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

Lucille Briance MBE
Trustee

A journalist for Vogue Magazine in New York Lucille moved to London over 25 years ago when she married the banker Richard Briance. She has been the founder of the London Children’s Ballet and its Artistic Director for 25 years. She holds an annual Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day for isolated elderly people in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Her husband, Richard Briance has been the Chief Executive of Edmond de Rothschild Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Geneva-based banking group.

Elizabeth Rutherford
Trustee

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.

Cllr Marie Therese Rossi
Trustee

Cllr Rossi 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.

Oonagh Wohanka
Trustee

Oonagh has raised funds for charity through her passion for marathon running. She has recently completed a month-long excursion on bicycle across France tracing the footsteps of Coco Chanel. 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.

Stewart Katz
Treasurer

Stewart is founder and owner of the Notting Hill Accountancy firm Katz & Co. Stewart had formerly been Chair of Holland Park. He has been our Treasurer for five years and has recently filled the role of Chair as our last Chair - Joyce Sack retired from the role. His bother – Danny Katz, is the UK’s wealthiest art dealer.

Joyce Sack
Trustee

Joyce has been a Trustee of the Forum for over 10 years and a Chair for five years until she resigned as Chair in 2018 due to ill health. Joyce had been a graduate of the London School of Economics and a researcher at the BBC.

Laura Radley
Trustee

Laura, a former school teacher has worked tirelessly for the Forum, chairing numerous events over the past five years. 

Helen Morgan Edwards
Trustee
Monique Lanson
Trustee
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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