Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham (PAHF) has a board of directors and a group of Trustees who deal with the management of the chartiy. The organisation have been incorporated as both a company by grantee and charity starting from 2005.
Let's introduce you to the trustees of Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham:
Chairperson – Gary Sweetman
As a parent of a child with Autism, Gary first came into contact with the Play Association through his son, who attended our Antony Lillis provision for children with complex needs. Here’s what he has to say about our important work:
“My son is Autistic and attends the PAHF holiday play scheme for complex needs. He always looks forward to attending and the respite this project provides to our family has been invaluable. I have seen the real difference PAHF makes to children and young people with additional needs and their very hard-pressed families, and I’m very proud to now be the Chairperson of this wonderful charity.”
Gary firmly believes that the services we offer need to be protected and rolled out to more children, young people, and families, and it was this belief that motivated him to join the charity as a Parent Trustee in November 2012. Today, the very same motivation to support children and young people with complex needs makes Gary, our Chair of Trustees, an extremely important member of our organisation.
Dawn joined PAHF as a trustee in October 2019. As a parent of a child who has additional needs, Dawn is passionate about our work and she is keen to ensure that we continue to offer a high quality play provision for the families and children of Hammersmith and Fulham and the surrounding boroughs.
As well as providing general support on the board, Dawn offers important insight to the challenges faced by children with additional needs and their parents on a day-to-day basis.
Dawn's passion and experience make her a great addition to PAHF!
George joined PAHF as a trustee in October 2019. A Hammersmith and Fulham resident, with professional experience in management consulting and investment management, George is hoping to put his skills to good use at PAHF and continue the good work from the incumbent Trustees.
George currently works at a private investment office in Central London, leading work on investment due diligence and deal execution, as well as business development activities. Prior to this, George spent four years as a Management Consultant at Deloitte in London, supporting large institutions with strategic direction and operational improvement.
Verinder is a Human Resources professional with several years of experience to her name and a passion for effecting change. Verinder has experienced, first-hand, in her extended family the challenges faced by children with additional needs. It was her experience of this that motivated her to join our trustees.
Verinder brings her knowledge of HR to the trustees; knowledge that will help us ensure we can continue to effectively manage and support our brilliant team..
Jessica joined PAHF as a trustee in October 2020. She has lived within the borough of LBHF for her entire life. Jessica is a Data Protection practitioner working for a Local Authority for many of years. Jessica also has experience in fund raising for the local community.
‘As a mother myself I see how important play is in a child life. The services that PAHF provide are nothing less than outstanding and I hope to help continue and help expand the charity to more children in need’.