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.

Barbara Ludlow
Barbara is a qualified community and youth worker who has worked in Community engagement, development and participation for 30 years, mainly in Islington (where she lives) and Camden and she knows through experience the importance of involving communities from the beginning and making sure they have a voice which is heard, valued and leads to action.
As part of her career, Barbara was a Neighbourhood Development Officer for Islington Council, then went on to work in Camden Sure Start and Children’s Centres as a Community Involvement Manager and then moved on to manage a community centre. She is now a freelance trainer in Participative Appraisal creative community research training, which is resident led creative community research, based on the community development model.  Barbara is part of the (volunteer) production team for their local community pantomime, she has been involved in for 25 years. She is also a volunteer at St Georges church and on the PCC (Parish Church Council). She has recently started to volunteer at North London Buddhist Centre.

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

Emma Hutchins

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.

Josephine Langdale

Jorge Llorens