Our Staff

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Peter Okali

Peter joined THCVS in March 2019 

Area of expertise

Governance, Finance, Fundraising, Partnerships, Strategy and Managing Change 

Work Background

Have always worked in the charity sector as a volunteer, frontline employee, senior manager and Trustee 

Mostly worked in homelessness, older people, advice and infrastructure support charities 

In 2012, gained a Masters in Management Consultancy and Organisational Change from Birkbeck University 

Favourite thing to do in Tower Hamlets: 

Discovering new places to eat and socialise outside  with friends – especially during the summer! 

Favourite place in Tower Hamlets:

Bethnal Green.  I lived here for a short while over 30 years ago.  Its amazing to see how its developed (but also stayed the same) since then. 


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Alison Robert

Alison joined THCVS in July 2017

Area of expertise                                                       

Partnerships, fundraising and strategy, coproduction  

Work Background                                                            

Have always worked in the charity sector as a frontline employee and senior manager 

Worked in the charitable sector in sexual health and wellbeing, developing education programmes in schools, colleges and through outreach.

In the local authority developing teenage pregnancy strategy  building collaborations, commissioning youth and sexual health services.

In the NHS as a counsellor in GP practices across Lambeth

Favourite place in Tower Hamlets:

Lahore Kebab House 

Favourite thing to do in Tower Hamlets: 

Walking around Victoria Park and exploring new places

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Peter Vittles

Peter joined THCVS in January 2018

Area of Expertise:

Funding, partnership working, training and work with small groups.

Work background:

I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years in varied roles from housing, homelessness, and equalities.  I have experience working with a wide range of partners on community safety, community engagement and equalities. I started working in the voluntary sector in 1996 as a volunteer with Crisis.

Favourite place in Tower Hamlets:

Victoria Park and Brick Lane are my favourite parts of Tower Hamlets.



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Jane Bell

Jane joined THCVS in August 2018

Area of Expertise:

Funding, project planning and project management, governance and policies for charitable groups.

Work Background:

I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for 35 years in varied roles developing and managing some award winning projects.  I have another role at a children’s creative education not for profit organisation in a Community Partnerships and Development role and I have done fundraising and development consultancy in the arts, cultural and education sectors since 2014.  

Favourite place in Tower Hamlets:

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, where I volunteered occasionally on a children & families project.

 

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Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan joined THCVS in April 2019

Area of Expertise:

Digital Development and communications, marketing and governance.

Work Background:

Jonathan started volunteering in 2018 working on research, State of the Sector survey, and support on communications and membership.

In April 2019 started as Interim Communications and Membership officer, he is now responsible for the THCVS website, eBulletins and social media, and delivering training and support for organisations around digital.

Favourite thing to do in Tower Hamlets:

Walk from the river to the inner parts of the borough taking pictures, It’s amazing the variety of things you can find from street art, hidden gardens and very interesting architecture!

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Abimbola Junaid

 

Abimbola joined THCVS in January 2021

Area of Expertise:

Governance, Partnerships, Community Engagement, Parliamentary Engagement, Research and Strategy 

Work Background:

Starting out as a volunteer with DePaul Trust and Comic Relief nearly 20 years ago, did shape my career path in the social care sector, after which I gained a Master’s Program in Social Policy and Administration and since worked with International development partners, 3rd sector organisations and as a parliamentary assistant, strengthening citizens voice in policy and service delivery.

Favourite thing to do in Tower Hamlets:

Walking through the beauty that Tower Hamlet is,  truly is divine.

 

 

 

Our Trustees

Chris Ley

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.

Eleanor Healy-Birt

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.

Jama Omar

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.

Louisa Vickers-Mills

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.    

Mike Smith

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.”

Mohammed Rahman

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.

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Mustafa Ibrahim

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’.

Selina Uddin

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.