Core Staff

Little Village has a very small team of paid, part-time staff who support our incredible army of volunteers. You can read more about the volunteer teams by heading over to our local site pages.

  • Sophia Parker, Chief Executive

    Sophia set up Little Village and continues to guide its growth based on our vision and mission. You can read more about her story here. She’s worked in and around the issues of poverty and inequality for 20 years, and has a track record in designing innovative, community based solutions to social challenges.

  • Rebecca Wilson, Director at Little Village Wandsworth

    After 15 years working in advertising managing big client accounts, she retrained as a child minder. She’s now combining both her management skills and her interest in giving young children the best start in life by managing overall operations in Wandsworth.

  • Jo Colliss, Little Village Wandsworth Stock Manager

    Jo has always had a passion for retail and after ten years working in HR for a major retailer wanted to get back amongst the stock. She now keeps our huge quantity of donations checked, sorted and ready to go, and manages a big team of volunteers to ensure it all finds a home with new families.

  • Titilayo Thomas, Site Manager at Little Village Camden

    After her psychology qualification and youth training, Titi has over 10 years of experience working with young people within the charity sector. From Barnados, Refugee Action, and over 10 years with Centrepoint working on outcomes to decrease youth homelessness across the UK. Titi is thrilled to be once more a part of supporting her local community.

  • Sharon Traub, Referral Manager at Little Village Camden

    Sharon moved from Germany 13 years ago, not intending to stay. But three boys later, she is still here, loving the way Camden brings such a rich mix of people together from around the world. She is passionate about the way Little Village brings people together and enables her to be part of her local community.

  • Barb Chewings, Stock Manager at Little Village Camden

    Barb is a Kiwi, having spent nearly 20 years working as a pharmacist in the NHS and now bringing up her daughter in London. She says: “I feel very lucky to have become involved in Little Village. It’s amazing to see the local community supporting each other in so many ways and how the ‘circle of giving’ makes such a difference to people’s lives.”

  • Clare Hill, Director at Little Village Southwark

    Clare had a 19 year career in human resources including senior roles across a range of industries. She’s now taking a break to spend more time with her young family. Having previously followed and supported Stripey Stork, Clare was looking for an opportunity to support her local community when she heard about the Crowdfunder for Little Village Southwark. Unable to contain her excitement and enthusiasm she badgered and then joined forces with Tessa, Marie and Hannah and has been making lists ever since!


  • Sophie Livingstone, Chair of Trustees

    Sophie chairs the Little Village Board of Trustees.  She has a background in charity leadership, most recently as founding CEO of youth charity City Year UK from 2009 – 17.  She also sits on the Board of the Royal Voluntary Service and Generation Change.

  • Zoe Maxwell-Timmins, Treasurer

    Zoe had a ten year career at KPMG, starting in mergers and acquisitions and ending in internal management, all focused on the consumer sector. To put the skills gained there to use in the community she grew up in, she began working with Little Village as treasurer and, since taking a career break, is now also a Trustee.

  • Helen Murphy, Secretary

    Helen joined the Board of Little Village in April 2018, having been a volunteer at our Wandsworth branch since September 2016. She has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles at major financial services firms, with a focus on compliance and anti-financial crime. She is a mum to two lovely children; a boy and a girl who both go to school in Balham.

  • Olivia Gillan-Bower

    Olivia has spent most of her career in strategy consulting, notably at PwC where she was a Partner specialising in the retail/leisure/consumer sectors. She is now focused on the not for profit sector and is also a Trustee of the Mark Anthony Trust and a Smart Works volunteer.

  • Nijma Khan

    Nijma spent 15 years in strategy consulting helping organisations to combine commercial, social and environmental value. She now works in the field of data science and machine learning. She is a governor for two schools that specialise in educating children with autism.

  • Mary Kuhn

    Mary Kuhn has a background in education and many years’ experience in the special educational needs and children with disabilities social care sector at local and national level. A key element of her work has been creating and developing partnerships and collaborations between local authorities, service users and other organisations – working together to improve services for children and their families.

  • Jennie Lucas

    Jennie played a key role in growing Little Village in its early days. She’s currently on maternity leave after the arrival of two beautiful baby girls.

  • Saloni Thakrar

    Saloni is a pharmacist with a Masters of Public Health. She chairs Camden Healthwatch (a statutory health and social care charity), and sits on the NHS London Antenatal and Newborn Screening Board as a lay member representative.

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