Lord Rogers of Riverside


Lord Rogers of Riverside has been the President of the National Communities Resource Centre since 2005. He is one of the founders of the charity and has given a great deal of time and energy to the charity.

Richard Rogers is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, the recipient of the RIBA Gold Medal in 1985 and became a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2008. He was knighted in 1991 and subsequently made a life peer in 1996. In 2014, he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

In 1998, Richard was appointed to chair the UK Government's Urban Task Force on the state of our cities. He was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism to the Mayor of London and advised on the Mayor of Barcelona's Urban Strategies Council.

Professor Anne Power


Anne is professor of social policy and Head of Housing and Communities at the London School of Economics and was involved with setting up Trafford Hall in 1987 and has been an active supporter ever since. Many of her students have supported the work of Trafford Hall. Most recently Anne has been actively involved in developing our Lessons from Grenfell work.

Mary White

Vice Chair

Mary has been involved with NCRC since the charity was set up in 1995. She joined the Board in 2002 and is currently Vice Chair. She also chairs Trafford Trading, the trading arm of the charity. She has a broad range of experience in both the public and private sectors. She worked for the BBC for over 12 years, as a Producer and later a senior manager. She left the BBC to join the Priority Estates Project in 1985, where she worked as a Consultant and later a Director, supporting local resident groups on run down housing estates. In 1995, she returned to the communications business, joining Mercer Consulting as Head of Communication in the UK.

Geoff Smith


Geoff joined the board of NCRC in 2003 and soon afterwards took on the role of Treasurer. He has been a partner in a large firm of chartered accountants and now uses the financial knowledge gained for the benefit of a number of charities, including his local church. He is interested in most sports and plays badminton, table tennis and golf regularly.

Michael Hamilton

A civil engineer by training, Michael joined the house building division of John Laing in 1983 and since then has run a regional office for Laing Homes, been on secondment to the CBI for nearly two years, and managed the company's community affairs policy. He then managed the John Laing Charitable Trust (JLCT) as Trust Secretary until his retirement in 2013. During his time managing the JLCT they continued the Company's association with Trafford Hall by funding the DIY courses.

Michael was awarded an MBE in 2010 for Services to the Voluntary Sector and in his spare time he enjoys tending his 'rather large' allotment.

Richard McCarthy CBE FCIH FRICS

Richard McCarthy is the Senior Director – Government Affairs in Capita plc. In his role he provides leadership, support and insight to the Capita Group on engagement and future business activity with Central Government, Government agencies and all levels of local Government.

Prior to joining Capita as an Executive Director of its Property & Infrastructure Division Richard was the Director General, Neighbourhoods at the DCLG (now MHCLG) where he was the Department’s lead official for housing, planning, regeneration, local economies, climate change, building standards and the European Regional Development Fund. Before joining DCLG Richard was the Chief Executive of the Peabody Trust. He received a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours for his services to housing and planning.

Poppy Potter

Poppy works for the Carbon Trust, an international, not-for-dividend consultancy, advising public sector organisations on large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Poppy manages the Carbon Trust's team in Wales, based in Cardiff. She has worked in the low carbon and sustainable buildings sector, including social housing and retrofit, since 2008.

Previously Poppy worked at Trafford Hall as Environmental Development Worker and was instrumental in developing our environmental initiatives, sourcing renewable energy solutions for the Hall and developing our successful Community Futures training programme. Later, she initiated our Good to Go youth training programme with Willmott Dixon Interiors, and ran her first marathon to raise money for Trafford Hall's 25th anniversary.

Margaret Pierre

Margaret has been the Director of High Trees Community Development Trust in Tulse Hill, South West London since 2009. The Trust runs a multi-purpose centre and is a community anchor and hub which is concerned with the social and economic development of the community. Services are delivered at the Centre, and at various locations in Lambeth, including children’s centres and at an Adventure Playground managed by the Trust. High Trees has the distinction of being the first community organisation in the UK to deliver the award-winning Apps for Good course.

Faced with the changing financial and funding climate which is a difficult and challenging space for charities, Margaret has led the organisation through a number of changes to make the organisation robust and sustainable and vision led, not funding led, to enable High Trees to continue to deliver important and much needed services.

Richard Moulds

Richard has worked in the private, public and Third Sector in marketing and IT. His most recent roles were with McMillan Cancer Support, The British Heart Foundation and The Royal British Legion. He is married, lives in Chester and has three children who live and work in London.