Management Team & Trustees Bio

On this page you can meet our Board of Trustees and Executive Team. You can also read our annual review and financial statements, and take a look at our jobs page to find out about current opportunities.


Board of Trustees

What does the Board of Trustees do? It exists to oversee our strategic direction and monitor how we deliver our objectives. The Board of Trustees come from a diverse and varied background and have a great deal of relevant experience and expertise which they use to assist the Chief Executive and the Executive Team to achieve our vision.


Adebayo Oyeniyi - Chairman


Mark Lemmon – Treasurer and Chair of Audit Committee

Mark was the Chief Executive of the Mena Infrastructure Fund based in Dubai, UAE, from April 2008 to July 2014 and then its Executive Vice Chair until January 2017. This was the best performing private equity infrastructure fund in the Middle East and North Africa region from 2008 to the present time. Prior to that, Mark was Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC’s Global Project & Export finance business, responsible for growing that business to a pre-eminent position in infrastructure and energy finance. He has substantial experience of infrastructure investment, property financing and of leading business development. An investment banker of over thirty years standing, Mark is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Tax Advisor and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He holds a BA degree in history from UCL and a master’s degree in finance from the London School of Economics.

Mark became a trustee and joined the board of QVT in June 2017. He hopes to contribute to the successful development and growth of QVT, helping it adopt efficient financial policies and effective internal controls, and assisting in its acquisition of additional properties for its clients.


Tayvanie Nagendran – Deputy Chair of Board of Trustees and Chair of Risk & Governance Committee


Lorraine Ash


Tina Paul (MCIPD, BSc Hons)

Tina is a senior HR generalist with 19 years’ experience in various private sector industries. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with a Masters level Advanced Diploma in HR Management. Tina is also a private landlord with experience of property management and she previously held a voluntary role as HR Consultant to a social enterprise project providing horticultural and life skills education to the special needs community. Tina brings authority on HR best practice and UK employment law to the Board, ensuring QVT both complies with its legal duties and is a great place to work.


Stephen Wells

Stephen is both an economist and a chartered accountant. For 30 years he has been a finance director covering many business sectors including in commerce, the public sector and with charities. Married for 32 years, he has one daughter who is a student psychiatrist. He and his family live locally in Bromley. He is a former Chairman of the Quo Vadis Trust and has been the Chair of the Audit Committee. He remains dedicated to the mission of the charity and is focused on the support of those with mental health challenges.


Executive Team

Quo Vadis Trust’s Executive Team drives the charity towards achieving its goals and vision, while upholding its values and governance.


Ingrid Tennessee – Chief Executive and Company Secretary

Ingrid was appointed CEO of Quo Vadis Trust (QVT) Housing Association in October 2016. QVT is a charity providing social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addictions and is an accredited BACP Counsellor. Her leadership experience spans 25 years in the Health and Social Care Sector.

Ingrid grew up in a deprived area of Guyana, South America, but despite the challenges presented by this, became a Secondary School Teacher at a school where she was once a pupil. She moved to the UK in the early 90s.

The rich tapestry of her experience includes having served as a Special Constable in the Metropolitan Police Service gaining first-hand experience of hard to reach groups and individuals who have fallen through various safety nets. She has also served as a District Councillor with Sevenoaks Council and became a member of the Audit and Housing Committee, followed by being Vice Chair of Governance.

Ingrid has an in depth understanding of the effects of homelessness, social, complex mental health issues and dual diagnosis, with expertise in designing and delivering tailored services for these needs. Her achievements include the innovative remodelling of first core and flexi approach to care and support for mental health services in the London Borough of Lewisham.

Ingrid has a passion for shaping person centred services for vulnerable people experiencing barriers to self-fulfilment. Her promotion of equality and diversity in the services she leads resulted in her being shortlisted for the National Equality and Diversity Housing Sector Award in 2017.

Her other achievements include successful implementation of volunteering programmes to support core staff in the third sector. She understands and has proven that this type of support maximises and augments permanent staffing capacity and service delivery in smaller organisations, primarily for the benefit of clients, but also for those involved in delivering the service and for wider society.


Steve Mann - Head of Finance

Steve is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience working in the commercial sector, having been finance director of a Kent based audio visual engineering company prior to joining QVT. He has extensive experience of both general and financial management, has a maths and computer studies degree from the University of Southampton and is currently studying for an MSc in Charity Finance and Accounting at Cass Business School. In his spare time Steve runs a Boys Brigade company and enjoys allotment gardening as well as following Charlton Athletic.


James Davies - Head of Operations

James started his career in care 20 years ago as a volunteer for an organisation that supported adults with learning disabilities and mental health. James stayed at this organisation for 14 years, seeing it through a period of rapid expansion and eventually becoming CEO.  James went on to lead a charity in Guildford that provided supported living accommodation for vulnerable young people, helping them to live independently. More recently James has been Assistant Director for a charity that supports the recovery of clients with severe and enduring mental health issues. James has an MSc in Applied Psychology and is passionate about supporting vulnerable people to reach their full potential. 




Kevin Wingfield – Service Delivery & Property Manager


Martin Drake – Engagement & Development Manager


Mary-Anne Fiorini - HR Manager


Operations Team


Mandy Mascarenhas – Care Home Manager


Sampson Asuzu – Team Leader


John Tshishimbi – Team Leader


Trevor Pybus - Team Leader


Lucy Cierniak - Recovery Activity & Volunteer Co-ordinator