Who’s who at Bede


The Right Rev Christopher Chessun, The Lord Bishop of Southwark

Vice Presidents

Roger Harrison
Sir Barry Wilson


Councillor Sunil Chopra, former Mayor of Southwark
Sir Simon Hughes, former MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Bede Council of Management (March 2018)

Chair: Catherine McGrath

Catherine McGrath was appointed Chair of Trustees in 2016, having joined the board in 2014. Catherine is a civil servant, currently working in the Cabinet Office, and brings expertise in government and communications to the Bede Council.

Before joining the civil service she worked for communications consultancy, Madano, and in Government Relations for Ofcom.

Vice Chair: Julie Cotton

Julie has been a trustee of Bede House for over 10 years with a particular interest in community engagement, including The Big Local.  She is a senior manager at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – the national housing and regeneration agency for England – and prior to this worked for Peabody Trust on Community Regeneration and Employment Initiatives.

Treasurer: Nitu Panesar

Nitu joined Bede in July 2014, and was appointed Treasurer in Nov 2015.  She is a finance professional with over 10 years’ experience in the NGO and Commercial sector.  She is currently working for a major multinational media organisation, supporting business partners globally.

Secretary: Charlotte Cook

Charlotte is a solicitor and partner at law firm, Winckworth Sherwood.  She first got to know Bede when they were appointed the firm’s “charity of the year” in April 2011.  Charlotte works mainly with housing associations acquiring land for development, with a particular expertise in supported and sheltered housing providers.


Council Members

Wendy Cookson

Wendy joined Bede in January 2017. She brings over 25 years’ experience as a Nurse, Director and Governor in the NHS, and for the last 6 years, has worked independently as a specialist advisor to hospital and commissioning Boards on corporate and quality governance and leadership.

Martyn Hickson

Martyn joined Bede in May 2016. With a background in management of large commercial projects, he currently holds a strategic role within the customer loyalty programme of a large airline. A Southwark resident, he has experience volunteering for a range of local and national charities.

John Kent

John joined Bede in 2016. John brings a wide commercial experience to Bede Council, having focused during his career on corporate development, strategy and operations for large and small businesses, as well as working in central government and the City.

Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight is a freelance editor and editorial tutor who has worked in the book publishing industry for nearly three decades. She has been a trustee of Bede House for 25 years, including a spell as Chair of trustees, and takes a particular interest in the youth project and fundraising.

Jamaria Kong

Jamaria has been a trustee of Bede House since July 2014 and she is currently the link trustee for Bede’s Learning Disability project. She is an independent management consultant, advising mainly corporate clients in Mergers and Acquisitions, business transformations and operational improvements.

Paul Lindsay

Paul was educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland until 1981 and then spent a year working with Operation Mobilisation in Sudan.  After completing a degree in Quantity Surveying Paul has worked in the construction industry in London for thirty years and is a partner in a construction consultancy. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a trustee for OMUK, a trustee for Bede House in Bermondsey, London and the chair of the board for YFC Central Moscow, Russia.

Katrina Ramsey

Katrina came to Bede in 2004 as a recent graduate of Clare College Cambridge, working in the Learning Disabilities service for six months on volunteering projects. She became a trustee in 2008 and was Chair of Trustees from 2011-2015. Katrina works on environmental programmes at the Greater London Authority, and brings project management skills and experience of managing grant schemes to Bede Council.



Nick Dunne

Senior Management Team

Carole Brady: Learning Disabilities Project
Ann Clayton: Big Local South Bermondsey Community Engagement Manager
Ahlam Laabori: Starfish: Domestic Violence
Fokrul Meah: Youth Adventure Project
Brian Stewart:  Finance & Central Services Manager