MEET THE TEAM

Josh Warner

Head Chef / Director 

Having worked in many of Fulham's most well known and loved eateries including; The Captain Cook, The Sands End and The Imperial - Josh will be a familiar face to many locals who frequently eat out. A well versed chef in differen't culinary styles as well as traditional cuisine - Josh will be in charge of the catering at our community kitchen. He will also be delivering cooking sessions to local residents who would like to learn how to cook delicious and nutritious meals. 

You can try his tasty food for free at our community kitchen every Tuesday from 12-2pm at Clem Attlee Hall, Fulham, SW6 7TN (starting from 13th August 2019) 

josh@thesmilebrigade.org

Monique Newton

Founder & Executive Director

When it comes to recovery and personal wellbeing, especially for those who have been isolated or marginalised from society - be it due to homelessness, age or ill health, I think that people are often quick to overlook not only the therapeutic effect but also the physical and mental health benefits of taking part in regular and meaningful activity.

Having spent some time in hospital recovering from clinical depression, it was through attending individual and group sessions - such as art and creative writing groups, that I was able to rediscover a sense of self worth and purpose.

Finally, it was through finding a love and a passion for fitness that I was truly able to find myself whilst gaining confidence and learning new skills.

I feel very strongly that everyone - regardless of age or circumstances should have the opportunity to access free services and be able to partake in regular and meaningful activity which will ultimately give vulnerable people the skills and the confidence they need to integrate back into their communities and feel like valued and loved members of society.

monique@thesmilebrigade.org

Nikos Souslous

Logistics Administrator

Nikos grew up in Greece but moved to Hammersmith in 2013 and has stayed here ever since. He studied History at UCL and it was during that time that he realised his passion for giving back to the community that had so eagerly embraced him. 

 

Nikos continues to work as a researcher for History projects in archives across London but has also been won over by the energetic and diverse voluntary sector. Over the last few years he has been involved in a number of local and national community projects and volunteered for a wide range of charities in Hammersmith and Fulham during the pandemic, while also co-founding his own. 

 

He is very happy to be part of the Smile Brigade and to be able to help the community he feels so strongly about.

nikos@thesmilebrigade.org

Jonathan Woollard 

Director

Owner and Director at the Yellow Panda Pub Company – with an array of exciting pubs and eateries under their ownership, Jonathan is a great addition to our team, bringing with him a wealth of experience and skill in the food industry.

Johanna Stokes

Centre Coordinator

With a great wealth of experience in the charity sector having worked and volunteered across a range of community organisations including Hammersmith and Fulham Scouts, Cancer Research and The British Heart Foundation; Jo is a wonderful asset to not only our team but that of her community – with her passion, enthusiasm and kind and caring nature clear for all to see.

 

jo@thesmilebrigade.org

Taisie Grant

Health & Wellbeing Coordinator

As a seasoned athlete and yoga practitioner, Taisie is looking forward to helping residents of all ages and abilities to stay mentally and physically active whilst promoting healthy lifestyles through a series of fun and immersive activities. 

taisie@thesmilebrigade.org

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