Our Trustees

Our board of trustees is responsible for the charity’s strategic governance and comprises 11 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, Risk Management Committee and the Safeguarding Group.

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 {snippet julietContactTel}.

Richmond Charities Trustee - Kate O'Brien

Kate O’Brien retired in 2020 having worked recently in a school in Chiswick, and previously for a software company. 

Her family moved to Richmond in 1981 and 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. After retirement, she and her husband downsized and moved to Isleworth.

In her spare time, as well as enjoying spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren, Kate is a keen reader (she was a founder member of a book group which has been running continuously since 1984!), enjoys the cinema and walking.

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