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Our trustees

Phil  Kelly (Chair)
Phil is a former Islington Councillor, school governor, charity trustee, Sec. London Labour Mayors Assoc and, currently, the Chair of Voluntary Action Islington.

Ruth Hayes (vice chair)
Ruth has lived in Islington for nearly 20 years, and is the Centre Director at Islington Law Centre and Founder of Green Roots Law, a new social enterprise.  She has over 30 years’ experience of working within the voluntary sector, with a real interest in practical services to reduce poverty and isolation.  In addition to being a Trustee at VAI, she is a school governor at a local primary school, a churchwarden, and a trade union branch secretary.  She is also a volunteer in the St George’s community pantomime group.

Joe Irvin
Joe has lived in Islington for over 25 years. He joined Voluntary Action Islington as a trustee in October 2014. After working in roles which made local involvement impractical, he felt now was a time to make a bigger contribution in the community where he and his family live. He was previously chief executive of NAVCA, the umbrella body for local groups like VAI.
Joe is chief executive of Living Streets, the UK charity that campaigns for pedestrians and walking.
Joe has worked in senior posts in Government, at the Transport and General Workers Union and the TUC, and at the RSPB.
Joe’s community activity includes voluntary roles as a governor at Tufnell Park primary school in Islington, setting up a centre for unemployed people, combating child poverty, protecting the environment, mental health and aiding ex-offenders into work.

Jack Pitkeathley
Jack currently lives, and grew up in, Islington. Although he attended local schools his work with Voluntary Action Islington has been his first engagement with the Third Sector in the borough.
He currently works as an Operations Analyst at Phillips 66 London.
He decided to get involved with VAI as, following his graduation from University in July of this year, he was looking to become more involved with the Third Sector in his local area.

Ronke Lawal
Company founder Ronke Lawal was born in Hackney, East London of Nigerian parentage. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own business in 2004. In 2011 Ronke Lawal was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership. In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012 and became a non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice in 2011. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 where she is also a Director of The Voluntary Action Academy and is currently on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust. She is on the board of advisors for Precious Online and is a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation. Her interest in the Islington Voluntary sector was first ignited whilst she was at post at the Chamber of Commerce, as alumni of City and Islington College she has always had links with the borough and feels that volunteering is an essential part of developing community and corporate social goals.

Mulat Haregot
Mulat is the Director of The Evelyn Oldfield Unit, one of the key second tier voluntary organizations working with Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations in London. In the last 18 years he has been working with a range of voluntary and community organisations in a number of roles, including: serving as chair of Hammersmith and Fulham Racial Equality Council, Voluntary Sector Resource Agency, Renewal SRB6 West London Programme, H&F BME, North Fulham Multi-cultural Forum, Refugee Forum, H&F Community Safety Board. Board member of LBH&F Council Borough Partnership, the New Deal for Communities Programme in Fulham, Home Office National Refugee Integration Forum, Department of Heath Information Accreditation Scheme Reference Group, London Communities Policing Partnership (LCP2), School Governor and Non-Executive Director of Hammersmith & Fulham Primary Care Trust. He is Panel member of Investors in People and CES PQASSO Mentor Licencee.

Colin Adams
‎Colin is the director at Hanley Crouch Community Association.

 

 

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