Our Trustees

Gemma Abbott - Trustee


Gemma is a former City lawyer, who is currently forging a new career in the access to justice and human rights field. Her previous work consistently demonstrated to her the extraordinary advantage of good legal advice and she is motivated to ensure that this is not simply the preserve of the already-privileged. She has recently volunteered with Liberty and the Prisoners' Advice Service and is looking forward to developing her practice further when she returns from maternity leave.

Gemma loves to run and is passionate about the health benefits that running can bring, not just physically but mentally too. She is delighted to have become involved with AMiHS so that she can help to share these benefits with other women. Gemma joined the Board in 2017.

Jennifer Cirone - Trustee


Jennifer has previously worked at one of our homelessness host organisations in their women’s strategy team.  Getting active, taking part in healthy activities and making friends are really important priorities for the women we work with and vital to their recovery from homelessness.  Jennifer only started running because someone told her she could not and discovered that she loved it.  


She is a qualified LiRF run leader and loves to share her passion for running to help other women experience the physical and mental health benefits of being active. Jennifer is a qualified barrister and has a qualification in managing volunteers in the homeless sector and has set up a project to help people who have to attend the family court without a lawyer.


Jennifer has worked with victims of domestic abuse where she developed pilot initiatives that are now available nationwide to help people at risk make informed choices about their situation.


Carli Foster - Treasurer, Board of Trustees


Carli is passionate about volunteering and has volunteered for several different charities. She has been an active member of a charity committee in a former workplace and recently helped launch a volunteer programme for employees on top of her day job.


Carli is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) who trained at Deloitte and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales.


Carli also enjoys running and is an LiRF (Leadership in Running Fitness) qualified run group leader.


Nicola Miller - Founder and Trustee (Chair)


Nicola founded A Mile in Her Shoes in 2013 to bring together two things that she believes in passionately: the health and other benefits of running; and improving social inclusion opportunities for women affected by homelessness.


As a senior PR and communications management professional, Nicola has extensive communications experience in the not-for-profit sector, including within gender equality, healthcare, social housing and higher education organisations.


She is also a running coach who holds the CiRF (Coach in Running Fitness) qualification.

Mary Nicholls - Trustee


Mary is a sports management consultant with 35 years of experience in the sport sector.  She joined the Board in 2017.


She has a particular interest in sports equity and has previously led on equality and diversity at Sport England and the London Development Agency.  


Mary is a former Chair of the Women’s Sports Foundation (now Women in Sport) and was one of the founding Directors of the English Federation of Disability Sport.

Ross Perriam - Trustee


Ross Perriam is Chief Executive Officer for Exercise Move Dance UK and joined the AMIHS Board in 2017.

Ross spent his early career with Cannons Health & Fitness (now Nuffield) as UK New Builds Manager overseeing the building, presale and opening of 9 new sites. In 2006, Ross moved into Europe when he was appointed as a Regional Director for Holmes Place Germany before adding Austria to his portfolio in 2009.  Ross was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Holmes Place Germany later that same year where he was responsible for the €35 million revenue generating business and 1500 employees.  

Ross moved back to the UK in 2015 for his current role as CEO of EMD UK where he subsequently initiated a market review and repositioning of EMDP, a successful rebrand to EMD UK and founded FitgroupUK; an organisation dedicated to bringing together the wider group exercise industry to collaborate on key issues facing the sector.

He is passionate about health and fitness and the opportunities it provides disadvantaged groups.

Celia Roberts - Trustee


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