Meet the trustees

Lola Barrett - Chair

Lola joined the MVSC board of trustees in 1994 and became Chair in 1996. Having worked in the borough for a number of years Lola brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board. She is currently Chief Executive of Grenfell Housing Association and has recently been honoured with the Merton Excellence Award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Community’ and recognised for her ‘Outstanding Achievement within the Borough of Merton.’ “We have a great board and their skills, attributes, knowledge and experience all contribute to the success that MVSC is today.”

Alec Botten – Vice Chair

Alec has lived in Merton for many years and became a trustee at MVSC in 1995. As a local resident he became a trustee to contribute to the voluntary sector and make an impact on his community and to be part of something that will achieve positive change.

“I've always been really interested in what makes people tick and the way organisations develop and being part of the MVSC board has allowed me to be part of this exciting journey.”

Sarah Wilson - Treasurer

Sarah joined the team in 2012 and wanted to use her financial skills in a local voluntary setting. Sarah has lived locally for nearly 30 years and in that time has become involved in the local voluntary sector. As a Chartered Professional Accountant for the voluntary sector, she has a sound knowledge of charity finance.

“MVSC is a vibrant organisation which continually provides the trustees with interesting challenges. I'm pleased to be able to contribute to enabling the organisation to continue to be a strong contributor to Merton’s amazing voluntary sector.”

Charles Lusack

Charles joined MVSC as a trustee in 2011 to make a real contribution to his local community. Charles is a former member of Merton Guild Meals on wheels, a school governor, on the board of Dependent Monitoring of HMP Highdown and since 1992 has been Justice of the Peace. Charles evidently brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board.

“We all act as one for a common purpose and no one’s view is more important than the other. Acting as one makes the organisation the success that it is today.”

Susanette Mansour

Susanette is a Merton resident, she was appointed to serve as board member in 2015. Susanette brings with her relevant expertise in promoting more cross-sector collaboration and organisational development in the third sector. She has a sound understanding of business and financial management principles with broad experience gained in operational, strategic management and team development.

“MVSC is a great organisation to be a part of; my aim is to bring in enthusiasm and a fresh perspective as a board member, whilst sustaining the type of social action and engagement with which the service has driven social change for years.”

Charmaine Bennette

Charmaine joined the board of trustees in 2015 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Merton. Her previous roles were at NCVO, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Charmaine led a national support service supporting charities to be better led and governed and delivered training across the country on sustainable funding.

“We should be very proud that we have a CVS in Merton that is known regionally and nationally for being a leader in its field and I hope to contribute in some way to maintaining this to ensure we have a strong, vibrant voluntary sector.”