Trustees are the people who are legally responsible for a charity. Generate has 4 trustees. They make sure that Generate is doing what they say they will, are acting according to the law, and are looking after their money properly

Chair – Grace Sylvester

As a trustee for over a decade and currently serving as Chair to the Board of Directors, Grace is a devoted sister and carer for one of  Generate’s own members. Her lived experience of the practical, social and emotional challenges that impact access to choice and equality, aligns with Generates mission- to generate equity, choice and opportunity for people with learning disabilities, to live life fully. Grace combines her earlier commercial experience as an entrepreneur, with her professional practice as a qualified integrative psychotherapist. Currently supporting carers and families, Grace also loves music, singing and leads a weekly choir for older adults, living with cognitive decline.

Treasurer – Caroline Threadgold

My role on the board of trustees is that of Treasurer. An FCCA qualified certified accountant I have over thirty years experience in financial accounting, mostly within the oil industry sector.
I have extensive managerial experience having led a global finance team of fifteen and was instrumental in the set up of eight offices overseas.

I also have a good working knowledge of GDPR, compliance, regulatory and company secretarial matters.

I am delighted to support generate with all its financial and compliance aspects.

Trustee – Liz Sebag-Montefiore

Liz has over 17 years of experience in the HR consulting world as a sales director and coach. She is passionate about coaching as a means to motivate individual performance and is committed to coaching people to have successful and fulfilling careers.

Her aim is to help people deal with the various challenges they face in their working life and to develop strategies to effectively deal with them.

Liz trained as a career coach in 2008 and as an Executive Coach in 2020. Liz has been a mentor for the CIPD since 2013. During her career she has managed people, achieved promotion, returned after maternity leave and balanced work and family
life. Liz became a Trustee of Generate in July 2022 and lives locally in Balham.

Trustee – Robert Murphy

I am a qualified social worker and for sixteen years managed the Community Mental Health Team for an Inner London Borough Social Services Department.
In this management role I was, and remain, committed to the development and provision of statutory, voluntary and independent services and resources designed to meet the needs of people diagnosed with mental health difficulties and people who have learning difficulties.

I worked with many housing associations and voluntary organisations as well as the statutory services and agencies to create and support the residents of a whole variety of housing schemes with the aim of generating independent living as far as possible. This involved recruiting and managing social workers, community care officers, and occupational therapists, as well as supporting the voluntary organisation committees, housing association staff, and private landlords/ladies.

All my work reflected my commitment to challenging and changing discriminatory attitudes, values and beliefs in relation to policies and practice. I trained and worked as a generic social worker, and also trained senior and middle managers in effective communication in staff supervision which focused on developing empathic skills and knowledge.

In addition, I supervised learning mentors in two sixth form schools for a further sixteen years. The mentors supported sixth form students who were experiencing emotional or practical difficulties with their education