Our Advisory Board

Jake Curtis

Jake is deputy CEO at Jamies Farm, which provides short-stay residential experiences for vulnerable children. This has allowed him to see close up the vast potential that all children have, if given the right conditions. As Chair of the Lighthouse Advisory Board Jake is supporting Lighthouse to be part of a project that gives the most deserving of children the best conditions to thrive on a permanent basis.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright is Chief Executive of Catch22 he has 30 years’ experience across the social care and criminal justice systems. Catch22 has incubated a number of new organisations set up by social entrepreneurs committed to challenging the orthodoxy of current practice. The Lighthouse sits within this paradigm and Catch22 is proud to wrap its support around its development.

Eva Sprecher

Eva is a researcher and PHD candidate based at UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She began her involvement with Lighthouse as a teacher where she saw the challenges faced by looked- after-children in the classroom. Her work focuses on understanding the relationships that allow children growing up in care flourish with a special focus of championing the voice of young people in her research.

Edward Davison

Ed currently leads the Chair and Chief Executive’s office at the newly established universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS). Prior to this, Ed has worked as a teacher and Deputy Head of 6th Form and as a civil servant in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education. Ed met Emmanuel when they were both working as Associate Tutors for Teach First. This was when they first started to discuss how to improve outcomes for looked after children – a dialogue which, through Emmanuel’s leadership, has resulted in the establishment of Lighthouse.

Harry Hill

Harry is the founder of Rightmove and former Chief Executive of Countrywide. His history is almost entirely in property, and he was delighted to be able to contribute his knowledge and experience to the plans and ambitions of the executive team at Lighthouse who are seeking to create a network of properties in the U.K. that will set a new high standard for Children’s Homes.

Jessamy Gould

Before joining Treebeard as Director, Jessamy worked across youth and education charities for ten years, fundraising from a range of sources including trusts, statutory and corporate. Jessamy met Emmanuel through the Teach First ambassador network and was immediately convinced of the potential of the Lighthouse model to improve outcomes for the some of the most vulnerable children in our society. The trust has supported Lighthouse through grant funding since 2018, and is delighted this year to deepen our support through our investment in the first Lighthouse home.

Nick Wright

Nick is a chartered accountant and was Chief Financial Officer of Andrews Property Group for 32 years. As Trustee and Treasurer of Andrews Charitable Trust who provide substantial core funding for Lighthouse he is able to provide financial expertise and guidance to the Lighthouse advisory board.

Sunil Suri

At Catch22, Sunil leads the incubation programme which Lighthouse is an alumni of. In this role, he supports social entrepreneurs whose ideas have the potential to transform how public services are delivered. He is also a Fellow at VC Included, where he is exploring the potential of social venture capital.

Siân Edwards

Sian started her career in public relations, then spent twenty years working in the voluntary sector – with a focus on international development, disability and mental health. She joined Andrews Charitable Trust in December 2006, as Executive Director. She has overseen the incorporation of the charity, its merger with a sister trust and the development of new grant-making and investment programmes. She is also Chair of the Rebecca Hussey Trust for Africans and Founding Trustee of Carers Worldwide.

Samira-Caterina Monteleone

Samira is a university student studying Politics and International relations at the University of Essex. Since the age of 16, Samira has been involved in youth voice. She was a member of UK Youth Parliament for Brent and was the London Procedures Group member for the British Youth Council. Samira has also campaigned on youth violence and has been a part of the youth violence commission and the youth advisory forum, advocating for better children’s social care.

Anna Buscall

Anna was a law firm partner for more than 20 years in the City of London. She spent her career advising a wide range of clients and delivering on their corporate and commercial transactions. Anna provides legal expertise and guidance to the Lighthouse Project Committee.

Eugenie Rotjes-Nicholls

Eugenie is a qualified social worker, who graduated from The Netherlands in Social Pedagogy. She worked for several years in therapeutic children’s homes in The Netherlands before moving to Africa and working in education. She has recently worked in several London local authorities experiencing practice difficulties, holding different roles within Children’s Social Care. Eugenie is a great believer that each person has inherent potential, is valuable, resourceful and can make a meaningful contribution to their wider community.

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