Our board

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Hendrika Santer Bream - Chair

Hendrika has been a trustee of Stitches in Time since 2013. She has worked for over thirty years for the NHS, at first in HR and more recently in  Organisational Development. Her main focus is on developing an organisational culture that will enable continuous improvement in the quality, efficiency and safety of care, and supporting change initiatives. Hendrika is a school governor at a local secondary school and has in the past been a Trustee of a local Mind organisation, church secretary and church warden. Hendrika and her family have lived in Limehouse for over 20 years.

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Judith Gardiner - Vice-chair

Judith is a retired Probation Officer. She has lived in Bow and been active in the community for almost 40 years. A  former Councillor in Whitechapel, Limehouse and Stepney, she has also served as a School Governor and as a Board member for Tower Hamlets Homes, Poplar Harca and Gateway Housing. She has also been a member of a number of Pan London authorities, including the Olympics Development Committee. She became a Trustee in 2004 and as Vice-Chair brings her local knowledge and experience of voluntary sector governance to bear as Stitches continues to develop its organisation and role.

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Meg Mitchell - Treasurer

Meg has lived in Tower Hamlets for over 30 years. She has been an ESOL teacher for all that time, mostly at the then Tower Hamlets College. Meg was a health and safety officer for the union there for a while and has also been on the committee of a local playgroup and on the parish council of a church. She has volunteered with school children activities for many years. Meg enjoys art and sewing and is always impressed with the inclusiveness, energy, friendliness and creativity she witnesses at Stitches in Time.

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Annie Gargya - Secretary

Annie Gargya lives in Bow and has been a Trustee of Stitches in Time for 15 years.  She taught in 2 primary schools in Tower Hamlets for 20 years and her schools participated in several SIT projects.  Retirement has allowed her to devote more time to SIT and in particular to work with Chris Sibley, former chair of SIT, in archiving the extensive and unique material relating to the Millennium Tapestries and post Millennium work of SIT.  She is secretary to the Board.

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Anh Carrick

Anh Carrick is a Finance Director of C&T Accountants Ltd. She has in-depth knowledge of finance and accounting with 13 years' experience working for public, private and charity sectors in both Vietnam and the UK. She is a Chartered Certified Accountant. She is also the General Secretary of the Vietnamese Community in the UK and a board member of Vietnamese Private Business. As an immigrant, she supports diversity and education. She came to the UK to study an MA at Durham University, researching different cultures in business, before becoming a British citizen. 

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Teresa Hare Duke

 Teresa has been a trustee of Stitches in Time since 2003. She has worked for over thirty years in east London in arts centres, participatory practice, theatre design and museums. Since 2002 Teresa has been the community development officer at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green where in 2007 she began curating the Front Room Gallery a dedicated community gallery space at the museum which weaves together the work of established and emerging artists with the designers of tomorrow from primary school to higher education students. She was a one time employee and subsequently a trustee of Chats Palace Arts Centre for many years. She lives with her family in Hackney.