OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham (PAHF) is managed by a board of company directors known as the Board of Trustees. The board members provide ongoing support to our staff team and are responsible for the governance of PAHF. Each member of our board has their own skills and relevant experience to the work we do and to the third-sector, as well as a passion for improving play opportunities for children and young people in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Gary Sweetman, Chairperson
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.
One of our longest standing trustees and a dedicated supporter of the charity, Louise joined our board over eight years ago. With a background in secretarial work, the initial aim was for Louise to assist with the clerical aspects of the day-to-day running of the organisation. She now supports the charity in various ways, from arranging events to securing support from local businesses, which helps us focus our available funds where they are needed most: on the delivery of play schemes. For most of her working life, Louise was in the Travel Business, which comes in handy when we need to organise our day trips and outings for the children. Having been on some of the trips,
Louise says that it has been extremely rewarding to see the children enjoying themselves and taking part in opportunities that they might not have previously had the chance to, such as trips to the seaside or to theme parks.
Louise remains dedicated to and passionate about the work of the Play Association, and we remain very grateful to her for the near ten years’ service to the charity and continued hard work.
BA (Hons) CEng MIMechE
Stephen began his career as a Trade Engineering Apprentice and worked his way up to an Engineering Contract Manager via progression through the Drawing Office, as a Senior Designer. In the latter stages of his career, he was administrating contracts up to the value of £6.75M. Today, Stephen’s knowledge of and experience with legal documents is extremely useful for our work, ensuring we are compliant and that our practice is of a high quality.
Through social contacts, Stephen met and was befriended by Steve Boeje, another member of our existing board. After some consideration, Stephen agreed to become a Trustee of the charity, and he remains a highly valued member of the board. So far in this role Stephen has successfully negotiated and agreed the first ever Contract for Services between PAHF and the London Borough or Hammersmith & Fulham, and he plans to arrange similar contracts with the City of Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea local authorities. We’re very grateful for Stephen’s years of experience, as well as his knowledge, insight, and passion for the important work we do.
Hal joined us as a trustee in January 2019, later joining London PLAY's board of trustees as well. As a professional high-value fundraiser and strategy consultant, Hal supports our management team on funding applications, and is also leading the re-development of our digital strategy.
Previously employed by the Play Association, and having spent time with several small and large non-profit organisations including Barnardo’s, Children with Cancer UK, the Young Westminster Foundation, and Mencap, Hal brings a range of useful sector knowledge and experience.
Hal also brings several years experience in play-work, having previously been a community playworker and project deputy manager at White City adventure playground.
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.
Outside of work, George is a keen rugby player and DIY enthusiast! He also acts as Treasurer for his rugby team. We're delighted to have George on board!
A local Hammersmith and Fulham resident and a parent of a child with complex learning difficulties, Paula brings valuable understanding and knowledge of local need to our board. Paula has also worked alongside and supported the Play Association Hammersmith and Fulham for many years, and as a parent of a disabled child, she is well aware of how easy it is to become isolated and wrapped up in caring for family members in need of help.
Paula says she is proud to support an organisation that offers a lifeline to families living with children and young people with complex physical, developmental and/or behavioural needs by running holiday and weekend play schemes.
Paula first admired the charity for the work-ethic of our staff, who will go above and beyond normal expectations to find solutions to provide support for those children with the most challenging of conditions, while the families get some much-needed respite. We’re very grateful to have Paula and her knowledge, insight and input on our board!
Could you or someone you know join our board?
We're looking for new trustees to join our board and volunteer their time for the benefit of our charity. We are working hard to improve the diversity of our board, and we are therefore particularly interested in applications from younger people, disabled people, and members of BAME communities who are currently under-represented. We are also especially interested in hearing from any persons with previous experience in human resources or finance.
If you're passionate about play in Hammersmith and Fulham and you want to use your skills and experience to help our charity, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch via
For more information about what it means to be a trustee, click here. This information is provided by the Directory for Social Change; one of the key bodies operating in the charity sector.