Our Patron and Trustees


Our patron is the actor Juliet Stevenson. Juliet Stevenson, CBE is an English screen and stage actor. She is best known for her work on Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Truly Madly Deeply (1990) and on stage most recently In The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre. Juliet has generously supported our work for several years.


Our Board of Trustees works closely with our Chief Executive, Andy, offering a wealth of knowledge and support through these unprecedented times.

The board is composed of 8 professionals with a broad range of skills including a chartered accountant and qualified chartered company secretary, who supports in the area of finance and reporting, and a solicitor working with a global firm who has worked extensively on matters of governance and a doctor and expert in medical ethics. Three of the board members are refugees, one of whom is a former client.

Victoria Rae brings over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector with a specialism in communications, strategy and partner engagement.  She has held a number of trusteeships and advisory roles as well as senior leadership positions in a range of charities including UNICEF UK. She first became involved with the Centre at the start of 2020, offering pro-bono mentoring and advice on communications and fundraising, helping to develop a strong presentation of the vital work of the Centre in the face of the challenges of Covid19.

Teresa Dodgson has been involved with the Centre since 2003. She started by doing some fundraising for the Centre and a sister project and then joined the Centre’s management committee. This led to her becoming a Trustee when the Centre became a registered charity in 2010. Her professional life outside the Centre is as an illustrator and she has used her experience in this by running art workshops (now led by Jane Ray) and designing the logo and Christmas cards to raise funds.

Beverley van der Sluis lives in Highbury, Islington North. Beverley is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales and a Chartered Governance Professional. Following a 20 year career consisting of senior roles within Financial Services she now acts as the Head of Governance for an online ethical grocer, and is the Company Secretary of ShareGift, the Share Donation Charity. Her first association with the Centre was as a volunteer providing expertise during the establishment of its accounting systems. Beverley has been a Trustee since 2011.

Edward Vargas Caceres attended Islington Centre as a client and in addition to accessing a range of services and activities he completed all levels of English Language ESOL course in order to study for an Access course to University. He successfully progressed onto higher education and has recently completed his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is now working full time as a mechanical engineer for a high profile company.

Richard has a long history of supporting the work of the Centre going back to its earliest beginnings. His professional career ranging from doctor to editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics equips him with a depth of knowledge that complements his experience across the charity and community sector.

Gladys has been involved with the Centre since the very early days and has supported refugees through various roles including the Sierra Leone’s Women’s Forum, the Islington Refugees Forum and most recently WAND UK. Gladys brings much to the board of trustees through her experience in the Charity sector and the field of fundraising.

James Fletcher is an Islington North resident who has been a Trustee of the Centre since 2012. James is a Corporate Lawyer at Ashurst LLP, a leading global law firm. Prior to becoming a Trustee of the Centre, James worked with the Centre in a professional capacity as part of an Ashurst Team providing pro bono advice to the Centre.

Victor de Waal was born in Holland and came to the UK as a refugee in 1939. An Anglican priest, he was Dean of Canterbury Cathedral. He has worked with the Centre since 2002, and held the Chair position until January 2022.

Kathy Margerison has over a decade of experience in the charity and social innovation sectors in the UK, including roles at Oxfam and Caritas. She currently leads all programme work in an NGO hub and community space in Brent.  Kathy also has extensive volunteer experience including work with Samaritans, Refugee Council and Creative Support.