Meet the trustees

Meet the Team


Board of 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 CEO, Jake Ferguson:

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.

Lucia Bird - Trustee | appointed 29.01.20

Lucia BirdTrustee | appointed 29.01.20

Lucia is a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against
Transnational Organized Crime, and an Associate at Slaughter and May. Lucia researches and writes on a broad range of organised crime types internationally, focussing on human smuggling and human trafficking, together with drug policy. Lucia is also a practising
lawyer, currently specialising in data protection matters. Previously, Lucia has worked with a number of governments providing legal and policy advice.

Lucia joined the Board as she is deeply committed to Hackney
CVS’ goals, and to strengthening social justice in Hackney and more broadly.

Dan Francis - Trustee | appointed 01.08.17

Dan FrancisTrustee | appointed 01.08.17

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.

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 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.

Jessica Mullen - Trustee | appointed 23.01.19

Jessica MullenTrustee | appointed 23.01.19

Jess Mullen is Head of Policy and Communications at Clinks, the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary sector working in criminal justice. Jess leads Clinks’ policy and communications teams to promote, represent and advocate for the work of the voluntary sector in criminal justice. She is Clinks’ strategic lead on tackling race inequality 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.