Meet Yarrow’s Board

There are 8 members of Yarrow’s Board:

Jeremy Gray (Chair)

Jeremy has been CEO of Evolve Housing + Support since 2008, and has worked with homelessness and supported housing in London since 1990. He has also been Director of Services at Centrepoint, Head of Operations at Look Ahead, and held positions with Depaul Trust and The Passage. As well as being Chair of the Board at Yarrow, Jeremy has previously held other non-executive roles on the Board of Croydon Business Improvement District, and as a Member of the Housing Committee at the Church of England Pensions Board.

John Turner (Chair of Finance Committee)

John is an independent consultant, Non-Executive Director and Trustee, and a qualified Chartered Accountant.  John trained with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) working on a range of clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses to multinational manufacturing companies. He subsequently held two separate roles as CFO of independent subsidiaries, before becoming a Managing Director in the international structured finance division of the French bank Société Générale.  John is currently a non-member Trustee Director of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and a Trustee and Treasurer of Just a Drop, a charity which manages projects providing fresh and safe water, sanitation and hygiene education in six developing countries.

Sola Fadoju (Chair of Quality Committee)

Sola is a management consultant who works for RSM Advisory Services. He has over 25 years in assisting organisations deliver complex projects and programmes of change. Sola spent the first part of his career delivering projects and programmes in central government. Sola has also worked at Ernst and Young (EY) leading commercial and contract management change assignments and at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Sola is a member of the Association for Project Management’s (APM) special interest group on systems thinking. He is also a guest lecturer at University College London (UCL) on the systems engineering commercial training programme.

Yinka Balogun

Yinka is an experienced Development Finance adviser with more than 20 years’ experience managing consultancy projects to help organisations deliver organisational change. He has worked as a management consultant with PwC, Atos and Bae Systems giving advice on business development and planning. Yinka was the lead development finance consultant for the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory facility, a UK Department for International Development programme, supporting infrastructure development in Nigeria. He also worked as a Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Holly Holder

Holly is Senior Evidence Manager at the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation. Previous roles have included being a Policy Analyst at NHS England and the Nuffield Trust Think Tank, and a role at the London School of Economics focused on equality and human rights. Holly joined the Board in 2017, and brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role.

Darren Peregrino-Brimah, Expert by experience

Darren is a musician, DJ and radio presenter. He has a learning disability and is passionate about people with learning disabilities being present in the arts as performers. He is a key member of Yarrow’s The Gate Arts Centre and their music project Gate CUSTARD. Darren is known across the UK and Europe for his promotion of people with learning disabilities in the arts. Darren also presents a weekly show on Resonance Radio and frequently performs his own music at live shows.

Prodromos Sarigianis

Prod has more than 20 years’ experience as an IT Manager. He has worked directly with two London Boroughs and also the Local Government Association. He has a technical support, business/process management and change management background. He brings strong skills across IT, shared services and also brings the experience of sitting on a Local Authority Digital Strategy Board. He has been a member of the Yarrow Board since 2017.

Wendy Tansey

Wendy is the longest-standing member of the Yarrow Board, having joined in 2010. Now retired, her expertise is in financial services, business development, marketing and HR. Wendy worked for Citibank for 24 years, first in HR and then in marketing. Her final position there was with the team charged with making the merger with Salomon Smith Barney as successful as possible for Financial Institutions customers. She then joined AIG as Head of European Business Development. Thereafter she worked as an independent consultant focusing on the Financial Sector and the development of client relationships. She now operates as a mentor to young people and runs a voluntary group in Richmond Borough called SIT STOP.

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