Key Team Members

Founder, Chairman & Trustee

Jakob Kinde

Co-founded the Charity in 2003. 39 years of merchant banking and property experience, including Boustead Renewables, Boustead & Co., Housing Sweden Group AB, Libertas Capital, Spark Ventures, Kleinwort Benson and Samuel Montagu. Has completed approximately $80 billion in corporate finance transactions for small to large businesses internationally. B.Sc. (Econ) from UCL, C.Dip. A.F. and M.C.S.I.

CEO & Trustee

Matt Fearnley

30 years leveraging marketing to grow organisations across commercial and charity/NFP sectors, multiple categories and locations. Work for corporates includes Virgin, P&G, Nestle, Sony and General Motors. Senior roles at several leading social care charities, on the Board of his local NHS Trust and chairing the Finance, Audit, HR and Development Board of a south-east London Academy school serving 1,200 young people of 11-18. MBA and Freeman of the City of London.

Carmen Rodney
Trustee & Social Care Chair

Carmen Rodney

A former HMI with extensive experience of holding senior positions in educational, church and community settings with a sharp focus on promoting equality. Worked for the Home Office as a Race Relations Assessor for 10 years. Founder and coordinator of major initiatives including a supplementary school and a mentoring programme. Set up Ed2Go as an independent education consultant (2017) and serve, since 2018, as a trustee on a highly successful multi-academy trust in east London.

Annette Hilliard
Company Secretary
& Finance Manager

Annette Hilliard

Over 30 years successfully applying financial and managerial accounting as well as company secretarial practices for commercial and Non For Profit organisations, latterly through her own limited company. Significant organisational expertise in sectors as diverse as charity to the building industry and from education to leisure.

Kudakwashe Zafevere
IT Manager

Kuda Zafevere

A renowned IT expert and programmer, Kuda has extensive experience in deploying innovative and practical IT solutions in many industry sectors to engage B2B, B2C, and P2P audiences. Co-founder of Makorokoto, Zimbabwe’s penny auction site; “Top Rated Developer” at Upwork with 100% success rate; and Technology Advisor at Boustead Renewables.

Trustee & Advisory Board Chair

Peter A West

Venture philanthropist and has spent the majority of his working life in the Education and charitable sectors. Founder of: Yeldall Manor Drug and Alcohol residential rehabilitation Centre (1975), Founder: Trusts in Partnership (1993), Founder and Director: Giving Works (2001), Founder: The Bread Tin (2009), Founder: Giving Plus(+) (2020 and on-going).

Dawn-Louise Murray
Executive Assistant

Dawn-Louise Murray

Dawn-Louise has extensive experience as a PA-EA, working predominantly within the corporate, legal, and creative sectors. Companies include The Really Useful Group, Celador Television & CPL Productions. She has been involved with popular Shows and TV formats, including “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, “Married at First Sight” and “A League of Their Own”.

Lynne Yule
Property Manager

Lynne Yule

Lynne has extensive experience over the last 17 years of managing large scale property portfolios across the North East of England and Yorkshire. Lynne boasts an impeccable record of 97% rental collections which is well above the industry average whilst also liaising with tenants and contractors to ensure the properties are well maintained to a high standard. Lynne has also costed, and project managed the rollout of multiple property refurbishments ensuring that all the properties are completed on time and within budget.

Neil Budd
Legal Advisor

Neil Budd

Neil Budd qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and worked in London’s local government for seven years, specialising in commercial property and development projects. In 2012, Neil joined the London office of a top 50 UK law firm where he became a partner. In 2018, Neil founded Budd Legal. The firm is based in the City of London and specialises in corporate, commercial, property and energy work.


Our Mission Statement and Strategy

Noble Tree Foundation registered as a charity in May 2004 (registered charity number 1103565).

It is dedicated to the reduction in homelessness within England’s most vulnerable groups including the victims of domestic abuse, families in temporary accommodation, and ex-offenders wishing to return back to society.

Our support includes the provision of properties to decent homes standards, pastoral care and general support aimed at the needs of our clients, our approach therefore is holistic encompassing housing, practical help and support, to include:

  • Housing
  • Wrap-around support tailored to clients needs
  • Practical help to access benefits and education
  • Referrals to other services to help recovery and rehabilitation
  • Development plans based on agreed goals and client engagement
  • Access to mentoring and practical and work-based skills and training
  • Opportunities to volunteer both internally and externally, building up skills and settling into the community

Our aim is to work within current legislation to alleviate the hardship incurred by people due to the UK’s accommodation shortage:

  • The Care Act 2014
  • The Homelessness Reduction Act 2014
  • Housing Benefit Regulations 2006
  • Universal Credit Regulations 2013

Noble Tree are currently commissioning residential properties across England to provide sustainable long term accommodation, with the benefit of pastoral care designed to provide our client groups the tools develop their lives within their communities.

We will work to ensure that these properties continue to provide good and safe accommodation for their residents for the long term with care and support services as may be required to help people re-build their lives.

We seek to become a leading UK charity in the social accommodation sector and it is planned that our initiatives will form the basis of a longer term strategy to fight against poverty, social exclusion and injustice.

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