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.

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.

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.


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.

Martyna Glowacka - Digital Communications Coordinator

Martyna GlowackaDigital Communications Coordinator

Martyna coordinates digital communications and produces creative content. Being interested in people and their stories, she is happy to work in such a diverse borough as Hackney. She enjoys making videos, recording interviews and learning more about different communities.

In her free time she is involved in independent filmmaking.

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 Hackney Senior magazine.

Natasha has a background in community radio and training.

In her spare time, Natasha bakes colourful multi-layered cakes!

Mark Drinkwater - Interim Communications Officer

Mark DrinkwaterInterim Communications Officer

Mark authors the Connect Hackney website and twitter feed.

Communities and Partnerships

Jackie Brett - Director, Programmes & VCS Strategy

Jackie BrettDirector, Programmes & VCS Strategy

Jackie became a director 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.

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.

Mohammed Mansour - VCS Development Manager

Mohammed MansourVCS Development Manager

Mohammed is passionate about community development and supporting community groups reach their full potential.
In his spare time, Mohammed supports local charities with pro-bono consulting and strategic development.

Maxine Collins - Create Your Future Programme Coordinator

Maxine CollinsCreate Your Future Programme Coordinator

Maxine joined Hackney CVS in January 2017. 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!

Rosie Oglesby - Development Coordinator, Migrant Support Network

Rosie OglesbyDevelopment Coordinator, Migrant Support Network

Rosie joined Hackney CVS in May 2019, supporting community groups that work with refugees and migrants.

In her spare time, Rosie runs a social enterprise helping women who have experienced domestic abuse to get back into employment.

Winston Mullings - IT Enablers Project Coordinator

Winston MullingsIT Enablers Project Coordinator

Winston is on secondment from Hackney Council’s Digital Team. He works on the IT Enablers project, delivering a mechanism to allow the valuable work carried out by the voluntary sector to be recorded and shared with all necessary parties. He is very enthusiastic about finding ways to improve services.

In his spare time Winston likes to run and challenge himself to achieve further distances in faster times – ideally without passing out.

Mark Drinkwater - Database Officer

Mark DrinkwaterDatabase Officer

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

Shamima Aktar - Networks Coordinator

Shamima AktarNetworks Coordinator

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.

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

Connect Hackney Ageing Better

Tony Wong - Programme Director

Tony WongProgramme Director

Tony joined Hackney CVS in November 2018. He has been in the third sector for over ten years and has worked on a range of issues including refugee and asylum seeking women, domestic abuse, and prostate cancer.

Tony is responsible for leading the Connect Hackney programme which aims to improve the wellbeing of people aged over 50 by preventing loneliness and isolation. Connect Hackney is one of 14 programmes across England funded by Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives, Ageing Better programme.

In his spare time, Tony keeps a healthy mind and body by going to gym, and has promised himself to take up tennis.

Onye - Performance and Programme Manager

OnyePerformance and Programme Manager

Onye joined Hackney CVS in May 2018. She has had a varied career, mainly in the not-for-profit sector, across communications, stakeholder engagement, service improvement and most recently compliance.

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.

Suj Ahmed - Development Coordinator, Lunch Clubs

Suj AhmedDevelopment Coordinator, Lunch Clubs

Suj has project managed community development programmes for over 25 years in various London boroughs with multiple partners. He really enjoys helping organisations to develop and serve the needs of some of the most vulnerable service users in our community, as well as supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Suj is passionate about family, films and Chelsea.

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.


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Dr Darren Miguel Sharpe - Researcher-in-Residence

Dr Darren Miguel SharpeResearcher-in-Residence

Dr Darren Sharpe is a Senior Research Fellow based at Institute for Health and Human Development at the University of East London and is also a Researcher-in-Residence based with the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group Primary Care Home Team.

His expertise are in participatory research with children, young people and vulnerable adults in the areas of health, social care and education.

Darren has lectured and designed modules in qualitative methodologies and methods for doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students as well as the general public.

Dr Sharpe is a member of the University Research Ethics Committee and Schools Research Sub-Degree Committee at the University of East London and a Fellow of the Young Foundation and Plus Value.

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.

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.

Popi Begum - Receptionist

Popi BegumReceptionist

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

Maxine Anderson - Sessional Receptionist

Maxine AndersonSessional Receptionist

Maxine joined Hackney CVS in 2015 as a reception volunteer.

Maxine has over 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.

Youth Programmes Team

Beth Bolitho - Head of Youth Programmes

Beth BolithoHead of Youth Programmes

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.

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.