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 helped to establish Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets in 2008. She has a post-graduate qualification in Managing the Non-profit Sector, and has always worked in the voluntary and community sector, including for a national HIV/AIDS charity, and a youth education organisation. Catherine has volunteered in a number of roles; as an appropriate adult supporting young offenders in custody, as a trustee, and during the COVID-19 pandemic she has helped as a Vaccination Site Marshal.
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.
Krithika Volunteer Advisor in Tower HamletsKrithika Subramanian - Volunteering Advisor
Krithika started volunteering in 2012 post her relocation to the UK which motivated her to pursue a career in the voluntary sector. She has worked previously in Volunteer Centres supporting people to get involved in volunteering as well as delivered several bespoke projects. She also works in a mental health charity coordinating the volunteering programme. Krithika volunteered for a community conservation group in Hackney in 2019.
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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