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About Us

Offices and staff » Meet our Trustees

SMART's Board of Ttrustees are a group of volunteers responsible for making sure the charity is running well and is doing what it was set up to do.  They meet regularly with the CEO and other members of staff.  They include:

Shahin Bekhradnia (Chair)

A graduate from Oxford University in Modern Languages, Shahin has co-founded a school in Oxford, been an interpreter for the Immigration Appellate, a legal advisor to a travel company, and is currently a teacher of Ancient History, Latin, Russian and French. She is also a magistrate on the North Oxfordshire bench and the Oxfordshire Youth Panel.

Gail Cornforth  

Gail is a HR Director for an American owned global corporation.  Gail has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Derby University and hopes to bring her knowledge and experience to support SMART in the future.  SMART is the first charity that Gail has been involved with and she looks forward to this being the first of many. 

James Moore

James was the cofounder and Managing Director of a large retail and financial services business trading in Europe and Africa. Before moving into retailing he ran branded consumer goods manufacturing businesses with operations in the UK, Europe and the Far East. He currently serves on the Boards of a number of charities and social enterprises.

Steve Morant

Steve worked in the public sector for 44 years.  His Home Office career included extensive periods in the Police, Finance, and Immigration & Nationality departments, culminating in nine years as Assistant Director of the UK Immigration Service based at London Heathrow Airport.  He joined Thames Valley Police staff in 2002 working in Oxford City until his retirement in 2011.   He has worked in a voluntary capacity with a variety of community and charitable organisations for many years.