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 chairs AEC's Board of Trustees and sits on the fundraising, HR and investment sub-committees. She lives in east London has been a trustee of AEC since May 2016, describing 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”. Sue is a qualified workplace mediator and a member of the commercial panel for a mediation charity in south west London. She is also a member of the London Recruitment Advisory Committee for London Magistrates.
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.
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 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.
Hayley lives in Hackney, London, working for a large multi-national insurance company. She is responsible for product development, strategy, innovation and external partnerships. Prior to her current role, she has a strong background in change management. Hayley sits on the Impact Analysis, Fundraising and Business Planning sub-committees, having joined AEC as a trustee in early 2020. She’s extremely honoured and proud to sit on the Board of Trustees, where she can finally put some of her corporate skills to good use!
Born and bred in Newham, East London, Peter is an IT Director for a large international bank in Canary Wharf and has held a number of senior management positions across similar sized companies. Passionate about driving positive change, Peter focuses on providing innovative IT solutions to meet the needs of the business, optimizing organizational processes and driving a culture of continuous improvement. Peter is the Safeguarding Lead Trustee for AEC and also sits on the IT Strategy Committee.
Farrah lives in Bow and is a commercial insurance broker for an international insurance broking firm in the City. She has extensive experience in creating, marketing and selling specialist and bespoke products. In her various client management roles she has developed strong negotiating and inter-personal skills. Throughout her career she has been involved in training and mentoring young professionals.
Farrah sits on the Fundraising, HR and Property sub-committees of AEC's Board. She believes in AEC's core values and is very proud to be involved.
Tara, lives in south east London. She is a Finance Director and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. She has over 20 experience leading finance teams in small and medium sized businesses providing strong strategic support to senior management, developing clear and concise business information to support business understanding and growth and devising and implementing creative solutions to improve efficiency and business practices.