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.


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

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 !

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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.