Our team

CEO

Bob Cornell took up his post in October 2014, having served in a part time interim position since May 2014.

He has had a long connection with WBAF, not least through his previous role as Grants Assessor for a number of grant making trusts.
Having spent 25 years working within the charitable field, he brings a wealth of experience to the charity.

Family Befriending Co-ordinator

Nisha Subasinghe joined the team in March 2016. Her role focuses on supervising and training our befriending volunteers.

Finance and Project Administrator

Sangita Kharel Bhandari joined the team in July 2014. Her role focuses on providing financial, administrative and clerical services in order to ensure effective, efficient and accurate financial and administrative operations.

Our Trustees

In addition to their work for the board, our trustees participate in and chair a number of finance, fundraising, volunteer and human resources subcommittees. Our trustees endeavour to remain visible to our volunteers and families, often working with families themselves, or attending monthly supervision sessions.

Josie Hinton works for an organisation called C4 managing their Big Lottery funded Community Connectors Project which aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people. She is also doing a part time masters in voluntary sector management at Cass Business School.

Rob Whitehouse is a chartered management accountant ‎(CGMA) with over 8 years post qualification experience. In addition to 2 years at an audit firm he has over 10 years experience working in various financial reporting and change management roles at Bank of America.

Claire Boothby is a qualified Youth and Community Worker with 13 years experience of young people’s services in both the voluntary and public sector. She is currently the Head of Youth Work for a national young women’s charity.

Jo Gibney works for a large national charity in volunteer development and support. Outside of work she volunteers at events for national and local charities and community organisations.

Chris Grove is a founding partner at Forster Chase, where he runs the board practice, recruiting C-level executives and non-executive directors. He brings valuable insight into the business sector.

Vicky Kafetzi is a communications and engagement specialist working in the transport sector. She has over 11 years experience of providing strategic advice, to create the best environment for delivery of projects and operations that keep our great city moving. She also mentors and coaches young professionals.