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Meet our trustees

Meet our Management Committee

We have nine Trustees on our Management Committee.

Eileen Bellot 
appointed 12.3.08

Eileen Bellot has worked in the borough for over 15 years as an educator and curriculum developer. She has worked as an Art and Design lecturer at Hackney Community College and as College Coordinator at Perpetual Beauty Carnival College, before going on to co-found Hands Inc.

Eileen is now the Operational Manager of Hands Inc., an organisation which inspires health and wellbeing for individuals and organisations and helps to increase access to complementary therapies and wellbeing activities.


Caroline Buckley

Caroline Buckley is the founder of Family First Aid, delivering bespoke first aid workshops to families, charities and organisations across East London. She has worked in the charity sector for over twenty years. Caroline is passionate about ensuring communities have access to first aid knowledge with the confidence to use it to help others if required, also giving young people and disadvantaged groups a voice, ensuring they have equal access to all services and opportunities.

Working with organisations such as St John Ambulance and The National Autistic Society Caroline is experienced in training, project management, youth development, social inclusion and community engagement. In her spare time Caroline enjoys spending time with her family, reading and music.



Dominic Ellison
appointed 13.12.11

Dominic Ellison is the Managing Director at Hackney Co-operative Developments CIC, a development agency which supports new and developing co-operatives, as well as social enterprises, charities and small businesses.He is also a Director of London Co-op Development, a Director of Co-operatives London, and a Director of the Vortex Jazz Club which is based in Dalston Culture House. 


Pam Frost
appointed 11.6.09

Pam Frost works with Peter Bedford Housing Association. PBHA works in Islington and Hackney alongside people who have faced long term exclusion from society through homelessness, mental health problems, learning difficulties or multiple needs.   



Lisa Hashemi
appointed 16.7.14
Lisa Hashemi is a Fast Stream Trainee in the Civil Service. She has worked on a wide range of policy areas including youth skills, welfare benefits, social value and early intervention.

Before joining the public sector, Lisa worked as Programme Manager for the Ariadne Network which connects social change funders across 20+ different countries. She also gained work experience in Turkey with a number of human rights and conflict resolution NGOs.


Charles Middleton
appointed 29.4.15

Vice Chair & Treasurer

Charles Middleton is the Head of Tax at The British Land Company PLC, a FTSE 100 company who manage, develop and finance a portfolio of high quality properties valued at around £18bn. Charles is a dynamic and highly motivated individual. As well as having strong analytical skills he is good at building and developing relationships with both internal and external stakeholders. He is hard working, but looks to make work enjoyable and is able to interact with people of all levels. This was demonstrated by being awarded the “Employee of the Year” in 2014.

Caroline Nelson
appointed 29.4.15

Caroline Nelson is the Director of CHOICE in HACKNEY (CHOICE), which is a well-established disabled people’s user-led organisation of 23-years. Initially, Caroline was a disability rights advocate, championing the rights of disabled people. Later, she became the Director of the CHOICE team.

CHOICE offers independent living services to disabled Londoners aged 18+. Caroline herself is a disabled person and was a Braille lecturer at Hackney Community College. As a disability rights activist, she sat on the Board of Inclusion London - a pan London Deaf and disability equality organisation. Her passion for advocating on disability related issues led to her receiving two awards, the Afiya Trust Award, and the Community Champions Award which was part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.



Breda Spillane

Chair of Board of Trustees

Breda Spillane is an architect, with a personal interest in age-friendly architecture and lifetime design, which led her to working with care and support organisations in Hackney for over 6 years. While working as a support worker to older people, she completed her MSc. in Ageing and Society from Kings College London, after which she co-founded Making Room.

Breda is the project lead for Making Room, a Hackney based service that works with adults across London who have hoarding behaviours. 


Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson has worked in the voluntary sector for many years, both at an international level with development agency VSO, and more recently at UK-based Shaw Trust, an organisation supporting disabled and disadvantaged people to find and sustain employment and enjoy independent living. Having lived just over the border in Tower Hamlets for nearly 10 years, Hannah enjoys the music, food and culture of East London and is a keen runner.


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