Meet the trustees

Meet the Team


Board of Trustees

The board -

The board

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 CEO, Tony Wong:

Good governance -

Good governance

The Hackney CVS Board of Trustees recently became one of the first charities in England & Wales to adopt the Charity Governance Code which the Board is committed to implementing. Read more about our governance here.

Rola Aina - Trustee | appointed 29.01.20

Rola AinaTrustee | appointed 29.01.20

Rola is a management consultant and chartered accountant specialising in global transformation projects in the financial sector. She has established herself as a trusted advisor to a range of blue-chip organisations over the years. She is known for her sense of fun and is driven by an innate drive to create energised and empowered people, teams and communities who can achieve anything they set out to do. She is an East London resident and is passionate about ensuring that there is more equality of opportunity for all members of the community.

Sara Barman - Trustee | appointed 29.01.20

Sara BarmanTrustee | appointed 29.01.20

Sara is communications lead for a UBS program that supports social entrepreneurs by scaling their messaging
and connecting them with clients. She is also on the board of the bank’s gender equality network, All Bar None, where she has overhauled digital communications.
Before moving to the private sector, Sara was a BBC journalist, producer and presenter for many years,
across radio, TV and online. Her work ranged from covering high-profile murder cases for 1Xtra to being plaster cast for a museum’s mannequin for local radio.
Sara is a keen cyclist, runner and skier/boarder; while her more sedate hobbies include art, photography
and film.

Jack Griffin - Trustee | appointed 21.03.18

Jack GriffinTrustee | appointed 21.03.18

Jack is a chartered accountant and currently works for a charitable healthcare provider in London where he leads on commercial projects, strategy, pricing and costing, contracting and capital projects.

He previously worked in healthcare regulation at Monitor/NHS Improvement, focusing on M&A transactions, major capital investments and organisational performance improvement. Prior to this Jack worked at KPMG where he developed his interest in the voluntary and community sector. He was a member of their Corporate Social Responsibility team and worked with a number of not-for-profit clients.

Jack is a keen traveler, novice climber and mountaineer, and football fan.

Benjamin Mak - Trustee | appointed 21.03.18

Benjamin MakTrustee | appointed 21.03.18

Benjamin is a lawyer at an international law firm and advises on capital markets transactions and financial regulatory matters.

Benjamin volunteers as a youth justice member and supports the restorative justice process in Hackney. He also serves on the community investment committee at his law firm and the regulation and ethics panel at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Benjamin has lived in Europe, North America and Asia, and is an avid skier.

Charles Middleton - Chair | appointed 29.04.15

Charles MiddletonChair | appointed 29.04.15

Charles is Group Finance Director of Park Holidays UK Ltd, which operate 56 holidays parks across the UK.
Charles also has extensive experience of managing large organisations as he was Group Financial Controller at FTSE 100 company for more than 10 years.
Charles is a dynamic and highly motivated individual & particularly good at building and developing teams to serve the needs of internal and external stakeholders.

Jessica Mullen - Trustee | appointed 23.01.19

Jessica MullenTrustee | appointed 23.01.19

Jess Mullen lives and grew up in Hackney and is Chief Executive Officer at Collective Voice, the national charity working to improve the substance misuse treatment and recovery system and to champion the role of charities within it. She has a wealth of experience in strategic leadership, achieving policy change and working collaboratively across the voluntary sector and with the people it serves to amplify the voices of those often ignored. She was previously Director of Influence and Communications at Clinks, the national charity supporting the voluntary sector working in the criminal justice sector, where she led work, in partnership with organisations led by and focused on racially minoritised people, to advocate for race equality in the criminal justice system.
In this capacity Jess authored The Young Review’s report published in 2014 and has since led Clinks work advocating for all those working in criminal justice across statutory, private and voluntary sectors to play a part in tackling race inequality and to support and work in in partnership with BAME led organisations in the criminal justice sector. 


Tim Vaughan - Trustee and Treasurer | appointed 21.03.18

Tim VaughanTrustee and Treasurer | appointed 21.03.18

Tim is a chartered accountant with a long career in financial services as an internal auditor. He has had several management roles in banks and also worked for three years at the FSA.  At the time of his appointment as Treasurer of Hackney CVS, he was employed at Standard & Poor’s, working in Canary Wharf. However he plans to move into contracting roles to give himself more time to devote to voluntary work in the charity sector. He is also trustee at three other charities based in east London, covering a range of activities from a community theatre to an urban farm. In recent years, Tim has also worked with the East London Business Alliance, volunteering in local schools.

Apart from developing his voluntary work, Tim is interested in music, takes part in hiking holidays and plays badminton.

Jess Stockford - Trustee | appointed 26.04.23

Jess StockfordTrustee | appointed 26.04.23

Jess is a governance and non-executive search Consultant with over 25 years of expertise across the cultural, social enterprise and beyond profit sectors. Previously, Jess led governance programmes for Business in the Community, responsible for leveraging business resource and commercial expertise into the voluntary sector. This built on her 7 years as Head of Board Development at Arts & Business where Jess lead a ‘Board Bank’ programme which placed over 5000 business people onto the Boards of arts organisations across the UK.

Her governance expertise includes devising and delivering training for Trustees and whole Boards, undertaking governance reviews, facilitating Away Days, and making Chair, Trustee and other non-executive appointments.

Jess is Chair of her local tenants and residents association in the borough. She has been a member of the Prince of Wales Good Governance Group, whilst also contributing to the NCVO’s ‘Governance and Leadership’ committee. She is a guest lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London and at Judge’s Business School, Cambridge.

Natalie Roast  - Trustee | appointed 05.05.23

Natalie Roast Trustee | appointed 05.05.23

Natalie grew up in East London and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of SkyWay Charity, a Hackney based charity that empowers young people, their families and communities. Having worked at SkyWay since 2017 she has considerable experience, skills and knowledge in governance, leadership, decision making and strategic development.

Having worked in Hackney for most of her adult life she understands the needs of the Hackney voluntary and community sector, and the communities they serve and is dedicated to advocating the needs of the young people and communities and supporting them to level up the playing field.

Natalie’s young family takes up lots of time but when possible she enjoys travelling and listening to music

Joyclen Buffong - Trustee | appointed 14.05.23

Joyclen BuffongTrustee | appointed 14.05.23

Joyclen has spent over 20 years as the Youth Provision Manager at Hackney Marsh Partnership, commissioned through Young Hackney.

She is the founder and director of the renowned youth organisation Rise.365, which amplifies the voices of young people and challenges injustice and inequalities they may face.

Joyclen’s tireless efforts have been recognised, through various accolades, as the recipient of the Outstanding Positive Impact Award, 2020, Outstanding Service to The Lives of Young People 2021, the Best Youth and Community Organisation 2022 and the chair of the Child Q community response group.

Her leadership, experience and wealth of knowledge will only add value to the role of trustee at Hackney CVS.