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
Ade is currently a member of the Senior Management Team at Advance Housing and Support, a national support and housing provider for people with mental health and learning disabilities. He has over 16 years of operational and strategic management experience in the housing, health and social care sector. Prior to this, Ade worked for several years in the information technology sector in Nigeria where he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at an IT firm (Ashar Information Services).
Ade moved to England in 2002 to study for an MSc in Information Technology. Whilst studying he worked part-time at a Forensic Mental Health Service. Here he discovered his passion for people rather than for computer systems and has since pursued his interest in adding value to the lives of vulnerable people who suffer from enduring mental health issues. He is passionate about best provision of services that enable people to realise their individual potential as valued citizens. This has drawn him to be a board member of QVT since 2017 where he is now serving as Chairman. Ade also engages and leads in a number of community focussed activities promoting wellbeing of young people and local citizens . He possesses a post graduate diploma in Management and a BSc in Geography.
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.
Lorraine was born in Greenwich, educated in South East London and now resides in Kent. She has two grown up sons.
She is an experienced Non-Executive Director who has worked with the housing sector for 20 years. She has been a Company Director as well as being on various boards and Committees many of which she has chaired.
She is the Regional Manager of a medium sized charity in Tunbridge Wells.
Lorraine saved the charity from closure nine years ago. In the past nine years not only has she secured the future of the charity but expanded the services that it provides for the community. If you asked Lorraine why she saved the charity she would tell you “because the community need it”.
This year, the charity has been nominated for ‘The Queens Award’ for volunteer services.
Her passion is making sure that the most vulnerable people in society are treated fairly and are not overlooked or forgotten. She makes it her business to make sure that they have a voice. She is experienced in fund raising and working with volunteers, her priority is customer service.
Lorraine is always at her best when she feels she can make a difference to vulnerable people she thrives on challenged. She is keen to use her housing background and voluntary sector skills to help QVT achieve its aims.
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 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.
Dr Sue Upton
Sue is a senior business and marketing professional with over 30 years experience in both the private, public and not for profit sectors. Most recently, Sue spent 10 years on the Executive Team at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional membership body for HR and people development, including a period as Interim Managing Director. Sue is educated to PhD level in Chemistry and also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. As a newly elected Board member, Sue hopes to use her skills and experience to ensure the Trust delivers on its mission and objectives for the benefit of its clients and other key stakeholders
Maria Curro (M.A. Planning)
Maria is a senior transport planner at the City of London Corporation. As a transport planner, Maria leads on large civic projects focusing on pedestrianisation schemes, projects that seek to improve air quality and large-scale development planning schemes. Maria is a member of Women in Transport and has worked in the transport industry in both the UK and North America. Maria lives locally in Catford. As a newly elected Board Member, Maria hopes to work with the charity to ensure they meet their objectives and continue to provide outstanding care to their clients.
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.
Mary-Anne Fiorini – Head of People
Mary-Anne grew up in South East London and her first role in HR was as a trainer for News UK, where she worked for 10 years. She moved to Amsterdam in 2004 and worked for Reed Elsevier in the Health Sciences team, before returning to the UK in 2010 where she was initially a freelance trainer, and then a generalist HR Manager for a local telecommunications firm whilst undertaking a diploma in HR Management with the CIPD. Mary-Anne has always wanted to work for a charity and was delighted to join QVT as our HR Manager in 2018. She brings with her 20 years’ Human Resources and Learning and Development experience. She lives in Beckenham with her husband and four young sons.
Kevin Wingfield – Service Delivery & Property Manager
Martin Drake – Engagement & Development Manager
Mandy Mascarenhas – Care Home Manager
Sampson Asuzu – Housing Manager
Amana Wilkins – Housing Manager
Monique James – Interim Team Leader
Lucy Cierniak – Recovery Activity & Volunteer Co-ordinator