Our Staff

Damian Brady - Interim CEO

Damian Brady - Interim CEO

Damian joins us from Toynbee Hall, where he was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for two years, previous to that he was CEO at POhWER, a national charity that delivers information, advice, support and advocacy services.


Kirsty Cornell - CEO (Maternity Leave)
Kirsty, who is currently spending some time with her newborn son and slightly older daughter, has been CEO of THCVS since March 2015. Kirsty started her career in HR, before taking on more general management roles, and has worked in the private and public sectors. Kirsty also has over 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, and has worked at both national and local charities.

Jacqui Cocker - Development Officer
Originally from Newham Jacqui has worked with charities across South and East London as a development officer for a number of years.Having previously worked as a stenographer and baker, after the birth of her 2 children, Jacqui wanted a job that would offer a better work life balance. She began work for a local charity helping organisations to develop systems, policies and procedures as well as their finances so they were better equipped to deliver their services.  In this role, Jacqui became a PQASSO Mentor and is able to help organisations implement quality assurance systems.  Jacqui has been working in the voluntary sector for over 10 years in boroughs from Newham to Sutton. 

Fun Fact: When Jacqui is not chauffeuring her teenage son around the country to his football matches, she finds time to bake cakes and pastries for her friends and neighbours.  The next big challenge is for the family to agree on a pet for their new home.

Jane Bell - Interim Development Officer  
Jane joined THCVS in August 2018 as Interim Development Officer and has worked in the voluntary sector, mainly in north and east London, for over 30 years gaining experience in funding, monitoring and evaluation, project development and delivery in the areas of arts, health and social care, children, young people and families and disadvantaged residents voluntary sector provision. Jane is looking forward to getting to know voluntary sector groups in Tower Hamlets and supporting them with their development needs.
Sanober Ismail - Finance Officer
Sanober joined THCVS in 2012, and before this she worked with different charities in the borough helping them with their finances. She first completed her bachelor's degree in biochemistry, and then she decided to pursue her career in finance; she is now a part-qualified management accountant.
She loves working with numbers, and in her spare time likes trying new recipes, doing yoga and tuning in to National Geographic. 
Michael Dunlop - Development Manager
Michael has joined us on a 12 month secondment from Toynbee Hall, and also has over 10 years’ experience as a Comms & Development Manager with another CVS
Raadhiya Begum  - Communications & Membership Officer
Raadhiya is one of the newest members of THCVS working in our newly combined role Communications and Membership. She is a local resident who has been working in the HE sector for the past few years,  her previous role was at Warwick Business School (WBS) based at the iconic Shard. Her love and knowledge for all things comms and marketing comes from her time at Half Moon Theatre, the theatre for young people where she worked as their Community Engagement Officer.

Fun fact: Being our first and only gluten-free-wheat-free-nut-free (allergic to everything!) member of the team she loves a spot of baking in her spare time.

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." 

Mark Holloway - Business Manager
Mark is the new business office manager for THCVS providing support to the CEO, Trustees and the THCVS team. He brings experience of providing and delivering business operational support in both the private and public sector. Mark began volunteering at THCVS in the middle of May 2018 helping the team with a review of the THCVS website. He is looking forward to learning more about the many organisations that THCVS work with along with helping the THCVS team develop systems, policies and procedures that help with the delivery of our work to our key stakeholders.

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 !