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Our Expanding Trustee Board

Updated: Feb 21, 2023

We are delighted to add three new trustees to the 3Pillars Project Trustee Board.


William Mackinlay, is the CEO of a Barristers' Chambers in London, he takes over the role of Chair from Jo Anthoine. Helen Whitehouse is currently a Deputy Director in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), she has extensive experience within the Ministry of Justice. Tom Smallbone is a retired professional rugby player, and now leads a residential development team in a property business.


William said "I am delighted to join the team of this transformative charity. I thank the previous Chair, Jo Anthoine, for her work before me and I am excited to support the vital work of 3Pillars".


Helen, a former Deputy Director in the Ministry of Justice said "3Pillars makes a huge and tangible impact to the people it supports, I'm really pleased to be joining the charity and to play a part in its further growth in the coming years so we can help more people to improve their life chances".


Tom played in the Premiership for London Irish and won the U20 World Championship with England, he said "Rugby has given me so much. By joining 3Pillars I can give something back to the young people that the charity works with and the wider rugby community".


3Pillars Project CEO Mike Crofts said "We are delighted that these three fantastic people will join the 3Pillars community. Their professional and personal experience will have a profound impact on the direction of the charity, as we seek to expand the reach of our trauma informed, strengths-based approach to mentoring through sport".

William Mackinlay joined the team as the Chair of the Trustees after attending a number of 3 Pillars’ events and meeting one of the 3 Pillars’ participants who visited his offices for two weeks of work experience. William is the CEO of a commercial barristers’ chambers and previously worked in financial services and corporate PR. Prior to that he served in the British Army. His last role as an Army Officer was Equerry to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (now The King and The Queen Consort).


Helen Whitehouse works for the Department for Culture, specifically working with the museums sector and previously worked in various roles in and across the criminal justice system having started working life in the probation service. She received for her work an OBE in 2020. Helen was introduced to 3 Pillars through a volunteering day and is passionate about its mission, having always had a strong belief in the impact of meaningful and positive intervention, engagement and rehabilitation. She was a school governor in Stockwell for 13 years and is currently also a trustee at Southwark Playhouse


Tom Smallbone is a former professional rugby player having played for London Irish for 6 - 7 years and London Scottish and was part of the England U20 world cup team in 2013. Since retiring from rugby Tom has established a career in the property industry and has an MBA in construction and real estate. He now works as a Head of Residential Development for a property development firm based in London. Tom has been involved with the 3 Pillars project since he retired from professional rugby in 2018 including assisting with fundraising efforts, helping with community coaching and attending several 3 Pillars’ events. He is passionate about the positive and transformative impact of sport and the work that 3 Pillars carries out.

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