Our trustees are elected by the congregation to help oversee New Unity's finance, policy, staff, buildings, and long-term strategy. 

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John Bates, Chair
John is a Fellow at London Business School, and a board advisor to several early stage ventures in the creative and technology industries. He married Wendy at the Unitarian Church in Cambridge in 1992, and they've been members of New Unity since 2008. When not involved with New Unity projects, business commitments or children & grandchildren, John and Wendy enjoy travelling around Europe by Camper van or walking with Holiday Fellowship. As Chair of Trustees, John is especially active in the plans to renovate New Unity's Newington Green building, bringing its unique heritage to life for the wider community.

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Silvia Kerste, Treasurer
Silvia is a happy lady, only really easily angered by inequality. Since graduating in Marketing she’s been working for environmental charities where she inspires people to make a change. Organising community-based projects, she empowers people to recycle, reduce their energy-costs, or share their leftovers by starting a community fridge. As a true Dutch person, Silvia can often be found on her bike. You can also meet her at Highbury & Islington’s Park Run on Saturday mornings. If you have any questions or comments about New Unity's finances, just pop her an e-mail: silviakerste@gmail.com.


Jenn Flandro, Secretary
Jenn is a trainee Islington social worker and a governor of a local school. As such, she brings knowledge of the local community. In her previous role, she was principal of a primary school where she was responsible for all aspects including curriculum and learning, recruitment and training, and managing the budget. She enjoys spending time with her three children. Her perfect day would be spent outside in the sun: she likes running, hiking, and exploring cities. She tries to see museum exhibitions and loves going to concerts. She also enjoys reading contemporary fiction and checking out new restaurants, especially vegetarian-friendly ones. 


Carola Emrich-Fisher, Trustee overseeing the aesthetics of New Unity's buildings
German-born Carola is a freelance opera singer, voice teacher, Reiki practitioner, and mum of two children. She has performed extensively as a soloist and professional chorister in the US and Europe. As a member of the resident choir at First Church in Boston MA, she discovered Unitarian Universalism ('open-minded, open-hearted spiritual communities, helping people lead lives of justice, hope, learning and love'). This discovery subsequently led her to New Unity. In both Boston and London, she has volunteered extensively in local primary schools, helping to foster programs that help diverse communities communicate and collaborate across social boundaries.