Meet our board of trustees
Joy is currently a research consultant at NCVO, after being a senior official in the public sector, at the Office for National Statistics, for many years. She has wide-ranging experience in research and analysis within government social science and statistics. She also has extensive management and leadership experience; over the last ten years she has directed four different statistical Divisions/ businesses, ranging from large-scale and large-budget statistical operations (social surveys, 2001 Census) to programmes of in-depth analytic work. She has been active in corporate HR issues, has built relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and sits on various academic and advisory committees.
Vice Chair: Margaret Harris
Colm Ó Cuanacháin
Colm Ó Cuanacháin has worked in human rights and international development for almost twenty years, including roles with ActionAid International, and Amnesty International. He is currently Senior Director in the Office of the Secretary General with Amnesty International, where he oversees governance, capacity building, strategy and evaluation, and the organisation’s national operations in 70+ countries. Colm also worked in education, including roles as a Head teacher at primary level. He holds a PhD in human rights education. He has been resident in St Albans for seven years, with his wife Hilary and their two sons.
Catharine lives in Redbourn and has extensive experience as a senior manager in both the commercial and charity sectors. She has worked as Interim CEO for large and small charities, including running a National Trust estate, managing Wakehurst, the West Sussex outpost of Kew Gardens and leading the consultancy team at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as well as helping a number of smaller organisations, during periods without a Chief Executive. In addition to volunteering as a Trustee for St Albans CVS, she is a non-executive Director of IWM Trading Ltd, the commercial arm which helps to fund the Imperial War Museums group.
Peter Graham retired from the Civil Service in 2003, having worked in the DTI, the the Foreign Office and the Health and Safety Executive. Since retiring, he has been a trustee of two national organisations – the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (as a lay member on their Board) and Heads, Teachers and Industry (also known as HTI and concerned with education and employment); both those appointments have now ended.
Locally he was the Chairman of Centre 33, the drop-in centre for homeless people, from 2003 to 2012, and remains a trustee; he is a trustee of the Open Door Charity since 2005. He is also a primary school governor.
Peter and his wife have lived in St Albans since 1970, save for 4 years in Brussels.
Sinéad Howland is an energetic, self-employed Career and Business Coach and full time mum of two girls. She has over 10 years’ experience working in careers in the UK, Malaysia and North America. After five years living abroad, Sinéad and her family moved from Toronto to St Albans in 2013 and launched her Coaching Business in 2014. She holds an MA in Careers and is a qualified career coach recognised by the ICF. Sinéad uses her skills to help the community through running social media for Hertfordshire Society for the Blind and was a Dragon in the 2014 Dragons Apprentice Challenge and Career Counsellor in a women’s refuge in Malaysia.