Meet our Trustees

Dianne Walls OBE

Dianne has been retired seven years from her post as a head teacher of a nursery school and children’s centre and has served as a local councillor for Forest Gate South. Her career as a teacher started in Newham, where she has lived since 1972. After teaching in secondary schools for twelve years, Dianne retrained to work in nursery and primary education, while working part-time. Most of her career has been in East London. She has served as a local councillor for a total of sixteen years, most recently since 2014. From 2011-2014 Dianne worked in the office of the MP for West Ham, as a volunteer dealing with casework and education issues. In 2015 she was awarded the OBE for services to education and the community. This reflected the excellent work done in the nursery school and children centre concerning child and staff development, in addition to parent and community involvement.

Dianne has a wide range of experience in supporting children and families who are going through a similar range of difficulties to the Magpie families.

On a personal note, Dianne has brought up a family in Newham and now has ten grandchildren most of whom live in East London and have attended school in Newham.

Dianne leads on early years for the trustee board.

Amy Ross

Amy has worked in the charity sector for over 10 years, with various roles spanning fundraising, campaigning, project management, strategy and planning.

She is currently Director of Operations and Senior Consultant at Keystone Accountability, where she overseas the internal operations of the charity and helps social change organisations to improve their performance by harnessing feedback from their service users. After moving to Forest Gate in 2014, and after years of working in the international development sector, Amy felt driven to apply her experience and learning to a cause more local to home.

After hearing about the families that come to The Magpie Project, and with young children of her own, Amy was compelled to offer her support. She joined the Fundraising Committee in September 2017 and was appointed to the board of trustees in February 2018.

Amy takes a lead on fundraising on the board.

Yasmin Raza

Yasmin joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. She has a background in inclusive financial policy and FinTech, and has worked across financial regulation (FCA), consultancy (EY), and, now works in government (House of Commons).

She is passionate about creating a fairer and more inclusive society and promoting a financial system that works well for both people and planet.

She was drawn to The Magpie Project after hearing about the challenges that mums and minis face. As a former primary school assistant and daughter of a migrant to the UK, she felt a connection with the Magpie Project values.

Yasmin leads on regulations and strategy development on the board.

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