Our Team

Chief executive, finance and operations

Tony Wong - Chief Executive Officer and Connect Hackney Programme Director

Tony WongChief Executive Officer and Connect Hackney Programme 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.

Mark Boisson - Director of Finance & Resources

Mark BoissonDirector of Finance & Resources

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

Vicky Scott - Head of Operations

Vicky ScottHead of Operations

vicky@hcvs.org.uk

Phone: 020 7923 1962, ext. 8359

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

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.

reception@hcvs.org.uk

Communications & Hackney Giving

Matt Bray - Communications Director & Hackney Giving Lead

Matt BrayCommunications Director & Hackney Giving Lead

Matt has been producing and directing digital and print media for 15  years and heads up the communications team.

He is also the lead for  Hackney Giving, a local giving programme to support the borough’s smaller grassroots charities and community groups.

In addition to lots of hands on experience, Matt has an MA in Global Society and Media Communication.

In his spare time Matt enjoys playing tennis, cycling up mountains and watching dance productions.

matt@hcvs.org.uk

Natasha Julien - Media Facilitator, Connect Hackney

Natasha JulienMedia Facilitator, Connect Hackney

Natasha facilitates the Connect Hackney Senior media group, where Hackney elders, many aged in their 70s and 80s, 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!

media@connecthackney.org.uk

Mark Drinkwater - Communications Coordinator

Mark DrinkwaterCommunications Coordinator

Mark has over 28 years’ experience working for charities, including 18 years working for CVS organisations in London.

markd@hcvs.org.uk

Sarah Watson - Development & Programme Manager, Hackney Giving

Sarah WatsonDevelopment & Programme Manager, Hackney Giving

Sarah joined Hackney CVS in February 2020 to revive and develop the Hackney Giving programme, a local giving programme to support the borough’s grassroots charities and community groups.  Sarah has worked in and around the voluntary sector throughout her career and has previously managed several funding programmes offering grants at different scales: from one-off events to multi-year partnership projects.

When she’s not working, Sarah can often be found running in the local parks and green spaces and she enjoys sewing.  She was part of the team that saved Homerton’s Chesham Arms from closure and is a founder member of Protect Pubs, a network of campaigners supporting communities nationally to retain their pubs.

sarah@hackneygiving.org.uk

Monique Smith - Hackney Giving Project Coordinator

Monique SmithHackney Giving Project Coordinator

Paul Turley  - Finance & Admin Officer, Hackney Giving

Paul Turley Finance & Admin Officer, Hackney Giving

paul.turley@hcvs.org.uk

Berni Graham  - Community Insights Manager

Berni Graham Community Insights Manager

Berni is conducting research and evaluation around Hackney Giving’s programme of grants, which aim to improve information around Covid-19 across the borough’s diverse communities and brings over 20 years’ experience of research and evaluation in the not-for-profit sector on top of earlier careers in welfare rights and health.

She runs regular training courses for the Social Research Association (SRA), is joint author of a guide to conducting research and evaluation with children and young people (2018) and the SRA’s Ethics Guide (2021); and is also very active in her local north Hackney community.

Communities and Partnerships

Susan Masters - Director, Health Transformation, Policy and Neighbourhoods

Susan MastersDirector, Health Transformation, Policy and Neighbourhoods

susan@hcvs.org.uk 

Jessica Lubin - Director of Health Transformation, Partnerships and Networks

Jessica LubinDirector of Health Transformation, Partnerships and Networks

jessica@hcvs.org.uk

May Rowland-Pomp - VCS Leadership Group and Assembly Coordinator

May Rowland-PompVCS Leadership Group and Assembly Coordinator

May is a nurse and global health Masters student who is interested in migrant health, health equity and ecology. Being born in Hackney and continuing to live there she is passionate about the diversity that makes Hackney so special.

This is her first voluntary sector job after working in the NHS and she is thrilled to be working alongside HCVS and partners to advocate for and support health and wellbeing for our residents and wider community.

may@hcvs.org.uk

Mohammed Mansour - Head of VCS Development

Mohammed MansourHead of VCS Development

Katie Barton - Neighbourhoods Voluntary Sector Programme Manager

Katie BartonNeighbourhoods Voluntary Sector Programme Manager

Katie joined Hackney CVS in June 2019. Katie has over 8 years’ experience in volunteer management, outreach and programme management in the community and voluntary sector.
Katie loves meeting new people, live music and all kinds of arts and crafts.
Jahada Abdul - Safeguarding Adults & Children Coordinator

Jahada AbdulSafeguarding Adults & Children Coordinator

Jahada joined Hackney CVS in October 2016 as a Community Care Navigator.
 
Jahada has over 8 years of experience working in social care sector within community and hospital settings. Previously she had worked for Age UK East London and in various roles for the NHS.
 
She enjoys trekking for different charities, travelling and oriental food.  
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.

shamima@hcvs.org.uk

Caroline Hickey - Hackney Refugee and Migrant Forum Network Manager

Caroline HickeyHackney Refugee and Migrant Forum Network Manager

caroline@hcvs.org.uk

Ali Aksoy  - Director of Hackney Refugee & Migrant Forum

Ali Aksoy Director of Hackney Refugee & Migrant Forum

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@hcvs.org.uk

Oladapo Awosokanre - ESOL Project Coordinator​, Network Coordinator (Maternity cover)

Oladapo AwosokanreESOL Project Coordinator​, Network Coordinator (Maternity cover)

Oladapo has over 18 years’ experience having worked as an editor, campaigner, project manager and trainer in not-for-profit and community organisations in Nigeria and the UK. He has a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in International Law and Diplomacy.

As a Hackney resident Oladapo has contributed to community development and empowering local people through training. He is passionate about social justice and human rights.

In his spare time Oladapo likes to write articles, travel and organise events.

oladapo@hcvs.org.uk

 

Connect Hackney Ageing Better

Tony Wong - Chief Executive Officer and Connect Hackney Programme Director

Tony WongChief Executive Officer and Connect Hackney Programme 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.

tony@connecthackney.org.uk

Judy Harris - Evaluation and Engagement Manager

Judy HarrisEvaluation and Engagement Manager

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

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.

suj@hcvs.org.uk

Kim-Lien Ong - Programme Manager

Kim-Lien OngProgramme Manager

Kim joined the Hackney CVS in 2017. She coordinates 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

Youth Programmes Team

Saqib Deshmukh - Director of Young People and Families

Saqib DeshmukhDirector of Young People and Families

Saqib is an JNC qualified youth worker/manager with 20 years’ experience on the frontline in different parts of the country. He is responsible for youth leadership and employment programmes at Hackney CVS. Saqib is also a NVQ assessor and has a background of working with young men, arts/heritage and in policy and campaigning work.

saqib@hcvs.org.uk

Tim Head - Account Group (YIAG) Project Officer

Tim HeadAccount Group (YIAG) Project Officer

Tim started as a volunteer at Hackney CVS in summer 2018, working as a researcher with the Stop and Search Monitoring Group. He is now the project officer for Account, Hackney’s Youth-led Independent Advisory Group.

Outside of his work at CVS, Tim is completing a PhD at the University of Essex in the Department of Government.

tim@hcvs.org.uk

Aku Adjei  - Programme Manager Young People and Families

Aku Adjei Programme Manager Young People and Families