Our trustees

We are privileged to have trustees with expertise in social housing, charities, changemaking and more. Thanks to their experience, guidance and leadership, Longleigh continues to go from strength to strength.

David Emerson CBE

Chair of the Board of Trustees

David brings to Longleigh more than 20 years professional experience with charitable foundations, including as CEO of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF).  His background includes rural community development, now revisited in his other role as Chair of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), as well as a variety of roles in professional theatre in the West End and abroad, prior to running the membership association for regional theatre in the UK. 

 

David greatly values the opportunity to contribute his experience with foundations to the effective support for individuals and families in need within Stonewater’s housing community.

Anne Dokov

Trustee

Following a career mainly in the public sector, the last fifteen years of which were as HR Director for a large metropolitan council, Anne is now a Board Member of Stonewater, the social housing provider which created Longleigh.  She holds the position of Senior Independent Director and chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Governance and People Panel.  She is also a Lay Member of the Disciplinary Tribunal for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and trustee of a Midlands based charity that supports homeless people.

As a Longleigh Trustee, Anne is proud to be both part of supporting people and families in need through our individual grant schemes and of being able to make a difference for those in the social housing sector through Longleigh’s innovative projects.

Liz Morris

Trustee

Liz Morris spent the majority of her working career in Field Marketing, where her final role was recruitment, training & management of a team of Sales Executives across the UK & Europe on behalf of Hilton International. Since stepping down from paid employment, Liz has served on the Standards Committee for her local Council & also as a Regional Board member of a large housing association. She has also been a Magistrate since 2010.

 

Liz is proud to have been a Trustee of the Longleigh Foundation since its formation in 2015. She is delighted to see how Longleigh has developed in such a short time and feels privileged to know that the grants awarded, in line with our mission, are helping people when and where they need it most.

John Weguelin

Trustee

John has a background in the banking sector and more than 30 years’ experience in financial services. He has been involved in the housing sector for over eleven years and has over 15 years’ board experience. John is also Chair of Platform Housing Group.

 

John is proud to be a Longleigh Trustee because of the passion that Longleigh has for improving the lives of people and communities who live in social housing, and the change it makes to people’s lives.

Ron Williamson

Trustee

Ron has been a Trustee for Longleigh since 2016 and currently chairs the Finance and Investment Committee. He also has previous experience as a board and committee member of social housing organisations and charities In his professional career, Ron trained as a Public Finance Accountant and held senior positions in both local government and in social housing. He also had close involvement with the provision of adult social care and community services.

 

Ron is proud to serve as a Trustee for Longleigh and be involved in a charity which really makes a difference in the lives of the poorest members of our communities. 

Aisha Butera

Trustee

Aisha has eight years of experience in local government, across policy, investment and housing services.

Today Aisha works for a consultancy firm, supporting local governments on their regeneration projects across London.

Aisha grew up in social housing and is therefore deeply committed to using her knowledge and skills to serve communities and individuals that the Longleigh Foundation support.

Supporting our Board of Trustees

Working alongside and supporting our Board of Trustees, we are fortunate to have the skills, insights and experience of our Company Secretary and an independent member of our Finance & Investment Committee.

Anne Harling

Company Secretary

Anne has over 20 years’ experience as a company secretary. She has a Masters in Corporate Governance and Leadership and an Associate of the Chartered Governance Institute. During her career she has worked for a number of charities and non-governmental organisations, including within the social housing sector.

 

As Company Secretary, Anne is focused on supporting Longleigh to adopt the highest governance standards and comply with all regulatory responsibilities. In her spare time, Anne is actively involved in her local church and community.

Fiona Ellison

Finance & Investment Committee, Independent Member

Fiona is the Director of the Unite Foundation who deliver a unique university accommodation scholarship for care leavers and estranged students. Her career has focused mainly on the youth and charitable sectors. Prior to joining the Unite Foundation Fiona was Director of Partnerships and Operations for Step up To Serve, the organisation that ran the #iwill campaign. Her time at Step up To Serve also included a secondment at the National Lottery Community Fund where she led the development of a £70million fund to support youth social action. In addition, Fiona is also a Trustee of the Army Families Federation.

 

Fiona is an independent member of the Finance & Investment Committee. Fiona believes that charitable funding has the potential to transform communities, if delivered in a way that ensures communities can be part of that change. Working with communities in social housing opens up a range of opportunities and Fiona is excited to support the team at Longleigh to utilise the investment from our corporate partner.

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