Our Staff and our Board

Our team works tirelessly to keep the doors open, the energy welcoming and the safe space for all the guests who find a refuge at Refettorio Felix.

Our Staff

 

Ali Kingsley Chief Executive Ali oversees all that the Charity does, including relationships with supporters and donors, whilst creating and maintaining our strategy. After gaining a degree in Psychology and serving an apprenticeship in Mental Health Care Homes, he spent the first 10 years of his career in hospitality as a Commercial Events Producer. He then moved into the charity sector firstly in events, then community engagement before management. Ali values his role at SCC mostly because of the close proximity to those that benefit and the real sense of effecting a positive difference in those lives.

Nik Haines Head of Operations Nik manages the day to day running of the Centre including staff, volunteers, clients and all operational issues, connecting clients to all aspects of our services. Nik has trained in many different forms of therapy. In the last twenty years, he has been working with various client groups as a counsellor, 17 of which he has spent at St Cuthbert’s Centre working with vulnerable adults.

Tina Hilaris Mental Health Coordinator  Tina sees clients one-to-one and oversees the development of mental health programming at the Centre. She is an MBACP (Accred) Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience in Mental Health and Homeless support. Tina appreciates the way mental health support, good food, surplus waste donations and a beautiful setting combine to create a safe, healing space for our guests. She is also passionate about how this message reaches out to a community beyond the Centre.

Beyrom Irani Support Worker & Digital Manager   Beyrom is one of our team of Support Workers and also handles our digital operations. He keeps our followers in the know via instagram about what is on the menu and what we are offering at the Centre. He holds a MSc in Nutritional Psychology and uses food to improve the wellbeing of our guests. He works to create a suitable environment where everyone can feel at ease. Beyrom loves working at the Centre, because each day poses a different challenge, where new guests, volunteers and chefs means our community evolves daily and we become stronger and better-educated as a result.

Rosie Deveney Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator   Rosie came to the Centre as a volunteer, drawn initially by the open-door philosophy. She keeps the office running by managing all the administrative work. Though much of her work is behind the scenes these days, she still has the opportunity to get to know many vulnerable adults from different backgrounds and see them through their journey of empowerment and into a better quality of life. Rosie feels strongly that everybody, no matter their background, is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

Clio Melvin Head Chef  Clio is a trained chef from Leith’s School of Food and Wine, and has 12 years experience working in kitchens and restaurants and all roles of hospitality.  She has experience in catering for special diets and has a qualification in Nutrition. On days when Clio has made an ice cream or cake, not a morsel or crumb comes back to the dishwasher. She enjoys the daily challenges of creating menus using surplus ingredients and loves the warm atmosphere and comfort that the Centre provides to all our regular guests.

Nassim Khalifa Chef Nassim has been cooking at the Centre for 13 years. She worked in Fusebox in Borough Market before the Centre and before that she cooked for private parties and gave cooking lessons. Her incredible knowledge of cuisine, the community, and the kitchen have warmed the hearts of all our guests; her curries and soups are legendary. She has worked at the Centre for all these years because she loves to cook for rough sleepers and the elderly, and it gives her great satisfaction to create food from surplus.

 

Our Trustees:

Richard Parker (Chairman): Richard qualified as a Solicitor in March 1975 and until retiring in 2006 was a senior partner in the real estate department of DLA Piper, a global firm of lawyers. Since then he has been working part time as a legal consultant for a long-standing client in real estate development and management. He became a Trustee in February 2017 and then Chairman shortly before the refurbishment works to the hall and the launch of Refettorio Felix in May of that year.

Julius Bozzino (Treasurer): Julius joined the board in 2019 as Treasurer. Having graduated from Warwick University, he began his career in 1992 with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he qualified as a chartered accountant. He then worked in corporate finance, first with HSBC and then NCB Stockbrokers. In 2008 he moved to Malta where he spent eight years as part of the senior management team at Lombard Bank Malta. He currently works at Vistra and acts as board director on a number of UK companies. He is involved in the Home for Good project run by The Passage.

Michael Anderson: Michael graduated in Law from Cambridge University and spent five years in the City of London as a financial commodities trader. He then became an entrepreneur buying and managing a business, which printed on plastics.  He has had experience of chairing, advising, raising finance for and managing many small companies, and for 30 years he has invested as a business angel in the UK. He is the co-author of ‘Successful Business Plans’, trustee of Cranfield Trust and on the investment committee of the Angel CoFund.

Sharyn Jaques: Sharyn has been a regular volunteer at Refettorio Felix since early 2018 and joined the board in July 2019.  With 20 years experience in banking and finance, she has held a variety of roles and most recently has focussed on risk and capital management.  She started her career in her native Australia and has lived in London for ten years.  In her spare time Sharyn likes to travel and catch up with friends over a glass of wine and some good food.

Rebecca West: Rebecca joined the Board in 2019. Having graduated from Edinburgh and York Universities she has worked in both the private and public sectors and gained extensive experience in operations and project delivery roles within the UK and EU.

Martin Shenfield: Martin has 40 years global investment management experience and has acted as both CEO and CIO of various fund management companies. He is currently a managing director of TS Lombard, a global macro-economic and investment strategy independent research provider, and a non-executive director of the London stock exchange-listed JP Morgan Japan Smaller Companies Trust Plc. He has been involved with Refettorio Felix since 1992 as inter alia Chair, member of the Management Committee, acting manager, volunteer and donor. He also undertakes rough sleeping outreach support for St Mungo’s.

Alan Brown: Alan Brown was appointed Chief Executive of Vistra in April 2019 and has extensive experience in leading global organisations. Before joining Vistra he was CEO of ASCO Group, CEO at Rentokil Initial and CFO at Imperial Chemical Industries. Prior to this he spent 25 years at Unilever in the UK, Europe, Taiwan and China. He holds a LLB degree from the University of Liverpool, was called to the Bar in 1983 and is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant.

Ann Guindi: Ann has a background in the NHS as a nurse and health visitor the latter part of her career was in senior management working within safeguarding adults and children. Ann has a degree in nursing and psychology, a masters degree in therapeutic counselling, and an MBA.

Ann now has her own consultancy business working as a coach, consultant and trainer within the NHS and Local Authority. “I love to help people reach their full potential. I started my own personal development journey in 2008 qualifying as a practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and then further training to become as master practitioner of NLP, time line therapy, hypnosis and NLP coaching. I find these skills invaluable to my coaching practice in challenging limiting beliefs and negative decisions that we hold about ourselves which can hold us back from achieving our full potential. I am looking forward to bringing my knowledge, skills and experience from my health, therapeutic,  and safeguarding background into SCC by helping to address some of the inequalities that homeless people face”.

Emma Price: Charity Secretary