Our Board of Trustees is the organisation's management board. It is responsible for legal, financial and personnel aspects of the organisation, as well as planning and deciding on policies and strategy. Click below to find out more about our Board of Trustees.
Our Board of Trustees
Mary Burd (Chair)
I am the current Chair and have lived in Camden for nearly 60 years. I was elected to the Age UK Camden (AUC) Board in 2016 having previously been on the Strategic Board and chair of Aging Better in Camden. I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist and worked for the NHS in Tower Hamlets and East London for 30 years. While there I became head of psychological services for the TH Primary Care Trust and Director of Psychological Therapies of the East London NHS Foundation Trust. In 2009 I was awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in East London. On my retirement I became a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation trust. As an older person living in Camden I am passionate about the work of AUC and the wide range of services it provides to support older people in the community .
Marika Freris (Vice Chair)
- With a Biochemistry degree from Imperial College and five years background in basic science and clinical research, I applied this knowledge to the commercial sector through moving into the communications arena. Following working for three different communication agencies at Director and Managing Director levels, I set up my own agency in 2000. I sold the company in 2014 to a FTSE 250 company and following a three year earn out period and then retired from the business in 2017. During my working life and subsequent to it, I have always been involved with charities. Since 2004 I have been a Trustee on and Ambassador for a number of charities, including Action on Addiction, International Service, The Funding Network, SPEAR, CPU and chair of the FHS Parents’ Association. I have been a volunteer for Age UK Camden for 11 years as a Befriender and on the Age UK Camden Board of Trustees for eight years of which I am currently Vice Chair. I have lived in Camden for 35 years.
- I am absolutely delighted to be a Trustee at AgeUK Camden. It is an amazing and worthwhile organisation which serves, and improves the lives of so many Camden residents. I know its values of kindness, courage, hope and justice truly drive the organisation. On my long professional journey I have been an advocate for parents of children with special needs, I managed all the services for children and young people for a local council, and was Head of Governance at the Audit Commission.
I have also chaired the governing body of five Camden schools, been a Trustee of five local charities, including currently chairing one for young people with learning differences, and I was a Camden councillor for eight years. As a councillor, I chaired the scrutiny committee holding Camden Council and local health bodies to account for the effectiveness of their adult social care and health provision. And I was also Camden’s Older People’s Champion. I have five wonderful grandchildren, three amazing children and a hugely tolerant partner. I am so proud and fortunate to be an AUC trustee.
- After a 40 year career in finance, I have embarked on activities that provide services to older people. These interests include Eden Park Homes which owns and manages a large mobile home park that is home to some 120 residents aged 55 and over; and Radfield Home Care which provides domiciliary care services across a number of London boroughs, primarily Camden and Islington. Supporting older people through these services has highlighted to me the work that Age UK Camden, perform to support people in the community
I joined the Board of Age UK Camden in the Autumn 2022 following my personal experiences looking after older family members and in previous volunteering roles. Born, bred and still living in Camden, I am keen to do what I can to keep the people of the borough feeling connected, active and engaged in later life, and working with this well established and important local charity felt like the right place to do so.
Although my background is as a TV Producer, I feel I have many transferable and valuable skills to offer Age UK Camden including the ability to communicate clearly, motivate and manage teams and think creatively when it comes to developing and implementing ideas. I am also a fully trained yoga teacher so recognise the importance of physical well being in an aging population. I am very much looking forward to working with the Age UK Board, team and volunteers to ensure the charity stays vibrant, relevant and true to its core values of kindness, courage, hope and justice.
Could you help with the strategic direction and decision making of Age UK Camden? See our vacancies below and join our Board today!