Our Staff

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. 

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

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.


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!

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 and has experience of compliance with law, management, financial systems and PR. She is qualified as a solicitor and works in the Disputes and Investigation department of the UK’s leading law firm, 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 and what services they need from voluntary and community sector. Eleanor has been a Trustee since 2018 and the Treasurer since 2019.

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 works as a Training and Consulting Partner for an education technology company and is responsible for the United Kingdom and the Netherlands territories. She has worked in libraries and with information for the past decade. She has lived in Tower Hamlets for the 3 years she has been in the UK having immigrated from New Zealand. She sees her responsibilities as a trustee as a way to support and assist charities to make a difference in the borough, and to connect with the local communities. Louisa also volunteers as a Reader Leader for The Reader, working with residents within the Tower Hamlets area.   


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.”

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Mohammad Rahman

I have been a Tower Hamlets Resident Since 2004. I have worked in the borough in various Third Sector Organizations in the Health and Social Care Sector, Refugee Support, Disability and with BAME Communities (such as Age UK, APASENTH, PRAXIS). I have been working with Local Government for over15 years (as a Social Worker). I have been actively supporting Charitable organizations in Tower Hamlet and run some small organizations. I have worked as a professional in various Government and Third Sectors organizations in the UK and Bangladesh. I am also actively involved with supporting and Creating Social Enterprises and recently completed a fellowship with SSE ( School of Social Enterprise). 

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Selina Uddin

Selina has worked in the voluntary and corporate social responsibility sector for over 12 years and is a Tower Hamlets resident. She is currently the Community Manager for the Broadgate Estate, at property company British Land.
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.