Our Board

  • Lady Hughes-Hallett is the Chair and Co-Founder of Smart Works Charity.  After a career that started at Vogue and included running her own successful business, Juliet joined us as a dressing volunteer ten years ago.  It was to be a new and lasting passion, fuelling the foundation of Smart Works through a desire to help more women by bringing our service to other areas of the UK.  Juliet is still a regular dressing volunteer and remains passionate about our volunteers, our beautiful dressing room and most of all, our clients.

“Every woman knows the confidence that looking and feeling fabulous bestows, and the fact that this could be translated into getting women to succeed at their interview seemed magical.  What excites me is that Smart Works now has six centres with more in the pipeline; they are all volunteer- led, and helping women into employment nationwide. The Smart Works fairy dust.”

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  • 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.

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  • Tiffanie Darke

    Tiffanie is the Editor in Chief of the A+E Networks channels History, Biography and A&E. Before this, she was the Founder and Director of the creative content agency Method, creating editorial campaigns for brands across The Sunday Times, The Times and The Sun.

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  • Maggie Darling

    Maggie is a journalist, writer and experienced campaigner. She is also patron of Circle, an Edinburgh-based charity which works with the most isolated and vulnerable families.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Amelia Wallace Mendoza

    Amelia is a writer and journalist. She has considerable experience in fashion and retail, and is a member of the Smart Works volunteer dressing team.

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  • Jane Shepherdson CBE

    Jane has worked in the fashion industry for many years, she ran Topshop from 1997-2006, then became the CEO of Whistles until 2016. She is a director of the London Fashion Fund, an investment vehicle for promoting sustainable fashion and is now developing a platform to enable peer-to-peer clothes rental.

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  • Claire Spencer-Churchill

    Claire works in fashion wholesale across Europe and the Middle East. Having run Claret Showroom for 14 years she recently launched Splash Paris, Europe’s premium Resortwear tradeshow.

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  • Natalie Abou-Alwan

    Natalie is Managing Counsel at BP, she has over 20 years experience working in the energy industry and currently manages a team that supports BP’s low carbon business.

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