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 CEO, Jake Ferguson:

Our governance -

Our 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.

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.

Jack Griffin - Trustee | appointed 21.3.18

Jack GriffinTrustee | appointed 21.3.18

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.

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.

Benjamin Mak - Trustee | appointed 21.3.18

Benjamin MakTrustee | appointed 21.3.18

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 29.4.15

Charles MiddletonChair | 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.

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. 


Caroline Nelson - Trustee | appointed 28.09.16

Caroline NelsonTrustee | appointed 28.09.16

Caroline Nelson is the Director of Choice in Hackney.

Founded in 1992, Choice in Hackney is one of the largest Disabled People’s Organisations in the borough, assisting over 200 disabled people a year to access services, challenge injustice, improve their employability prospects, live actively and participate in society.

Caroline is a committed advocate and campaigner for disabled people’s rights.

Angela Spence - Trustee |appointed 23.01.19

Angela SpenceTrustee |appointed 23.01.19

Angela Spence has worked in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 2008 and is Chief Executive of Kensington and Chelsea Social Council. She is passionate about the voluntary and community sector and has spent the past 20 years contributing to social justice in various ways.

In her previous work in equalities she supported the progression of black and minority ethnic undergraduates to work in professional industries within the private and public sector and led on organisation development programmes for voluntary and community organisations, supporting diverse communities across the country.

She is currently a trustee of Westway Trust and in her spare time enjoys travelling.


Tim Vaughan - Trustee and Treasurer | appointed 21.3.18

Tim VaughanTrustee and Treasurer | appointed 21.3.18

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.