26 April 2024

Matthew Chisambi joins Little Village as new Trustee

We are thrilled to announce that Matthew Chisambi will be joining Little Village’s Board of Trustees, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to supporting families in need.  

Matthew’s exceptional professional skills and experience positioned him as a standout addition to the Board. With a keen eye for technology and a track record of success, his appointment marks a significant step forward in strengthening Little Village’s resilience by leveraging technology to enhance our operations and extend our impact within the community.  

Matthew’s dedication to addressing inequalities and his firsthand understanding of the challenges faced by families in need, will undoubtedly strengthen Little Village’s mission to provide essential support to families facing hardship. We are excited to embark on this journey with Matthew and look forward to the positive impact he will make as part of our team.  

On his appointment, Matthew expressed his enthusiasm for joining the team, saying: “The vital work that baby banks like Little Village do is something I care deeply about. I’ve recently become a dad for the first time, and I have been actively reflecting on the stark disparities that exist in people’s start to life.  

“My mum benefitted from baby banks, so the chance to play a small role in enabling that support for others is huge. I am really looking forward to helping staff and volunteers reach thousands of families across London who are facing the huge financial and emotional challenges which living in poverty brings.” 

As we’ve seen, poverty in the capital continues to grow and deepen, many of the essentials that parents need are becoming more and more unaffordable with many facing complete destitution.   

Olivia Gillan-Bower, chair of Trustees, welcomed Matthew by adding: “We were delighted with the level of interest in this trustee position. We are thrilled to welcome Matthew at such a significant time for us when the scale of need from families with babies and young children is at the highest we’ve ever seen. His personal connection to the work we do, combined with his strategic and digital expertise will be invaluable as we continue to support families in need across London.” 

Matthew is a  Londoner whose day job is Interim Director of Strategy at the North West London Health Innovation Network, Imperial College Health Partners. Whilst he now specialises in supporting the NHS, he has varied private and public sector experience, having been a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, national healthcare policy advisor and school teacher as part of the Teach First programme. Public service is a core driver for his career and he believes digital, data and meaningful dialogue create significant opportunities to improve public services.