The day-to-day operation of our Law Centres is managed by our Senior Management Team, led by Patrick Marples, our CEO. Patrick is responsible to our trustees for the management of our Law Centre.

Our staff team is supported by our team of dedicated and talented volunteers, to whom we’re all very grateful.

The following list is in effect as of 1 April 2023:


Senior Management Team

Patrick Marples, CEO

Stacey Edgar, Deputy CEO

Katy Forkah, Head of Legal Service and Housing Solicitor

Administration Team

Fran Elliott, Senior Branch Administrator

Nikki Sheydayeva, Croydon Branch Administrator

Benefits Team

Diane Sechi, Welfare Benefit and Community Care Solicitor

Communications Team

Chofian Abobakr, Communications Manager

Community Engagement Team

Rhiannon Hughes, Community Engagement Manager (South West London)

Eve Rogers, Community Engagement Manager (Surrey)

Cost of Living Team

Roni Marsh, Cost of Living Project Manager

Asia Triolo, Crisis Navigator (Merton)

Hajra Jafri, Welfare Rights Paralegal

Rhoda Anokye, Welfare Rights Paralegal

Florence Manders, Apprentice Solicitor

Ruth Forrest, Apprentice Solicitor

Employment Team

Sarah Forsyth, Employment Caseworker

Ash O’Keeffe, Discrimination Caseworker

Finance Team

Andrew Folkes, Billing/ Costs Manager

Nada Aboushama, Finance Assistant

Housing Team

Katy Forkah, Head of Legal Service and Housing Solicitor

Leena Jangra, Housing Team Leader Merton

Jeinsen Lam, Housing Team Leader Croydon             

Paul Wallace, Housing Team Leader Wandsworth

Paul McManus, Housing Solicitor Kingston

Hajra Jafri, Housing Paralegal Wandsworth

Shanice Danso, Trainee Solicitor Merton

Immigration Team

Pradeep Kumar, Immigration Team Leader

Paul Keeley, Immigration Solicitor

Rajitha Kumar, Asylum & Immigration Solicitor

Sabira Kashmiri, Immigration Solicitor (EUSS)

Joanna Sherman, Immigration Caseworker

Thomas Horrie, Immigration Caseworker

Money Advice Team

Roni Marsh, Money Advice Team Leader

Asia Martello, Senior Money Adviser

Lana Kaminskiene, Money Adviser

Eunice Ashley-Kesson, Money Adviser

Andrew Boba, Money Adviser

Edie Selsdon, Money Advisor

Volunteer & Pro Bono Team

Nicoletta Crivellaro, Volunteers and Pro Bono coordinator

Vanessa Ugbo, Legal Advice Clinics Assistant

Our Trustee Team

Allan Blake, Chair

Allan was HR Director, Managing Director and Chair of UK, Australian and Russian aviation companies. He transitioned into the private sector after an academic career lecturing in Law and as a Business School Dean.  Allan’s other non-executive roles have included: Independent Director/ Company Secretary of the Family Mediation Council, Founder Member of the Legal Aid Board, Chair of Preston Free Legal Information Service and Management Committee of the Legal Action Group.

Sarmad Qureshi, Treasurer

Sarmad joined the Board in 2020 and was appointed Treasurer in 2022. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of work experience, initially with a Big Four accountancy firm where he advised on delivering government projects and most recently as a regional Finance Director for a multi-national, where he was involved in finance raising and in implementing governance processes. 

Sarmad also sits as Chair on the Community Monitoring Group of his local police force undertaking independent oversight of stop and search activities. 

Marion Edge

Marion is a solicitor advocate and joined our Board in 2015 after working in our pro bono clinics for many years. Marion has lived in south-west London for over 25 years and is passionate about supporting access to justice in the local community. In her role as Pro Bono Counsel at Dechert LLP she is responsible for managing their pro bono programmes across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She is a member of the Administrative Justice Council Pro Bono Panel and a member of the AJC’s Windrush Working Group. She serves on the management committee at the Asylum Support Appeals Project. Marion spent five years at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP leading their pro bono practice across the UK/US, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She trained at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, specialising in commercial disputes and took a leading role in the pro bono work at their London office.

John Linwood

John joined the Board in June 2014. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and in 1985 became a partner in City and International firm Trowers & Hamlins, specialising in litigation and arbitration in the private and public sector. Until his retirement in 2013, John was head of the Dispute Resolution department and a member of its management board. In 2013 John was appointed as a Deputy District Judge sitting in London County Courts. In 2016 John was appointed to another judicial role as Deputy Master in the Chancery Division of the High Court.

Simon Tinkler

Simon joined our Board at the end of 2019. He has worked as a solicitor in private practice in Bristol and London, as well as in industry. In 2000 he became a partner at Clifford Chance, a long-standing supporter of law centres in London, including SWLLC. He was appointed a deputy high court judge in England and Wales in 2021. Simon also sits as a member of the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal, ensuring that the regulatory standards of the profession are upheld. In addition, he has held positions in national and regional sports governing bodies, with particular responsibility for governance. Simon has lived in south London for more than 10 years, and believes in ensuring access to justice for everyone. He came on board with us having witnessed at first-hand the effect of lack of legal representation on people’s rights, and lives. He sees a vital role for SWLLC, and law centres generally, in providing this fundamental protection to everyone in society. 

Sarah Towler

Sarah joined our Board in 2014. She is a partner in the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence team at Russell-Cooke LLP. Sarah manages several pro bono personal injury and clinical negligence drop-in clinics at law centres, and advises clients on a wide range of issues including cases involving misdiagnosis of symptoms, negligent operations, road traffic accidents, and work accidents. Sarah also has experience in claims against local authorities regarding failure to care for vulnerable adults and children.

Sarah says: ‘I believe in access to justice for all and sadly, with the current government cuts to legal aid funding, there are far too many people now without access to legal representation. I consider my work at the law centre a small contribution that can make a big difference to our clients.’

Ben Halschka

Ben is the joint interim CEO and head of social prescribing at Merton Connected (Merton Voluntary Service Council). He is passionate about social justice and community engagement and has over 20 years’ experience working in the areas of education, health and social care. He also has significant experience at a senior level of developing and delivering services to people recovering from mental ill-health which promotes inclusion, equal opportunities, and diversity. A Board member since December 2022, Ben is particularly interested in helping the Law Centre to grow its campaigning and community activism.

Keith Boak

Keith has a Masters’ degree in Law from UCLA (specialising in Human Rights) and is a licensed US criminal defence attorney. He is also an award-winning producer and director, working on a wide range of theatre and TV productions including In Nomine Patris ( awarded a Scotsman Fringe First at Edinburgh), Dr Who, (BAFTA Best Series 2005) Silent Witness, Case Histories and while based in Los Angeles, Turn: Washington’s Spies for AMC. In November 2018 he produced and directed the short film Innocence: Home for Christmas which focused on Kiera Newsome, who had been wrongly imprisoned in California for 18 years. Kiera was granted clemency on Christmas Day 2018. Keith now lives in south west London and joined the Board of Trustees in December 2022.

Nimmisha Aslam

Nimmisha has been a volunteer adviser in our legal advice clinics for over ten years and prior to that she volunteered as an employment law adviser at the Birmingham TUC centre for the unemployed. She is now a senior associate in the personal injury and clinical negligence team at Russell Cooke LLP where her clients include some of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017.

Nimmisha was a founding member of the Law Society LGBT+ Committee, and currently volunteers with both Hidayah LGBT+ and Laamiga, where she mentors black and minority ethnic women from refugee and migrant communities in London to help them find employment. She joined the Board of Trustees in December 2022 and has a particular interest in ensuring disadvantaged individuals from BAME and LGBT+ backgrounds have access to justice.

Sarah Bergstrom

Sarah had a background in finance before qualifying as a barrister, initially undertaking her legal training in civil commercial law before going on to practise in crime. She currently works as a Senior Legal Manager in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and has led many projects seeking to remove barriers to justice by improving access to the Court for litigants in person. She sits part time as a Judge in the Crown Court and has lived in the local area for over 20 years. Sarah has previously volunteered in the community as a Magistrate sitting in South West London and as a trustee for a charity in Wandsworth, supporting and housing women and children fleeing domestic violence. She is passionate about access to justice for all and joined the Board in December 2022.

Susan Field

Susan joined the Board of Trustees in December 2022. She is a Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate in the international arbitration practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and a pro bono ambassador within the firm.  She has over 15 years’ experience of working with advice units and pro bono schemes: for Citizens Advice she has advised litigants in person at the Royal Courts of Justice and she regularly represents asylum seekers in benefits claims at the Asylum Support Tribunal, with the Asylum Support Appeals Project.  She coordinates, and participates in, the preparation of applications to the ECtHR on behalf of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants with the Rule 39 Initiative and the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD), and supervises volunteers at a legal advice clinic.  She is passionate about helping to design and deliver projects focused on the prevention and alleviation of poverty and on access to justice for marginalised groups.