Board of Trustees, Vice Presidents and Patrons

Board of Trustees


Kate Heaps (Chair)

Kate joined Share's Board of Trustees in 2018.

Kate has over 30 years' experience in the NHS and voluntary sectors. Having trained and worked as a nurse, commissioner and manager in South London, she now works as Chief Executive at a Hospice in Greenwich.

She has held a number of voluntary and board roles throughout her career and is excited to join Share as Chair, where she hopes she will be able to use her skills to support the management team and her fellow trustees to achieve Share’s future ambitions.

Despite the challenging funding climate, Kate is keen to ensure that Share is able to grow and develop so that it is able to continue to meet the needs of local people into the future; helping people with disabilities achieve their potential in life and to play an active part in their communities. 

Kate is also a partnership governor at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and holds an honorary contract at King’s College London, where she lectures on a number of  topics.

Michael Barnett (Treasurer)

Michael joined Share as a trustee and treasurer in 2018. Michael has worked for over 30 years in one of the UK's largest and most successful companies, qualifying as an accountant before fulfilling various roles in finance prior to moving into strategy and planning.

Jayshree Davé (Vice Chair)

Jayshree joined Share as a trustee in 2018. Jayshree is an independent executive coach, learning professional and investment banker with over 20+ years experience in the global financial services industry. She has a successful track record in leveraging her banking experience as a senior leader in delivering people development solutions over the past 14 years, and hopes to use this broad range of skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference within the charity sector.

Karen McKay

Karen McKay

Karen is an HR professional with over 25 years' experience. She has worked for Royal Mail in a variety of roles, including HR business partner for the different professional functions, ER/IR manager and currently she is the Head of Employment Policy. Karen is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is keen to use her broad range of experience within the charity sector.

Karen joined Share as a trustee in 2016.

Srishti Mahhajan

Srishti joined Share as a trustee in 2018. She has an MBA, with a background in strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and has a track record of improving business profitability. 

She believes in the importance of building a safe environment, embracing unique viewpoints to spur innovation and broaden thoughts. Srishti considers life to be about the value of what you say and do – leading a life of positive action.

As a mentor both professionally and personally, Srishti feels privileged to have had the opportunity to encourage people to move forward and change their lives for the better. 

In addition to being a seasonal writer, Srishti volunteers with a number of charities and within the community, providing support and teaching older people and disabled people. Srishti is also a Trustee at Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Centre.

Steven Pettengell

Steven joined Share as a trustee in 2018. He has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, including running his own hotel.

In 2012, Steven was a senior volunteer for the London Olympics and helped to put together the volunteer programme for the event, and subsequently devised the legacy programme for the Mayor of London.

Steven is also a long-time volunteer for Team London Ambassadors.

Steven grew up in Lambeth and found out about Share through a childhood friend who had attended Share some years ago and managed to secure his first job with Share's help.

Steven comments, 'Being a trustee at Share allows me to give something back to my local community, which is something I am passionate about.' 

Simon Allocca

Simon has joined Share as a trustee in 2019 following a period of time as a non-exec trustee. He has worked in financial services for over 30 years and has a wealth of experience in finance, governance and risk.

Simon also works closely with the Bone Cancer Research Trust where he is a member of their Independent Scientific Advisory Panel.

David Fox

David is a qualified Architect and Design Manager with over 30 years' experience working in the construction industry. He has a wealth of experience from architectural consultancy, property development and construction and is passionate about environmental issues and the sustainable future of construction.

David’s youngest son had autism and attended a special school not far from Share's premises in Clapham. Since he passed away in 2017, it’s been David’s wish to offer his time to support individuals and families in similar circumstances.

Katie Thomas

Katie joined Share as a trustee in August 2021. Katie has worked at DHL Global Forwarding for four years working in a variety of departments but specialising in airfreight project management, data analysis, training and facilitation. Over the years Katie has participated in various volunteering activities including fundraising, teaching and mentoring. She hopes to bring to the board a fresh new perspective, to develop her understanding of the charity sector, and to ensure Share has a sustainable future. 

Chris Jeffery

As a long-term Wandsworth resident, Chris found out about Share when walking past the Share garden at Springfield Hospital. That afternoon stroll, and subsequent enquiry, led to Chris joining Share as a trustee in August 2021. Chris has worked at Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM) since 2014, most recently as the Head of Rates and Inflation Strategy. In that role, he works closely with the trustee boards of some of the UK's biggest defined benefit pension schemes. He's eager to translate that experience of effective governance and risk management to the charity sector.

Natasha French

Natasha joined the trustee board in August 2021.  Her background is in a variety of service management roles within IT. Her current role is as a Service Strategy and Design Lead for Transport for London. 

Natasha is familiar with Share as her son has autism and studies at the centre.  The professionalism and dedication of the staff, and Share's focus on treating each person as an individual, is what motivated Natasha to join the board and support the charity to continue making an impact in its service users' lives.

Vice Presidents

Rodney Baker

John Bowis OBE

John Geleit


Lord Alf Dubs

Patricia Hodge

Geraldine James OBE