VCS Leadership Group

VCS Leadership Group

What is the VCS Leadership Group?

  • Group of community and voluntary sector leads who meet regularly to inform and support the delivery of local strategies and identify local issues 
  • Resourced to support input to system meetings across the borough
  • Provides its own leadership of the VCS sector and gives voice to small groups
  • Feedback loop enabling VCS to able to fully participate in the integrated care structures through reps and chairs

Current VCS Leadership Group structure (Updated 01.03.23)


Rosemary Jawara  , Beersheba Living Well  

Vanessa Morris  , Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest    

Members (voting)

Alana Heaney , Chair Gascoyne Residents Association  

Ali Kakande , Carib Eats  

Bella Ralph  , Hackney Quest  

Cemile Goksan , Hackney Cypriot Association  

Frances Haste , Hackney CVS volunteer  

Gary Burgess , Hackney Marsh Partnership  

Helen Evans , Toynbee Hall  

Janet Murungi  , Rise Community Action  

Janette Collins   , The Crib  

Jo Carter  , Immediate Theatre  

Joanne English ,   

Kome Owusu  , African Community School  

Larrissa Howells , Age UK East London  

Miia Chambers  , Mind in City, Hackney and Waltham Forest  

Mohammed Mansour , Hackney CVS  

Ifraax Samatar , MIND CHWF  

Paula Yassine  , St Mary’s Secret Garden  

Peter Merrifield  , SWIM  

Reshma Karia , Mind CHWF  

Rev Joyce Daley  , Black Parents Forum  

Susan Cueva  , Kanlungan  

Tony Wong , Hackney CVS  

Zlatinka Hristova , Studio Upstairs  


Infrastructure members (non-voting)

Charlotte Handel / Jane Tyler , Volunteer Centre Hackney  

Jessica Lubin , Hackney CVS  

Sally Beavan , Healthwatch City of London  

Sarah Weiss , Interlink  

Zebina Myrie , Hackney CVS  

Susan Masters , Hackney CVS 

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