Virginia Low - Chair
I had of course met Stuart and will never forget hearing the tragic news of his death.
I’ve helped out in various ways since the earliest days of the Stuart Low Trust – volunteering at Friday Evening Events, leading holidays and outings and running photography and gardening projects – and formally became a trustee in 2003.
I’ve led many SLT narrowboat trips over the years, ranging from overnights to full weeks and they’re always memorable! I also volunteered in the kitchen for Friday Evening Events for over 10 years before handing the reins over to a fresh team of volunteers a few years ago.
As well as my duties as a trustee I continue to lead SLTs Gardening Project every Thursday at Culpeper Community Gardens. Our two plots have just won the Islington in Bloom 2016 first prize for Best Community Centre Garden. Accolades like that are nice, but the biggest reward is feeling that youâ€™re putting something back.
One of my regular clients is Virginia Low and it was from chatting to her that I learned about the Stuart Low Trust. I immediately wanted to be involved and the best way I knew was to get friends and colleagues together to provide some sparkling entertainment for SLTs Friday Evening Events and so the legendary Bonsai Bingo extravaganzas were born! What is Bonsai Bingo? It’s a closely guarded secret, but I can say that a small ornamental tree plays a pivotal role!
It was some years later that I was invited to become a trustee. I must be the quietest trustee SLTs ever had but Virginia has told me that when I do speak at meetings I speak with insight. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I’m 100% behind SLTs ethos of bringing people together and building a community we’ve been doing it at Theorem for 25 years!
Pat was a Patron of SLT from its inception, and became a Trustee in 2008. She was initially involved in fundraising, but she is now more focussed on trying to get the best picture of SLT out to funders and the local community.
Pat knew Stuart Low throughout his life (he came to her wedding in a buggy). She cherished him as the son of Virginia, not least.
She was awarded an OBE in 1997 for service to criminology. In 2015, she got the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Rachael Smith - Treasurer
Rachael has lived in London since moving down from the North after graduating from the University of Leeds. Rachael began her career as an investment analyst and has completed her IMC and CIPM qualifications as well as studying both marketing and project management. Rachael currently works in the financial services sector as a marketing director and has experience across all aspects of marketing and communications. Rachael is also a member of the CFA Institute CIPM Advisory Committee. The primary purpose of the committee is to provide independent and objective strategic advice to CFA institute staff on all aspects of the CIPM designation, including input on positioning and promotion.
Rachael is a Carlisle United supporter although rarely gets to their matches anymore. She has a passion for good food and even better red wine. Rachael spends her spare time attempting to enjoy the gym, travelling, socialising and buying shoes.
She is a finance professional, working at an international investment bank. She spent 11 years as a credit trader, and is now Executive Director running the global credit valuation control group. She took a sabbatical in 2015, and worked as investment manager for a social investment fund, helping charities and social enterprises to use investment to become more financially sustainable.
Jo is also trustee for OnePlusOne, a national relationship charity, who use research, training and online resources to promote healthy relationship skills.
She holds an MA in Maths and Management Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Hannah Kalmanowitz - CEO
I think the work we do at SLT is vital as it provides a lifeline in Islington a non-judgemental, safe community to combat the above average suicide rate here. I think the thing I like most about my role at SLT is seeing our participants gain confidence, better mental health and overall improve their wellbeing.
Robert Stuart - Development office
I co-ordinate our Friday Evening Event programme, design our bi-monthly flyer, manage our website and put together our e-bulletins, as well as lots of other things!
I am proud of having had a part in developing our Friday Evening Event community and – with the help of an amazing team of volunteers – of having been involved in getting SLTâ€™s Sunday Philosophy Forum off the ground. The forum has been running since 2011 and in that time has discussed everything from Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights to Plato, Kant and Nietzsche!
Mohammad Jameer - Accountant
The success of the Stuart Low Trust is due to the staff, volunteers and management committee who provide a continued atmosphere of warmth, support and dedication, opening the doors to a brighter future for those that are in need.
I came to Queen Mary University of London in 2012 to take up a joint professorship in the Schools of History, and English & Drama. My previous post, which I had held since 1993, was in History at the University of East London. I have also held visiting professors at the universities of Amsterdam, Indiana, Notre Dame, and the ‘cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales. I am the QMUL Director of the Raphael Samuel History Centre (a partnership between Queen Mary UL, Birkbeck College UL, the University of East London, and Bishopsgate Institute).
Barbara has kindly given two very well received talks about her book at our Friday Evening Events.
When SLT received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Barbara commented, Warm congratulations to you all a very richly deserved.