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Chair of Trustees

Viviane Vayssieres

Viviane Vayssieres hails from La Rochelle in France. For thirteen years she was Display Mgr. for Dickins & Jones Harrods Ltd, but it was as the Sales and Marketing Director for James Egleton Ladies Hat Manufacturer that she came to Luton in 1990. She marketed Philip Treacy Accessories Collection worldwide and was an active Board Member of the British Hat Guild for 10 years. Viv was CEO of Experience Bedfordshire, The Tourism Partnership CIC and
Rett UK Head of Fundraising and Corporate Partnership, she launched Paule Rochelle Sales and Marketing Consultancy in 2009.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Liveryman of the City of London, she lives in Central Bedfordshire.
Viv joined BLCF in 2017, she was instrumental to the launch of EVOLVE in 2018, a philanthropic initiative for and about Women, derived from the Mark West Fund. She was elected Chair in December 2020.

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Chair of Fund Development Committee

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Vice Chair of Trustees

Dr Joan Bailey MBE, DL

Has over 30 years’ experience of working with young people both as a social worker and youth and community worker. She has engaged in community development work at home, in many European countries and on an International level having lived and worked in the USA and Canada.

Experienced in delivering community projects around youth justice, rights and responsibilities in Bangladesh, India, Ghana and Nigeria, which included training Youth and Community Development Officers tackling crime prevention for over 15 years. During this time she has developed partnerships with statutory services and community to tackle issues at a local level.

MBE for Services to Youth Justice 2010
Luton Community Awards 2016 – Lifetime Achievement Award
A Deputy Lieutenant for Bedfordshire

Chair of the Governance Committee
Head of the DEI Partnership

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Company Secretary

Grafton Barbour

Grafton has lived in Bedfordshire for over 23 years. He is a director of his own company, Hairoun Business Solutions Ltd, deciding to start his own business after working as a Business Relationship Manager at a high street Bank for the last 13 years. He has 15 years Banking experience and more than 10 years Financial Accounting experience. He is very experienced in assisting businesses to acquire funding to grow and expand.

Grafton had previously been a Director and the Chair of an organisation that was set up to offer support, guidance and to work with businesses that have an African and Caribbean link, with the aim of helping them to expand, grow and secure new markets within and outside the UK.
Grafton has also been involved in teaching Financial Education to individuals and organisations, helping them to manage their finances and have money work for them rather than they just work for money.
He has been an active sportsman in the local community with regards to football and has played in coach and managed a number of teams locally over the years. He has now retired from playing and managing but is still involved as a referee.
Grafton is also very active in his local Church and is part of the leadership and planning committee set up by the senior pastors as well as being the department head for the Church Outreach department.

Chair of the Finance & Development Committee

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Trustee

Bina Briggs

After an 8-year business partnership, Bina is now the solo director of Plain Talking HR. She arrived in the UK as a refugee from Uganda in 1972. Both her general life experiences and a background working in the corporate world have given her a strong foundation for the work she now carries out for her clients, who are in the main small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

She holds a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification and is commercially experienced in supporting various businesses in industries such as education, aviation, manufacturing, engineering, charities, global merchandising, IT, medical and dental, to name a few. Prior to running Plain Talking HR, she was the Human Resources Manager for London Luton Airport, having worked in the Aviation industry for seventeen years.

She has adapted to and managed change in HR strategies, policies and practices throughout her HR career, working with various stakeholders, during times of rapid growth for their organisations. I take pride in understanding my clients’ issues and support them with practical and pragmatic advice for all their employment matters.

Outside work, I love my family, keeping in touch with extended family scattered around the globe and enjoys travelling.

Member of the Governance Committee

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Trustee

Rory Herbert

Rory is an aspiring governance professional, having recently completed a master’s degree in Corporate Governance and Law. He is currently a Governance Trainee, assisting international businesses wishing to enter the UK market with their company secretarial and governance requirements.

Prior to this, he was awarded an internship sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and worked within the company secretarial team of an international conglomerate in Hong Kong.

Though he was born in London, Rory has lived in Dunstable for the majority of his life. During this time he has been an active member of the local community, having worked previously in various libraries across Central Bedfordshire.

Member of the Fund Development Committee
Young Trustees Ambassador

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Trustee

Jennie Lascaris

Jennie Lascaris has lived in Luton for over 18 years. She has extensive Human Resources Management experience having worked in both the private and public sectors. She is employed on a part-time basis as HR Manager Europe for a Luton based company and is active in the community by supporting/promoting local projects and events on a voluntary basis; she has embarked on ventures that aim to tackle issues that have an impact on the level of serious youth violence and other matters of importance within the community.
Jennie has previously been involved with the Council’s Community Led Local Development Board, Restorative Justice Services and recently has become a mentor with the Greenhouse Mentoring Project based in Stopsley, which sees young people in Luton empowered to unlock their potential. She also provides advice and guidance as an HR Consultant to companies and individuals on employee relations issues including equality/diversity issues, grievances, redundancies and disciplinaries.

Member of the Governance Committee 

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Trustee

Judith Barker

Judith joined Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation in March 2021.  She is the Director of Programmes and Governance at SEMLEP – the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.  Judith leads the delivery of the £265M Local Growth Fund programme as well as the Getting Building Fund.  She oversees the development of and compliance with SEMLEP Assurance Framework and wider governance.

She previously worked for the East of England Development Agency as lead on community regeneration, rural and sustainable development issues.  From 2008-2017 she was self-employed and undertook economic development project management roles.

Judith has worked in economic development and programme management for nearly 20 years and previously in housing and community development.  Previously she has been on the Board of 2 housing associations as well as being on pre-school and after school committees and a school Governor.

She lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and three sons.

Member of the Fund Development Committee

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Trustee

Thanbi Haque

Thanbi is a born and bred Lutonian. Having been educated in Bedfordshire and graduating with a Chemistry degree, he has forged a career in banking for the past 9 years. Primarily working with businesses, charities and social enterprises, he helped launched Metro Banks 71st store in Luton back in 2017. As a Local Business Manager he spends every day supporting his clients with all their banking and finance requirements.

Thanbi is extremely passionate about social responsibility. As a keen networker and an active member of the community he likes to build value-adding relationships between the private sector and charities. He is also a Director at Luton Business Improvement District, overseeing the investment of £1.9m of levies collected to improve Luton town centre.

Member of the Fund Development Committee

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Trustee

Attiq Malik

Attiq Malik is a Director of Liberty Law Solicitors and a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience to appear in all Civil and Criminal Courts in England & Wales. Specialising in both Criminal and Employment Law, Attiq has previously acted as a lawyer for the RMT, T&G and CWU trade unions. Attiq has also acted for businesses ranging from SME’s to educational establishments to national and multinational companies.

In the past Attiq has been the chair for the Luton People’s Assembly, campaigning against Austerity and Discrimination, as well as chair for the Luton Momentum group. Currently, Attiq sits on the committee for the Society of Asian Lawyers as well as on the board of the Luton Food Bank.

Member of the Fund Development Committee

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Trustee

Mary Flatres

Mary was born in Linslade and has spent most of her life in and around Bedfordshire. Since retiring she has moved to Kempston. Her working life started with teaching geography to upper school pupils. After becoming a mother she moved into the insurance industry and retrained as an underwriter. This gave her the opportunity to work in the City of London and in the latter stage of her career in Bermuda. The variety of employment has given Mary an insight into what opportunities are out there and allowed her to give people the confidence to seize these opportunities.

The third change of profession began during her time in Bermuda. Mary attended a weekend workshop in Botanical Art and fell in love with the this art form. Since then she has worked hard on becoming the best she can and was awarded a Fellowship of the Society of Botanical Artists in 2019. Bedfordshire has some amazing artists and it would be Mary’s privilege to encourage as many people as possible to get to know this world. Art can help a lot with mental fitness

Member of the Finance Committee
Art Ambassador

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Trustee

Toma Habashi

Managing director and owner of local creative digital marketing and web agency, Silvertoad, Toma has been living in Luton for the past 10 years. He originally grew up in North West London where his family settled back in 1979, having emigrated from Iran to escape the revolution.

He graduated from university in 1992, embarking on his career shortly afterwards as a journalist before moving into publishing then reprographics, design, printing, print management and finally digital web and online marketing. Having started his own agency in 2008, he located the fledgling business to Luton in 2009 and went onto grow and expand the multi award-winning agency, working with local businesses in Luton and Bedfordshire and more widely nationally.

Toma is a proud father of 4 children and enjoys spending his free time with his family.

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Become a BLCF Trustee

BLCF is an independent, non-profit organisation established since 2001. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for local residents through encouraging local giving. Our Trustees play a vital role in the organisation and are the final decision-makers. The Board’s main job is to set direction and have oversight of what’s going on, offer the executive strategy, scrutiny, and support, to the employees.

To apply to join us, please download the following 3 documents:

1. Trustee Recruitment Advert
2. Trustee Recruitment Policy
3. Trustee Application Pack

We welcome enquiries from prospective Trustees throughout the year. The role encompasses a wide varity of skills, and we are particularly interested in hearing from (but not exclusively to) those with a background in Banking, Business Development, Law, Digital Marketing, Arts and Press Relations.

Closing Date for Applications:
This is a rolling application opportunity, candidates may apply throughout the year

To find out more and request an informal chat with our Chair of Trustees please send an email to our administrator here.

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