Who we are

Camden Spear Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation set up by Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage. We are registered with the Charities Commission (Charity registration number 1156643). The Trust launched the Spear Course in the Autumn of 2013 to serve unemployed young people in the community.

Our Team

Claire Pearson – Centre Manager
claire-pearsonClaire is the Centre Manager at Spear Camden. She began working at Spear Camden in September 2013 became Centre Manager in September 2014. Previously Claire worked as a recruitment consultant and spent a year with youth charity XLP. She is a Law graduate from Newcastle University. Claire has a heart for social justice and seeing vulnerable people on the edges of society being empowered and encouraged to help change their circumstances.
Megan Reilly – Lead Coach
Megan-ReillyMegan is the Graduate Coach at Spear Camden. Before Spear Megan studied a BA in Sociology, followed by an MA in Global Development, at the University of Leeds. She worked part-time alongside her studies across inner city primary schools, and is particularly passionate about helping young people realise their full potential, to see them grow in ways society would never expect.
Bex Stilwell – Graduate Coach
Bex is the Graduate Coach at Spear Camden. Before Spear Bex studied Theology at the University of Exeter. She focused her study on the relationship between the Church and the Criminal Justice System. She felt called by God to work for Spear to play a part in releasing young people into their full potential and equipping them to flourish in their lives.

Our Trustees

Rev. Kristin Breuss (Chair) is Associate Pastor / Curate at Holy Trinity church.  Prior to studying theology and her ordination in June 2014, Kristin was a Managing Director in Goldman Sachs’ Human Capital Management Division. She spent nearly 19 years with the bank in roles including investment banking, marketing, training and development, and reward across the New York, Moscow and London offices.  She holds an MBA from Columbia University and a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is American by birth but has lived in London with her husband and three children for 15 years. She is passionate about Spear and its transforming impact on the individuals and communities who serve and are served.

Joanna Shakhmin (Vice chair) is a resident of North-West London. Her career began at Rothschild, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions. After Rothschild, she worked at the educational charity, Future Leaders, in business development and impact evaluation. Joanna is passionate about charitable work and has a particular interest in young people, education, and employment. Following the birth of her child, Joanna decided to take a career break. She holds an MSc degree in Management from ESCP Europe. Joanna has previously served on board of Camden Spear Trust until February 2014.

Roshni Ananda de Alwis holds a law degree (LL.B.) from Bristol University and a Masters in Intellectual Property and Media Laws (LL.M) from University College London. Despite being a qualified barrister, she pursued a career in management consulting, working both in consulting firms as well as in-house within the TMT sector globally. Roshni currently manages her own business interests as she raises two children.

Samuel Amoako has worked in banking for over 10 years, and is currently a Coverage Banker for a major UK bank with primary responsibility for banking relationships with Banks in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology and studied Finance at London School of Economics. He is currently undertaking an MBA with the university of Warwick.

Obi Ezenwa (Secretary) is the founder of Pine, which helps organisations in Europe and Africa to grow through open innovation, access to finance and new venture development. He has over a decades experience in helping businesses access funding from the European Commission and other public sector grants for innovation. Obi has a BSc and MSc in Electronic Communication and Computer Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Imperial College London. He is a trained advanced coach and is very passionate about helping people grow.

Anna Holdsworth has a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Latin American Studies, majoring in Archeology.  She started out in the BBC’s World Service, before moving on to work at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and then in the Public Relations industry. During a stint in China with her family, she set up a Human Resources business with her husband and took on the role of Business Development Director. She is mother to four children.

Chris Holdsworth (Treasurer) started his career working for six years for the Red Cross on a variety of international relief and development projects. He then spent 16 years working in the financial services industry ending up with a spell based in Beijing running a joint venture with Bank of China. More recently he was CEO of a Human Capital Consulting firm, Talent Q, for three years. He has a BSC in Business from Bath University.

Rev Andy Keighley is Senior Pastor/Vicar of Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage church.  Andy took on leadership of the church in 2006. Since then membership has grown from 10 to more than 300 people from all nations and backgrounds.  Andy is passionate to encourage hope in the community, and Holy Trinity have a dedicated Community and Families Pastor, Youth Worker and Children’s Worker.  Andy is also Deputy Chair of Governors at Holy Trinity Primary school, is involved in prison Alpha, wholeness and healing ministry, and co-leads Space – a summer holiday event for young adults.  Before switching to church leadership, Andy was a company and commercial solicitor in the city, and worked in the industry for more than ten years.

Chi-Chi Obuaya is an adult psychiatrist, based in the NHS, with a particular passion for refugee and asylum seeker mental health.  He has an MBA from Imperial College London.

Sarah Tyrwhitt-Drake was raised on a remote Orkney Island, and at the age of 17 worked for Jackie Pullinger MBE in the Walled City Hong Kong, and for The UN in Vietnamese Refugee Camps. A resident of Camden for 28 years, Sarah has pioneered urban transformation through her work on local estates, and in leading Restorative Justice Courses in HMP Holloway.