Our Team

  • Sophia Parker, CEO

    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.

  • Olivia Gillan-Bower, Interim Chair

    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.

  • Gerry Wright, Treasurer

    Gerry trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, working there for 13 years.  She has subsequently worked in the banking sector, within accounting and regulatory areas.  She has been involved in local primary schools as a governor for nearly ten years, specifically with a focus on finance.  She has been a Trustee at Little Village since May 2020.

  • 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.

  • Nijma Khan, Trustee

    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, Trustees

    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, Trustee

    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.

  • Caley Eldred, Trustee

    Caley Eldred is the Director of Supporter Engagement for Royal Star & Garter which provides loving and compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability and dementia. She is responsible for the fundraising, marketing and communication functions and manages income of over £5.4 million. She was previously the Director of Development at the youth charity City Year UK and has held director level roles at both the food-waste charity FareShare and special care baby charity Bliss. She was previously a trustee at Nurture UK for three years and prior to that was a school governor for a total of 11 years working on the boards of two South London primary schools.

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