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.

Our staff team

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

Jenny Rayner, Communications Manager

Community Engagement team

Rhiannon Hughes, Community Engagement Manager (South West London)

Eve Rogers, Community Engagement Manager (Surrey)

Crisis Navigation team

Florence Manders, 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

Immigration team

Pradeep Kumar, Immigration Team Leader

Paul Keeley, Immigration Solicitor

Rajitha Kumar, Asylum & Immigration Solicitor

Bianca Valperga, EUSS Caseworker (on secondment to Here for Good)

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

Shanice Danso, Money Adviser

Eunice Ashley-Kesson, Money Adviser

Ekua Blankson, Money Advice Team Assistant

Volunteer team

Nicoletta Crivellaro, Volunteers and Pro Bono coordinator

Vanessa Ugbo, Legal Advice Clinics Assistant

Welfare rights

Rhoda Anokye, Welfare Rights Paralegal

Hajra Jafri, Welfare Rights Paralegal

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. 

Clara Clint

Clara joined the Board in 2016 and is a Solicitor at BDB Pitmans LLP in their litigation department. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Clara worked in project management at national charities such as Citizens Advice, Mind and The Prince’s Trust. Having worked in the charity sector (in the areas of homelessness, prison, mental health and support for court witnesses), Clara is passionate about volunteering and ensuring that disadvantaged groups are supported.

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.

Claire Gilbert

Claire Gilbert joined our board  in 2019. She qualified as a barrister in 2005, and has worked in criminal and civil courts, and tribunals. She spent more than eight years at global law firm Linklaters LLP, where she had a particular focus on managing sensitive high/level disputes involving global companies, including allegations of discrimination, whistleblowing and pay claims. 

Claire has lived in south-west London for more than 15 years, and has been an elected member of Wandsworth Borough Council since May 2018. In terms of Claire’s work in Wandsworth, she has a particular interest in planning, housing, opportunities & facilities for our young people, and community safety. Claire has worked with a number of national charities in a variety of roles, including Working Families, the Anti-Trafficking Labour Exploitation Unit, and Maternity Action (where she is a Trustee). 

Claire is passionate about people on low incomes being able to access justice, so they can solve difficult issues they face, for instance around housing. Claire was pleased to be invited to join our Board, having been impressed by our work locally, and that of the Law Centres Network across the UK.

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.’