AEC Trustees

The Ascension Eagles Cheerleaders are very fortunate to have a number of trustees who understand AEC's mission and fully support its implementation. They bring with them a huge amount of expertise from a variety of backgrounds that help AEC grow in the way that it supports the young people of Newham! You can read their stories and what they bring to AEC in more detail below. 

If you have any queries/ concerns you would like to address, please feel free to contact them via the email box.

Sue Winston


Appointed 2016

Sue lives in East London and is head of corporate digital communications at a global financial services company in London.  Sue chairs AEC's Board of Trustees and sits on the HR and investment sub-committees. She has been a trustee of AEC since May 2016 and describes herself as "extremely proud of the work that the AEC team does in helping to make such a tangible difference to the lives of the young people of East London”.

David Robinson
Appointed 2007

David is a retired Chartered Accountant having spent his career in the City and overseas with international companies and has been Treasurer since 2007.  He has many years of working as a volunteer trustee with East End charities and was Treasurer of East London Business Alliance for over ten years before retiring in 2013.  He works closely with the Finance Manager to provide regular financial reports to the trustees and management team and to liaise with the external auditors on the annual accounts.

David is the Chair of the AEC property committee mandated to identify a new permanent home for AEC.

Lorraine Hart
Board member
Appointed 2016

Lorraine was born in Canning Town and educated there.  She is now a qualified town planner and business support consultant who works mainly with charities and not for profit organisations to help them use their buildings and run their organisations effectively for community benefit. On that basis she has over 30 years of experience of premises management, business planning, human resources and fundraising to bring to AEC. She is a member of the HR committee for AEC.

Johanna Collins-Wood
Board Member
Appointed 2016

Johanna Collins-Wood is a corporate associate in the New York City office of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Prior to relocating to New York City,  she practiced law in the London office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. Before joining the board of AEC, Ms. Collins-Wood volunteered with International Justice Mission, Amnesty International and the Make-A-Wish foundation. Ms. Collins-Wood lived in East London prior to moving to New York. She was co-captain of the varsity cheerleading team at her high school in the United States.

Susan Spiller

Board Member

Appointed 2017

Susan works for a UK financial services firm in London where she is responsible for product development, strategy and sales support. She joined the firm in 2002. Prior to this she has built up a strong background in wide variety of sales, marketing, product development, and investment management activities for firm in the US.  Over the past ten years, she has worked extensively across the company and with external partners to establish the firm’s successful volunteering and community programme. 

Duncan Smith

Board Member

Appointed 2017

Duncan was born in Johannesburg South Africa and relocated to the UK three years ago with a large international bank where he works as a Director – Sales and Relationship Management, Emerging Markets.  He has worked in numerous locations including London, New York, south Africa and has extensive on the ground experience in a number of countries in Africa. He has volunteered extensively in South Africa and in Africa teaching English and financial literacy and fundraising for underprivileged children in South Africa as well as for an orphanage in Inhambane, northern Mozambique.

Adriana Sanchez

Board Member

Appointed 2019

Adriana was born in Mexico City. Upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Monterrey Institute of Technology she held various positions in Human Resources in Mexico City, Chicago and New York area. Following her move to the UK in 2009, Adriana qualified as Speech and Language Therapist subsequent to receiving Master’s Degree from City University of London. Since 2015 she works at the NHS with Pre-school Children in Tower Hamlets. At AEC Adriana is a member of the Human Resources Committee.

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