Our Team

Michael Ashe
CEO

Michael Ashe

Liz woodman avatar
Director of Volunteering and Operations.

Liz Woodman

Ewa
Community Champions Project Manager

Ewa Kasjanowicz

Mohamud
Office Systems Coordinator

Mohamud

Jason
Insideout Co-ordinator

Jason Hudson

Angela
Volunteering Officer

Angela Weir

Emilia - Communications Officer.
Communications Officer

Emilia Wik

Lauren - Community Champions Apprentice.
Community Champions Health and Wellbeing Worker Apprentice

Lauren Sinclair

Ruth Employment Support Officer Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea
Employment Support Officer

Ruth Daniel

Sristi Market Ambassadors Officer Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea
Market Ambassador Officer

Sristi Kumar

Jaya Wellbeing Coach at Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea
Wellbeing Coach

Jaya Alvarez-Murray

Head of Specialist Services Volunteer Centre
Head Of Specialist Services

Amalia Loizidou

Ana Digital Lead VCKC
Digital Project Lead

Ana Urbina

CEO

Michael Ashe

I joined the team in August 2017.

I think the world can be a much better place, and that all of us have a role to play in making it better for everyone. I’ve tried to play my part in various ways at different times, starting as a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice and continuing my volunteering as a charity trustee and school governor ever since. My professional roles have included delivering legal advice, making grants, advising on funding policy, developing funding programmes for children and young people, facilitating learning and effectiveness in International Development organisations and their donors, leading the UKs largest Law Centre, and providing consultancy to a range of not-for-profit organisations.

I am delighted to have joined such a great team, and to have the opportunity to help them empower even more local people, and the organisations they support, to change Kensington & Chelsea for the better.

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Director of Volunteering and Operations.

Liz Woodman

I joined the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea team in April 2022 as Director of Volunteering and Operations.

I believe that volunteering changes lives! Not only do volunteers help charities and the wider community, but volunteering can also have such a positive impact on the volunteer themselves. I have benefited myself from volunteering since I was really young and continue to volunteer on a weekly basis.

In my professional life – I initially worked within recruitment and personnel, but soon moved over to working within roles that specifically helped volunteering to happen. I managed a busy Volunteer Centre in Bristol for over 10 years. Then, on moving to London, I directly recruited and supported volunteers for Alzheimer’s Society’s Central London office. I then moved to NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) to coordinate the work of the Volunteering Development Unit, and was responsible for ensuring the success of Volunteers’ Week nationally. I then returned to work within a Volunteer Centre setting – joining Redbridge CVS as their Volunteer Centre Manager. This led me to move to my current role at the Volunter Centre Kensington and Chelsea.

I feel privileged to be working in this amazing borough and in this superb organisation, supporting the team to promote volunteering as a force for change and social good.  

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Community Champions Project Manager

Ewa Kasjanowicz

joined the Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea in September 2018 as a Community Champions Project Manager. I am passionate about making the world around me a little bit better, healthier and happier, and to me this is what the Community Champions programme is all about. 

I truly enjoy working within diverse communities, where people learn from each other and bring different solutions to problems. They constantly inspire and enrich me as a person.

My prior experience includes event organising, coordinating projects and translation/interpreting.

I feel lucky and privileged to work for the Volunteer Centre and to be part of such a great team of people, who love what they do and who do it really well.

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Office Systems Coordinator

Mohamud

In 2014 fresh out of my work experience placement, I joined the Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea as a volunteer with the new opportunities team; assisting with general admin, data entry and filing, as well as helping organise events and trainings.

Two years later, a vacancy came which I applied for and was successful. I joined the New Opportunities team helping long term unemployed individuals get back into employment through training and volunteering. Since then I have moved roles and I am currently the Office Systems Coordinator for the Organisation.

I enjoy working at the Volunteer Centre, it’s an amazing place to volunteer and work alongside great people. I got into volunteering to meet new people, develop my soft skills, as well as learn and hone new skills, all of which I’ve accomplished here!

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Insideout Co-ordinator

Jason Hudson

I’m Jason, the most recent member of the Volunteer Centre. I have been working in the criminal sector for the last 10 years, enabling clients to take back control of the their lives and gain long term employment.

I have worked as a custody case manager for Bad Boys Bakery, in HMPS Brixton, and for the probation service in Wandsworth Prison. My experience working with offenders, inside and outside custody, has shown me that people who want to change can – they just need a chance and a little help.

I have experience working in mental health and addictions, and always come from a place of non-judgement and empathy.

I previously worked as a chef before coming to this sector.

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Volunteering Officer

Angela Weir

My introduction to the Volunteer Centre was five years ago when I met the new opportunities coordinator who led me to an opportunity where I could use my skills and volunteer at the Museum of Brands. This gave me the perfect opportunity to experience a different type of working environment, within the creative field as I had previously worked in interior design on residential, commercial and embassy projects. 

I then joined as a volunteer at the Volunteer Centre in January 2016, where I assisted the flexible support programme, helping unemployed clients search for jobs and volunteering opportunities. To see a clients progression from gaining skills through volunteering to securing paid work has been a rewarding and satisfying experience.

I am now delighted to work with the core services team as a volunteer development administrator and look forward to many new and experiences here!

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Communications Officer

Emilia Wik

I’m Emilia, the new Communications Officer at the Volunteer Centre. With a background in brand building and digital marketing, I am passionate about sharing the incredible work we do here and spreading the message far and wide. I am driven by a genuine desire to make a difference and believe in the power of volunteering to create positive change in our community. By sharing our stories, I ensure that the impact of our work is heard and celebrated.

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Community Champions Health and Wellbeing Worker Apprentice

Lauren Sinclair

My name is Lauren and I am the Community Champions Health and Wellbeing Worker Apprentice.

I care deeply about what support, compassion and understanding look like in action and how this affects change for us all. Besides my role here at the Volunteer Centre, I’m currently training as a psychotherapist, enjoy volunteering in my free time and have previous experience working for the NHS women’s and children’s department.

Here at ths VCKC I feel I have landed back in the heart and soul of my community – this uplifts and grounds me as I work to support the individuals that live together within it. I feel incredibly fortunate to be working alongside such a kindhearted team who are so passionate about equality and creating change which has real, long lasting impact in the lives of others.

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Employment Support Officer

Ruth Daniel

Eager to be part of Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea as an Employment Support Officer, I offer a wide range of experience and a strong community growth drive. My background at Kensington & Chelsea Social Council involved personalized assistance, diversity awareness, and event planning. I served as a dedicated Community Consultant for the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council Steering Group, championing the Kensington and Chelsea Together program. My previous roles underline my dedication to supporting vulnerable residents, fundraising, and coordination. My goal is to empower individuals through Employment & volunteering by aligning interests with opportunities. I’m enthusiastic about my role as an Employment Support Officer and the contribution I can make.

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Market Ambassador Officer

Sristi Kumar

Passionate about making a positive impact in the non-profit sector, I serve as the Market Ambassadors Officer at Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea, London, since September 2023. With a strategic approach to volunteer management, I lead programs from recruitment to ongoing engagement. My commitment to community collaboration is evident through building strong relationships with stakeholders. Ensuring compliance through risk management and data reporting, I showcase the positive outcomes of our initiatives. Holding a master’s degree in Global Health and Policy from Queen Mary University of London, I bring a professional and results-oriented mindset to every endeavor. Eager to connect with like-minded individuals interested in volunteering and community development, I am dedicated to fostering positive change.

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Wellbeing Coach

Jaya Alvarez-Murray

Embarking on my journey with VCKC feels like riding the flow state wave! From my unconventional start in live broadcasting to discovering the joy of ‘Karma Yoga’ (volunteering) as a virtue in my Yogic lifestyle, my path unfolded organically.  My volunteering trajectory highlighted one of my key qualities: “empowering and connecting people” switching the light on for myself and others.

My passion for community well-being led me to leave my secure TV job to embark upon a freelance career and lifestyle change in holistic wellbeing and mental health consultation. Together with my then 4 year old, I co-created the Golborne Community Champion YouTube channel during lockdown, showcasing 45 recordings of storytelling and parent-baby yoga sessions. Straight out of lockdown I joined forces with the Notting Dale Community Champions Project here at VCKC, co-creating and facilitating projects as a Maternity/Community Champions Yoga facilitator. This experience led to an unexpected short and sweet opportunity to Project Coordinate the Notting Dale Community Champions project which gave me leverage to take up a role managing the Chelsea Theatre Community Champions project.  Chelsea Theatre was an opening for me to harness my community wellbeing engagement and consultation experience from North to South of the Borough.

Those who know me, know that I am a huge fan of affirmations and I believe that my positive affirmations manifested my return to VCKC.  Now I get to spread my proverbial wings in the Wellbeing team, where I’m ready to create new experiences in a familiar place. Let’s do this!

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Head Of Specialist Services

Amalia Loizidou

I joined the team in January 2024. As I was walking in to interview for this role I noticed the word “community” written on the pavement on a plaque. I am a big advocate of volunteering exactly for the central role it can play in bringing communities together and in delivering social change and I am really glad to have joined a team where community and volunteering is in the heart of all they do. 

I have worked in volunteer-supporting related roles since April 2018 in the NHS, a national health charity and another local volunteer centre. Previous to that I had a career gap where I personally benefitted from the work of volunteers – which inspired me to a career change from my original teaching job. 

In my free time, I volunteer in various projects in my free time and I am a Trustee in two charities supporting with volunteer management issues and as the Designated Safeguarding Officer. 

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Digital Project Lead

Ana Urbina

Since October 2023 I have been working at the Volunteer Centre, collaborating in different projects including coordinating volunteers at the Age UK Valentine’s Gala and supporting the Portobello Market Ambassador programme.

As the digital project lead, my main job is launching a new volunteering platform and ensuring that it is correctly and ethically capturing the data we need from our volunteers, clients, and partner organisations, so that we can offer better support and generate relevant stats about our work to learn and ensure sustainability of our programmes.

Being part of the Volunteer Centre has reminded me of the value of volunteering and how it helps people achieve a diverse range of positive outcomes and improve their wellbeing in many ways, while helping the wider community. I am very proud to be part of such a diverse and professional team that is always looking after each other and the clients’ best interests, and I am looking forward to continue learning with and from them.

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