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Caritas Anchor House appoints two new trustees

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Caritas Anchor House appoints two new trustees

10th February 2022
Caritas Anchor House has appointed two new Board members, Laura Curtis and Anil Sharma.

Laura and Anil were recruited through the East London Business Alliance’s BoardMatch, an annual event that encourages City and Canary Wharf professionals to use their skills and expertise to support the third sector. 

Laura Curtis 

Laura is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries with experience in a variety of actuarial roles within the insurance sector focusing on enterprise risk management and financial assessments. She has also volunteered within her profession for a number of years in multiple positions. Laura is passionate about social, health and environmental issues and using her professional experience for community benefit.

Laura said:

“I am thrilled to be a female member of the Board and importantly the youngest ever trustee at Caritas Anchor House.  At BoardMatch, I really connected with the charity’s vision, the people I met and their passion for what they do.  I am looking forward to using my expertise to help solve the homeless crisis.”

Anil Sharma

Anil Sharma has over 20 years of experience building software solutions for global technology companies and investment banks. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst, with expertise in algorithmic trading of financial products.

Anil said:

“I am delighted to have joined the Caritas Anchor House Board. I was looking for a long-term and sustained commitment with a charity that could benefit from my finance and technology skills. I feel a real sense of belonging to the cause and I look forward to learning something new in the process.”

Joseph Ogundemuren will join the Board in the future, having successfully applied to Caritas Anchor House’s Board Diversity Programme. 

Joseph Ogundemuren

Joseph Ogundemuren is an Operations Manager for Clarion Housing Group in East London. He leads on Clarion’s Estate Services teams across Newham, who are responsible for keeping their estates safe, clean and well maintained.

Joseph said:

“The homelessness crisis is an issue close to my heart.  While growing up in East London, there was a period of time when I was forced to sofa surf to keep a roof over my head.  I now work at a housing association, and I hear the concerns over rising living costs on a daily basis. I am looking forward to joining the Board and bringing my skills and experiences to serve the Newham community.”


Amanda Dubarry, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House said:

“I am pleased to welcome Laura and Anil to the charity. They will bring new skills and characteristics, as well as a passion for the charity’s work.  They are joining at a critical time, when we are expanding our services in the midst of the growing housing crisis. We are also looking forward to welcoming Joseph in the near future”

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