Our team

Manager Profiles

We're very fortunate to have such a strong team of experienced and committed managers. If you're interested in opportunities at Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT), take a look at our vacancies page.

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Senior Management Team

Steve Coles - Chief Executive Officer

Steve leads SCT’s team and takes responsibility for operations, finances, strategy and culture.

Before joining SCT, Steve founded and ran Intentionality CIC, a social impact measurement consultancy that worked with 600 charities and social enterprises.  Prior to that, he was Social Enterprise Development Manager for The Salvation Army across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Steve has an MBA from Imperial College where he researched how involvement in social enterprise can increase well-being.

He is the Chair of Justlife, a charity working with those close to the streets, and is on the leadership team of The Salvation Army church in south west London.

 


Management Team

Nancy Akwani - Supported Housing

Nancy manages SCT’s  supported housing projects. She has worked in the field of social care for over 18 years.

Her roles have always involved  providing care and support  in a variety of settings including management responsibilities for residential care for people with mental health problems, learning difficulties, and for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions.

Read an interview with Nancy in The Stylist magazine


Sheona Alexander - New Hanbury Project and Progression

Sheona manages the New Hanbury Project. She has worked in the homeless and addiction field for over 10 years. She began by taking young people to European countries to see different forms of recovery and experience a different environment to the one they are used to.

Sheona founded SCT's upcyling furniture social enterprise, Restoration Station and the Progression department.

Watch a film about Restoration Station


Jonathan Buckerfield - Fundraising

Jonathan joined SCT as Head of Fundraising in 2016. He started his career at Big Lottery Fund giving grants out to good causes - mainly capital projects for children and young people. He then made the move from grant giver to fundraiser and moved to London in 2011, initially working for Toynbee Hall as their Development Manager. He then moved to Crisis where he was the Trusts and Statutory Manager supporting homeless people nationally.

Jonathan lives locally in Hoxton and is a trustee for Off Centre - a Hackney-based charity supporting disadvantaged young people in the borough. He has a degree in European Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Urban Regeneration from the University of Birmingham.


Brent Clark - Recovery Community

Brent originally trained in Graphic Design at Central St. Martins and continues his work as an illustrator while having  worked full time with SCT since 2007. In 2010 Brent graduated with a Masters Degree in Addiction Psychology and Counselling.

Brent helped set up the New Hanbury Project and Paper & Cup and has always run group and one-to therapy sessions.

In 2014 SCT won significant funding from Comic Relief to develop Recovery Community work which Brent currently leads. In partnership with Liverpool University. Comic Relief has used this experience and expertise in SCT to study and evaluate what makes a successful Recovery Community.

Read an interview with Brent in The Guardian


Gary Davidge - Drop-In

After leaving school Gary  worked as a carpenter and then  as a missionary in Greece helping refugees. In 2010, he started managing SCT's Drop-In for the homeless. He has introduced new projects to the Drop-In including a pre-abstinence group, art and IT classes.

Born and bred in East London, he is grateful to be able to witness to how lives can change with the right kind of support.

Watch a London Live TV film clip about our free Shoreditch pop-up for the homeless 


Stella Griffin - Charity Shops

Stella is the Area Retail Manager for our our charity shops; she has worked for SCT for 25 years and has lived and worked in the East End Community all her life.

Read about Stella's Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Change


Rhys Pritchard - Communications (job-share)

Rhys shares the Communications Manager role with Sonia. Formerly a BBC content producer he worked on major BBC brands such as Stargazing Live, Later… with Jools Holland and Who Do You Think You Are?  He produced science and sustainability output which has been recognised with several awards.

A year volunteering with UnLtd India in Bombay inspired Rhys to continue working with social enterprises.

He now enjoys managing Restoration Station, combining his passions for furniture design and salvage, and sustainability in his favourite environment - the workshop.

Read about Restoration Station in the Hackney Citizen


Harry Quilter-Pinner - Strategy and Transformation

Harry leads all of SCT's long term strategy work both in terms of finance and service provision.

Alongside his role at SCT, he also leads the health and wellbeing programme at the UK's leading progressive think tank, IPPR. Harry is a regular commentator on public services and politics in the press, including in the Guardian, the Economist, the New Statesman, Huffington Post and the HSJ

Prior to this Harry worked for Lord Peter Mandelson at Global Counsel and was an economist in the civil service. He has a degree in economics from the University of York. 


Sonia Rai - Communications (job-share)

After studying Communications and Information Studies at university, Sonia worked as a freelance Assistant Director and Production Manager in the film and television industry.

Between working on drama and documentary productions for the BBC, Channel 4 and the British Film Institute, she volunteered on a number of international development projects. She then changed careers and began working on communications for charities and social enterprises.

Sonia now co-manages communications at SCT with Rhys.

SCT film wins an EVCOM Clarion Award


Trustee Profiles


Sarah Brufal

Having been involved with SCT for some time Sarah has witnessed first-hand the extraordinary drive and passion of an organisation dedicated to supporting people on their path to recovery. She is delighted to have been recently invited to be part of that. Sarah joined the board in September 2015.

Sarah read law at Bristol University and following an early career at Shearman & Sterling LLP as a solicitor has held General Counsel and Head of Legal roles for General Electric and Siemens PLM in EMEA and UAE. As a lawyer in both private practice and in-house roles she has developed keen analytical skills and is used to working as part of a senior management team.

Sarah is married to Jonathan and they live with their two children in Somerset.


David Ely 

David enjoyed a 30-year career in Investment Banking as a Managing Director with responsibility for Operations.He now volunteers with the British Red Cross and as chair of the Magistrates Association for South and South East London. Other areas of charity work include family mediation, local schools admissions, and town management.

As a Magistrate for the London South Eastern Region, David sits in Adult, Youth and Family Courts as a chairman and sits on Appeals in the Crown Courts. He is former Chairman of the Bench, former Chair of the London Bench Chairs and now sits on training and development committees to enhance the skills of the magistracy.

In his spare time David likes yacht sailing and walking his Afghan hounds.


Andrew Enga

A solicitor working within the international capital markets group of Allen & Overy LLP in London, Andrew has experience of advising international banks and corporations on a range of financing transactions. He is a member of The Law Society of England & Wales. Andrew has previously worked as a volunteer for a variety of organisations including the Islington Churches Cold Weather Shelter (organised by CARIS Islington), the Citizens Advice Bureau and the Free Representation Unit.


Stuart Noble

Stuart is a fundraiser working with Bible Society. He has volunteered and worked in the charity sector for over 20 years and is passionate about raising money for great causes.

In his spare time, Stuart likes to run - usually, it's running after his three young children, but he also runs 10ks, half marathons and obstacle course races. 


Jean-Baptiste Petard

Jean-Baptiste works for an International Investment Bank focussing on advising companies in the Support Services and Transport Industry.

He lives in London with his wife and two children.


Corin Pilling

Corin leads Livability's community engagement work. This national charity supports disabled people and works with churches to build community connections. He has been involved with homelessness services for over 20 years, working across the sector and specialising in developing employment and training programmes. In addition, he  maintains regular involvement with a small estate- based Anglican church in King's Cross, where he's trying to learn how to be a better neighbour with others who are already good at it.

Corin has an insatiable appetite for live music.


Amelia Walker

Amelia is a strategist for the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted), and co-ordinates the Chief Inspector’s annual reporting and strategic planning.She has previously worked in a range of corporate policy, planning and performance roles in both central and local government, leading a team in the Local Government Information Unit. Her policy work addressed criminal justice, housing and public health as well as education and children’s services.

Amelia lives in London with her husband and son, enjoys Scandinavian dramas and sings in the choir at Grace Church Hackney.


Matthew Ubogagu

Matthew is a financial professional with Securities Pricing experience within Investment Management. Matthew also has leadership experience from years in the Territorial Army and experience volunteering with various charities including Crisis.

He chairs the Referral Order Panels for the Youth Offending Team at Woolwich Council and sits in Adult and Family Courts as a Magistrate for the London South Eastern Region.

In his spare time, Matthew likes hiking, sailing and scuba diving. 


Philip Young, Chair

Philip has been a trustee of SCT since April 2006 and Chair since January 2013.

Philip is retired after 20 years in senior management roles in the financial services sector. He is a chartered accountant and management consultant by background. Since his retirement he has taken on a series of non-executive and trustee roles in the voluntary and public sector. He is currently lay member for a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups in North West London, Chair of Governors of 2 large primary schools, a non-executive on a Housing Association, and trustee of a number of charities.

Philip feels humbled when he sees the dedicated work carried out by the SCT team. He believes that his commercial background combined with his experience in the voluntary and public sector allows him to bring a different perspective to the charity and its work.

In his spare time Philip orienteers (badly) with his children in some of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Read about our 50th anniversary in 2015 

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