THCVS Board members

Preeti Udas (Chair)
Preeti has been with THCVS for the past 5 years since she was co-opted to the board to bring Governance, Accountability and Project delivery focus to the work at THCVS. She is also a member of HR and Finance sub-committee. Preeti was elected chair at the 2018 AGM after previously serving as vice chair since 2016. 

An experienced Technology Project Manager who has worked across the globe with multinational teams, Preeti brings Corporate governance, Risk management and Stakeholder management skills to the board. She has a strong commitment to empowering the third sector to best serve the needs of their clients. At THCVS, her focus has been to drive the Strategic direction of CVS as it develops into a more mature organization and strengthens its partnerships with diverse set of stakeholders.

Issues around homelessness and imparting employability skills are important to her as are environmental issues. She is a member of her local Green Party and a keen practitioner of Yoga.

Mustafa Ibrahim (Treasurer)
Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network
Mustafa has worked in a number of roles across inner London over the past 17 years. He has worked as a Co-ordinator and later as CEO of Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network (THSON). From almost two decade he is most proud of 'My experience and skills in the voluntary sector making strategic decisions, supporting unheard voices and building the capacity of communities particularly BME’s and charity organisations'.
Eleanor Heal- Birt (Co-opted Trustee)
Slaughter and May
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Eleanor  has experience working with a wide range of organisations so aware of best practice in terms of compliance with law, management, financial systems and PR. She is qualified as a solicitor and has spent two years being trained at the UK’s leading law firm on a range of corporate and finance matters, she now permanently works at the same law firm in the Dispute Resolution department, advising companies on litigation and working with government regulators. Eleanor was born in Tower Hamlets and lived there till she was 9, but now lives in Stratford. She wants to know more about how local residents are doing. For her the CVS provides a bird’s eye view of best and the worst aspects of life in Tower Hamlets.
Sharon joined the newly formed THCVS in 2010 and was the Vice Chair from 2010 – 2016. Sharon has worked in the public sector in East London for 20 years and in the voluntary sector as the Deputy Director of Social Action for Health and the Chief Executive of Women’s Health and Family Services in Tower Hamlets from 2008 – 2016. Sharon currently works for Waltham Forest Council where she has set up a Social Prescribing service in the borough  working with Public Health, the Clinical Commissioning Group, GPs and the voluntary and community sector. Sharon is passionate about public speaking and supporting women to develop their confidence to do the 3 minute “elevator pitch”! Sharon has lived in East London for over 30 years and is also a local Magistrate. 


Mike Smith (Trustee)

Mike Smith is the chief executive of Real, a position he has been in for seven years. Real is the user-led organisation of disabled people in Tower Hamlets. Previously he has worked as a Director at PwC and was a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Mike spoke about his connection to Tower Hamlets “I’ve lived in the borough for 18 years and have no intention of moving. I love our vibrant community and all of its diversity. I represent some of that diversity myself, as a gay disabled man.” Thinking about why he joined the board of THCVS, he talked about his belief in the positive impact not-for-profit organisations can make “I want to ensure that the work of this important sector is properly supported and connected, and together we have the maximum chance of meeting the needs of the communities we serve.”

Yara Marion (Trustee)

Yara has been living in Tower Hamlets since she arrived to the UK six years ago. Academically, she has an MBA and a post graduate degree in Economic Development. Professionally, she has international experience working with different programs for poverty alleviation and social aid, ranging from microfinance to foodbanks to AIDS prevention. She was born and raised in Lebanon; speaks English, French, Arabic, and Spanish fluently and has lived in France, Canada, Argentina and Mexico. Yara says that serving on the Board of THCVS allows her to build a sustainable voluntary sector, developing positive bridges with the statutory and the private sectors.

Photograph pending

Jama Omar (Trustee)
Somali Senior Citizens Club

Jama is a senior member of the Somali Senior Citizens Club and has lived in Tower Hamlets for 27 years. Jama values collaboration between local organisations highly, and is an active participant in many local forums including the Premises Forum.

Chris Ley (Trustee)
NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

Chris has worked within the Voluntary, Charity or Public Sector for the past 30 years and is in his 20th year here in Tower Hamlets.

He is currently Network Director of the Poplar & Limehouse Health Network which is a Community Interest Company providing health and wellbeing initiatives working with GPs and community partners in Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs. He also works for the TH GP Care Group (the GP Federation in Tower Hamlets), managing strategic work across the Borough.

Chris values the opportunity, to work as a Trustee of THCVS, to help support voluntary organisations to continue to provide their vital services to the residents of Tower Hamlets. 

Selina Uddin (Trustee)

Selina has worked in within the voluntary and corporate social responsibility sector for over 12 years and is a Tower Hamlets resident. She is currently Director of Community and Education at the East London Business Alliance, a membership charity that builds the connection, and brings together businesses and local communities. 
Serving on the board of THCVS is a great opportunity for Selina to further support the vibrant voluntary sector of Tower Hamlets and ensure it continues to meet the needs of the borough.

Mohammed Rahman (Trustee)

Photograph Pending

Mohammed has been working for last 15 plus years in Social Work and Social Care sector in the Local Government and Third Sector. He has gained invaluable experience of working with multidisciplinary professionals and clients from different background. Mohammed has good and in-depth understanding of the Social Work processes. He has worked as a professional in various Government and Third Sectors organizations in the UK and Bangladesh.

Jemima Roe ( Co-opted Trustee)

Clifford Chance LLP

Photograph Pending

Jemima is a qualified lawyer in England & Wales and Victoria, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in international studies.           

Jemima has experience volunteering on the board of two charities in Australia, one local and one national, as detailed in my CV (Monash LSS and ALSA). ALSA was also a charity-for-charities model, as we were a national organisation that supported local law students' societies.

Her volunteering includes: Pro bono legal work: Judicial review case and campaign to introduce non-gendered passports in the UK (September 2017 – Present), volunteering at community legal service in Bethnal Green (January 2016-September 2017) and various youth engagement initiatives in Tower Hamlets (September 2017 – present).

Louisa Vickers-Mills (Co-opted Trustee)


Photograph Pending

Louisa has a Masters in Information Studies and a Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

She has recently moved into the Tower Hamlets area, and would like to assist charities to make a difference in the area. Her skills are more suited to behind-the-scenes work, as opposed to working on the front lines which is why I feel that I may contribute in a more meaningful way to the community as a trustee to this board. As a new member of the community she she has a fresh perspective on current projects, as well as experience of living in a different country (New Zealand) which she feels she can use to contribute to the board in a valuable way. She has worked in information for 5 years now, and as such has had contact with a variety of customers, clients, and colleagues, and she can use this knowledge to the benefit of the board at Tower Hamlets CVS.