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 (March 2023)


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  

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 

Sarah Weiss , Interlink  

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