The Team

Our governance board works with the core team to devise strategy and ensure our legal responsibilities are met. The board is small and made up of talented people who have strong experience building businesses and community groups.

Ben Wilson - Acting Chair

Ben is a seasoned finance professional with experience across investment banking, industry and professional services. A Partner at an independent corporate finance boutique, Ben is a qualified accountant and holds an MBA from Warwick Business School. Ben has been involved with Cares since 2014 and led the strategic development of financial management before becoming Acting Chair.

Seema Kennedy - Trustee

Seema is a former MP for South Ribble, Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care and co-chair of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission which led on the creation of the UK's first government level loneliness strategy. Before entering Parliament, Seema was a lawyer. She was awarded an OBE in 2019.

Dermot Finch - Trustee

Dermot is the Director of Group Operations at The Prince’s Trust, which supports young people into education, training and employment. After leading The Trust’s support in London and the South of England, Dermot is now helping to build an international Prince’s Trust network of support for young people overseas. Previously, Dermot was the founding CEO of the Centre for Cities research organisation; and a civil servant with HM Treasury.

Iana Vidal - Trustee

Iana is a public affairs and communications professional, with a passion for supporting people to affect positive change at a local and national level. She has experience across a diverse range of sectors including health, justice, education and finance. Iana has been part of The Cares Family for many years as a younger neighbour at South London Cares and East London Cares, and now also as a coach on The Multiplier programme.

Polly Balsom - Trustee

Polly is Head of Marketing and Communications at Royal Trinity Hospice. She has previously worked at the charity Missing People where she led on multiple national fundraising and awareness campaigns and partnerships, and at grass-roots HIV charity Body & Soul.

James Lee - Trustee

James has had a long career in local government, where his responsibilities now include leading on safeguarding, monitoring and evaluation at Lewisham Council. He has been a Trustee at The Cares Family since 2013.

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