Board of Trustees

2019-2020 Board of Trustees

Melissa Allen, President

Melissa joined the League in 2010.  She has served on the Board previously as At-Large Director, Membership Vice President and as Active-at-Large.  She has also led the Holiday Hampers donations sub-committee, served as Co-Chair of DIAD, and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012.



Kelaine Blades, President-Elect

Kelaine joined the Junior League in May 2016 and has served as Head of Social within the Communications committee, and VP of Communications for the past 2 years. She has an extensive background in Marketing in global roles on both sides of the pond, spanning strategy, digital, comms, content, PR and brand development. She is passionate about women’s rights and loves helping women succeed through volunteering, mentoring and coaching.


Tamsin Davies, Finance Director

Tamsin has been an active member of the Junior League of London since 2014 serving in various roles including Active-At-Large, Placement Advisor and Fund Development Vice President. Professionally, Tamsin has over 10 years of experience in Strategy, Product Management for a large US Firm. Outside of the JLL, she volunteers with Alpha Chi Omega and Columbia University. When not working or volunteering, she is often enjoying the Theatre as a Patron of the National Theatre, practicing Yoga as part of a 200-hour teacher training program, running or training at F45. She resides in Little Venice with her partner Nick.


Amy Garcia, Nominating Director

Amy has been a member of the Junior League of London since 2014. In her time with the JLL, she has served a variety of roles on the membership council, including LEAD, New Member Development and Nominating. She is a regular volunteer with our community partners and has a deep personal commitment to encouraging others to give back, having volunteered since she was a young child. In her professional life, Amy has led global marketing teams in the private and third sector, and through her participation in diversity taskforces, is an advocate for equality in the workplace.


Heather Kennedy, At-Large Director

Heather joined the League in 2016. She has served on the Homelessness Action Team both as a committee member and as co-chair and as Community Council Vice President.



Amber Raney-Kincade, At-Large Director

Amber Raney-Kincade joined JLL in 2006 and held numerous chair positions including DIAD and LEAD. She is a Sustainer and was a member of the Strategic Review Committee.



Susanna Teixidor, At-Large Director

Susanna joined the Junior League of London in 2007 and has served on the Board previously as Community Council Vice President. She has led both the Holiday Hampers Committee and Little Black Dress Initiative, as well as participated on the Strategic Review and Nominating Committees. As a Sustainer, she has continued to actively support the JLL by acting as a mentor for its developing leaders and contributing to its fundraising efforts.