Board of Trustees


United Way UK is governed by a high-profile board of trustees. The voluntary board oversees all governance and advises on charity strategy, business development and priorities for the charity.

Gary Von Lehmden, CEO, Summerhill Capital Investors, LLC
Chair, United Way UK

Gary von Lehmden is the CEO and Chairman of Summerhill Capital Investors, LLC. Previously Gary served as Chairman and Head of EMEA Corporate Banking and as the Chief Lending Officer for Citibank N.A. in EMEA, retiring after 37 years of service at Citi in roles in relationship banking and corporate finance at Citibank.

Summerhill is engaged in the acquisition, management, improvement and disposition of private equity investments, Marketable Securities and other securities, real property and other investments.

Gary is Chairman of the United Way UK and a member of the United Way regional council and continues to serve on the boards of the International Board of Habitat for Humanity UK. Gary is a past Chairman of British American Business (BAB).

Past affiliations include the Board of Trustees for the American Classical Orchestra (Connecticut), the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Theatre in London, as well as the Association of Foreign Banks in London where he also served as the AFB delegate to the Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as a member of their 12 person Practitioner Panel.

Gary has a BS from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University (Weatherhead School of Management).


Peter Badenhuizen, Partner (Tax), Deloitte
Vice-Chair, United Way UK

Peter leads Deloitte’s London-based US Business Tax practice and has resided in London since 2000.  He is a US certified public accountant, specialising in US inbound and outbound investment funds in private equity, real estate, and overall asset management industry sectors.

Peter currently sits on the Board for BritishAmerican Business (“BAB”) and previously chaired BAB’s Tax Forum for many years, contributing to the organisation’s views on US tax legislation of interest to its transatlantic membership.




Ian Yates, former UK Region Admin Head, Costco Wholesale Ltd
, United Way UK

Ian has worked for many years in retail in different roles within Operations and IT.  Whilst working in IT in the Littlewoods group, Ian was involved in numerous special projects including a joint venture with Carrefour of France and Price Club of Canada. Ian was asked to become part of this JV as head of IT, and following the merger of Price Club and Costco, he joined the newly merged business going back to his roots within Operations. Ian joined Costco before the company opened its first UK warehouse and was heavily involved in the opening of this first warehouse. He subsequently moved throughout the UK, opening and managing new warehouses as the business grew.

In 2013, Ian was asked to join Costco’s UK Executive team, and during that time, was instrumental in rolling out the United Way concept to all Costco warehouses.



Lailany Sierra - Head of People Solutions, CHANEL
Treasurer, United Way UK

Lailany Sierra is currently the Head of People Solutions at CHANEL and is responsible for facilitating organizational transformation as the company adopts new digital HR technologies.Prior to joining CHANEL, Lailany Sierra was the Vice President of Human Resources at IgnitionOne, a digital marketing technology company. Previously, Lailany spent 12 years in Human Resources leadership roles in the entertainment industry. She was the Director of Human Resources for IMAX Corporation based in Los Angeles and prior to that spent nearly a decade at ESPN and The Walt Disney Company as an HR Business Partner supporting the media and entertainment divisions in the United States as well as Europe and Asia.

Lailany holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, a BBA from Baruch College, City University of New York and an Associate degree from Monroe College. Lailany is an active member of the International Women’s Forum and a London Chapter Lead for The Rising Network. She is also a Board Member and Treasurer at Workforce Professionals Training Institute.



Steve Pappas, recently retired VP Europe, Costco Wholesale Ltd
Trustee, United Way UK

Steve has worked in five countries and across four continents with Costco Wholesale. He joined in 1991 as an assistant warehouse manager and quickly progressed to become a general manager in southern California. He moved to London in September of 2006 as Managing Director of Costco Wholesale UK Ltd. and is currently Senior VP Europe.

Steve has been a long-time supporter of United Way and set up a very effective payroll giving scheme in Korea, which Costco has successfully replicated in the UK under Steve’s leadership.




Bill O'Dowd, CEO and Chairman, Dolphin Entertainment, Dolphin Digital Media and Dolphin Films
Trustee, United Way UK

Bill is an Emmy-nominated producer, distributor and financier with two decades of experience in the television, digital media, and film industries. He founded Dolphin Entertainment in 1996, one of the world’s leading production companies specializing in children’s and young adult live-action programming.

Bill is passionate about increasing educational opportunities for children around the world. He is a frequent speaker on education topics and creates partnerships based on fostering reading skills and encouraging a passion for philanthropy in young people. He joined the United Way Million Dollar Roundtable in 2009 when he made a $2 million gift to the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education for the newly named Dolphin Digital Media Demonstration School, Educare of Miami-Dade. 


Neil Maffey, Head of Senior Associates, Monex Europe
Trustee, United Way UK

Neil is Head of Senior Associates at Monex Europe, one of the world’s leading providers of deliverable currency. Based in London, Neil has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, with both P&L and leadership responsibility for a highly experienced front office team working in a wide array of different international markets.

Prior to his current role, he has held positions at Associated British Foods in London, and spent the early part of his career working for Hutchison Whampoa (now CK Hutchison Holdings) in both Hong Kong & Guangzhou, China.  

Neil is passionate about creating better educational opportunities for children and brings a skillset to the board which supports the driving of positive change.



Nailesh Rambhai, Non-Executive Director, Pension Protection Fund
Trustee, United Way UK           

Nailesh is an experienced international lawyer whose career has included postings in the UK, Hong Kong, the USA and Canada. He began his career as a lawyer at Linklaters and then later at McDermott, Will and Emery LLP. For the last 15 years he has served as General Counsel at a leading financial institution and then at a major international energy company.

He is also a non-executive Director at the Pension Protection Fund and he was previously a non-executive Director                                                     of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. Nailesh is a graduate of Oxford University.



  Sue Knowles, Marketing/HR Director, Costco Wholesale UK Limited                                                                                         Trustee, United Way UK

Sue Knowles is a founder member of the membership cash and carry warehouse club UK Costco Wholesale UK's start up team who in 1993 and was responsible for setting up all aspects of Marketing/HR/Risk Management and Corporate Responsibility from scratch. Prior to joining Costco, Sue worked for the UK's largest cash and carry Booker as their PR Director. Before the start of her career in wholesale, it was with Avon Cosmetics as a Senior Marketing Manager and a variety of secretarial positions. Sue considers her greatest achievement is the International Chair (Europe, Asia and Australia) for Costco's internal women's networking association Journeys launched in 2007 and the UK Chapter Chair for LEAD (Leading Executives Advancing Diversity) since 2015.

As the Chairperson for Costco's United Way Ambassadors, the internal team who promote United Way throughout the year and in particular during campaign weeks I am thrilled at the 45% participation of employees giving via their payroll to charities. Sue was heavily involved in the launch of United Way in the UK and her subsequent election to the United Way Board early 2021 was a great opportunity to have impact on the strategy and growth of United Way in the UK


Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, Chairman of Euroclear Holding and Euroclear SA/NV
Trustee, United Way UK

Until May 2021, he was the Vice Chairman of Citigroup’s International Clients Group for Europe, Middle East and Africa based in London. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Citi Holdings (2013-2018) and Chief Executive Officer of Citi Transaction Services (2009-2013) based in New York.

Francesco’s 38-year career at Citi has taken him across Europe and the Americas where he has substantial experience leading businesses, committees and boards. His background spans a range of banking disciplines from corporate finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions to cash management, trade finance, custody and securities services, institutional client management and geographical franchise management.

Francesco is the former Chairman of Citibank Europe plc and was Chairman and CEO of Citibank International plc. He serves on the Boards of Verti Spa. He also served on the LCH Group Holding Board (2005-2011) and the Board of Mapfre International (2002-2017) and Banco Nacional De Mexico SA. He is also on the International Advisory Board of IESE and Vice Chair of the Advisory Council for The Kogod School of Business at American University. He was the Chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide until June 2021 and he is now a member of its Board of Governors. He is a Trustee of The Felix Project, The Borne Foundation, the Voluntary Solidarity Fund (VSF) and The Vatican Foundation Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP).

Francesco is a Finance graduate of the American University in Washington DC where he received the Stanley I.Posner Award as the graduating senior with the highest overall academic average. He has an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia University (1983).