Management team: Left to right
Jamie Carr, Wendy Warren, Maria Quaife, Clare Foster, Paul Perry
Maria Quaife - Chief Executive
Maria founded S.M.I.L.E London and Essex back in 2016 from her own home. There became such a huge need for her support that she went on to gain official charity status in 2018. Maria spent her childhood as a young carer for her Father, and experienced the impacts of poverty first hand. This fuelled her need to help others in similar situations. Maria has recently left her full time Management role and started full time employment within her own Charity, something she always dreamt of doing.
Paul Perry - Trustee (Chair)
Paul came on board as a Trustee in 2018. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge regarding poverty in the local areas. He currently manages four homeless hostels and provides us with a huge insight of their personal needs and much needed knowledge on crucial programs such as DWP and universal credit.
Wendy Warren - Trustee
Wendy joined our SMILE family as a Trustee in 2019. She is a regular volunteer in the local community offering her support to food banks and youth centres. She is also a busy mother to 7 children, 1 of whom she adopted. Wendy brings a understanding of poverty having done the wonderful work she does, and volunteers many hours with us working hands on.
Jamie Carr - Trustee
Jamie is the newest member of our board. He joined us in 2020 after hosting a drop off point for our Christmas appeal at the chain of estate agents where he works. He saw the impact our appeals have within the local community and couldn't wait to get involved.
Jamie is very hands on and supports all of our appeals within his work place.
Clare Foster - Manager
Clare was first introduced to us when SMILE hosted a Halloween party for her son who has autism had his pumpkin stolen, after overcoming sensory issues to carve it for the first time. She came on board as a volunteer in 2018, and later became our first paid member of staff. Clare brings with her a deep desire to help and support others in less fortunate circumstances.
Megan Phillips - Social Media Assistant
Megan is the youngest member of our team at only 17. Whilst studying for her A-Levels, Megan uses her knowledge of social media and implements this to gain more supporters and extend our outreach. She also uses her qualifications in GCSE Photography to ensure we use good, high quality media across all of our platforms.
Peter O'sullivan - Office Assistant
Peter joined as a Volunteer during 2019. His impressive stamina and work ethic impressed us so much we offered him employment in early 2020. Peter reached out to us with his general concern at lack of support for struggling families and wanted to do something to help. Since then he has worked countless hours, paid and unpaid to ensure the smooth running of our office and warehouse.
Tom Phillips - Volunteer
Tom has been a loyal volunteer for almost 2 years. He volunteers within our office and warehouse most days before he starts his full time job. Tom is always our go to guy when we need items moved or collected. He is always there to greet clients with a smile and a chat.