Meet VCTH trustees

Alice Sims trustee Alice Sims - Chair
Alice joined the Board of Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets in 2017. Alice currently works as an Education Officer for Amnesty International UK where she manages a programme of volunteers who deliver human rights education across the UK. She volunteers for Hackney Pirates, supporting young people with reading and writing, and is also involved at a grassroots level with initiatives to welcome refugees to Camden and the UK.
Picture of Ana, on a white background, looking at the camera and smilingAna Svab - Trustee
Ana has been volunteering and working in the charity sector since high school. She currently works as the Corporate Responsibility Advisor at Sodexo, with a specific focus on employer-supported volunteering. Ana is also a Governor at a local Tower Hamlets primary school, sharing the energy and enthusiasm with like-minded people and working to improve the life-chances of young people in the area.
Alison White, trustee, Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets
Alison White - Trustee
Alison joined the Board in January 2019. She was a London Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics, has set up and run children’s and youth groups and volunteered for Citizens Advice for 12 years. Alison's experience there led to her decision to study with the Open University. Since graduating in 2015 she has worked for a housing association and is now a Regeneration Officer on the Isle of Dogs.
Silhouette pictureGemma Roye - Vice Chair
Gemma has volunteered in Brazil and Gambia, working with homeless children. Gemma was born and raised in Tower Hamlets and feels a special connection to the borough. She participated in VCTH’s trustee matching programme and joined our Board of Trustees, as well as the board of another local charity. Gemma currently works in Kensington and Chelsea with adults with severe mental health conditions.
Karin Maschler trusteeKarin Maschler
Karin joined the Board in January 2019. She has volunteered in many different roles over time including helping to recruit the London Ambassadors for the 2012 Olympics. Karin also worked on student-led projects benefitting the community in Tower Hamlets while part of the organisation Enactus at university. Karin works as an investment professional.
patrick smiling, looking at the camer. he wears a tie and a suit.Patrick McKenna - Treasurer - Trustee
Patrick moved to London in August 2014 from Northern Ireland following graduation. He volunteered through various student programmes before completing the trustee training course hosted by the Volunteer Centre in September 2015; he subsequently joined the board shortly after. Patrick works in investment management and is studying towards the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation.
Terri looking at the camera and smilingTerri Calbraith - Trustee
Terri joined the Board of VCTH in May 2013. She manages volunteers at Spotlight. She has experience managing a charity shop, an arts and craft workshop, a volunteer programme, and two children’s after school clubs. She also has experience in mentoring, befriending and facilitating youth led projects. Terri lived in Thailand for two years, first as a volunteer English teacher and secondly as a Thai language student.

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