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Our Board and Team

Board

Carolyn Arnold - Chair

CA

Carolyn has lived in London for thirty years. Originally trained as a Home Economist, she enjoyed a long career with a German kitchen manufacturer. Carolyn is passionate about making a positive difference in the local community and currently works as a volunteer on the Thomas’s Schools Foundation, Community Outreach Committee and Chairs her local Residents’ Association.

 

 Julie Nicholson - Treasurer

JN

Julie is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has over 25 years’ experience of working within finance in professional practice before moving into industry, where she held senior executive roles in the Finance and Governance areas of a global financial institution. Julie is a former junior county tennis player and university sports captain. She has four children and two step-children. Julie is also a Governor of Felbridge Primary School in Surrey.

 

Lizzie Cho – Trustee

LC

Lizzie has 16 years of experience in the community and education sectors – from the grassroots to local government level. She believes strongly in the transformational power of education. Lizzie lived abroad for ten years, teaching language in five different countries. She is the Director of the NOVA charity and has been a driving force in its development.

 

Miriam Lovelace – Trustee

MML

For over 20 years, Miriam taught in inner-city primary schools and worked with young adults with disabilities. At St Cuthbert School, she was a four-time winner of the London Schools Environmental Award. Miriam has taken over 150 children on week-look educational trips to Spain and has extensive experience working with refugee and immigrant families.

 

Hassan Laroussi – Trustee

HL

Hassan was born and raised in London. After graduating from university, he went to work for Disney in the Far East, working his way up to Marketing Manager for South East Asia and the Middle East. After spending 10 years abroad and travelling the world (over 30 countries!), Hassan returned to the UK where he started his own online business.

 

Michelle Nightingale - Child Safeguarding Advisor

Michelle

Michelle is a qualified nurse and expert in child protection.  Currently working as the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children & Young People in a central London hospital, Michelle has extensive experience in all aspects of safeguarding, including both acute and community health settings. Michelle is also a qualified school nurse and has worked in primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units and sixth form colleges. Michelle was a Lecturer Practitioner at King’s College London for the Health Visiting/School Nursing public health course.

 

Sean Mendez - Founder & Director

SM

Sean was born in London in 1980. He caught the travelling bug early and visited his family in Spain, alone, aged 10. Having graduated from university, he became a filmmaker and produced several documentaries about social concerns. After travelling the world for a year, Sean founded Solidarity Sports in 2007.

Find out more about Sean's story

 

 

Susanne Suhner - Business Support Officer

Susanne Suhner

Our Coaches

Zakiya AmlakZakiya Amlak

 

 

 

Karl Donaldson

 

 

 

Tae Catford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Volunteers

Abyan Mohamud

Amira Ibrahim

Claudette Powell

David Silver

Francis Kunlay

Hinna Khan

John Smith

Luke Tydeman

Mohammed Elkateep

Salma Mohamed

Tamara Obeng-Dominguez

Vighnarajah Ramsamy

Lewis Palmer

Szymon Amatya

Alin Safiani

Batul Bati

Courtney Taylor

Farhana Shaheedi

Helen Boast

Javon Middleton

Len Susuki

May-Ann Mercurio

Rian Jacobs

Sara Elkateep

Terrell Jacobs

Zuni Shaheedi

Sarina Mohammed