Our Trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for the charity’s strategic governance and comprises 12 people who live or work in Richmond.

They oversee all aspects of the charity including our almshouses, community and welfare grants and are also responsible for the charity’s historical endowed assets made up of our property and investments.

Trustee positions are voluntary, but travel expenses can be reimbursed. The board meets once every two months in Richmond. There are also regular meetings of the sub-committees: Finance Committee, Property Committee, Welfare Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Trustee positions are held for a maximum of three terms of four years each. When vacancies arise, they are usually openly advertised locally. For further information, please contact Juliet Ames-Lewis on 020 8948 4188.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Emma Davis

After university, Emma was employed by Edinburgh District Council, working in sheltered housing management for the elderly and disabled. Following a move to London in 1980, she worked for TSB Bank and Aviva plc for 15 years, providing financial and insurance services to medical practitioners throughout the UK. More recently she has worked and still volunteers for Richmond Association for the Blind.

Emma has lived in Richmond for 15 years. She has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2010 and was Chair from 2014 to 2018. She is a member of the Welfare Committee and Property Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Stephen King

Stephen King is a qualified accountant (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) who worked for Ford, ITT, Schlumberger, Ladbroke, Inchcape and Gestetner (latterly as Group Finance Director) both in the UK and overseas. He also worked for 2 years on secondment to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to manage UK participation in the 2005 World Expo in Japan and 6 years as Chief Operating Officer at The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Stephen has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2013 and is a member of the Finance Committee, Welfare Committee and Risk Management Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Serge Lourie

Serge Lourie is former Leader of LB Richmond upon Thames and was a Kew councillor for 28 years. He is a chartered accountant and was a member of Westminster City Council (1971–74) and the Greater London Council (1973–77). He chaired London Boroughs Grants Committee, awarding grants of around £29m to the voluntary sector in London. Serge was formerly a board member of the London Tourist Board and the Metropolitan Police Committee. He chaired the Independent Panel on members' remuneration for the Association of Police Authorities.

Serge was Chairman of the United Kingdom Housing Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Sanctuary Housing Association. He has also been the General Secretary of Help the Aged and a board member of London Pension Fund Authority and Notting Hill Housing Trust.

Serge was previously a Trustee of Kew Community Trust and chairs Poems in the Waiting Room, a British charity providing poetry cards to doctors' waiting rooms in England and Wales. Serge has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2009 and is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Property Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Peter Marr

Peter Marr is Managing Director at William Blair International and was previously a Managing Director at Citigroup. Prior to that Peter worked at Lehman Brothers and Schroders. He graduated with an Honours degree from Edinburgh University.

Peter is married with four children and lives in East Sheen. Peter has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2005 and became Chair in 2018. Peter is also a member of the Finance Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Margaret Marshall

Margaret is a long term Richmond resident, who holds many voluntary posts, including 1st Community Health Council and Chair of Richmond Mencap. Margaret has been a Trustee of Fitzroy Support for 20 years, with eight years as Chairman. Fitzroy Support provides over 60 care homes. She has also been a Trustee of Richmond Parish Lands Charity and is currently a Trustee of Kew Community Trust.

Margaret founded a Residential Property Management Company and still runs a family property company. Margaret has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2012 and is Chair of the Property Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Katherine Maxwell

Katherine is a partner and head of the employment law team at Moore Blatch solicitors. She works from the company’s Richmond and Southampton offices, handling all aspects of employment law, acting for clients ranging from large corporates to small companies, as well as senior executives. Katherine has lived locally for over 15 years and is involved in a number of local networking groups. She is also a governor of Marshgate Primary School. Katherine has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2015.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Dr Nicholas Ramscar

Nick Ramscar studied medicine at Oxford University and University College London, and worked as an NHS doctor for eight years. This included hospital work in Jersey, Southampton, and Basingstoke, before he trained in Hampshire in general practice and practised as a GP in Berkshire and Surrey. He has served as a trustee of a medical charity (The Laura Case Trust) for many years. In 2015 he moved into the pharmaceutical industry as a medical adviser. Nick lives with his wife and young children in Twickenham.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Rev'd Wilma Roest

Rev'd Wilma Roest is Team Rector of the Richmond Team Ministry, a post she took up in July 2016. Wilma was previously the Vicar of the Parish of St Mary and St John the Divine in Balham from 2006, and Area Dean of Tooting from 2009. One of her duties as the Team Rector with responsibility for St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, is to be an ex-officio Trustee of The Richmond Charities. Wilma became a Trustee of The Richmond Charities in July 2016.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson is a Chartered Surveyor and following training in the West End, worked as Development Surveyor for Swire Properties Ltd. in Hong Kong before returning to work in the family business based in Richmond. Robert has lived in Richmond for a number of years. From 2014 to 2018 he was a local councillor representing East Sheen Ward. He is also a Trustee of the Mortlake Almshouses and Relief Charities. Robert has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2015 and is a member of the Property Committee.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Mike Townsin

Mike Townsin’s career spanned 40 years in advertising, from trainee to Managing Director of the London office of Young and Rubicam, at that time the world’s second largest advertising agency. After 20 years at Y&R he became Chairman and CEO of GGK, the UK office of a Swiss multinational advertising agency, and latterly was Regional Director/Senior Vice President of Grey Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest multinational advertising agencies, now part of WPP.

Mike has lived in Richmond for 50 years. From 2006 – 2016 he was a Governor of the Old Vicarage School in Richmond, 5 years of which was as Chairman. Mike is training to be a Cruse bereavement counsellor and he has also joined the Cruse Richmond management team as an advisor and member. Mike was appointed to the Board of The Richmond Charities in 2018.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Jeremy Williams

Jeremy was born in Kew and has lived in the London Borough of Richmond for virtually all his life. He was a partner in a local firm of solicitors, Calvert Smith and Sutcliffe, based on Richmond Green, for 35 years until he retired in January 2013.

Jeremy now devotes most of his time to his membership of The Richmond Golf Club, supporting Fulham Football Club and his voluntary work. He is a Trustee of The Royal Cambridge Home, a care home for the elderly situated in East Molesey.

Jeremy has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2014 and is Chair of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Property Committee.