Meet our Trustees
Byron Johnson Brown, Trustee
Byron joined the trustee board in summer 2017. He is a Project Manager at London Healthy Partnership.
Byron graduated in Entrepreneurship and Media Management and has a decade of experience operating in Whitehall, epidemiological research, and commercial elements of the NHS. He has strong local knowledge and deep connection to Bromley, having lived and studied across the borough in to his adulthood.
Byron’s skills are in strategy, engagement, and digital marketing. He has achieved Prince2 and Agile PM project management certifications to Practitioner level. His key interest is in the use of technology to address health inequalities and the economics of genomics.
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.
Janet Tibbalds, Chair
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.
Lorraine Parkes, Trustee
Lorraine joined the trustee board in autumn 2018.
Since 2008, Lorraine has been managing the Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) within the Early Intervention & Family Support Service at Bromley Council. IASS supports children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. She manages a team of four staff and six volunteers. When Lorraine started in the role it quickly became apparent to her that the only way to support as many as families as possible was to recruit volunteers alongside paid staff.
Lorraine believes volunteers benefit an organisation greatly and that volunteers themselves gain valuable skills and experience, increasing their self-esteem. Lorraine has used Community Links Bromley’s Volunteer Centre to advertise and recruit volunteering opportunities.
Lorraine brings her experience of managing volunteers and staff to the trustee board, along with good links with the voluntary sector e.g. Mencap and CASPA (Children on the Autistic Spectrum Parents Association) and a knowledge of working within Bromley Council, specifically with children and families.
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.
Thalie Martini, Trustee
Thalie Martini joined Magpie Dance as Chief Executive in July 2017. Prior to joining Magpie Dance, Thalie ran a major national programme to transform care practice in schools for children with medical conditions for Diabetes UK. Thalie has a BA in Theatre and Film from the University of New South Wales, Sydney (she was born in France but largely brought up in Australia) and worked for over 15 years in Australian national and state governments leading public health and cultural engagement programmes before running a major project for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney.
She then moved to the south of France where she ran a Business English consultancy before moving to south east London in 2014. Thalie is passionate about social empowerment, equal opportunity and supporting those who most need it. She joined the board of trustees in 2017.