Meet the trustees

Sarah Wilson - Chair

Sarah joined the team in 2012 and wanted to use her financial skills in a local voluntary setting. Sarah has lived locally for over 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. Sarah previously served as the Chair of Volunteer Centre Merton, so brings in depth experience of how organisations can be supported to recruit and manage Volunteers.

“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.”

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.”

Susanette Mansour - Hon. Treasurer

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. Susanette worked at Merton Community Transport for 4 years, providing innovative, flexible and accessible transport solutions to organisations and individuals in Merton.

“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.”

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.”

Barbara Price

Barbara Price although not living in Merton now was born and brought up here. She was CEO of South Thames Crossroads and worked in Merton for 10 years. Barbara has been a Trustee for MVSC for a number of years and has recently become a Trustee of Age UK Merton.
"I am a Trustee of MVSC because I believe that we are stronger together and MVSC provides a collective voice for the many voluntary and community groups operating within the borough."

Ben Wilkins - Trustee
Ian Petherbridge - Trustee
Nuzhat Ali - Trustee