Our team

We are starting out as a small and highly committed team of volunteers and staff. We have big ambitions for Haringey and will need to grow our volunteer team rapidly as we begin to enable more people and businesses to support good causes in our borough.

Our Board Members

We have a talented and dedicated Board who volunteer their time and share their knowledge and expertise to get Haringey Giving off to the best possible start: 

Julia Slay

Julia Slay (Chair) Haringey Resident

Julia Slay is the Chair of Haringey Giving. She is a Tottenham resident and volunteers with a local refugee resettlement group in Haringey. Julia's background is in research and policy. From 2016-19 she was the Assistant Director of Communities and Social Policy at the GLA, and before that was the programme manager of the Social Policy programme at the New Economics Foundation. She is currently a freelancer researcher and facilitator, and has a non executive director role with the NHS in North East London. She is passionate about the role of civic action and local giving.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young, Haringey Resident

Andrew joined the Board in January 2020. Previously he was Chairman and co-founder of ThirtyThree LLP, a 150 strong communications agency with offices in London, Bristol and New York. He led the business until 2015 when it was acquired by Capita plc. He continued as an Executive Director in the People Solutions Division of Capita for a further 3 years and now works as an independent business adviser and angel investor. Originally from Edinburgh, Andrew has lived in North London for over 30 years and has been resident in Haringey since 2008. He has a particular interest in helping to improve mental health provision within the borough.

Annamarie Douglas

Anna-Marie Douglas, Haringey Resident

Annamarie has over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, manager and senior leader, working predominantly in inner city London boroughs. She has worked across three education sectors including secondary schools, post 16 and HE, and held varied senior management and leadership positions, up to and including Principal level. Annamarie’s expertise includes leadership and governance, organisational development, teacher professional learning, quality assessment and improvement. In all her roles Annamarie has endeavoured to ensure that students had a genuinely enriching educational experience and were at the heart of changes in practice.
For many years alongside paid work Annamarie has engaged in voluntary activities within her local residents’ association in Haringey and as a board member for a local school and college. She is passionate about the importance of participating in community activity in all its different forms as a way of improving the local environment and opportunities for communities.

Gill Goodby

Gill Goodby, Haringey Resident

Gill has working in marketing communications for 20 years, delivering creative and media campaigns, influencing public policy and campaigning to build brand profile, generate income and drive engagement for charities and commercial organisations. She's a resident of Haringey where she grew up. She is currently Head of Policy and Communications for London Youth, a pan-London youth work charity which represents over 500 youth organisations in London.

Jo Taylor

Jo Taylor, Haringey Resident

Jo is a child, adolescent and Educational Psychologist working in East London. He provides psychological services to 10 schools for a local authority and advises organisations working for social change. As a Haringey resident he is committed to help support community initiatives focusing on children, families and mental health.

Joanna Keefe

Joanna Keefe, Global Corporate Responsibility Manager, Linklaters LLP

Joanna is the Global Corporate Responsibility Manager at Linklaters LLP and leads the community investment and non-legal volunteer programmes. Joanna is a corporate responsibility professional with over ten years’ experience in the financial services, hospitality, commercial and legal sector. Before this, she worked within the UK charity sector and her academic studies specialised in international public health. Joanna is passionate about corporate responsibility and community engagement and believes all organisations have a responsibility to help effect positive social and environmental change.

Alex Sevinc

Alex Sevinc, Managing Director, Filey Properties, Chair of Tottenham Traders Partnership

Marlon Bruce

Marlon Bruce, Socio-Economic Development Manager, Lendlease LLP

Councillor Mark Blake

Councillor Mark Blake, Cabinet Member for Communities and Equalities, Haringey Council

Mark Blake has been a local councillor in the London Borough of Haringey since 2014 and represents Woodside ward in Wood Green. He is also the Cabinet Member for Communities, Youth and Engagement which covers the council’s work with the Police, youth services and its partnerships with the local voluntary and community sector. Prior to his time as a Cabinet Member at the council he has more than 25 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector. His last role was for Black Training & Enterprise Group as their Project Development Officer leading on BTEG’s work on the criminal justice system and race equality. Prior to BTEG he has worked in a number of different roles predominantly in the voluntary sector. He is married to Yvonne and has three children.

Paul Birtill

Paul Birtill, Trustee, The Bridge Renewal Trust

Paul is a Trustee and the Treasurer of Bridge Renewal Trust. He worked for many years in the public, voluntary and housing association sectors, mainly in business development roles and more recently heading up a Charitable Foundation supporting refugees and migrants. He now runs his own financial advice company and juggles that with family life (including three daughters and a dog called Cooper), Table Tennis, and trying to be Vegan.

Our Advisors

Deborah Xavier

Deborah Xavier, Consultant, London's Giving

Nikki Wimborne

Nikki Wimborne, Local Resident

Nikki is part of the programme team for Cripplegate Foundation and Islington Giving, helping to deliver grants that support people’s lives in Islington. Nikki works with a diverse range of partners to ensure time and money given to Islington are used to support local people.

Our staff

Geoffrey Ocen, Chief Executive, Bridge Renewal Trust

Geoffrey Ocen, Chief Executive, The Bridge Renewal Trust

Colin Bowen

Colin Bowen, Director of Haringey Giving

Colin is employed full-time to lead the development of Haringey Giving, engage with our stakeholders and partners, and to recruit and manage our team of staff and volunteers.

Emma Betts, Haringey GIving Grants Administration Officer

Emma Betts, Haringey Giving Grants Administration Officer

Emma works closely with the Director of Haringey Giving to support the development and implementation of our grants programmes in line with good practice in accessible and inclusive local grant giving.

Our Volunteers

We are currently recruiting for a range of volunteering roles.

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