Meet the Team

Chief executive, finance, fundraising, business development

Jake Ferguson - CEO

Jake FergusonCEO

Jake joined Hackney CVS in 2001. As CEO he has responsibility for the development and support of Hackney’s voluntary and community sector including strategies around commissioning, premises and new funding.

Since 2001 he has helped the organisation grow from an annual turnover of £300k to over £3.5m.

Internally Jake oversees the organisation’s approach to business planning and sustainability as well as ensuring it is continually improving to deliver our vision of a fairer Hackney.

Jake is part of a number of national and regional initiatives looking at generous leadership, co-production and ways of working in the voluntary sector that will build a new generation of charitable leaders. He is regularly called upon to give voluntary sector insight and evidence to central government and funders.

Jake has been involved in lots of important strategies in Hackney including Outcomes for Young Black Men, and Health and Social Care Transformation as well as the former Team Hackney Local Strategic partnership which helped to establish Hackney as one of the highest performing boroughs in the country.

In his spare time Jake co-leads a band called The Heliocentrics which has toured the world and won awards for its musical output.

jake@hcvs.org.uk

Mark Boisson - Finance Director

Mark BoissonFinance Director

Mark joined Hackney CVS in December 2014 as its Finance Director and leads on all aspects of finance including that of our trading subsidiary, City and Hackney Together.

Mark is an experienced accountant and has previously worked at a senior level in a number of not-for-profit and other sectors, most recently in education.

mark@hcvs.org.uk

Rebecca Clarkson - Director, City & Hackney Together

Rebecca ClarksonDirector, City & Hackney Together

Rebecca leads our bidding consortium which secures health and social care contracts through working together with local voluntary and community organisations. City and Hackney Together is at the forefront of a number of ambitious projects which address social issues.

She started at Hackney CVS in April 2009 and is proud to be part of an organisation which takes a pro-active approach in what it does.

In her spare time she can either be found reading or doing a fitness class, preferably one with a pounding beat and karate moves.

rebecca@hcvs.org.uk

Berhane Gebrealfa - Senior Finance Officer

Berhane GebrealfaSenior Finance Officer

Berhane has many years of accounting experience, mainly working in the not-for-profit sector.  He had been Finance Officer at Hackney CVS between 2007-12.

He is also a treasurer of a community football club coaching kids between ages 7-18.

berhane@hcvs.org.uk

Communications

Matt Bray - Communications Director

Matt BrayCommunications Director

Matt has been producing and directing digital and print media for over ten years and heads up the communications teams for Hackney CVS, Connect Hackney and Hackney Giving. In addition to lots of hands on experience, he has an MA in Global Society and Media Communication.

He’s also the lead for the Hackney CVS Equalities and Diversity, a board member of Hackney Dementia Alliance and a member of UCL’s London Prosperity Board.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Matt led on London Living Wage accreditation, and Investors in People accreditation – where we achieved silver in 2016 and gold eighteen months later in 2017.

In his spare time Matt enjoys racing down rivers with Sons of the Thames, and cycling up mountains.

matt@hcvs.org.uk

Samson Osun - Communications Coordinator

Samson OsunCommunications Coordinator

Samson started as a volunteer at Hackney CVS and became a member of staff in 2014. He authors the Hackney CVS and Hackney Giving websites and produces the weekly newsletter.

Samson studied Politics with Economics at University and was elected to be both Vice President and President of his Students’ Union. His personal inspiration is Jesus Christ who he believes in. Samson considers himself to be a ‘Boxing Historian’. He dabbled in the ‘sweet science’ for a year before injury side-lined him (with a record of W 2 – L 0 – D 0 a comeback is pending). Other interests include, health, science (biology), leadership and family.

samson@hcvs.org.uk

Martyna Glowacka - Digital Communications Officer

Martyna GlowackaDigital Communications Officer

Martyna joined Hackney CVS in February 2016. Being interested in people and their stories she is very happy to work as the Digital Communications Officer – making videos, recording interviews and learning about different communities and charities in Hackney.

In her free time she is involved in independent filmmaking.

martyna@hcvs.org.uk

Natasha Julien - Media Facilitator, Connect Hackney

Natasha JulienMedia Facilitator, Connect Hackney

Natasha facilitates the Connect Hackney Senior Citizen’s media group, where Hackney residents over 50 learn computer and media skills and produce content for the Senior Hackney magazine.

In her spare time Natasha bakes colourful multi-layered cakes.

media@connecthackney.org.uk

Communities and Partnerships

Jackie Brett - Director, Communities & Partnerships

Jackie BrettDirector, Communities & Partnerships

Jackie became Director of Communities and Partnerships in 2014 but has worked at Hackney CVS since 2009. Jackie has worked in health and social care and the voluntary and community sector for thirty years in both frontline and second tier organisations.

In her spare time Jackie is on the Management Committee of The Sharp End (Seniors Health & Active Retirement Project) and is a member of the Wick Award Partnership Board.

jackie@hcvs.org.uk

Kristine Wellington - Head of Safeguarding, Children and Families

Kristine WellingtonHead of Safeguarding, Children and Families

Kristine has worked with the community and voluntary sector for over three decades, empowering local people to transform their communities and have a voice at social policy level.                  

She promotes parents involvement in children’s education and works on awareness projects that tackle FGM, domestic violence and safeguarding issues at neighbourhood level and within BAMER communities.

kristine@hcvs.org.uk

Kishore Kanani - Senior Organisational Development Manager

Kishore KananiSenior Organisational Development Manager

Kishore started in 2003 as a specialist in working directly with frontline voluntary sector groups. His experience spans working with UK wide, pan-London and borough level organisations, primarily in developing support, advice and information for organisations that provide services to the most marginalised and excluded communities. He is passionate about enabling people to make a difference in their own community.

Prior to joining Hackney CVS, Kishore ran a chain of retail stores for 26 years. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, reading and cooking.

kishore@hcvs.org.uk

Jane Bell - User-led Programme Coordinator

Jane BellUser-led Programme Coordinator

Jane coordinates the User Led Programme, supporting disabled Hackney residents to devise and deliver user-led training and the Peer Support Diabetes Grants Programme. 

Jane joined Hackney CVS in 2015 after many years working in Hackney with Free Form Arts Trust and Artburst.

Jane is passionate about using creative, participatory approaches and promoting achievements, so that no matter how difficult issues or disadvantages are, people have opportunities to have fun and gain recognition for what they do.

jane@hcvs.org.uk

Maxine Anderson - Peer Support Administrator

Maxine AndersonPeer Support Administrator

Maxine joined Hackney CVS in 2015 as a reception volunteer.  She is now working part time as Peer Support Administrator for the User Led Training Programme and the Diabetes Programme.

Maxine has over gained 20 years’ experience in reception and administration with a variety of organisations and has a BTEC Diploma (Level 5) in Management Studies.

In her free time she enjoys reading, walking and socialising.

maxine@hcvs.org.uk

Maxine Collins - Create Your Future Programme Co-ordinator

Maxine CollinsCreate Your Future Programme Co-ordinator

Maxine joined Hackney CVS in January 2017; initially as Programme Co-ordinator for Create Your Future, then took on an additional role of Project Officer for the Oswald Street Centre Activities. Maxine has over 12 years’ experience of working in adult education, training, community and family support environments.

Maxine loves Notting Hill Carnival and live music!

maxinec@hcvs.org.uk

Mohammed Mansour - IT Enabler

Mohammed MansourIT Enabler

As the IT Enabler Support Officer Mohammed helps local non profit organisations with digital transformation and internal processes.

Mohammed is passionate about community development and supporting community groups to reach their full potential.

In his spare time, Mohammed supports local charities with pro-bono consulting and strategic development.

mohammed@hcvs.org.uk

Mark Drinkwater - iCare Project Officer

Mark DrinkwateriCare Project Officer

Mark has over 20 years’ experience working for charities, including 12 years working for CVS organisations in London.

markD@hcvs.org.uk

Shamima Aktar - Networks Coordinator (maternity leave)

Shamima AktarNetworks Coordinator (maternity leave)

Shamima started work at Hackney CVS in March 2011 as an apprentice and was later employed as a receptionist before taking up the role of Network Coordinator  -supporting the the Health and Social Care Forum and the Children and Young People’s Provider Forum.

She enjoys spicy food and going to the cinema with family and friends.

shamima@hcvs.org.uk

Ali Aksoy - Refugee Development Worker

Ali AksoyRefugee Development Worker

A refugee from Turkey because of the Military Coup in 1980.

Ali was the Founder of first Turkish speaking Workers Association in Hackney in 1979 and the trade union organizer of textile workers in Hackney. He has organised many Refugee and migrant rights and services groups and campaigns locally and London wide. In Hackney Ali brings refugee groups together with the council departments and service providers to influence policy.

Ali also works for Healthwatch Hackney as the Community Engagement and Volunteer Manager

ali@hcvs.org.uk

James Demming - Refugee and Migrant Outreach and Liaison Worker

James DemmingRefugee and Migrant Outreach and Liaison Worker

James has worked in the third sector for over 15 years, building capacity for people to engage in training and employment and in activities that generally make people feel better.

Outside of work James can be found organising street parties or watching sci-fi movies from the 1980s.

james.demming@hcvs.org.uk

Connect Hackney Ageing Better

Lola Akindoyin - Programme Director

Lola AkindoyinProgramme Director

Lola has worked in Hackney for more than ten years and prior to joining Hackney CVS, she has worked within the public and charitable sector, with roles in local government, higher education, social housing and the voluntary and community sector.

With a broad range of experience, Lola enjoys roles that lead to improved services for programme participants and  residents.

Lola has a MA in Education and is currently studying for a Higher Education Certificate in Counselling. Lola enjoys travelling and spending fun times with family and friends.

lola@connecthackney.org.uk

Judy Harris - Development Lead

Judy HarrisDevelopment Lead

Judy loves working with grassroots community groups who she believes often go above and beyond for the people they support. When she’s in a more bureaucratic mood Judy enjoys translating policy jargon into everyday language.

Judy was and forever will be studying for a PhD in early film theory at Goldsmiths University. She loves Polish gherkin soup.

judy@connecthackney.org.uk

James Demming - Contract and Performance Officer

James DemmingContract and Performance Officer

James has worked in the third sector for over 15 years, building capacity for people to engage in training and employment and in activities that generally make people feel better.

In his current role with Connect Hackney he is keen to ensure value for money and equality of opportunity.

Outside of work James can be found organising street parties or watching sci-fi movies from the 1980s.

james@connecthackney.org.uk

Kim-Lien Ong
 - Programme Support Administrator

Kim-Lien Ong
Programme Support Administrator

Kim joined the Hackney CVS in 2017 as Programme Support Administrator. She supports the delivery of the Connect Hackney programme, which aims to reduce social isolation amongst older people living in Hackney.

Before joining Hackney CVS, she worked in the support and care sector for over 6 years supporting vulnerable adults to be independent, have their voices heard and be involved in their community. Kim has a passion for vulnerable adults and enjoys projects which give vulnerable adults a voice and opportunities to influence policy.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys exploring different cultures and cuisines, cooking and travelling.

 

020 7923 1962

kim-lien@connecthackney.org.uk

Operations Team

Paul Conway - Operations Director

Paul ConwayOperations Director

Paul is responsible for all aspects of running the premises, including conferencing facilities and IT, supports the Board of Trustees, is the human resources lead, and manages the operations team. One of the many things he likes about working here is that we are supporting groups to make Hackney a better place.

Before working in the voluntary sector he was for ten years the office manager at an architecture practice specialising in healthcare facilities.

A keen chess player in his spare time, Paul plays for Hackney Chess Club and represents them in the London and national leagues.

paul@hcvs.org.uk

Nathan De Souza - Operations Coordinator

Nathan De SouzaOperations Coordinator

Nathan is the Operations Coordinator and assists the Operations Director with all aspects of running the premises, including conferencing facilities and IT. Nathan originally started working at Hackney CVS as a receptionist through Future Jobs Fund, a six-month work programme.

A Hackney resident, Nathan likes the fact that his work means he is giving back to his own community.

nathan@hcvs.org.uk

Popi Begum - Receptionist (maternity leave)

Popi BegumReceptionist (maternity leave)

Popi is one of Hackney CVS’ longest serving staff members and supports visitors at front of house as Hackney CVS receptionist.

reception@hcvs.org.uk

Youth Programmes Team

Beth Bolitho - Youth Programmes Manager

Beth BolithoYouth Programmes Manager

Beth has over 10 years experience of partnership development and management within the youth sector.  Her portfolio includes Talent Match London in Hackney which leads the way in youth engagement and employment with the “Talent Scout” youth leadership model, and the Moving On Up Hackney Partnership which is piloting the use of local estate-based support to move young black men into employment.

beth@hcvs.org.uk

Deji Adeoshun - Youth Leadership Manager

Deji AdeoshunYouth Leadership Manager

Deji Adeoshun works on the following projects, stop and search monitoring group, Talent Match and Moving on Up. Deji has been with Hackney CVS since May 2012. Deji has a passion for young people and enjoys projects that give young people the opportunity to lead and shape their own communities. Before joining Hackney CVS, he qualified as a barrister and acted as a freelance workshop facilitator for organisations such as Immediate Theatre, Skyway, Generation Arts, National Youth Theatre.

Deji has a keen interest in acting and is a devoted Tottenham Hotspur supporter.

deji@hcvs.org.uk

Monique Smith - Youth Programmes Coordinator

Monique SmithYouth Programmes Coordinator

Monique originally joined Hackney CVS as a young volunteer. She was having trouble finding work after finishing college and decided to get involved in her community.  

Three years on and she is now a core member of the team, specialising in outreach methodologies and liaising with partners on the ground to coordinate activities with the youth leaders.

monique@hcvs.org.uk