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

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.




Anastasia Baliakou

Anastasia is a health and social care manager with experience of working across the mental health, learning disabilities and digital healthcare sectors. Currently she is the Head of Services at a West London Charity supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. Since her first Bachelor’s internship, the majority of her work has been supporting those with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties, initially in Greece and later on in London.

Anastasia has an academic background in Clinical Psychology (both a B.Sc. and an M.Sc.) and more recently completed a postgraduate Diploma in International Healthcare Management and Leadership (PG.Dip.) As a newly elected on the Board of QVT in October 2020 she would like to use her skills to ensure the needs of the Clients are met, in all aspects of their life.







Tina Paul (MCIPD, BSc Hons)

Tina is a senior HR generalist with over 20 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.


Dr Sue Upton – Chair of Risk & Governance Committee

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.




Phil Clark

Phil Clark is head of content and audience at the British Medical Association (BMA) the trade union and professional association representing UK doctors. He oversees member-facing content, communications, campaigns and marketing across print, digital and social media.

Phil Clark
Prior to joining the BMA Phil has had a varied career in publishing and journalism. This includes editing and writing for award-winning business publications such as Building Magazine, launching new titles as well as innovating in digital journalism and social media. He has expert knowledge in sustainability having launched a successful blog and digital community in that space. More recently he managed a subscription business as well as consulting for publishers, event companies and membership organisations.

Phil has volunteered extensively at organisations such as Age Concern, Barnardos and the London 2012 Olympics. Phil is a culture nut with a passion for theatre, novels and music and is a trustee at theatre company Coney.


Stephen Dellar 

Dr. Stephen Dellar has a PhD in Biochemical Engineering from UCL, as well as 20 years’ experience as a Property Developer, and 10 years’ experience as a Social Housing Consultant.

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 TennesseeIngrid 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.


Martina Lewis-Stasakova – Director of Finance

Prior to joining the charity sector in 2009, Martina worked in the private sector in Czech Republic and later in the UK, where she relocated in the late 90s. Martina worked for London-based estate agencies for a number of years before taking a career break.

Martina is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant with over 12 years’ experience in leading the finance function for a number of charities before she joined QVT in late December 2021. She lives in SE London with her husband and a daughter.


James Davies – Director 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 – Director of People

Mary-Anne’s first role in HR was as a trainer for News UK, where she worked for 10 years. She relocated to Amsterdam for several years where she worked in publishing management for Reed Elsevier in the Health Sciences team. Mary-Anne returned to London in 2010 and worked as 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 in 2018, bringing with her over 20 years’ Human Resources and Learning and Development experience. She lives in Beckenham with her husband and four sons.







Ben Morris – Properties Manager

Martin Drake – Engagement & Development Manager

Sarah Anderson – Quality Assurance Manager

Operations Team

Mandy Mascarenhas – Care Home Manager

Sampson Asuzu – Housing Manager

Laura Godber – Housing Manager

Monique James – Housing Manager

Lucy Cierniak – Client Development Co-ordinator

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