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.

Kate O’Brien works part-time as an administrator and bookkeeper at a school in Chiswick. Previously she worked for a software company.

Her family moved to Richmond in 1981 and all her four children attended local schools. Kate served as a Governor at The Vineyard School during this time. She has been a Samaritan and a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer in the past.

In her spare time, as well as enjoying spending time with her grandchildren, she is a keen reader (she was the founder member of a book group which has been running continuously since 1984!), enjoys the cinema and walks in the many green spaces in the borough.

Kate joined the Trustee Board of The Richmond Charities in January 2019 and is also a member of the Welfare Committee.