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WHFS Board of Trustees

WHFS (Women’s Health & Family Services) is a community health charity based in Tower Hamlets that focuses on health and empowerment issues for disadvantaged women and their families.

WHFS is governed by a women-led, volunteer Board of Trustees who are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting.  The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic and policy direction for staff, finances and resources.  

WHFS benefits from a Trustee Board which has a rich and diverse range of skills and expertise, including public health experience, the understanding which comes from being a practising GP, having high-level political experience, fundraising and networking skills.  Please see below for details on our current Board of Trustees.

How to become a WHFS Trustee

For information on the Trustee selection process, or if you wish to become a Trustee, please see the Become a WHFS Trustee page.  For more information about the work of WHFS, please see the
What We Do pages.

Trustee Board Joint Chair - Myra Garrett

Myra Garrett has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1974, and has worked in the voluntary sector around public health and health equality for over 45 years.  She helped set up the Maternity Services Liaison Scheme (the original name of Women’s Health & Family Services) in 1981.

Myra says that WHFS has always been one of the few truly multi-ethnic charitable service providers in the area, and has been both personally educational and a privilege to play a part in its growth over the years.  She hopes to carry the values of the organisation and its commitment to women’s development into its current and future activities.

Myra was given a Community Champions Award in October 2014 by the Canary Wharf Group for her outstanding work addressing health inequalities in Tower Hamlets, and you can read more about Myra's volunteer work by clicking here.

Trustee Board Joint Chair - Dr Pam Schickler

Dr Pam Schickler joined the WHFS Board of Trustees in 2002, since her return from the USA.   In this time she has chaired the Management Committee, chaired various sub-committees, conducted a study on ‘Barriers to Immunisation’ for Tower Hamlets Public Health Department on behalf of WHFS and carried out evaluations on a number of WHFS’s projects.

Before her retirement in 2007, Pam was a Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the MSc in Health Promotion at London Southbank University.  She has lived in the United States and previously taught Health Promotion on the Masters in Public Health Nutrition course at Westminster University and was an external examiner at Brighton University.  Her special areas of interest are education, communication, research methods and wellbeing (the subject of her PhD).  Pam has two grown up sons, both working abroad, and two lovely grandchildren who she loves visiting in Columbia when she can.

Chair of Impact, Monitoring & Evaluation Group - Dr Shoba Poduval

Dr Shoba Poduval is a GP and joined the WHFS Board of Trustees in 2012. Shoba is Chair of the WHFS Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Group (IMEG).  The role of IMEG is to help project managers, staff and volunteers monitor the size and impact of our projects on clients' health and wellbeing.

Shoba has lived in Tower Hamlets for 6 years and trained as a junior doctor at the Royal London and Mile End Hospitals.  Currently Shoba is a GP in Hackney and Research Fellow at the Department of Primary Care at University College London (UCL).  Her interests include educating patients about preventing and managing long-term conditions like diabetes.

At UCL she is currently developing an online education programme for patients newly diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.   Shoba has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and her other passions include travelling, cooking, exercise and being an Aunty. She runs with the Springfield Running Group and completed the Hackney Half Marathon in 2014 for Cancer Research UK.  

Treasurer - Mufeedah Bustin

Mufeedah Bustin joined the WHFS board of Trustees in 2015 and is a partner of Miller Insurance Services LLP, an award winning insurance broking firm.  Mufeedah works closely with the Chief Operating Officer and leads a variety of strategic and operational improvement projects, as well as co-ordinating the business planning and reporting cycles.

Her background is in internal audit within financial services, providing her with a breadth of knowledge across organisational functions.  Mufeedah holds a Master of Business Administration from Westminster Business School and a BA (Hons) in English from University College London.  Outside of work, Mufeedah regularly enjoys going to the theatre, travelling and swimming.  

Trustee - Alison Dickens

Alison Dickens joined the WHFS board of Trustees in 2010.  She began working in the voluntary sector in Manchester and Salford, before moving to London and working on grants and external funding in local government in the 1990s.  Since then, most of her career has been spent in the field of urban regeneration, starting with the role of Community Programme Executive at Bethnal Green City Challenge.

Alison went on to work in north, central and most recently, south London in a series of senior regeneration roles and in 2010 was delighted to be able to get back and be involved with WHFS and the local communities of Tower Hamlets.  Alison has undertaken a variety of freelance project management and consultancy roles, including work in research and evaluation and is currently a member of the WHFS Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation Group (IMEG).

In 2011, Alison completed the first part of a post graduate diploma in international development, finding many parallels with her work in urban regeneration.  In her spare time, Alison is a keen climber and traveller and has recently taken up basketry and discovered a whole new world of crafts and makers which she very much enjoys. 

Trustee - Emily Ling

Emily Ling joined the WHFS Board of Trustees in 2014 and sits on the Finance and Fundraising Sub-Group.  She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and has been living in Tower Hamlets since moving to
London in 2012.

Emily has worked in the legal sector all her professional life and is currently a Client Relationship Manager for the international law firm, Allen & Overy, at their offices in Spitalfields.

Professionally, Emily is really passionate about client retention and strategy.  She has a Bachelor of Business degree in Marketing and Management and in her spare time enjoys getting lost in new cities (the sunnier the better)!