Our Chair

Julietta Dexter

Julietta Dexter was announced as the Chair of Smart Works in April 2021.

She is co-founder and Chief Growth & Purpose Officer of ScienceMagic.Inc and before that was CEO of The Communications Store, one of the world’s leading strategic brand development and communications partners to the world’s best brands in fashion, wellness, beauty and lifestyle.

“The nationwide work that Smart Works does in dressing and coaching unemployed women for job success is extraordinary and extremely successful. The vital need for Smart Works’ work is hugely increased as so many women have suffered job losses during the pandemic. Clients referred to Smart Works are looked after, given the confidence they so urgently need and are given a wonderful moment to make sure they feel their very best to get out into the world, go for that interview and go back into the workplace.”

Natalie Abou-Alwan

With over 20 years’ experience in the project finance, energy and commodities industries, Natalie started her career as a private practice lawyer in both U.K. and Wall Street law firms. In 2012, Natalie moved to BP plc where she held various leadership positions in the global oil trading and low carbon businesses. Natalie has volunteered for several charities including as a make-up artist for Look Good Feel Better and as an event organiser for The Circle NGO.

“The message Smart Works delivers is both simple and impactful: we are here to help those women who need it the most, by building their confidence, self-belief, self-worth and ultimately their happiness. It is an absolute privilege to work alongside such a diverse and talented Board, to further develop Smart Works’ reach.”

Philippa Charles

Philippa is Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, a family-founded grant-making trust. Before joining the trust, she worked in a global role at Associated British Foods. Philippa has just completed two terms as a Trustee for ThinkForward; a charity supporting disadvantaged young people. She also sits on the Investment Committee of Social and Sustainable Capital.

“I’m passionate about supporting women to succeed. Smart Works is full of amazing people – the clients, patrons, volunteers and staff – and I’m keen to do my best for them.”

Tiffanie Darke

Tiffanie is an experienced author, editor and storyteller. Having worked as an Editor in Chief for Sunday Times Style, A+E Networks and Harrods, she then founded Story Studios, a creative content and strategy studio, which works with fashion, luxury and wellness brands to create a clear and distinct voice in culture. Her most recent book, Now we are 40, Whatever Happened to Generation X? was published by Harper Collins.

“There are three reasons I love Smart Works: Firstly, it’s such a smart business model, secondly it has an enviable success rate and finally, and for me most compellingly, it is one of those places where you really feel the very special atmosphere of women helping women.”

Fiona Holmes

Fiona started her career at Marks & Spencer, where she spent 21 years specialising in Buying & Merchandising. She then took leadership positions at Charles Tyrwhitt, Gray and Osborone and Figleaves amongst others. Fiona is also a non-executive director of Bagir and a Governor at Downe House School. She also served as a trustee of the Octavia Foundation for five years.

“I first became a trustee to help women get into work as I believe that it is a great way to empower them to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.”

Ewa Kerin

Ewa Kerin is the Honorary Treasurer of Smart Works. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Daiwa Capital Markets Europe. Ewa is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and has held a number of senior positions within the Financial Services industry for over 25 years at JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Willis Towers Watson and HSBC.

“I wanted to work with a team that all shared the same passion for helping women be successful and feel good about themselves, so am incredibly fortunate to have joined the committed and talented team that is Smart Works.”

Jane Shepherdson CBE

Jane Shepherdson is a leading figure in fashion retail, having been CEO of Whistles and before that Brand Director at Topshop. Jane is also Creative Advisor to Oxfam and a patron of the Almeida Theatre in North London. Jane is involved in the promotion and support of young designers through the London College of Fashion’s Centre of Fashion Enterprise, and she helped to promote Fair Trade fashion to a wider audience as a Board member of Peopletree until 2013. Jane was awarded an CBE in 2006 for services to fashion retail. Jane is proud to be a regular dressing volunteer in North London and is passionate about Smart Works.

“There are many things I love about Smart Works but the main one is the moment that I dress someone and help them to get the confidence and nail that job.”

Claire Spencer-Churchill

Claire is the co-owner of Claret Showroom. A London, Paris and New York based fashion distributor operating across Europe and the USA. In 2016 she founded Splash Paris. Europe’s leading Resortwear Tradeshow, a biannual show during Paris Fashion Week.

“Everything Smart Works represents resonates with me. I’m passionate about fashion, women at work and ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed.”