The MHLECA Board & Team FaNS

Meet our Volunteer Board Members and the rest of the Team

Brian Mister MBE – Chairman

Brian Mister MBE – Chairman

Brian is a MHLECA Trustee and our Chairman. He has been involved from the beginning, bringing his wealth of experience in contributing to a range of voluntary sector activites. He received his MBE in recognition of his many years service in Essex.

Tony Smith

Tony Smith

Tony is a MHLECA Trustee and our Vice Chairman. He leads on corporate, finance, IT and fundraising

"I wanted to give back to my local community and chose to volunteer for MHLECA because I am touched by its mission to help lonely and isolated older people having experienced first hand the impact this had on my father. I was also inspired by the charity's wonderful outcomes and innovative projects and saw an opportunity for me to learn something new while using my skills and experience to help the charity move forward, and is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure."

Lisa Carpenter

Lisa Carpenter

Lisa is a MHLECA Trustee and leads on our website and communications as well as directly helping and mentoring Team FaNs.

"Having been a part of the team for a few years, I am proud to witness the wonderful things that are happening to enrich the lives of our older residents in care homes. Feeling part of their local community again is invaluable to many of the residents and it’s very simple things that we can all do to ensure they are still included."

Emma Clark

Emma Clark

Emma is a MHLECA Trustee and leads on legal and employment matters.

"My reasons for becoming involved with MHLECA are both personal and professional. I can clearly see how these projects are hugely beneficial to all the people involved and the positive effects that come by them re-engaging with the community around them. Within the area of law I practice I believe I have developed useful skills which may assist the charity in trying to achieve its vision."


Vi Haddow

Vi Haddow

Vi is a MHLECA Trustee and leads our organisational Policy reviews and HR.

"Undertaking the role of regulating Residential Homes I observed how many residents were isolated and lonely, so became a volunteer Community Visitor with My Home Life Community Association. I was invited to join as a Trustee where I can participate in the future development of FaNs and future projects where the residents can be more integrated within the Community to increase their quality of life."

Pamela Graham

Pamela Graham

Pamela is our newest MHLECA Trustee supporting in a range of areas including securing Funding and helping communicate our Charity impact.

"I’ve been involved with this organisation since the early days, but have finally taken up the challenge as a Trustee to use my skills and experience to support a great Team. I strongly believe we need ‘bottom up’ community initiatives to bring about change in how we relate to and care for older people in our society just as much as we need ‘top down’ policy driven changes. People have so much to offer each other and FaNs offers a simple reciprocal framework to enable people in local communities and older people in care homes to connect positively with each other for mutual benefit."

Richard Field

Richard Field

Richard Field is a previous Trustee who has recently returned in a different capacity, as a Board Volunteer. He helps with Bid writing and has a keen interest in working with us to develop our Impact Evaluation.

Tony Lee

Tony Lee

Tony is the passionate public face of FaNs as our FaNs Network Lead. He is funded for 4 days per week and he absolutely loves the work he does with and for the Charity.

Jo Roosenbeek

Jo Roosenbeek

Jo is our Projects Coordinator. This role is funded for 3 days per week. Jo has a great overview of all the FaNs initiative projects and partnership work, having originally joined us as maternity cover for a Schools Liaison role and then working as our FaNs Engagement Lead. She now oversees day to day organisation of the projects, coordinates and facilitates the 'teamwork' which is the foundation of our success, and supports communication.

Laura Brooks

Laura Brooks

Laura is a Volunteer who advises the Board on funding opportunties.

"Initially working as a volunteer ambassador and later a team member helping with bid-writing, I witnessed first hand the positive impact FaNs can make. It is more than just a charity, it is a social movement, empowering communities to create lasting intergenerational connections benefiting all. I am proud to work with the team to bring the organisation’s vision to life."