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June 21, 2021

Little Village delighted to announce new Trustees

Little Village is delighted to announce the appointment of three new trustees to its Board – Alan Lally-Francis, Katharine Sacks-Jones and Marcia Holmes.

Little Village has also appointed Olivia Gillan-Bower as its Chair of Trustees. Prior to this, Olivia was the Interim Chair. There is more information about Olivia here.

CEO of Little Village, Sophie Livingstone MBE, said:

“I’m really excited to welcome Alan, Katharine and Marcia to Little Village. All three bring a wealth of experience and will be a wonderful addition to our Board of Trustees. I can’t wait to work with them and see them help to shape our work going forward.

“I’m also delighted the Board have confirmed Olivia Gillan-Bower as our Chair of Trustees. She is deeply passionate about Little Village and I really enjoy working with her.”

Little Village worked with Pari Dhillon of the Social Justice Collective to recruit these new trustees, to ensure an open and inclusive process that would attract people with a broader range of backgrounds and experience. Pari is also working with us on our Board culture and practice.

Little Village Chair, Olivia Gillan-Bower said: “I am delighted to have been confirmed as Chair of Little Village. I’ve really enjoyed working with Pari to recruit such fantastic new trustees who will broaden our perspectives on the board and help us support the management team with the next phase of Little Village’s work alongside families.”

About our new trustees:

Alan Lally-Francis was born in Pakistan and lived in Spain for five years before coming to the UK as a child. He grew up in east London, where he continues to live today. Alan is the Head of Policy and Advocacy at RESULTS UK, an international development NGO, and has spent 14 years working in policy, advocacy and public affairs. Alan started his career working for an MP and government minister in parliament before working in international development and human rights for various NGOs, including CAFOD, CSW and Amnesty International, as well as having experience of working in government. A

lan was previously a Trustee at People’s Health Trust. He cares deeply about equity and inclusion, human rights and mental health. You can find Alan on Twitter at @AlLallyFrancis

Katharine Sacks-Jones is Chief Executive of Become, the national charity for children in care and young care leavers.

Katharine has a background in politics and campaigning and has worked in the charity sector for most of her career. She has spoken about and written extensively on disadvantage and inequality and has sat on and chaired government advisory groups.

Katharine is a trustee of Children England.

She is also a mum to two lovely small people. You can find her on Twitter @KatharineSJ

Marcia Holmes has spent over 10 years working in the finance sector as a relationship and programme manager. She has recently returned from maternity leave into a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion role at BlackRock.

She is mama to a joyful baby girl and a cat named Rat.

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