Who We Are

Junction Community Trust is a resource for people in the local community to find practical help and support. We have set up two projects:

  1. Spear Clapham Junction - helping unemployed youth
  2. Wandsworth Foodbank - emergency food for local people in crisis. 

Set up by St Mark’s Battersea Rise in 2012, we are a company limited by guarantee (no. 08032776) and a registered charity (no. 1149780).

Our Staff

Spear Clapham Junction Staff

Emily Stephens (Spear Centre Manager)

Emily has an undergraduate degree in Geography and a Masters degree in Leadership.  She trained as a secondary school teacher through the Teach First graduate scheme. She left her first teaching job (Blackheath Bluecoats) in July 2011 to become a Head of Department at St Cecilia’s, Wandsworth.  She left teaching March 2012 to become the Centre Manager for the Spear Centre in Clapham Junction

Joanna Wheeler (Spear Lead Trainer)

Joanna has an undergraduate degree in English and Performing Arts in community and education.  She had various experiences working with students for a year and teaching English and Drama at a summer school before joining Spear Hammersmith as an Assistant Trainer.  Joanna is now Lead Trainer at Spear Clapham Junction

Richard Herbert (Spear Intern)

Richard is our new intern who started in September 2013.

Wandsworth Foodbank Staff

Dan Frith (Foodbank Manager)

Dan Frith previously ran a project supporting street children in South Africa. Dan is based at St Mark's Battersea Rise and provides central management of the Foodbank as well as supporting the four distribution centres.


Our Trustees

Andi Britt (Chair) leads IBM's Training and Human Resources consultancy division at IBM. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Andi is a specialist in professional training development and enterprise learning strategies and has advised some of the largest FTSE clients on organisational change including Shell, BP, Nationwide, Ministry of Defence and Department for Work & Pensions.

Daniel Chapman (Vice-Chair) is Grant Manager for Walcot Foundation - a Lambeth based trust focusing on employment and education for low income households.  Previously, he has also worked in a variety of grant-making posts at Church Urban Fund and Tearfund supporting and advising community groups in tackling poverty in their local areas.  He also set up and ran the Wandsworth Christians Against Poverty Centre (debt counselling) for seven years.

Sarah Chapman is a freelance project manager and film-maker specialising in the UK charity sector.  She has over fifteen years experience in charity fundraising, branding and communication.

Lizi Cope - Lizi Cope leads the Partner Development Design Team at the John Lewis Partnership. Prior to moving into retail two years ago, she worked in professional services (across Europe, Middle East, India & Africa) and in the not-for-profit sector.  An experienced coach & facilitator, she is passionate about helping people to reach their full potential - both in and out of work.

Nicholas Miller Smith (Treasurer) has a BA in Mathematics and an MA in Biblical Studies.  He is a qualified actuary.  He has worked for the fund management company BlackRock or its predecessors since 2001.  He is currently a member of its client strategy group and is particularly involved in financial modelling and research, mainly for pension funds and other institutional clients. Rev Paul Perkin has been vicar of St Mark’s Battersea Rise for the last 25 years, as the membership of the church has built from a group of 49 to over 600 today.  He is a trustee of Christian Action Research and Education (Care) which raises awareness of social issues from a Christian perspective, as well as being heavily involved with the International Justice Mission which provides legal representation for victims of oppression overseas. He is a Compassion UK ambassador which sponsors children in extreme poverty, and is a trustee of the Wandsworth Mediation Service, helping people in conflict resolve their differences.

Rachel Saebi has twenty years experience of working in the motor, financial services, corporate travel and hospitality industries in various roles ranging from business consultant to heading up the learning and development function to setting up and running her own company. She currently works as an independent consultant.  Her principal areas of expertise and knowledge are in leadership, management, team and personal development - using various approaches such as one-to-one coaching, facilitation, assessment/development centres and psychometric tools. Rachel has an MSc from Salford university in people and organisational  development and is licensed to administer a range of psychometric tools.

Chris Ransford is a solicitor and is currently in-house counsel at Nexen, a Canadian based international energy company. Previously, he trained and practised commercial and corporate law at McGrigors LLP, based in London, advising on energy projects and acquisitions.

Luke Raskino has a BA in Sociology and MSc in international marketing. He has a career history in brand and innovation leadership for Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and L'Oreal. He operates as an innovation consultant and is founder and host of Gamify my Health, one of UK's largest independent health innovation meetups focussing on fostering technology for behaviour change.


Our Ethos

Junction Community Trust is a charity set up by St Marks Battersea Rise and based at St Marks, to enable people in the Clapham Junction and surrounding areas to find practical help and support.

We are motivated by the hope of the message of Jesus Christ, and desire to turn faith into practical action by living out God’s love for people who are poor and marginalised. Based on Jesus’ teaching on poverty and injustice, we believe in the Christian values of compassion, honesty, integrity, and care for all people.

We serve and work with people of any beliefs to bring about transformation in the community, believing that everyone has the right to food on their plate, dignity in society, development of their skills, a chance to work, and hope for the future.