Our Trustee board is comprised of well-connected, Bromley-based individuals who bring an enormous range of experience from areas including finance, legal sector, social enterprise and more!
Find out about our dedicated team of Trustees below:
Janet Tibbalds, Chair of Trustees
Janet has been involved in the voluntary sector in Bromley for over 30 years, initially as a volunteer adviser in Bromley Citizens Advice Bureau. For the last 15 years or so, where Janet has been more in a position to influence, she has encouraged and supported moves towards partnership working and innovative, more effective and business like governance and service delivery, without ever losing focus on the ultimate recipients, be they children, students or service users. Janet believes she has acquired the skills and experience required of a trustee alongside a wide knowledge of the local voluntary sector and its operation, which would inform a role as trustee of Community Links Bromley.
Byron Johnson Brown, Trustee
Byron Johnson Brown joined the trustee board in summer 2017. He has a lifetime of lived experience managing a long term condition, and over a decade of professional experience in the health system. Byron's vision for a more personalised and equitable health service has been heavily influenced by his personal experiences, and early career in health justice and epidemiological research. More recently, Byron has succeeded in a partnership team to develop London’s Next Steps for Social Prescribing (pdf, 7MB), published on the 2 October 2019. Byron currently advises on digital transformation, and manages relationships for the Healthy London Partnership’s Social Investment Fund. Byron’s interests are in the future of genomics in population health, he is a graduate in Entrepreneurship & Music and Media Management, and is currently completing a Msc in Healthcare Leadership at the University of Birmingham.
Carole Wells, Trustee
Carole joined the trustee board in autumn 2018. Carole brings skills in social enterprise and marketing, with a good working knowledge of setting up and running small businesses. She set up and ran the Croft Tearoom in St Mary Cray from 2007-2015. The Tearoom is a 'not for profit' CIC (Community Interest Company) and social enterprise which has won several awards from Bromley Council. Whilst there, Carole recruited and managed many volunteers via the volunteer services at Community Links Bromley.
Prior to that, Carole was a Director of Circa Ltd. for 25 years which recruited and trained young people under the Youth Training/Modern Apprenticeship scheme.
While currently 'retired', she works as a volunteer for the South Street Cafe (in Community House) and as a host for the charity 'Contact the Elderly'. Carole and her husband Norman are also working on two projects, one tackling air/traffic pollution and the other a local food delivery service.
Elliot Lewis, Trustee
Elliot is a Partner at Thackray Williams LLP solicitors and runs the firm’s large Private Client department. He qualified as a Solicitor in the mid 1990’s and has a wealth of experience in advising clients including individuals, businesses and charities on legal issues and trustees on their role and responsibilities. Elliot has in the past acted for and advised charitable trustees. Currently he acts as a trustee himself for a wide range of trusts.
Elliot is heavily involved in the local community, regularly meeting local residents and organisations. He was on the steering group for a local Leonard Cheshire Home. For the past two years Elliot has sat on the Committee for the Bromley Community Fund, which is a local charitable endowment fund. As a result he has become very familiar with the work of Community Links Bromley.
Elliot has a keen interest in cycling and travel. He is married with an 11 year old son and lives in Kent.
Luke Hallard, Trustee
Luke joined the trustee board in autumn 2018.
Luke is a programme director at HSBC Bank. He brings a range of expertise with him, including developing business strategy, and delivering complex and often time-critical organisational change. Luke has a broad knowledge of financial crime risk, and has led change programmes to improve sanctions screening and anti-money laundering controls in one of the world's biggest banks, representing the bank in meetings with regulators including the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulatory Authority, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Luke has built effective and collaborative relationships in the private and not-for-profit sector, and has experience of working with start-ups and other charities whose mission is to reduce disadvantage and support communities.
Paul Cosgrave, Trustee
Paul is retired after working for forty two years as a Senior Corporate Banking Manager with HSBC.
His skills are financially based and he has over the years, been focused on relationship banking, where developing and maintaining customer relationships have been very important to him.
He is a very involved with scouting in both Bromley and Bexley and his roles have included being a Group Scout Leader in Petts Wood, District Commissioner for Chislehurst, Deputy District Commissioner for Adult Support and a Deputy County Commissioner for the Borough of Bromley which covered the support to the voluntary sector.
He has built up relationships with both boroughs, run various projects over the years and believes that he has acquired the skills and experience required of a trustee, alongside a wide knowledge of the local voluntary sector and its operation.
He is a very keen golfer and played football for the bank for over thirty years at a good standard.
Paul has been married to his wife Jackie for 37 years and they have two sons.
Tadeusz Peter Dabrowski, Trustee/Treasurer
Peter retired at the end of 2012, after working for the previous forty years with Midland/HSBC, his later years in various senior management roles within corporate banking and the bank’s Securities Services Division.
Peter's primary skills are financially and para-legal based and he was a member of HSBC’s senior management team looking after certain major businesses in trouble. He ended his career as author and main negotiator for a wholly regulated agreement type, his dealings including major international banks, insurance companies, fund managers, pension funds, governments and local authorities - the underlying service involving the administration of world-wide assets of over US$7trn.
He has and still does work for various charities - he was the founding treasurer to the Bromley branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Society. His knowledge of matters financial resulted in him being asked to be auditor for various charitable organisations.
He is a very keen sportsman with a love of cycling (he commuted by bicycle from his home in Petts Wood to work for many years) and a variety of ball sports played over the years. His sporting activity is now limited to casual cycle rides and golf.
Peter has been married to his wife Jacqueline for 38 years and they have three children - a son and two daughters.