New Trustees Join SMART CJS Board

We are delighted to welcome Dr Fatima Sogiawalla and Jono Poon to join our diverse Board of Trustees. The new recruits bring a combined expertise in healthcare, communications, digital marketing and leadership.

Fatima, who has 27 years’ experience in the medical profession, including 9 years as a consultant at Bedford Hospital explains:

“I have always longed to serve the less fortunate and feel very strongly about the situation with homelessness in UK and elsewhere. With my background in medicine, I can contribute to issues related to homeless people including mental health, alcohol and drug use. I feel privileged to have joined SMART CJS and want to contribute towards this great cause and bring about change, particularly in our beautiful town of Bedford.”

Trustees are the people who give their time and expertise to charities for free. They lend their skills and experience to evaluate opportunities for growth and development. Trustees have overall control of a charity and are responsible for making sure it is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.

Digital Marketing and business growth specialist, Jono Poon said:

“I’ve joined SMART CJS as a Trustee, because I believe in the vision and values of the charity; to help others achieve their fullest potential, by empowering them to make positive changes. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to give back to the community and to make a big impact through the organisation. I’ve always had a passion to support those who need help and SMART CJS is a fantastic place I can do this.”

Pictured below, in front of the Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) fundraising totaliser, from left to right is SMART CJS Trustees:  Jono Poon, Fergus Crombie (existing Trustee) and Fatima Sogiawalla.

Our new Board members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to SMART CJS and have experience of working across the public and private sectors. Fatima is currently lending her support to the Cold Relief In Bedford (CRIB) Appeal and Jono is focused on supporting SMART projects in Bedford and Milton Keynes.