Meet the trustees



What our trustees do... -

What our trustees do...

Our trustees bring a diverse range of experience and skills to the board. They meet regularly to discuss and review governance, strategy, finance and operations. They also act as ambassadors for the organisation.

If you are interested in becoming a Hackney CVS trustee, please contact our Operations Director, Paul Conway:

Caroline Buckley - Trustee | appointed 28.9.16

Caroline BuckleyTrustee | appointed 28.9.16

Caroline is the founder of Family First Aid, delivering bespoke first aid workshops to families, charities and organisations across East London. She is committed to ensuring that communities have access to first aid knowledge with the confidence to use it to help others if required, and to giving young people and disadvantaged groups a voice.

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 - Trustee | appointed 1.8.17

Dan FrancisTrustee | appointed 1.8.17

Dan 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 organisations 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 borough a better and fairer place.

Lisa Hashemi - Trustee | appointed 16.7.14

Lisa HashemiTrustee | appointed 16.7.14

Lisa 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 - Chair & Treasurer | appointed 29.4.15

Charles MiddletonChair & Treasurer | appointed 29.4.15

Charles 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 - Trustee | appointed 29.4.15

Caroline NelsonTrustee | appointed 29.4.15

Caroline is the Director of CHOICE in HACKNEY (CHOICE), which is a well-established disabled people’s user-led organisation of 25 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.

Ola Opoosun - Trustee | appointed 4.9.17

Ola OpoosunTrustee | appointed 4.9.17

Ola has over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care sector. She started her career as a Casework Supervisor for Terrence Higgins Trust and 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. She currently works for the Bank Workers Charity and her job 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.

Ola has lived in Hackney for over 27 years and feels Hackney CVS is really passionate about supporting people in Hackney.

In her spare time, Ola enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.