Meet our governors
Jean Willson OBE - Chair
Jean Willson OBE has been a member of Centre 404 for forty five years. This is her fourth time as Chair of the Trustees. She will retire next year, and a new Chair will be appointed. She also chairs the Fundraising and Supporting Families committees , and is an active member of the volunteer gardeners at Centre 404.
Jean has a special interest in health and housing for people with learning disabilities. She acts as Champion for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in Islington. She represents them on the Islington Partnership Board and its Health Working Group. Nationally, Jean has been a member of many government groups working on behalf of people with learning disabilities and their family carers. She now represents family carers on the National Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities Network. Jean had an adult daughter Victoria who had multiple disabilities and twenty four years ago, along with another parent, set up the first supported housing in England for their daughters. In recognition of her major and unique contribution made to the life of the Borough, in particular all the work done by Centre 404, Jean was made an Honorary Freeperson of Islington in 2013.
Derek Weist - Treasurer
Derek joined Centre 404 in 2012 and was co-opted onto the Executive Committee in 2013. Born and bred in North London, he started his career with Ernst & Young and, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, he moved into the banking world. He has worked in a number of financial institutions, specialising in banking for the Muslim community.
Currently he provides part time financial management services for a number of UK property institutions.
He also acts as Treasurer for NCY, a Newham-based charity and is a governor at Little Ilford School in Newham. Derek is committed to help improve the lives of those who have not enjoyed the same opportunities, and is keen to extend his knowledge and experience into the charity sector.
Dr Paul Formosa - Vice Chair & Secretary
Paul has extensive experience of development and governance within a range of community focused organisations.
He has an MA in Public Service Management and recently completed Phd on Public Administration.
He takes a particular interest in the work of our Leisure and Learning team and is really eager to support and encourage people with learning disabilities to get involved and take as much responsibility as possible at Centre 404. His youngest son, Dylan, has profound learning disabilities and health challenges.