We combat isolation & depression in older people in Kensington & Chelsea & other boroughs via seminars, open meetings, and lunch and tea events. We also provide information & health & wellbeing activities & empowerment of older peoples' views by surveys & open meetings. We provide hospital inspections, development of memory & dementia services & schemes to combat social isolation

Our Trustees

Cllr Marie Therese Rossi
Trustee

Cllr Rossi is an active member of RBKC Council and had been elected Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2017 and served as Mayor for two years. She is the Councillor of the Redcliffe Ward in the Royal Borough.  She had been a great support for the Kensington and Chelsea Over 50s Forum during her time as Mayor and has continued to support us as a Trustee. She would like to continue her brilliant support for the Forum in the future.

Stewart Katz
Treasurer

Stewart is also the Honorary Treasurer and Trustee of the Friends of Imperial College and had been the Chair of Holland Park. He is the founder of the Notting Hill Accountancy firm Katz & Co. He has been our Treasurer for five years and has recently filled the role of Chair. He supports many charities and has much experience in the charitable sector both as accountant and adviser and is a keen advocate in ensuring that the Borough does what it should across a wide range of activities.

Stewart has added value to the work of the forum by giving good counselling, and financial control. He had formerly been the Chair of Holland Park.

Laura Radley
Trustee

Laura has been a member of the Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents for over ten years and a Trustee for four years. As a retired teacher she has been able to use her skills and experience to support the Forum’s activities and contribute to the strategic planning and policy developments. Between retiring and becoming a carer for her husband she had been involved in committee works and several volunteering roles.  

Elizabeth Rutherford
Chair

Elected Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea in 2016, Elizabeth Rutherford focused her work as mayor on “making a difference close to home.” Mayor Rutherford said that she is “keenly aware that the Royal Borough’s strong voluntary sector makes a huge contribution to the quality of life for many of our residents”  In one of her first acts as Mayor, Cllr Rutherford visited the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to open a new indoor garden for staff and patients.

Elizabeth has been on the Board of Trustees for one year and has been brilliant in giving us sound guidance and support.

Oonagh Wohanka
Trustee

Oonagh has been a member of the board since 2017 and has contributed immensely towards many of its essential activities.  Her dedication and determination to give high-quality support has been much appreciated by the forum members.  Oonagh has raised funds for charity through her passion for marathon running. She completed a month-long excursion on bicycle across France tracing the footsteps of Coco Chanel in 2019. Her husband had been a director at Lloyds Bank General Insurance Holdings and the Scottish Widows Group as well as the St Andrew’s Insurance plc and Julius Baer International Ltd.

Monique Lanson
Trustee

Monique has been on the board of Trustees for two years. She has worked tirelessly as a volunteer at many of our events. She was presented with a volunteering award by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester at a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea which took place at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 29th October 2019.

Zara Ghods
Chief Executive

Zara Ghods has been a Director (DEVELOPMENT MANAGER) of AGE CONCERN BRENT for 10 years and has worked for Age UK London for 15 years, previously having worked at Didier Aaron Antiques in Mayfair for five years and in publishing and property.  She had attended Queenswood School, then Lucie Clayton Finishing School. She had also attended Pierce College in Los Angeles and subsequently taken the Christies Arts Education certificate course in the 1980s.

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