Members of the Board of Trustees
Michael Kelly ACIB, AISI, FICRS, FRSA
Michael is Chairman of The Passage and has been involved with the charity since 1999. He joined the client service committee in 2003 prior to becoming a trustee and Chair.
He is also Chairman of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust as well as director of the award winning social enterprise From Babies With Love.
His career started in finance with NatWest Group. Whilst Head of Environmental Management he was seconded to the UN’s Environment Programme and was one of the founders of the Finance Initiative. He spent 10 years with UNEP and UN Conference on Trade and Development as the senior programme officer, reporting to the Secretary General and working within the team which developed and launched the UN Global Compact at Davos in 1999.
Michael was previously Head of Corporate Responsibility for KPMG in the UK, Europe and Middle East, a position he held for more than 16 years. He was also the Founding Chairman of the Living Wage Foundation.
Mike was named by Economia, the magazine of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, as one of the Top 50 most influential businessmen globally and in 2017 he was appointed a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability.
He now holds a portfolio of roles which includes visiting professor in Accounting & Finance at Strathclyde University and splits his time between London and Glasgow where he is an Executive Advisor to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
‘To still have street homelessness in this day and age shames us all. We all suffer inner homelessness at some time and it is incumbent on all of us to work towards ending this injustice.’
Antonio has been a Trustee since September 2015. Between 2010 and 2018 Antonio was Chairman of Night Under The Stars, The Passage’s annual fundraising concert. He has supported the charity since 2007.
He is Artist and Promotions Manager at Askonas Holt, an international classical music agency.
Prior to this he headed the marketing and communications team at Harrison Parrott. He has also acted as consultant to the London Chamber Orchestra and London Choral Sinfonia.
Chris joined The Passage in 2010 as part of the Risk and Audit Committee. He now chairs the Risk and Audit Committee and also sits on the Finance Committee. He became a Trustee in 2016.
Chris is a specialist in real estate law and practised at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading international law firm, from 1982 to 2014, becoming a partner from 1991 to 2014. He was the Practice Group Leader for the Global Real Estate Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer from 2006 to 2012. He first came to know the Passage as a pro bono client of Freshfields.
Chris served three years on the Policy Committee of the British Property Federation and is currently an Associate Trustee on the Property and Development Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity.
“My involvement with the Passage began as part of my job, but soon became much more. Seeing homelessness on the streets leaves many of us wanting to help, but how? The Passage is a practical and compassionate group of people taking a professional approach to actions and policies with the aim of reducing homelessness. The Passage offers not just immediate practical steps, but assistance with health, longer term accommodation, and training. I am constantly filled with admiration for what they achieve.”
Chris Williams has been a supporter of The Passage for ten years. He is an Investment Professional with 30 years’ experience in his field.
Sister Eileen Glancy entered the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul in 1968.
Having worked in child care, she then qualified for teaching and spent 10 years teaching children with hearing impairment. She was then involved in the leadership team of the Province, after which she moved into parish administration, pastoral and catechetical work in parishes in Scotland. In 2006 she was appointed Provincial Bursar and then in 2016 the Safeguarding Representative for the Province. She is a member of local and national safeguarding commissions.
Following 30 years in policing, which included leading London’s Human Trafficking Unit, in 2014 Kevin Hyland OBE was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner serving with distinction until 2018. Whilst in his tenure as Commissioner he commissioned research into how and where homelessness intersects with modern slavery, which was the first-time prevalence of criminal exploitation of homeless people was formally recognised.
He is the author of United Nations SDG 8.7 and led efforts for its inclusion for the eradication of human trafficking within the UN 15-year global goals.
In 2018 Mr Hyland was elected as Ireland’s representative to the Council of Europe Independent Group of Experts for Trafficking. He was instrumental in the establishment and remains chief advisor to the Santa Marta Group, a high-level partnership between law enforcement agencies, faith groups and civil society, endorsed by Pope Francis at its launch in the Vatican.
He leads several international anti trafficking projects chairing the Responsible Recruitment Group of the Institute of Human Rights and Business and is a member of their International Advisory Council. He also leads as chair of the Ireland and Northern Ireland Human Trafficking Project and provides strategic leadership to the OSCE in producing global victim support guidance.
In September 2019 he was inaugural recipient of the ‘HeForShe Leadership Award’ presented by UN Women UK in recognition of leading efforts to enhance women and girl’s equality.
Iram joined The Passage in 2008 as a member of the Client Services Committee and became a Trustee in 2010. She is a GP with a keen interest in addressing inequalities in health and has helped set up an innovative way of treating patients in the community. Iram has volunteered for a medical charity running free clinics for the homeless, undocumented migrants and commercial sex workers. She has also helped run health check stalls for the Muslim community in mosques and bazaars. Iram is a Trustee at Muslim Women’s Network UK, a women’s rights charity; part of this work involves delivering Mental Health awareness raising workshops for hard to reach groups in the community. She is enthusiastic about teaching and medical education and has co-authored a chapter in a book, ‘Learning to Consult.’ She has undertaken a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education at Warwick University. She is committed to advocacy for those members of the community who do not have a voice. She is also a keen football fan.
“Homelessness should not exist in 21st century Great Britain. I am lucky that I am privileged and in a position to contribute to society. Homelessness can happen to many of us at any time, a fact that is not widely recognised. I am proud to be part of The Passage whose Vicentian values including compassion, justice and respect are exemplary and show through our work.”
Róisín has been a supporter of The Passage for many years and joined as the Client Services Committee in 2015. Róisín became Chair of the Client Services Committee and joined the Board in 2017.
Róisín is the Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility at KPMG LLP. She has worked for KPMG since 2003 and has held a variety of CR and Sustainability roles. Róisín’s experience includes Corporate Responsibility strategy development, the execution of large change management and corporate sustainability integration programmes. She is passionate about the opportunity business has to collaborate with others to tackle social and environmental challenges in society. Róisín grew up in Australia and Asia, and has worked extensively in the UK, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
“Everyone should have a home, a safe place to live and sleep. It shocks and saddens me that in today’s society homelessness is on the rise. The Passage Charity provides meals, accommodation, healthcare, mental health support, immigration services, pastoral care, support to gain employment as well as any other support required for their clients. They do this through practical and hands on work, one of their core values, so the services they provide genuinely makes a difference for individuals and families they support.”
Victoria is Head of Strategic Initiatives, Global Philanthropy at the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and also operates as the global fundraising lead for 7: The David Beckham Fund for UNICEF.
Prior to this Victoria has held roles in a number of development agencies including most recently leading the Philanthropy function at UNICEF UK.
Victoria holds a BA in International Relations and a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In 2013 Victoria was selected to take part in the Resource Alliances Future Leaders Programme hosted at Oxford University for emerging leaders in the not for profit sector. Victoria has also been given the award of one of the top 25 fundraisers under 35 by Fundraising Magazine and the Institute of Fundraising for her contribution to raising funds for international development work.
Victoria feels passionately about two issues – creating a sustainable future for young people and tackling the issue of homeless in her home city, London.
“When I moved into my first home in London I was stuck by just how important it is to have a place that you feel safe and how this just isn’t obtainable for many people in London. I wanted to learn more about the issues surrounding homelessness and was directed toward The Passage; an organisation with the passion and the knowledge to truly tackle the causes of homelessness and offer solutions. From day one my interactions with The Passage have been so very inspiring and I am proud to be a Trustee of this wonderful charity. There can be a solution to homelessness and I feel we should all collectively work towards achieving this.”
Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann
Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Imperial College and Theology (Summa cum Laude) from the Lateran University in Rome. He was ordained as a Priest in 1969. He later went on to become Head of Religious Education and School chaplain of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School between 1973 and 1985. He became Trustee of The Passage in 1985
Since then he has held a number of roles including Trustee at the Genesis Foundation, Trustee and Founder of SPECeast, Trustee-Chairman of the Catholic Stage Guild (now CaAPA), Chaplain to Canary Wharf, and Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University.