Our Trustee profiles


Elizabeth Canning - Chair

Elizabeth Canning is the Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Executive Committee for Pershing Limited at BNY Mellon | Pershing. Elizabeth has functional responsibility for Client Service Delivery, Wealth Product Solutions, Human Resources, Client Training and the Quality Management Office.

Prior to joining the firm in December 2011, Elizabeth held senior compliance roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Private Client and Morgan Stanley; in her early career, she was an equity sales person at Wood Mackenzie.

Elizabeth acts as a company Director for Pershing Holdings (UK) Limited, Pershing Limited, Pershing Securities Limited, BNY Mellon Pershing Trustees Limited, Pershing Securities International Limited and Pershing (Channel Islands) Limited and is a member of BNY Mellon’s EMEA Operating Council, BNY Mellon's WIN (Women’s Initiative Network) and HEART (Helping Each Ability by Respecting and Teaching) groups.

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in History from the University of London.



Richard Solomon - Treasurer

Richard Solomon is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is the Chief Financial Officer of St Mary's University, Twickenham. Previous roles include being Chief Accountant at RBS, Audit Partner with Ernst & Young LLP and Audit Director at Deloitte.


Paul Strange

Paul Strange is the Senior Education and Development manager with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Paul has worked in the NHS since 2008 and prior to that his career has included a wide range of education roles including working for CIPD, private sector education companies and the civil service. Paul joined the board in 2006.


Sister Evelyn Gallagher

Sister Evelyn Gallagher joined the board in 2010 and represents the Union of the Sisters of Mercy – ensuring we maintain a strong link with the Order. Evelyn was a Secondary School teacher for 30 years and has provided ministry in a number of parishes.  She is also a Trustee of the Sisters of Mercy Congregation.


Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan Rhodes joined the board in 2014 having been asked to join a property working group in 2011 on a pro-bono basis. He is a Partner at the property consultancy Cluttons, where he is the National Head of Valuations. Jonathan is an elected professional member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. His previous roles were with GL Hearn, DTZ/Donaldsons, Chesterton and Edward Erdman/Colliers CRE.


Linda McHugh

Linda joined the Board in 2013.  She is a Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland, a Trustee of several charities and the Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee of Westminster Cathedral.  Earlier in her career, she worked in the corporate sector and was Chief Executive or equivalent in six different organisations.

Bishop Nicholas Hudson


Nicholas Hudson joined the board in 2017 as a nominee of the Archbishop of Westminster.  Nicholas has been since 2014 an Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Westminster with responsibilities for the Central and Eastern Areas.  He is also a board member of the Cardinal Hume Centre.


Tom O'Connor - Our CEO

Tom O’Connor joined Providence Row as CEO in May 2017.  He was a director at CAFOD (an international development agency) where he worked for thirteen years. Before moving into the charity sector Tom worked in the recruitment industry and previous to that spent nine years as a Catholic priest in the diocese of Northampton.


Providence Row is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07452798 and registered charity number 1140192. Its registered office is at The Dellow Centre, 82 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7SA.
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