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 Operations Director, Paul Conway:

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 & Treasurer | appointed 29.4.15

Charles MiddletonChair & Treasurer | 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.

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.

Ola Opoosun - Trustee | appointed 4.9.17

Ola OpoosunTrustee | appointed 4.9.17

Ola has over 20 years’ experience in the Health and Social Care sector. She started her career as a Casework Supervisor for Terrence Higgins Trust and then became a Solicitor providing legal advice on welfare benefits, community care and housing. Ola has also managed various national programmes which include social development, back to work and empowerment projects aimed at supporting and working with vulnerable adults, children and young people. Ola has also published articles for Positive Nation, Baseline and NAM on poverty, health and homelessness. She currently works for the Bank Workers Charity and her job focuses on providing support, advice and information to the banking community as well as maintaining partnership relations and compliance with, for example, Relate and the National Autistic Society.

Ola has lived in Hackney for over 27 years and feels Hackney CVS is really passionate about supporting people in Hackney.

In her spare time, Ola enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Tim Vaughan - Trustee | appointed 21.3.18

Tim VaughanTrustee | 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.