Our Team

Michael Ashe
CEO

Michael Ashe

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Operations Manager

Liz Woodman

Louisa
Head of Wellbeing

Louisa

Ewa
Community Champions Project Manager

Ewa Kasjanowicz

Mohamud
Office Systems Coordinator

Mohamud

Jason
Insideout Co-ordinator

Jason Hudson

Angela
Volunteer Services Administrator

Angela Weir

Eunice
Communications Lead

Eunice Ackerson

Etty
Wellbeing Programme Officer

Etty Dunn–Howe

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Outreach Officer

Terry-Jackson Kabengele

Community Champions Project Coordinator

Jaya Alvarez-Murray

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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Operations Manager

Liz Woodman

I joined the Volunter Centre Kensington and Chelsea team in April 2022 as Operations Manager.

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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Head of Wellbeing

Louisa

I have always been a great believer in the power of interest, activity, social connection, colour, movement, nature, music and self-care to lift the spirits and help us to feel healthier, calmer and happier.

I have a background in criminal justice, education and organizing volunteers, and am passionate about equal opportunities and inclusiveness.

I am delighted to be working at the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea and get great satisfaction from seeing people develop their confidence and wellbeing – sometimes starting off in tears, then dipping their toes into volunteering tasters and activities, and finally spreading their wings and finding fulfilment.

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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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Volunteer Services Administrator

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 Lead

Eunice Ackerson

Having always been a creative person, a great deal of my professional life has been spent creating digital artwork, writing scripts, producing radio features, editing video and audio, writing content for social media channels and websites, and finding innovative ways to communicate information.

My love of all things creative led me to a study Journalism, Broadcast Radio, Film and Video Production at university. On completion, I embarked on a journey with the NHS that saw me organising events, managing projects, volunteers and work experience students, and creating a media presence for the trusts I worked for.

I began volunteering with the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea, alongside my freelance media work, and became a full-time member of staff six months later. My role is to lead on all communications for the charity, making sure the great work we do gets a well-deserved spotlight in the borough and beyond. It’s great helping to connect residents to local opportunities, helping them to realise their full potential through volunteering. 

As well as being the Communications Lead, I also manage Mini Comms, a programme that gives young people – from all backgrounds and abilities – the opportunity to gain digital media experience.

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Wellbeing Programme Officer

Etty Dunn–Howe

As the newest member of the Volunteer Centre team, I am excited to be part of this inclusive volunteering network. Before this position I organised showcase events and worked with The Red Cross and Student Action for Refugees to coordinate a weekly conversation class for Nottingham based Refugees.

I am passionate about empowering people through volunteering, finding projects for individual’s that improve their wellbeing through social connections and support. As wellbeing officer, I will work with you to find placements that are mindful of your interests and individual access requirements. Opening up opportunities and building new skills.

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Outreach Officer

Terry-Jackson Kabengele

I have always believed that helping the community you belong to is an assignment of all human beings. Having been active as an activist and volunteering as a campaigner, in 2019, I decided to join the Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea as a volunteer Careers Advisor, in order to keep on satisfying my beliefs. Two months later, I had an opportunity to work part-time as a Community Research Coordinator for 6 months fix-term, at the end of the contract, I applied for another role – Kensington and Chelsea Ambassador, I successfully got the job which led to my current position of Outreach Officer.

I currently manage two projects, Operation Cup of Tea and Kensington & Chelsea Ambassadors. I like both roles, as I enjoy talking, helping out, voicing, assisting, leading, and empowering. I have a fantastic group of volunteers who are loving, fun, enthusiastic and hardworking. I like the team spirit at VCKC, as the leadership of my colleagues has also facilitated me to achieve my goals. I have so much pride in my job because it means I am helping to empower my community.

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Community Champions Project Coordinator

Jaya Alvarez-Murray

I joined VCKC in March 2022.

Post uni my career began in BSkyB, a live News and Sport television broadcasting company, and also worked on some local radio stations with RSL. The funny thing is I didn’t know much about Sport and I wasn’t enthusiastic about commercial sport and news, so I was doing that thing “faking it until I made it” for a few years, not a recommendable course of action by any means!

I was saved by the bell when I decided to take up a work initiative where you could use work hours to volunteer, I loved it and realised that I wanted to volunteer more than doing my paid shift worker job! My volunteering trajectory highlighted one of my key qualities: “empowering and connecting people” switching the light on for myself and others.

Trusting my intuition, I eventually left my “secure” tv job and gradually embarked on a freelance career and lifestyle change in holistic wellbeing/mental health consultation. Over a 4 year period I volunteered on various wellbeing community activities and events with the Maternity/Community champions project.

The Maternity/ Community Champions project was a privilege, allowing me to build valued and significant relationships, coordinate and provide consultation for several high-quality community focused wellbeing events. Now I get to work with the” A team” at the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea as a Community Champions project Coordinator. I feel appreciated here and that is a priceless feeling.

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