Haringey Giving is an independent partnership brings together people who live and work in Haringey, local community organisations, businesses, City firms, funders and public sector partners. We enable people to give their time, talents and donate to local causes in Haringey. Together we can collectively take action on the things that matter to those living in the borough.  

In our first year alone, we have raised over £250,000 which we are reinvesting back into communities across Haringey.

Who can get involved? 

Everyone is welcome to be a part of Haringey Giving! We can all play a part and the more local people, businesses and funders who get involved, the more we can really make a difference to people's lives in Haringey. 

There are many different ways you can help, such as setting up your own fundraising campaignvolunteering at a local organisation and coming up with ideas we can fund for projects which will improve life for people living in your area of the borough.

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.

Meet the team

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 is the Chair of Haringey Giving. She is a Tottenham resident and volunteers with a 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 Social Policy programme manager at the New Economics Foundation. She is currently a freelancer researcher and facilitator, and has a non executive director role in 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

Annamarie 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 education sectors including secondary schools, post 16 and Higher Education. She has held varied senior management and leadership positions, including Principal level. Annamarie’s expertise includes leadership and governance, organisational development, teacher professional learning, quality assessment and improvement. Annamarie has endeavoured to ensure that students had a genuinely enriching educational experience and were at the heart of changes in practice. Annamarie has volunteered within her local residents’ association, as a board member for a local school and college. She is passionate about the importance of participating in community activity.


Geoffrey Folkes

Geoffrey Folkes, Haringey Resident

Geoffrey Folkes is the owner of GEF Associates which was created with the responsibility of helping people set up their business. He has worked with small and medium sized businesses, providing a broad range of specialist support including training and mentoring.

Geoff is very committed to customer service and satisfaction, and prides himself on the number of businesses he has supported over the years. Many have gone on to win awards like the Enterprise Enfield Start-up business, Business of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, and Social Enterprise. He has sat on various panels providing grant funding in local areas.

Speciality areas include: Health care, Consultancy, Professional services, Food Industry, Social enterprises.


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 leads the community investment and non-legal volunteer programmes at Linklaters LLP. 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


Mark Swinburne

Mark Swinburne, Senior Development Manager, Design Lead Tottenham Hale, Argent LLP

Mark joined Argent as a Development Manager in 2013. Over the past seven years he has led commercial developments at King’s Cross, and more recently he has worked as design lead on a new residential development at Tottenham Hale.

Mark is passionate about the borough and the opportunities for community engagement.  Prior to joining Argent, Mark was a practising architect.


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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