Desiree Shepherd – Community Centre Manager
Desiree grew up in South Africa but has lived in Richmond with her family for a number of years. She was involved in volunteering for the centre before it’s current development and was founder of a refuge project in Durban South Africa.  Desiree lives in Richmond with her husband and two children.

Caroline Ferrier – Foodbank Manager
Caroline works part time in the centre on Mondays and Thursdays. She overseas the work of the Richmond Foodbank in our four distribution centres: Barnes, Isleworth, Hampton and  at the Vineyard in Richmond.  Caroline lives in Hounslow with her family.

Sue Hodder – Executive Director
Sue is a qualified Registered General Nurse (RGN) who has extensive experience in both hospital and community nursing. Sue has qualifications in management and has 20 years’ experience working in the third sector here in the borough of Richmond. Sue is also a Licensed Lay Minister. Prior to taking up her post here at the Vineyard Community Centre Sue was the Chief Operations Officer of The Homelink Day Respite Care Centre, a project she helped found in 1997, managing it to the strong and successful organisation it is today. Sue is married with two grown up children and has lived in Whitton all her life.

Julie Partridge                                                                                                                                                                           
Julie assists Desiree in the running of the Centre. She has a background in events & conference management including a period at the National Trust’s Polesden Lacy.  Julie is a Trustee of ‘The Hub’ which supports those in need.

Norman Chingwaru – Case Worker

Norman’s Case Work duties are to coordinate care services and help our guests identify and obtain resources.  He performs assessments to gather information, identify problems, and track progress.His case work involves formulating plans to help our guests  meet their needs and engaging professionals or agencies who might be able to help.
Norman lives in Whitton and is married with two children. He is a co-founder of a charity based in South Africa working with orphans and marginalised woman.

Annette Cruiziat – Coporate Fundraiser

Annette works part time at the Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She has worked as a Fundraiser in the Richmond area since 2011 (for the German School and for The Victoria Foundation). She bases her professional experience on her former career in banking in Germany and has gained an insight into different cultures living in various countries. She moved to Richmond 10 years ago with her French husband and her three children.

Bob Kimmerling – Chair of Trustees
Bob is a minister of the Vineyard Life Church, landlord to the community Centre which occupies the church basement premises, and he is founder of the Community Centre and the Richmond foodbank.
Bob was trained as an architect and before moving to the Vineyard was director of the Stepping Stones Trust, providing care and accommodation for homeless ex offenders. Bob also a trustee of Richmond Street Pastors, he has two grown up children and has lived in Richmond with his wife Enid since 1981.

Peter Flower – Trustee

Peter is an HR consultant and co-founder of the Community Centre. He is a Trustee of the Vineyard Life Church. He was previously a magistrate on the Richmond Bench, a trustee of the Langley House Trust and the Kainos Community (both of which support ex-offenders nationwide), as well as Chair of Embracing Age which supports the elderly in Richmond.

Dr Jenny Eades – Trustee
Dr. Eades is a member of a G.P practice in Twickenham

Lydia Flower – Trustee
Lydia has been a primary school teacher for many years and currently teaches in Richmond. She is a  member of The Vineyard Life Church and was a volunteer in the drop-in prior to the Community Centre opening in 2011. She  volunteers once a week in the morning drop-in and supports guests from the Centre who are in prison.
As a Trustee she is responsible for the accreditation of those given skill training through the AQA Unit Award Scheme. AQA offers our guests the chance to have their volunteer achievements formally recognised to support their future employment.

Dave Smith – Trustee.
Dave was a physical education teacher for 10 years. He is currently senior minister of the Vineyard Life Church and is married to Kezi with three young children.

Timea Fabian – Cafe and Charity Shop Supervisor
Timea overseas the Charity Shop and the Community Centre afternoon cafe and kitchen. She also trains volunteers in customer facing skills, barista service and basic environmental health requirements.

Graham Hull – Cafe Chef
Graham is our afternoon cafe chef providing lunches from our seasonal menu. Whether your favourite is smoked salmon on a bed of braised spinach on wholemeal toast, topped with egg and a side salad , or one of our range of paninis, baked potatoes with fillings or  soup of the day, it is all good, and extremely good value at between £2 and £3.50

Mick – volunteer
Mick is a representative of our 40 to 50 active volunteers. Mick has been with us for 4 years and is very much part of the family. He looks after everything necessary, collecting from Wholefoods at 7.15 am and Pret a Manger at 7pm, putting our bins out, tidying the garden, cleaning after hours and acting as an informal caretaker.  We love Mick, and all our volunteers!