MEET THE TEAM
S.M.I.L.E London & Essex is a charity committed to transforming the lives of those in need. Our team consists of dedicated staff along with an amazing network of volunteers working hard to create positive change in the community.
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.
David Tyler - Office Manager
David joined the SMILE team in 2020 having previously volunteered with AGE UK and community art projects. He brings to the team years of media and photography experience, so if he is not in meetings with clients you will find him snapping away on his beloved camera.
David is hugely supportive of SMILE's values and community ethos.
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.
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.
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 centers. She is also a busy mother to 7 children. Wendy brings a understanding of poverty having done the wonderful work she does, and volunteers many hours with us working hands on.