Our Trustees

Our Board of Trustees bring experience from a wide range of sectors to ensure that we have the highest quality possible governance

  • Erica Handling Trustee

    Erica Handling - Acting Chair

    Erica is an executive coach and a non-executive on the board of the Government Legal Department.

    Previously she was Managing Director and General Counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the investment management company BlackRock.

    Prior to joining BlackRock, Erica was General Counsel for Europe at Barclays Investment Bank and before that a structured finance partner at both Ashurst and Weil Gotshal.

  • Ciara

    Ciara Plunkett - Vice Chair and Treasurer

    Ciara trained as a chartered accountant with PwC. She has nearly 30 years’ experience working and volunteering in finance roles in the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia. After PwC, Ciara worked at Lloyd’s Banking Group, latterly leading the Group Tax Reporting function.

    Ciara long held an ambition to work in the third sector and most recently enjoyed a two-year secondment working as the Chief Financial and Operating Officer at The Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England & Wales.

  • Daksha

    Daksha Stancilas

    Daksha has worked at Pret for six years and is currently Learning and Development Manager (Apprenticeships).

    Daksha’s previous personal experience of the criminal justice system means she brings to our board valuable insights into the needs of the women we support and how our service can develop to meet those needs as effectively as possible.

  • Tijs 2

    Tijs Broeke CC

    Tijs is a communications and government affairs expert who has worked for public, private and not-for-profit organisations. In 2017 he was elected as Councillor representing the City of London Corporation, where he serves on the Policy and Resources Committee, the Police Committee and as Deputy Chair of the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Sub Committee.

    Tijs is deputy chair of the board of governors of The City Academy, Hackney and a governor at the Museum of London. He was formerly a trustee of Future Care Capital and a Special Constable in the City of Westminster.

  • Lady Emma Hood

    Lady Hood

    After an early career in corporate finance, Emma founded and took public an online financial information service covering all the quoted companies in Europe. It was acquired by Bloomberg in 1991 and more than doubled Bloomberg's turnover at that time. 

    She followed this with 15 years' running a London restaurant and working with young offenders. During this time she completed several high altitude treks and in 1993 she was one of the organisers behind the 40th Anniversary British Expedition to Everest.