Alex Nelson - Voluntary Sector Children and Youth Forum Coordinator
Alex has previously worked as an Area Manager with School-Home Support in Tower Hamlets, and as a class teacher in primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Alex volunteered in Bangladesh for 9 months with the Church of Bangladesh’s Education Department developing resources and teacher training. Alex volunteers with a homeless organisation.
Catherine Bavage - Chief Executive
Catherine has managed the Volunteer Centre since 2000. She previously managed a practical support service within a national HIV/AIDS charity. She has a post-grad qualification in Managing the Non-profit Sector. Catherine has volunteered throughout her adult life as a student representative, as an appropriate adult supporting young offenders and as a Trustee.
Evelyn, smiling on a sunny day, wearing glasses and a blue top
Evelyn Rodrigues - Training and Best Practice Manager
Evelyn delivers monthly training sessions and bespoke 1-1 advice to local organisations, supporting them to involve volunteers effectively, safely so it benefits organisations and volunteers. Previously she worked at VSO on a variety of volunteering related roles, including managing a training and advice programme for small diaspora organisations. She volunteers in an older people’s group, leading cooking activities.
Peppe Rella - Communications Coordinator
Peppe has worked with the Volunteer Centre since August 2008. He started as a volunteer with Community Organisations Forum in 2006 and moved to a paid position after 6 months. He was an intern with the Institute for Public Policy Research and has an MA in Communications Policy and Telecom Regulation. He volunteered at the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Zahanar Begum - Administrator and Brokerage Advisor
Zahanar helps local residents find suitable placements. She approves online applications on our database called VC Connect. She helps organise training sessions and Networking events for Volunteer Managers. She also works with Volunteer-Involving organisations in promoting their opportunities to people. Zahanar has worked with children and young people with behavioural problems and learning difficulties. She studied A Level in Law and Business Studies at College.

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