Our charity

Our team

Simon Westgarth


Simon is very experienced in general management, project management and retail in a variety of leadership roles. A family man (grandchild no.1 on the way), he combines a love of family, keeping fit, Liverpool Football Club, dogs and golf (not necessarily in that order).

Lucy Stepan

Volunteer Coordinator

Lucy started as a volunteer and loves reuse and recycling. She brings many years of housing association experience to the role as well as a passion for volunteering. Lucy also shares a love of animals and Bumble (her miniature Schnauzer) is a frequent visitor to the office.

Joseph Hill

Warehouse Manager

Joey came to us through the UK Government Kickstart scheme in the Winter of 2021. Joe had a six-month interview with the Scheme while on Kickstart, and demonstrated that he's learned a lot about how our charity works, in particular our systems and processes. Among many interests is amateur boxing.

Joeseph Bracken

Office Administrator

Joeseph joined us via the UK Government Kickstart scheme in Autumn 2021. He’s developed a flair for administration, and he is a dab hand at managing a multitude of tasks. Joeseph has a formidable Lego collection and is the proud owner of Darabond, his cat.

Joyce Stilwell

Part-time Admin/Book-keeper

Joyce started as a volunteer. She has many years of book-keeping experience and has helped to move our accounts packages on line, run pay-roll and keep our accounts in check. Joyce enjoys the radio, reading and has been known to refurbish items of furniture.

Joe Pisco


Joe started as a volunteer with the Scheme and is our longest standing member of staff. As well as keeping our mobile operations running, Joe has a passion for fixing and refurbishing furniture that we well at the scheme. If you visit us, you will often see his work in the warehouse – you’ll need to hurry though, as it often sells fast.

Rob Whitmarsh

Assistant Driver

Robert (or Rob 1 as he is sometimes called as we seem to have a number of Roberts at the Scheme), is a garden planter expert. Rob’s pieces are popular with customers and are a great use for old, unwanted, bed slats


History of the charity

  • Richmond Furniture Exchange was established in 1990
  • Registered charity in 1992
  • Changed its name in 1997 to the Richmond Furniture Scheme
  • From 1st April 2010 the assets of the Scheme were transferred to Richmond Furniture Scheme, a newly formed company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity

Our trustees

Name Skills
Aoife Herr  Marketing
Derek Papworth IT consultant and business technologist
Helen Higgins Senior level omni-channel marketer with strong retail and FMCG experience
Helen Pugh Marketing management in the financial services sector
Jack Stephen (Chair) Many years of experience in finance, as a director and non-executive director
Mithu Sengupta Technology adviser and technical delivery expert with 20+ years’ experience
Nicola Anson Financial control and leadership, general management
Ryan Richardson Operations Management | Contract and Commercial Management | PMO | Data Protection | Internal Audit | ISO Standards | Business Process Improvement | Customer Service Excellence | Learning and Development | Quality Assurance | Business Planning 

For information about being a trustee with Richmond Furniture Scheme, please email admin@rfsonline.co.uk or call 0208 755 4665.


1A Fortescue Avenue

Opening hours

  • Mon-Fri 09:30 to 16:00
  • Sat 10:00 to 16:00
  • Bank Holidays : Closed


We can be found in Fortescue Avenue, a cul-de-sac, off Turner Avenue between Fielding Avenue and Twining Avenue on the Staines Road and Sixth Cross Road. Buses: 490, H22, 110, 267, 281, R70. Train stations: Fulwell, Twickenham (connect by bus 267 and 281) – Map location

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