Opportunity Through Community: The Power Of Us

I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on Monday night, as well as to all the members of the Winch community who helped to organise the evening and provide such fabulous food.

The Annual General Meeting was opened by the Winch Chair of Trustees, Srabani Sen OBE, who set out the achievements and highlights of the previous year, celebrating the children, young people and families who make the Winch and thanking supporters, donors, partners, volunteers and staff for their wonderful contributions.  Srabani welcomed some inspiring testimonies from members of the community and a brilliantly motivating and hilarious message from the Winch girl’s football team.

Rob Broad, the Winch Treasurer, gave an overview of the charity’s finances, talking through the formal accounts and annual report.

At the meeting, we held elections for our Board of trustees with all the members that sought re-election doing so successfully. Srabani will continue her brilliant work as the Chair of trustees and Rob will take on his 3rd year as Treasurer.  

We also welcomed three new trustees, each with their own set of skills and experience, who will be valuable additions to the charity, as it sets about its work for the next three years.

Dr Sue Godwin

Sue Godwin is Head of External Communications at a local school, The Hall, and has a longstanding background in Early Years, having worked as a researcher, lecturer and teacher trainer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. Sue has held leadership roles in schools and has chaired several voluntary pre-school organisations in England. Sue has a PhD (Psychology & Education) in young children’s development of emotional regulation,

Debbie Moss

Debbie is Chief of Staff at Barnardo’s and has extensive experience in securing change for children in public policy. Debbie has worked as Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the National Children’s Bureau, has led Public Affairs Management at V-Inspired and the National Autistic Society, and also worked as Parliamentary Officer at Parkinson’s UK. Debbie holds a Master of Laws degree from UCL and a BA in Modern History from Oxford University. Debbie is a Camden resident.

Erin Stephens

Erin Stephens is the Principle In-House Solicitor at Sport England, which aims to make sure everyone feels able to take part in sport, through programmes like This Girl Can campaign and the Invictus Games. Erin has worked on a number of large capital projects, including the Olympic Park and Wembley. Erin previously worked as a Solicitor for the Big Lottery Fund.   Erin is a Non-Executive Director of the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance Limited and a Governor at South Haringey School. Erin holds a Masters in Law from The College of Law, London.

While we welcomed in some new faces we very sadly said goodbye to an old comrade. Mark Falconer has stepped down from the Board after many years of service.  He will, however, remain a member of the Winch family and is keen to continue supporting us in the future.

As you might expect, one of the most exciting parts of the event was the opportunity to present the Winch’s new strategy, which we have worked on over the last 12 months. Our strategy centres around four key objectives:

  1. Work alongside children,  young people and their families to develop their strengths, skills and sense of purpose
  2. Connect people to create a kinder and more resourceful neighbourhood
  3. Back community-led change
  4. Build organisational excellence

You can find the full details of the strategy here

Finally, whilst the Annual General Meeting has an important role to play in the oversight of the organisations, they give me a platform from which to offer a very public thank you to our community. We couldn’t continue to champion the children, young people and families  in our neighbourhood if it wasn’t for your generosity, goodwill and participation in our mission.

On behalf of the Winch trustees and Winch staff I’d like to wish you a sincere thank you and invite you to work with us to achieve our goals for the next three years.

Rashid Iqbal, CEO

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