Our Trustees


Lucille Briance MBE

Lucille is American and worked in magazines in New York City before marrying Richard Briance, an English banker (formerly Chief Executive of Edmond de Rothschild Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Geneva-based banking group) and moving to London in 1979. After a few years working for Vogue magazine, Lucille took up portrait photography while she brought up her 4 children. She started the charity London Children's Ballet in 1994 to give children aged 9 -15 the free opportunity to perform as part of a professional ballet company. Lucille started volunteer visiting the elderly when in school and has kept an active interest in the sector. 

For the last 20 years, she has worked with the RBKC Adult Social Care teams to identify some of the most isolated old people in the borough. After years of coordinating parishioners from 3 local churches to buy presents for 100 of their elderly neighbours, 20 years ago the family launched Christmas Day lunches for 60 older residents who would be alone on Christmas Day. With the help and support of the churches and the team of Social Workers, this has become an annual lunch. 

It is through these relationships, and experience with her 98-year-old mother, that she became motivated to take action with The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents.



Oonagh Wohanka

A former school teacher Oonagh is an avid marathon runner and has raised thousands of pounds for charity through sponsored runs. 

She loves writing and has written a children’s book about the life and adventures of a dog walker and her charges called Finding George. She is an avid collector of vintage clothing – the beaded Lanvin dress and Dior shoes are particular favourites. Her secret passion: fly-fishing!




Stewart Katz - Treasurer

Born in Reading in 1946 he lived in Edgware, Brighton, Stanmore, Beverley Hills, Brighton and finally West London, but still found time to qualify as a Chartered Accountant. His accountancy firm is Katz & Co and is at 135 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LB. An avid scientist and amateur astronomer as well as an accountant,  he has helped set up our Kensington and Chelsea Senior Astronomical Society. 


 


Laura Radley

Laura has been a school teacher all her working life and joined the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents ten years ago first as a member and then as a trustee. She has chaired events for the Forum.


 


Joyce Sack

Joyce has been a graduate of the London School of Economics and a researcher at the BBC for many years before her retirement. She has been a trustee for over 10 years and was formerly the Chair of the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents.



 


Zara Ghods - Chief Executive

Zara has worked for many years in property and then in the art and antique world.  She obtained a Certificate in Fine Art from Christies Education and worked for Didier Aaron art and antique dealers in Mayfair (formerly in St James') for five years before joining the Greater London Forum for Older People in 2001 and subsequently  Age UK London in 2010.