The registered charity name of Mary’s is St Mary Islington Community Partnership.  It is governed by a Board of Trustees.  The Board meets

about 8 times a year to discuss the strategic matters and priorities of the charity.

The day to day management of the organisation is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer.

The current Trustees of Mary’s are:

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Helen Mylam (Chair since July 2010) – previously worked in the public sector as a product manager for national police computer systems where she gained knowledge and experience in people management,  project management, strategic planning and risk management.  She lives in Highbury attends St Mary’s Church and helps out with pastoral and children’s work.


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Martin Griffiths  Martin is a corporate lawyer who specialises in advising clients in the financial services sector. He lives in Islington.




Alan Shaw – is a commercial lawyer with 20 years experience working in both private practice and in-house. He lives in Islington and is a long-term member of St Mary’s Church, having served on the PCC for many years and has helped with children’s work in the Church.




Ian Mylam – Ian is a retired shipbroker and Lay Minister at St Mary’s Church.   He has had a long involvement with the Youth Club and ran football and cricket teams in 1980s/1990s.  He is active in his role as trustee in fund raising and as the trustee lead on safeguarding.



Jan Pester – Jan has a long career in marketing and communications and now runs her own strategic consultancy.  This experience enables her to bring her expertise in brand development, internal and external communications and research to the board.  She lives in Islington, is a member of St Mary Islington congregation and is a PCC-nominated trustee.


lisaLisa Waterman – is a communications professional with several years’ experience in corporate communications, most recently as vice president of global campaigns at Barclays and projects & programmes communications manager at BP. Lisa is a member of St Mary’s Church, having formerly lived in Islington and now lives in West London.


Ruth_OgierRuth Ogier – has worked in the not for profit sector for most of her career and is currently Programme and Partnerships Manager for Hope for Children.  She attends St Mary’s church.




Craig Bowen – Craig is a restructuring consultant providing financial management advice and expertise in financial management and operations. Originally from Wolverhampton, Craig now lives in Islington and was married at St Mary’s Church.



The objects of Mary’s were updated in 2017

The Charity’s objects are restricted specifically, in each case only for the public benefit to:

(a)            act as a resource for young people living in the London Borough of Islington and the surrounding neighbourhood by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:

  • advancing in life and helping young people by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals;
  • advancing their education;
  • relieving unemployment; and
  • providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interests of social welfare for young people living in the Area of Benefit who have need by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social and economic circumstances with a view to improving the conditions of such person;

(b)           act as a resource for the development and education of children living in the Area of Benefit by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:

  • advancing their care and benefit;
  • advancing their education;
  • advancing their health and well being; and
  • providing services to benefit them and their families and carers;

(c)            act as a resource for people living in the Area of Benefit, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to:

  • advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare, health and well being and for recreation leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents; and
  • develop the capacity and skills of the members of the communities of the Benefit Area that are socially and economically disadvantaged in such a way that they are better able to identify and help meet their needs and to participate more fully in society.

In furtherance of this object, the Charity may co-operate with any statutory authority in the maintenance and management of a community centre for activities promoted by the Charity.