Peter Okali - CEO
We have pleasure in announcing that Peter Okali joins THCVS as our new CEO, starting Monday 25th March. Peter joins us from Greenwich Housing Rights (a local Greenwich charity providing legal advice on housing matters) where he has been the CEO since 2017.
Peter’s experience is in locally focused voluntary sector organisations, where he has over 14 years’ experience as a Chief Executive or Director across a range of medium to large frontline service delivery organisations, including previous CVS experience, having led Hammersmith and Fulham CVS some years ago. He has a comprehensive understanding of the development needs of small, medium and large voluntary sector organisations gained from over 30 years as a volunteer, trustee and employee of local charities and from 6 years as CEO of CaVSA, the then, CVS agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. This experience, together with a Masters specialising in collaboration between community organisations has contributed to his success in delivering a number of voluntary sector partnerships, from mergers to consortia and joint venture companies and in securing over £3,000,000 in income, from grant funding, public sector contracts and social enterprise/‘paid for’ services.
Alison Robert - Partnerships Manager
Alison is the new Partnerships manager for THCVS picking up elements of the former Health and Wellbeing Officer John Gillespie’s role. Alison brings experience of working in the voluntary sector developing approaches to partnerships and collaborations in the youth and health sector. Having previously worked for Brook (Young people’s sexual health service) developing education, outreach and training initiatives across a range of issues in 23 London boroughs, Alison has recently worked with the London borough of Hounslow developing strategic plans, multi-disciplinary forums and user led consultations to support commissioning of youth and sexual health services. Alison is excited about building on the work already developed to support what is happening in Tower Hamlets.
Fun Fact: Outside of work Alison is part of the maintenance team in her housing co-operative. "I enjoy a lot of the opportunities that you only get living in central London, and I love seeing my friends as much as possible."
Fun Fact: Outside of work Mark likes to socialise with family and friends especially when he is cooking for them. Mark enjoys reading, history, helping his Mum with family genealogy. His guilty pleasure is karaoke !
Peter Vittles - Partnerships Officer
I am Peter, I joined THCVS in January 2018 as Partnerships Officer, working with both Alison and Shadique on our partnership work here at the CVS. My main areas of work are around health and wellbeing, and strengthening our work with voluntary sector groups in the borough. I have worked in a variety of voluntary sector settings in different parts of London, most recently around south east London working around equalities, domestic abuse, hate crime and community engagement.
I have recently moved in to Bethnal Green, having last lived here when I first came to London as a student, and had a part time job at Tesco in Bethnal Green. What has interested me about this borough is the diversity not just of people living here, but a diversity of histories that this has created.
Outside of work, I live with my cat Lola, who's hidden talent is that she can catch, and eat, flies with absolute precision and accuracy. I also like growing plants wherever I can find space.
Jonathan Garcia - Interim Communications and Membership Officer
Hi I am Jonathan, the newest addition to the team, I started volunteering at THCVS in August 2018, helping with events, research and comms. My background comes from design and architecture in Venezuela and Spain and quite happy now to transfer my geek skills and learning new ones working in the borough where I also live.
Fun facts: in my free time if I am not watching movies or reading science fiction I spend my time gardening and talking to my plants, which I have given flamboyant latin names like Caridad or Concepción, except for the parsley and the mint, they are Tom and Jerry.