director for London and the South East Asset Finance Team. Simon is married to Katie and, as a father of 3, is relishing bringing his background and experience to this area of social injustice.

JUGBIR WARE – Social Work Manager (Recruitment Panel Chair) 

Jugbir is a qualified and practising Social Work Manager with a BSc Honours in Psychology with Sociology and a MA in Social Work from Canterbury Christ Church University College.  She has in excess of ten years statutory social work experience and has worked for local authorities in front-line child protection teams in London and the South East. She has worked alongside a range of agencies including the emergency services in safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.  Jugbir has worked with vulnerable children and families to ensure positive outcomes in challenging, high pressured and, at times, hostile environments.  She has also worked within the Emergency Duty Out of Hours Service for Children’s Social Care where she has worked directly with issues affecting those involved in exploitation including prostitution. Her wealth of experience and specialist knowledge is highly valued in contributing to her work and involvement in the Board of Trustees at Streetlight.

WINTER JOHNSTON – Trustee

Winter graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Languages and Politics. She then worked for the Stock Exchange, British Aerospace and Digital TV. She lives in Mid-Sussex where she volunteers in her community, helping and supporting needy families, single mums, mental health sufferers and many others.  She has a heartfelt compassion for those who have been hurt and abused and, as an experienced mentor, her delight is to see people find healing, rehabilitation, and a new life.  Winter and her husband Neil have 3 daughters, 2 of whom are living and working in London and 1 in her final year at York University.

EMETE OGBOMO –  Trustee Barister/Solicitor

Emete Ogbomo is a lawyer with a background in litigation with a specialism in employment law. Her work experience includes HR consultancy and change management. Also, she has previously been a part of the Prison Outreach Network (PON). Emete is passionate about justice for all and is committed to offering help, aid, and support to those who are unable to gain the assistance that they require legally and/or socially. Emete is delighted to be on board as one of the Trustees for Streetlight UK as she believes in the objectives of the charity and subscribes to their values. Outside of her professional career, Emete’s favourite sport is netball, and she enjoys jogging, power-walking, and making smoothies.

ASHLEY DUQUE-KIENZLE – Trustee 

Ashley Duqué Kienzle is an experienced strategy and product leader who has delivered artificial intelligence products at companies such as Amazon and Facebook, and helped to shape technology strategy at Capital One and American Express. Ashley has her BA in Behavioral Biology and MA in Communications focused on Behavior Change from Johns Hopkins University. Ashley has been volunteering with children and women’s organisations since she was a young child and is passionate about helping everyone see their gifts and feeling unconditional love. 

ALEX DAVIS –  Trustee

Alex graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Politics and International Relations.  She currently works in UK Pension Scheme Trustee Executive services, supporting pension fund boards during their regular meeting cycles and special projects, with an aim to help schemes achieve their objectives for the benefit of their members.   Alex lives in West Sussex with her husband and Labrador.

At the heart of our service is a team of dedicated, enthusiastic, and professional volunteers, putting women’s choices at the center of their work.

All our volunteers are fully-trained and equipped to deal with the challenges of working in this field.

There are volunteering opportunities in all aspects of our work, including admin support,

awareness raising, and frontline support teams.

Our volunteers are active across: 

 SUSSEX, SURREY AND

LONDON 

 

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