Trustee Profiles

The Friendly Almshouses is managed by a Committee of volunteer trustees, whose office bearers are profiled below.

Hilary Parsons


Hilary joined the Committee in 1986. Having been Vice-Chairman for a number of years, she succeeded Clare Wardle as Chairman in June 2015. From managing a large factory, Hilary moved into the social housing sector, taking responsibility for large housing schemes in Liverpool and the South East, with a particular focus on the elderly and disabled. For over twenty years , until 2012, she was Vice-Chairman of the Council of Management for the Grange Centre in Bookham, during which time it was being substantially re-developed.

Kate Woollcombe


Kate succeeded Hilary as Vice-Chairman in June 2015, having joined the Committee in March 2014, newly retired after forty years working in and around the NHS and local government in a variety of roles. Having started out as a nurse in the seventies, she later became a health service manager and then a commissioner, before moving into public health in 1999 and subsequently becoming a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. Kate has lived in Lambeth since 1982 and is also Chair of Age UK Lambeth.

Julia Cattle


Julia joined the Committee in December 2015. She spent 16 years working for major investment banks focusing on project and leveraged finance before leaving to raise her family in Hong Kong. She has since been engaged in property development projects, and has experience as a treasurer and researcher for a number of small charities.

Deborah Barker

Company Secretary

Deborah joined the Committee in 2012, and took on the role of Company Secretary in 2015. She retains this role today, although she retired as a Trustee in December 2017. Deborah practised as a solicitor in the property, media, and commercial fields for fifteen years, before leaving the legal world to raise a family. A Lambeth resident, she has been involved with several small charities over the years, with a particular focus on supporting local families in their communities.