Summarised Accounts ASCEND 2017
The Revd. Canon Pam Wise MBE, Vicar of All Saints’ Church (Chair of Trustees),
Her work continually involves, first hand, the daily issues facing our local residents. She has extensive experience with regeneration projects in areas of urban deprivation. She initiated a shop project on a large housing estate in Brent to offer support and advice to the unemployed and lone parents. During her time in Queens Park, Bedford she was closely involved with the Single Regeneration Partnership and founded the Queen’s Park Women’s Forum.
Brian Thomson (Trustee)
Brian Thomson is a professional economist who worked for many years as a senior civil servant in Britain’s Department for International Development. Since retiring he has worked as an adviser for Citizens Advice and became one of ASCEND’s trustees in 2008.
Simeon Galpert (Trustee)
Simeon is an Accountant who believes that employment is the best way to defeat poverty. As well as being proud to be a Trustee of ASCEND he is also a Director of Equity for Africa which has raised c.$10million to support entrepreneurs in Tanzania with an emphasis on creating employment.
Frederick Martin Waldron (Trustee)
Martin worked in IT research for the Canadian Government, assisted US Technology companies to enter Europe, and set up his own consultancy company which he ran for 25 years specialising in Corporate Information Management. Martin was also a visiting professor at the US University Richmond College and helped develop their MBA course. In a voluntary capacity, Martin worked for the Probation Service to assist ex-offenders to get back into the community, as a mentor for repeat offenders and for those wanting to start up their own business. He set up and ran youth clubs in Bristol and Slough and developed IT courses in Canada for government employees with limited education.
Anandana Bakshi (Trustee)
Ana is the Director at the Foundry, a new Entrepreneurial Hub at the University of Oxford. Ana has a strong interest in entrepreneurship as a means for social good.
David Wallis (Management Board)
David is the Treasurer of ASCEND, having been Hon. Treasurer at St. Marks Church, Watford for over 20 years. He is now retired from being Project Leader at GEC-Marconi.
Christine Wyard (Management Board)
Christine is the ASCEND Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and manages the project on a day-to-day basis. She has worked for ASCEND for 20 years and lives locally.