VAC is managed by a Board of Trustee which is elected annually. Members of the Board of Trustees are nominated by VAC Members in accordance with the requirements of the Memorandum and Article of Association (our governing document).
Julie Christie-Webb was elected (Chair) of the Board of Trustees in 2018 and a trustee since 2006. She is an experienced and skilled senior manager having held positions in the small and medium sized voluntary sector specialising in community development, ending violence against women and girls and mental health including her time as Director of Camden’s Women+Health from 2005-07. In recent years, Julie has specialised in charity fundraising with a focus on trust income, corporate partnerships and philanthropy and major donor giving. She is a Camden resident and is committed to the success of VAC and wider voluntary and community sector as agents of positive change enabling a just and equitable society on our doorstep in Camden and beyond.
Gaynor Humphreys (Vice -Chair ) had a long career in the voluntary sector, focusing on developing and running associations and networks, nationally and internationally, and the promotion of philanthropy and effective funding for the sector. Camden has been her home for over 30 years. She loves its diversity and energy and history but is active in challenging its poverty and inequality, including through membership of VAC’s board. VAC’s role of supporting robust and sustainable voluntary and community groups is an important part of building stronger, supportive communities.
Cassandra Austen (Treasurer) is a financial professional working for an economic consultancy firm in London. Before becoming a consultant, Cassandra worked for six years across the finance industry in the UK and Australia. She is passionate about volunteering, social enterprises and the role of sustainable finance in social policy. Cassandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) with majors in Finance, Economics and Financial Mathematics from the University of Sydney.
Hilary Barnard’s main interest as a trustee is in the long-term direction for VAC and the benefits VAC can deliver to smaller charities and community organisations. Hilary is an organisational consultant specialising in strategic and business planning, governance and organisational development. He has carried out many projects for the Lloyds Bank Foundation Enhance programme, and has given consultancy support in every sub sector of the voluntary sector. Hilary is also a Camden resident.
Kathy Elliott recently retired from her work in the NHS and public health and is now enjoying using her skills and experience in new ways. She is active in the UK Public Health Register, an independent, dedicated regulator for public health professionals in the United Kingdom. She recognises the importance of voluntary and community organisations, and people themselves, to improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities. Like so many others, she has gotten to know her neighbourhood better as everyone has helped each other during the pandemic. She is pleased to be bringing her experience of health, partnerships and leading public sector organisations to her role as a VAC trustee.
Chikwaba Oduka is the African Health Forum Lead on Ageing Better in Camden (a Partnership of 7 BAME organisations). Also a qualified counsellor and therapist, she has over 10 years’ experience supporting individuals and families and is committed to delivering client-centred support that empowers individuals to self-actualise. Being a VAC Board member is a two – way street. She will be expanding her skillset and network within the field whilst bringing her experience, expertise and knowledge, especially on Black African communities. She will work towards promoting collaborations with other diverse groups to improve and for better chances of sustainability.
Tim Holt is a strategic marketing and communications leader with over 15 years’ experience and works for VisitBritain, the national tourist board. He heads up the marketing department and leads on brand development, marketing effectiveness and delivering global campaigns to entice the world to visit Britain. He has a passion for creativity and enjoys solving complex problems (with help from others!). He joined the board of trustees a year ago to help Voluntary Action Camden develop their communications and branding approach. Voluntary Action Camden do amazing work in the community and he believes this story needs to be told often and consistently to ensure Voluntary Action Camden gets the support and recognition it deserves. When he is not working he enjoys football, running and keeping his kids off their screens.
Arvinda Gohil is Chief Executive of Central YMCA, the first ever YMCA set up in 1844. Arvinda has worked in the not for profit sector all her working life, including Chief Executive of Community Links and Emmaus UK. Prior to this, she ran her own consultancy for five years, specialising in governance, leadership and equality.
Arvinda is passionate about bringing equity for and with people and is a collaborative leader looking to bring about systemic change where communities and individuals have been failed by those in power and those that distribute resources. She is passionate about place-based approaches where communities are given the opportunity to create environments that work for them.
Tricia Richards has over 19 years’ experience working within the voluntary sector in Camden and became CEO of Castlehaven Community Association (CCA) in May 2019. She has created, managed and delivered a plethora of community-based projects and has set up and lead many partnership projects with national & local charities, businesses and schools/collages. Tricia has worked and managed over 60 international internships and has experience in recruitment of a multitude of roles. Tricia is the vice chair of the IAG Camden board, a trustee of Camden Community Centres Consortium (C4) and a rep for C4 on the Ageing Better in Camden Strategic Board. Tricia’s interest in becoming a trustee of VAC is purely based on sharing her knowledge, experience and finding out more about the voluntary sector in Camden, whilst supporting staff & volunteers who work within VAC.
Harry George is a social entrepreneur with a track record building profitable businesses that deliver impact and outcomes for a variety of disadvantaged groups including people with disabilities, refugees, the homeless, and young offenders. He owns and operates hidden coffee on Camden Road, where many of these groups are supported.As a Camden local with deep roots in the area, he is keen to engage with isolated communities within the borough and provide his own network and knowledge to the board. He is humbled to be involved in a storied organisation like Voluntary Action Camden and hopes to channel his own skills into community outcomes whilst learning from the talented team.
VAC also has two observers: Cllr Richard Cotton and Cllr Nash Ali
Would you like to join our Board of Trustees?
If you feel you have something to offer VAC as a Trustee then we would love to hear from you. The Board of Trustees are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and you must be a VAC Member to stand. The Board have powers to co opt members between AGMs.
To find out more in the first instance contact Kevin Nunan, Executive Director, for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org