Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

Nicole Francis, Chair

Nicole is Chief Executive of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association which is a membership based organisation which exists to promote and improve advice and representation in immigration, asylum and nationality law.  Prior to this role Nicole was Chief Executive of the AIRE Centre a legal advice and human rights Charity.  Earlier in her career Nicole worked extensively in the public sector in London focusing on education funding and economic regeneration. Nicole joined the Board of Trustees of Open Door in September 2011 and became Chair of Trustees in March 2012.   She is also a mentor for young people in Tower Hamlets.  She holds an economics degree from Cambridge University and a counselling certificate from MHCPC.

Sandra Higgins, Treasurer

Sandra is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience of the audit and accounts of small and medium sized organisations. Her current work is predominantly auditing, with a special interest in charities, and she holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Sandra first met Open Door many years ago when she worked for their auditors and has been closely involved in supporting the charity’s accounting functions ever since. Sandra became a Trustee in 2012 and was elected as Treasurer.

Nicole Ziman, Company Secretary

Nicole is a solicitor with 20 years’ experience of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  Her areas of expertise are professional disciplinary and regulatory law, corporate governance, risk management and compliance.  Nicole joined the board of trustees in January 2013 and also holds the office of Company Secretary.

Digi Berry, Trustee

Digi’s career  in marketing started at Grey Advertising in London before going on to start her own creative communications agency, Wonderberry some  20 years ago.  Their work, included marketing, promotional and PR campaigns for numerous global and local charities over the decades, often delivered as pro bono. As well as top blue chip commercial clients such as Amex, Bosch and Radley.  She has now gone on to launch T3 Ping Pong (three a side table tennis) winning Finalist at the ISPO 2016/17 Brand New Awards  in Munich. And the T3 Academy, a not for profit organisation that provides research into the benefits of ping pong  and sessions for the elderly, suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Digi joined the board of trustees in 2015.

Irene Weinreb, Trustee

Irene Weinreb joined the board of Trustees in 2015. She is a GP and senior partner in the NHS general practice at Imperial College. She has extensive mental health and management experience in general practice, the College Health Service and in the NHS locality of Westminster. She lives on the border of Haringey and is very familiar with Open Door and its work with adolescents and young adults as this area of mental health care is a particular interest of hers. Her NHS experience informs her support of Open Door, which she believes helps fill a large gap in NHS services and provides vital access to appropriate care for this group.

Judy Shuttleworth, Trustee

Judy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in the Paediatric Department at Whittington Hospital. In her role as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and later as Chair of Training Council Judy has had responsibility for considering the strategic direction of a professional organisation and the development of policies and new initiatives. Judy is a whole hearted supporter of the aims and purposes of Open Door, and joined the board of Trustees in 2016.