Margaret Cooney – CEO
Margaret joined GLV in June 2018, a pivotal time in the organisation’s transition toward the creation of a ‘hub for London’, a new Civil Society infrastructure body that will have Londoners’ needs at the heart of all its activities. Having previously made substantial impact with V-Inspired and The Big Lottery, Margaret brings a wealth of experience, skill and knowledge with her to this new role.
Margaret commented “I’m delighted to take up the role of being the first CEO for the hub, building on the work of both GLV and LVSC, and I am looking forward to working with the new team to build on the progress that the Way Ahead programme has already made. There are many exciting opportunities ahead to collaborate with the voluntary, statutory and business sectors and I want the hub for London to grow these so that London’s diverse communities and networks can thrive.”
GLV’s Chair, Cameron Fitzwilliam-Grey, added “I am thrilled to welcome Margaret to the GLV family and am very much looking forward to working with her. The ‘hub for London’ is really beginning to take shape now and I’m excited to see our collective vision and plans come to fruition with Margaret’s help.”
Sharon Long – Hub Lead
Sharon has recently taken up the Hub Lead role at Greater London Volunteering (GLV), working to bring the vision of The Way Ahead into reality and in particular the creation of the new London Hub for civil society. Sharon has worked extensively in the voluntary and community sector in local, regional and national capacities. Prior to joining GLV, Sharon provided national support around teenage pregnancy, facilitated external evaluations on a range of health and community development programmes and managed a number of voluntary sector organisations. Sharon splits her time between GLV, Partnership for Young London and a major national membership organisation working with children, young people and families.
David Rodrigues – Networks and Operations Manager
David has been with GLV since 2013 and is the first point of contact at the GLV office. He is an all-rounder who can be found organising events, writing e-bulletins, supporting projects and generally keeping the office running.
David joined GLV from Volunteer Centre Southwark where he worked in various areas including Outreach, Community Engagement and Wellbeing. As part of the at800 digital outreach campaign he led a team to raise awareness about possible Freeview TV interference across Southwark, Hackney and the City. He has also worked on various wellbeing projects including designing and delivering a healthy workplace scheme at Volunteer Centre Southwark and managing the supported volunteering programme at Volunteer Centre Hackney. He has also enjoyed volunteering with the Bankside Open Spaces Trust to create and run the Marlborough Sports Garden.
Before entering the voluntary sector David worked in engineering, software and academia. In his spare time David likes to run, swim and dance.
Cam is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Greater London Volunteering, a post he has held since 2012. He’s the Manager of Volunteer Centre Haringey, Co-chair of a community music & arts festival and a productivity consultant.
With a background in Social Enterprise and the strategic development of Voluntary Sector Infrastructure services, Cam’s expertise lies in translating blue sky thinking into practical solutions.
Cam was also Co-founder Director of The Healthy Hub CIC – a social enterprise that enabled people with mental health issues to gain valuable work experience in a ‘real world’ setting, acting as a springboard into mainstream employment.
Prior to joining the voluntary sector, Cam worked in direct marketing, IT and productivity development.
Michelle has been involved with Volunteer Centre Greenwich for 12 years and is currently the Chief Executive and has been in this post for six years. Michelle has been an active volunteer for many years including currently as a Trustee for GLV undertaking the officer role of Vice Chair. During a previous term as a Trustee for GLV Michelle also undertook the role as Treasurer.
Michelle also has a commercial background and is a qualified youth worker and trainer. Michelle is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Management in Civil Society and is also a guest lecturer for LSBU on volunteering and volunteer management.
Shaun Delaney – Treasurer (Samaritans)
Shaun is an experienced voluntary sector manager, specialising in volunteering infrastructure and volunteer involvement. He currently manages the UK / ROI wide volunteering function of Samaritans, and is also completing his dissertation for an MSc in Civil Society Management, focusing on organisational strategic volunteering management.
Shaun has been the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Manager with Samaritans since January 2013. Here, he manages the strategic volunteering development function including developing policy, strategy, guidance and providing support services for this federated charity with circa 21,000 volunteers across 201 branches over the UK and ROI.
Previously, Shaun spent a number of years as a senior manager with Volunteer Centre Greenwich deputising for the CEO and leading on income generation and development of learning and development for volunteers and volunteer managers. Here, he also delivered recruitment and training provision for Team London Ambassadors and Greenwich 2012 Volunteers programme as well as managing a number of other projects.
Beau Fadahunsi – Company Secretary (VC Merton)
Chris Parker (VC Sutton)
At the Volunteer Centre Sutton, Chris has the privilege of leading a vibrant, innovative and committed team, passionate about the community they serve. Volunteer Centre Sutton delivers a broad portfolio of services to enhance community well-being through voluntary action, encouraging and supporting everybody who lives in or visits the London Borough of Sutton to volunteer with a positive outcome.
After studying Education and Psychology at University, Chris was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to engage with International Emergency Relief work with The Salvation Army in East Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, responding to drought and famine disasters, child soldier recovery and economic crisis’. After 2 years in the field, it was time to come home and invest in his local community. Chris joined the Volunteer Centre Sutton in 2008 with their award winning mentoring project, MAPS, and after a period of leading the project, was approached in 2012 to take on his current role as Chief Executive Officer.
In his spare time Chris enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, running, art (both painting and viewing), football (He’s an avid Nottingham Forest supporter) and playing the didgeridoo (no laughing please)!… oh and of course volunteering!
Hannah Tompkins (Sense)
Hannah has a range of volunteering experience in national and local organisations, in short and long term roles over the past 18 years. Hannah has worked for 12 years in the voluntary sector and has a range of operational, strategic, engagement and advocacy experience. She is currently the corporate strategic lead on volunteering at Sense, a large national disability charity engaging about 1600 volunteers a year in a range of settings including retail, fundraising and service provision. Hannah leads a high profile team at Sense and has operational responsibility for bringing deafblind people and their families together for mutual support, social and leisure opportunities primarily through an extensive network of volunteers. Hannah is particularly interested in working together with disabled people and communities to co-create new volunteer led services.
Jacob Przeklasa (Shelter UK)
Julie Pal (CommUNITY Barnet)
Richard Pitts (VC Barking & Dagenham)
Richard has 20 years’ experience of working and volunteering within the community and voluntary sector. This includes a number of directorships, committee memberships and trustee positions with a variety of community organisations in both Sheffield and London. He is currently a project volunteer for Volunteer Centre Barking & Dagenham.
His work experience extends to managing outreach activities for a community centre within a local regeneration area for Zest Community in Sheffield, establishing and developing the student volunteer service for the University of Westminster, delivering commissioned services from Barking & Dagenham Council on behalf of Volunteer Centre Barking & Dagenham and managing Volunteer Centre St Albans as part of the CVS St Albans senior management team. His current role is Chief Executive of Volunteer Centre Dacorum in Hertfordshire.
Richard is married and currently lives in North West London.
Truly Johnston (Community Southwark)
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