Our trustees are the people with ultimate responsibility for directing the business of Hillingdon Shopmobility. They are volunteers, and receive no payment.
Cllr Teji Barnes – Chair
Teji has a banking background of some fifteen years, then moved into coaching, teaching and training in 2004. In this time Teji has helped teach and train children and adults in schools and in the work environment. From 2013 Teji has coached all ages to learn to drive safely for life running her own business in the borough. Alongside her work Teji is an elected Conservative councillor for the London Borough of Hillingdon since 2014 serving her residents and raising the profile of road safety and vulnerable road users. May 2020 saw Teji become the Mayor of Hillingdon and spending a lot of time visiting so many residents in the whole of Hillingdon during the pandemic. Teji joined the Shopmobility team in 2016 and in 2017 became a Trustee. Over many years Teji spent time fundraising for her children’s schools and clubs often, baking, running or cycling for charity. Teji became aware of Shopmobility in 2007 when her Mother became disabled and is very pleased to be a part of this charity helping to provide such a useful service.
- Nicholas Smith is the Community and Events Manager at Barclays Bank Plc. Nicholas has many over 35 years banking experience working with a specialism of working with the third sector, both large and small charities. He has nearly 40 years of Retail Banking Experience and has been instrumental in raising funds for all the charities with which he is involved including Hillingdon Shopmobility. Nicholas also has a broad wealth of knowledge and in Charity Fundraising, Accounts Management, Business Administration, Catering, Event Management and Staff Development. He regularly lectures at Uxbridge and teaches at Hillingdon and Other Borough Schools. Nicholas chairs another local charity and is treasurer to another three. He is also Charity Advisor to a number of Borough Councils. These relationships provide us with opportunities for the exchange of best practice and collaboration with Hillingdon Shopmobility.
Kevin has worked in the third sector for over 12 years, having previously followed a business career in firms such as Martin Baker. He is currently the Office Manager and Senior Family Support Worker working in a local charity, having in particular HR and employment skills, utility procurement and representation at tribunals. His wealth of charity knowledge is demonstrated by being a trustee on other boards.
Mike Crane – Vice-Chair
Mike has settled in well to the board of Trustees and is Business Development Manager for Uxbridge Town Centre – previously Development Manager for Uxbridge College. He brings a wealth of business skills and ideas to the board.
Aaron Bayliss – Treasurer
June is the Town Centre Minister for Uxbridge St Margaret’s Church after having been a research chemist before being ordained. She has worked alongside Shopmobility for several years at the Annual Assisted Shopping Event for the Elderly and Disabled. She loves people and has wide experience of working with all kinds of different people facing all sorts of challenges. June also has considerable experience of working alongside different organisations, helping, support and advising in people related issues. June has a good understanding of the needs of the disabled and is a very welcome member to the board.
We are delighted to welcome our newest trustee.
Reverend Canon Dr Andy Thompson MBE is the Team Vicar for St Margaret’s church in Uxbridge. As a newcomer to Uxbridge he is looking forward to serving the church and the local community in the area.
After working with youth in Matlock, he trained for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and was ordained in Derby Cathedral. Since then, he has served as a chaplain in the UAE and Kuwait. He is looking forward to serving on the Shopmobility board.