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 has arrived), 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.

Robert Whitmarsh

Warehouse Manager

Robert (or Rob 1 as he is sometimes called as we seem to have a number of Roberts at the Scheme), has been with the Scheme for over 10 years. Rob brings previous logistics experience to the role and is also a dab hand at organising, building and repairing furniture.

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 (over 10 years with Robert). As well as keeping our mobile operations running, Joe has a passion for fixing and refurbishing furniture that we sell at the scheme. If you visit us, you will often see his work in the warehouse – you’ll need to hurry though, as it sells fast.

Vincent Seabrook

Assistant Van Operative


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

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
  • Christmas season, closed, 27 and 28 December 2023 


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

Annual Reports

2023 Annual Report