The Charity

The RPLC was endowed by a gift of land from King George III and Queen Charlotte in 1786 and reconstituted in its present form in 1968.

The RPLC's governing document is the 1991 Charity Scheme as amended periodically since that time. The Charity operates within a closely defined Benefit Area comprised of the TW9, TW10, SW13 and SW14 postcode districts.

The main purposes of the RPLC are outlined as being to further all, or any, of the following in the Benefit Area:
        •   the support of the elderly and those in need
        •   the care of people suffering ill health or hardship
        •   the provision of recreational facilities and support for leisure activities
        •   the promotion of education and helping people to undertake courses and training
        •   any other charitable purposes for the benefit of the local community

The RPLC Trustees

Three of our Trustees are appointed externally, two by the Local Council and one by the Richmond Society. The remaining trustees are appointed directly by RPLC following recruitment through advertisements and interviews. The Mayor of the Borough is an ex-officio member of the Trustee Board.

Dr Joanna Nakielny - RPLC Chair
Joanna trained as a doctor in Sheffield, and after qualifying she specialised in psychiatry.  Following a number of years working as a psychiatrist in the NHS, including in Richmond, Joanna left full time clinical practice to work in the pharmaceutical industry, where she was initially involved in research on medicines for psychiatric illnesses.  During her career in Pharma she held increasingly senior leadership roles in the UK, EU and globally, in the medical and regulatory functions, culminating as Senior Vice President for Global Clinical Safety at GSK, from which she retired in 2018.  As well as her medical, psychiatry and pharmaceutical medicine qualifications, Joanna has a Masters degree in Organisational Behaviour and is a trained business coach.

Joanna has had the good fortune to live in Richmond since 1991, and in her spare time enjoys cycling, sailing, golf (possibly slightly addicted), music and reading.

Carol Fletcher - Finance & Investment Committee Chair
After a career in finance and strategy in the commercial sector (Carol is a qualified accountant) she is now working in the not for profit sector, initially as Bursar at Christ’s School and now at the Church of England which consists of over 12,000 individual charities. Part of her role is to advise the charities on accounting best practice and governance. Carol is experienced at presenting at a senior level, grant making and has a sound practical knowledge of charity trustee requirements. Recent sector experience has included:

  •                2013 to present. Senior Financial planner Church of England Central Services
  •                2004 to 2011 Christ’s School bursar
  •                Member of Charity Finance Group
  •                Accounting qualification FCCA

Chris Phillips - Property Committee Chair
Chris is  a long-term Richmond resident and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. (FRICS). Throughout his professional career he has specialised in real estate, including over 30 years at Global Real Estate Consultants, Cushman & Wakefield, (previously known as Healey & Baker), where his primary focus was on the development, valuation, sale, letting and acquisition of retail premises and shopping centres, including rent reviews and lease renewals.  He was Partner responsible for the Firm’s London Retail Department.  Chris is an experienced Expert Witness and past member of the Institute of Arbitrators.  From 2006-2018 he was a Property Consultant to Fenwick Ltd, dealing with a large mixed portfolio for occupation and development throughout the UK, including retail, offices, industrial and residential opportunities.  He is a Past Governor & Vice Chair Kings House School, Richmond. (8 years) and a past Governor West Buckland School, Devon. (11 years)

Claire O'Donnell
Claire’s professional life started in the investment management industry, where she worked for over twenty-five years, holding board level positions at Gartmore Investment Management and Jupiter Asset Management. A change of direction mid-career led to university teaching roles at Roehampton Business School and at the LSE. Claire has lived in Richmond since 1986 and her two daughters were born and educated in the borough. She was Chair of Governors at The Vineyard School in Richmond and more recently joined the Citizens Advice team in Sheen, advising on Universal Credit claims. Both roles were instrumental in encouraging an interest in RPLC and she became a Trustee in 2020.

Duncan Richford
Duncan is currently running a consultancy company working for financial institutions. Having previously worked in investment banking for over 20 years, with significant time spent in finance, trading, structuring, sales, risk management and in leadership positions. He graduated in Mathematics from Durham University in 1994 and moved to Richmond in 1999, where he is married with two children. Hobbies include gardening, running and walking his dogs in Richmond Park.

Gill Moffett - Education & HR
Gill became a Trustee in 2013. She has lived in the borough since 1998 and was formerly policy manager at Independent Age, a national charity for older people. She worked in the Civil Service for over 15 years, most recently in the Department of Health and Social Care, with policy roles in relation to social care, mental capacity, Healthwatch, and obesity. She had considerable prior experience in local government and higher education sectors.

Jerome Misso - Finance & Investment
Jerome was born and lives in the Richmond borough. Although he has lived, studied and worked outside of London, he has been resident in the Richmond area for most of his life. He is married with three daughters. He studied law and was a Partner at City law firms Eversheds and then Nabarro,  specialising in corporate and investment work. Since 2001 he has been a Partner at one of Europe's leading technology venture investment firms, Balderton Capital. His family has been involved in several local charitable projects, exposing him at first hand to some of the social challenges in the area. That fuelled his interest in RPLC, and he became a Trustee in 2018.

Owen Carew-Jones - Education Committee Chair
Owen has worked throughout his career either in the public sector or with charitable and other publicly funded organisations.  He has varied work experience in residential social work, as a teacher and now as a lawyer. He is currently Head of Department with responsibility for education and charities at Winckworth Sherwood LLP.

Paul Lawrence - Property
Paul is a partner at Taylor Wessing LLP where he has been employed since 1992. He is Head of International Real Estate acting for UK and overseas investors, charities and corporate occupiers on commercial and mixed-use real estate including investment, development and owner occupation. Paul is Chairman of FORA (Family Office Real Estate Advisors).  Paul was educated the Haberdashers' Aske's School and Manchester University (LLD (Hons).  A 20+ year resident of East Sheen / Richmond he is an active member, and former Honorary officer, of Richmond Synagogue, and count amongst his interests singing, gardening and dog walking in Richmond Park.

Paul Velluet - Property Committee
Paul is an architect and consultant with a deep commitment to a creative and discerning approach to building conservation and sensitive new design in historic areas, working collaboratively to secure sound and sustainable solutions meeting the needs and aspiration of both clients and the broader community.  Paul has lived in St. Margaret's since 1982

Paul currently serves on the Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare Trust, the Covent Garden Area Trust, the Guildford Cathedral Development Advisory Board, and the Diocese of Westminster Historic Churches Committee; currently serves as President of the Richmond Local History Society and a Chair of the Guildford Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee; and have served in past years as a Trustee of Richmond Charities and Michel's Almshouse Charity, as a Board member of The Orange Tree Theatre and the Museum of Richmond.

Councillor Peter Buckwell - Finance & Investment
Peter Buckwell has lived in Richmond for nearly twenty years and stood to become a South Richmond Ward Councillor in 2014 following a career in the oil industry. He is Chair of the Council’s Audit, Standards and Statutory Accounts Committee.

Councillor Richard Pyne - Education
Richard has lived with his family in the North Richmond and Sheen areas for over 25 years. He runs his own consulting firm specialising in change management and HR function redesign consulting. He is also a Principal Consultant at Glowinkowski International which specialises in behaviour change to create high performing organisations - advising foreign companies on how to set up businesses in the UK. A former Governor of Christs School, Richard cares passionately about proper funding of schools in the Borough. For many years he has served as a horticultural volunteer at Kew Gardens.  He is Chair of the Council's Finance and Performance Scrutiny Committee.

Ruth Scott
Ruth and her family have lived in Richmond Borough for the past ten years. She has spent her career in the charitable sector. Past roles include Manager Community Investment at HSBC, Director of London Catalyst, and Director of the Ashley Family Foundation (interim). In a volunteer capacity, Ruth has served on a number of committees and panels including three years on the Grants Committee of BBC Children in Need.  She is an affiliate member of ICSA and her most recent experience has focused on charity governance including four years as Governance & Policy Officer/Board Clerk at Westway Trust. She is currently Board Secretary of the EY Foundation.

The Office Team

Jonathan Monckton - Director
Karen Cadman - Finance Director
Amy Vogal - Education Grants Manager 
Eleanor Rees - Grants Manager
Emma Fiorentini - Office and Grants Administrator

Barnes Charities

For many years the administration of the Barnes Relief in Need Charity (BRINC) and The Bailey & Bates Trust has been undertaken by the RPLC.  Both of the charities have a principal objective - to assist people in need who reside in SW14.  The RPLC shares the same area of benefit. Together the charities work in partnership to help people in an acknowledged area of relative deprivation in the Borough. Both will continue to offer grants to individuals and organisations for the benefit of residents of SW14.  

In June 2015 it was agreed that the Barnes Charities should be linked to the RPLC which will lead to the merging of adminstration and accounts.  An application to the Charity Commission was approved in Novemeber 2015.

BRINC and the RPLC use the same application forms.  Forms are held by referral agencies such as health agencies or local charities including the Citizens Advice Bureau.  Applications directly from individuals are not accepted.

History of the Charity

2016 Extension of the benefit area to include Barnes (SW13)
2015 RPLC is linked to Barnes Relief in Need Charity & The Bailey & Bates Trust
2011 First £1m+ budget for grant giving
2008 Benefit Area now postcode areas: TW9, TW10 and SW14
2001 Extension of benefit area to include Mortlake
1999 Extension of benefit area to include Ham and Petersham
1990 Extension of benefit area to include Kew and North Sheen
1989 Construction of Grove Road complex on Queens Road Estate, comprising Dickson House Craft Workshops, the Cambrian Community Centre and Caplan Court one-bed flats
1975 Sale and lease of greater part of land and investment of proceeds in Stock Market. Construction of 361 dwellings on land by London & Quadrant Housing Association
1968 Administration of Richmond Parish Lands transferred from Borough Council. Richmond Parish Lands Charity reconstituted as independent Charity with Benefit Area the old Civil Parish of Richmond and general charitable objectives
1928 Borough Council succeeds The Vestry as Trustees
1845 Houses constructed on the land on 99 year leases and income used for the relief of poor rate
1786 Gift by George III of common land next to Richmond Park to The Vestry of Richmond Parish and construction of  Workhouse thereon. Surplus land to be used for benefit of the poor - so creating "Parish Lands Charity" Trust