Our mission, vision and values
KEEN London’s Mission
To improve physical activity, social interaction and quality of life for children with disabilities in the London area.
KEEN London’s Vision
Every child has a chance to enjoy sports and activities, and none are left behind due to disability.
KEEN London’s Values
KEEN London is:
Inclusive: we believe that no child should miss out on the benefits of sports and physical activity
Compassionate and supportive: being kind and providing individual support drives all of our programmes and work
Committed to high standards: we are professionals and experts in our field.
Trustworthy: we work hard to ensure parents and carers can confidently leave their children with us
Respectful: we respect the rights, feelings and standards of all our athletes, parents, volunteers and funders
Accountable: we are rigorous in ensuring every pound raised for KEEN London is spent on delivering the maximum benefit to our athletes.
Fun: smiles and laughter are our most valued outcomes.
Our board of trustees
KEEN London has an active board of trustees.
Patrick Smears has been coaching KEEN London athletes for over 10 years, and previously coached at our counterpart KEEN in Oxford. When not coaching for KEEN, he works for a company developing internet communications software.
Jill Robinson, Chair
Jill has been a KEEN London trustee since 2010. She has worked in PR and communications for 25 years specialising in corporate social responsibility and brand strategy.
Lindsay is a seasoned HR professional with experience across a wide range of industry sectors. Lindsay’s other interests include tennis, the great outdoors and her other voluntary role at the Forty Hall vineyard
Eleanor joined KEEN as a trustee in January 2019. She’s worked in the London voluntary sector for the past 17 years, leading national and regional holiday, short break, sports and volunteering programmes for disabled children, young people and adults, specialising in work with volunteers. Alongside volunteering, Eleanor loves yoga, running and generally being outdoors – especially exploring local green spaces with her children.
Clare is a fundraising manager and acts as a parent representative helping to ensure both our day-to-day operations and strategic decisions are informed by our athletes, their parents and carers.
Lucy Walker, Treasurer
Lucy has worked in the financial sector for 10 years, specialising in managing investments for charities and individuals. She is a passionate fundraiser, foodie and lover of music.
Hazel has been volunteering as a coach with KEEN London since Spring 2015 and joined the board of Trustees in September 2018. Outside of KEEN London, Hazel is a solicitor specialising in social investment, transactional finance and the charity and social enterprise sector.
If you would like to join the KEEN London family as a volunteer, it’s easy to do. No experience is required, just enthusiasm!