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Our board

Brighter Horizons is an independent charity, separate from any of the Councils that we work with. As a not-for-profit organisation, any money that we make goes back into the charity to improve our services.

Charities are led by volunteers known as Trustees. Our Board is made up of 7 Trustees. They are responsible for managing all aspects of our work including our finances, health and safety, risk, compliance strategy and our staff.

Margaret Mizen

Margaret has lived in Lewisham for most of her adult life and is a founding Trustee, having been on the Board since 2016. For the last 15 years she has run The Mizen Foundation, a charity working with young people all over the UK and has previously been a school governor of a local special school. Her daughter comes to Brighter Horizons and Margaret is passionate about providing everyone with a sense of belonging so that they can be safe in an environment filled with love and laughter. Any spare time she has is dedicated to her husband Barry and their nine children.

Bernie O’Keefe

Bernie lives in Charlton and became a Trustee in 2016. He has a Human Resources background and now specialises in coaching young people to develop their career path and facilitate their journey to a meaningful and prosperous future. His daughter Hazel has autism and this is one of the reasons he became a trustee. This and the fact that he was so impressed by the desire of the founders to support adults with learning disabilities. Bernie is a keen Crystal Palace fan and enjoys reading non-fiction and watching crime documentaries.

Huda Ghalegolabi

Huda became a Trustee in 2020 and has more than 16 years' experience working with project management, fundraising, protection and safeguarding strategic activities in the third sector as well as the United Nations. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and therefore committed to supporting Brighter Horizons' mission and values. In particular she is passionate about providing varied and quality services to people with autism to ensure they have the right to a meaningful contribution witihn their communities. Huda spends her free time enjoying London’s cultural scene, reading and traveling.

Fela Ajayi

Fela lives in Beckenham Hill and became a Trustee in 2021. He is a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner, bringing to the Board a wealth of experience in health and safety, compliance and strategic risk management. His son has autism and he is passionate about providing the best quality services across Southeast London, especially improving the transition from children's to adult social care. He supports Liverpool Football Club.

Kieran Lee (Chair)

Kieran lives in South Croydon and has been a Trustee since 2019, becoming Chair in 2020. He works in finance and brings a wealth of experience in organisational structure, governance, risk management and finance. He is also a Director of Ignition Brewery, the Charity's wholly owned trading subsidiary. His brother has mild learning difficulties and both his brother and sister-in-law have learning disabilities too. As a result, Kieran is passionate about providing the best quality services across Southeast London. In his spare time he enjoys golf, motorsport, good food, wine and spending time with his family.

Raj Chakraborty

Raj has been a Trustee since 2021

Philip Thorn

Philip has been a Trustee since 2016
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