Our Trustees

Vicky Foxcroft

Trustee and Chair

Vicky Foxcroft has been the Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford since May 2015. Since being elected, much of Vicky’s constituency work has focused on issues surrounding young people in Lewisham Deptford. In 2016, following the murder of five young people in the constituency, Vicky established the Youth Violence Commission, a cross-party group set up to examine the root causes of youth violence. 

Prior to her election, Vicky was a local councillor for the Brockley ward (2010-2014) and spent 13 years working in various roles for Unite. As a councillor she played a leading role in the campaign to save A&E and maternity services at University Hospital Lewisham. 

Vicky was born in Chorley, Lancashire and studied performing arts at college. She has lived in Brockley and Deptford since 2000. 

Andy Rothery

Trustee and Treasurer

Andy is a freelance real estate adviser having retired from Deloitte in 2015 after 27 years working there.  At Deloitte, Andy was a senior partner and head of Deloitte Real Estate. 


Andy is a Freeman of the City of London and of the Leathersellers Livery Company through which he is a Governor of the Leathersellers Federation of Schools (Prendergast School, Prendergast Ladywell School and Prendergast Vale School).  Andy is an Independent Trustee on the board of the London Transport Museum and a resident trustee of the New Cross Gate Trust.


Andy was born and went to school in Lewisham before going on to Oxford to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.  Andy now lives in New Cross and is committed to improving social mobility and opportunity for all young people in Lewisham. 


Joan Millbank MBE 

Lewisham has been Joan’s home since 1977. Over the years she has been active – as a volunteer or a trustee - in setting up and supporting many community groups, charities and voluntary organisations at a local, regional and national level. 


Her understanding, knowledge and skills in respect to local communities and the voluntary sector have been enhanced through her paid work including working as a community development officer, neighbourhood officer, Executive Director of a large multipurpose charity, cross-sector management consultancy experience and currently as a part-time grants officer within a large charitable trust. 


In 2010 Joan stood and was elected as a Lewisham councillor for Telegraph Hill ward. She is a trustee of Deptford First in a personal capacity.

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Vivienne Hurley

Vivienne is Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange at Goldsmiths, University of London. With 10,000 students and around 1,300 staff, Goldsmiths is one of the largest employers in Lewisham and also makes other significant  contributions to the cultural and social well-being of the borough.


Vivienne has played an instrumental role in the development of the College’s new civic strategies. Goldsmiths believes it can do more to unlock its full potential by delivering further initiatives for the good of the local area and third of a million people living in Lewisham.


Vivienne is looking to strengthen the connections between the trust and the College.

Gavin Rodgers


Gavin is Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods at L&Q Housing.  L&Q are one of the largest housing associations within the sector and own and manage over 11,000 homes in the borough of Lewisham. 


Gavin has worked for L&Q in a number of roles since joining them in 2007 and has had overall responsibility for managing their homes in the borough since May 2016. Deptford is an important area within the borough for L&Q where we have existing residents but also as a  potential growth area.


Gavin hopes to be able to provide some valuable input around the priorities of the trust, particularly around housing need and opportunities to young people. 

Ainsley Forbes MBE


A property developer/builder for the last 20 years, prior to this was a Social work manager before being promoted to Assistant Director of Social Services with a London local authority. 

Ainsley retired from L&Q, in 2011 having been a group Board member since 1990 and Chair of Tower Homes, He lived in New Cross Gate Lewisham for over thirty years, with his partner and two daughters.

Ainsley was awarded an MBE for services to social housing in London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011. Ainsley joined Lewisham Homes as an independent board member in 2012 and was appointed Chair of the board in January 2016

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Emma Walker

Emma is an Associate Solicitor currently working in the public sector in regulatory law.  She is the co-chair of the employee charity committee,  responsible for setting the strategy to encourage fundraising and volunteering for 4,200 employees.


Emma previously worked at a small law firm in immigration, employment, human rights and criminal law and has also provided legal advice at Waterloo Legal Advice Service and the AIRE Centre.


Emma lives locally and has previously volunteered at AFRIL, 999 Club and Shelter from the Storm.