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Meet our Trustees

Meet our Management Committee

We have seven Trustees on our Management Committee.

If you want to contact our Board of Trustees please send your email  to our Operations Director Paul Conway, and he will forward your message.

Caroline Buckley
appointed 28.9.16

Caroline Buckley is the founder of Family First Aid, delivering bespoke first aid workshops to families, charities and organisations across East London. She has worked in the charity sector for over twenty years. Caroline is passionate about ensuring communities have access to first aid knowledge with the confidence to use it to help others if required, also giving young people and disadvantaged groups a voice, ensuring they have equal access to all services and opportunities.

Working with organisations such as St John Ambulance and The National Autistic Society Caroline is experienced in training, project management, youth development, social inclusion and community engagement. In her spare time Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, reading and music.


Dan Francis

Dan Francis works for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as their Senior Governance Consultant, leading their work on charity governance.  His day job focuses on governance reviews, board performance and trustee training, he works with a range of charities from small community organisation to household name national and international organisations. Dan has lived in Hackney for almost ten years and joined the board as he’s passionate about the work Hackney CVS do to make the area a better and fairer place to live for residents. 


Lisa Hashemi
appointed 16.7.14
Lisa Hashemi works on Apprenticeship Strategy in the Department for Education. She previously completed a series of policy rotations across Whitehall (welfare, health, skills) and worked as Private Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer. She also worked on secondment to Bristol City Council, focusing on early intervention and social value in commissioning.
Before joining the public sector, Lisa worked in social change philanthropy. She served as Programme Manager for the Ariadne Network which connects grant-making foundations across 20+ different countries. Lisa is now a trustee of Global Dialogue, Ariadne's host charity.


Charles Middleton
appointed 29.4.15

Acting Chair & Treasurer

Charles Middleton is the Head of Tax at The British Land Company PLC, a FTSE 100 company who manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality properties valued at around £18bn. Charles is a dynamic and highly motivated individual. As well as having strong analytical skills he is good at building and developing relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. He is hard working, but looks to make work enjoyable and is able to interact with people of all levels. This was demonstrated by being awarded the “Employee of the Year” in 2014.

Caroline Nelson
appointed 29.4.15

Caroline Nelson is the Director of CHOICE in HACKNEY (CHOICE), which is a well-established disabled people’s user-led organisation of 23-years. Initially, Caroline was a disability rights advocate, championing the rights of disabled people. Later, she became the Director of the CHOICE team.

CHOICE offers independent living services to disabled Londoners aged 18+. Caroline herself is a disabled person and was a Braille lecturer at Hackney Community College. As a disability rights activist, she sat on the Board of Inclusion London - a pan London Deaf and disability equality organisation. Her passion for advocating on disability related issues led to her receiving two awards, the Afiya Trust Award, and the Community Champions Award which was part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games



Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson has worked in the voluntary sector for many years, both at an international level with development agency VSO, and more recently at UK-based Shaw Trust, an organisation supporting disabled and disadvantaged people to find and sustain employment and enjoy independent living. Having lived just over the border in Tower Hamlets for nearly 10 years, Hannah enjoys the music, food and culture of East London and is a keen runner.

Ola Opoosun

Ola Opoosun has over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care sector. She started her career as a Casework Supervisor for Terrence Higgins Trust, providing legal advice. Ola then became a Solicitor providing legal advice on welfare benefits, community care and housing. Ola has also managed various national programmes which include, social development, back to work and empowerment projects aimed at supporting and working with vulnerable adults, children and young people. Ola has also published articles for Positive Nation, Baseline and NAM on poverty, health and homelessness.

Ola currently works for the Bank Workers Charity, her day job is focuses on providing support, advice and information to the banking community, as well as maintaining partnership relations and compliance with for example Relate and the National Autistic Society. She has lived in Hackney for over 27 years and feels Hackney CVS are really passionate about supporting people in the Hackney. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.



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