Toby Blume Chair of Barnet Giving Steering Committee and Advisory Panel
Toby has over 20 years’ experience in the not for profit sector, particularly supporting excluded communities to achieve positive social change. His work has included influencing public policy, community engagement and self-help, grant-making and developing innovative ways for marginalised communities to have influence over decisions that affect them. He ran two national charities – Groundswell UK and Urban Forum – for over 15 years, before leaving to set up a new free school in East Finchley, the Archer Academy. He now runs Social Engine, an agency helping public and not-for-profit organisations improve their impact by working differently.
Toby’s grant making includes supporting projects run by homeless people and user involvement initiatives, a small grants scheme for youth projects and establishing the Travellers Aid Trust, where he served as a trustee of the Travellers Aid Trust from 2000-2015. From 2003-2008 he was a Trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), the membership body for independent grant making trusts. He has worked with a number of grant making trusts including Comic Relief, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Big Lottery Fund and City Bridge Trust, supporting strategic development, project delivery and using social media.
Caroline Collier Chief Executive Officer, Inclusion Barnet
Caroline read English Literature at university before working in special libraries (petrochemicals and then construction) and qualifying as a Chartered Librarian in 2003. She then spent several years as a writer and editor specialising in the construction industry, before her own experience with disability prompted a change in career. She joined BCIL as a service manager in 2010 and was appointed CEO the following year.
Julie Pal CEO, Community Barnet
Julie was appointed chief Executive Officer of CommUNITY Barnet in early 2013 after 10 years of working for the London Borough of Barnet. There, she managed and oversaw the Third Sector Commissioning team, engaging and liaising closely with the charity and community sector. .
Julie champions the strengths and expertise of the charity and community sector and sees it as key to a successful economic, civic and social society. She said: “The voluntary sector is in the best possible place to directly deliver services that big, statutory organisations are not able to.
“Often the people delivering the services are local people themselves and therefore have a much greater understanding of the impact of their services. This is a key strength of the sector.”
Part of Julie’s role is to represent and advocate for Barnet’s community and charity sector. As such, she is a member of [strategic forums in Barnet some of which includes liaison with the private sector].
Julie recognises the increasing constraints on funding in recent years; the sector has gone from being, once well-resourced, to having to change the way it delivers public services.
Trisha was born and raised for the first 12 years of her life in Burnt Oak. She then moved on to the Dollis Valley Estate in Barnet around 1971, where she was Head Girl at Ravenscroft School..
Trisha worked in a variety of businesses, including merchant banks and property companies which taught her an invaluable life skill – how to engage with people at all levels.
In 1996 Trisha became a Magistrate on the Barnet and Hendon bench for both the adult and the youth court. She is an active volunteer, being Team Leader at Chipping Barnet foodbank, at Make Lunch, and with Art against Knives at the Rainbow Centre on the Dollis Valley Way. Trisha runs a current affairs class for Barnet U3A and in September 2015, organised their seminar on food poverty.
Trisha was attracted to Barnet Giving’s ethos, giving to the community in which she grew up really appealed to her.
Pina has extensive teaching experience which she found highly rewarding and stimulating. She worked in inner London state schools, as Head of Physical Education and Head of Personal, Social and Health Education. She was involved in mentoring young adolescents who were demotivated and presented challenging behaviour. Pina then worked as a course leader for twenty years teaching adults with learning difficulties at Barnet College. She set up [insert name of the theatre] at the Bull Theatre for adults with learning difficulties which is now to be part of Mencap. It’s a wonderful entertainment facility and allows all local people to enjoy a range of shows at a fraction of the cost in central London. Pina is passionate about the quality of community life. She said, ”Everyone deserves to have a clean and healthy environment with good local facilities. Everyone need to engender social as well as personal responsibility. ” Pina has worked with local Churches ranging from the Make Lunch programme for low income families, to engagement with the Rail Pastor team which patrols train stations helping to prevent suicides. She organises local ‘Community Breakfasts’ networking and showcasing events for local people involved in community support. Pina’s belief is that unless a community looks after itself, the result will be homelessness, isolation and depression amongst its population.
Berhanu Kassayie PhD.
Berhanu is a senior manager with over thirteen years’ experience in the third sector in strategic project development, policy research, organisational development and management, for both the charity sector and with Community Interest Companies.
In addition to developing in-house capacity, he has led substantial internal and commissioned external applied research and consultancy projects focusing on policy and service development issues affecting disadvantaged communities.
With an MA in Political Economy, MSc in Marketing management and PhD in Development Policy studies, Berhanu has also been a member of regional and national policy scrutiny panels and consultative networks. He is also a Senior Lecturer in development economics with interest in political economy of development in Africa.
Berhanu is a Non Executive Director Intern with North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and a Trustee for Action Ethiopia – a sustainable development NGO supporting initiatives in Ethiopia.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience following an equality and diversity agenda, honing his skills at developing connections with, and between people. He works to enable improved communication, which is the foundation upon which successful working communities are built, both offline and online. Michael demands of himself the absolute belief that everyone has something to offer and that each person’s role is invaluable. This conviction has influenced his work as a diversity practitioner, for which he is driven by a sense of fairness and equality for society at large and within the workplace, helping to develop and strengthening teams and to heal difficult or dysfunctional relationships.
Supporting the growth of online communities is a passion, which has led him to become a serious blogger, an effective user of many social media platforms and an established LinkedIn trainer and strategist. Michael set up Equality Edge in 2006 as a response to the ongoing problems in the workplace of inequality, discrimination and harassment. He enables people to see the position of ‘the other’ in disputes and conflicts. As co-founder of Communities Online, Michael works with clients to help them achieve improved communication, transferring their face-to-face networking skills into their chosen online platform. The two areas of his work, diversity and online communication are closely connected in their execution and outcome; they both result in improved contact between people and, in organisations, improved performance, productivity and bottom-line success.
Dave is incredibly passionate about seeing communities strengthen and flourishing. He has been involved in a number of projects that have served the communities of Barnet including the Christmas Lunch on Jesus food program, The Novo Centre Boxing Club, Fitness and Mentoring for Youth and the Saracens Community Carol Service to name a few. Dave works as a Senior Associate Pastor at Trinity Church London and runs his own personal training company DP Coaching and he is part of the external assessors’ team for the Metropolitan Police.
Ken Gibson Development Worker, Barnet Giving
Ken joined Inclusion Barnet in December 2015, as part-time Development Worker for Barnet Giving. His role is to fundraise and generate support from local residents, employers, workers and community groups. He will also help local charities to fundraise. Ken’s prior career has been in senior marketing positions within information providers such as Thomson Reuters and the Financial Times. For eight years he has also provided freelance marketing consultancy to publishers, professional bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Outside work, Ken has recently completed an Open University degree, enjoys travel, music, reading and performs with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
Selina Rodrigues Head of Strategic Development, Community Barnet
Selina is Head of Strategic Development at CommUNITY Barnet and is responsible for building skills, capability and competency of community organisations and identifying new opportunities and partnerships. Selina’s previous roles include Head of Healthwatch Barnet, funding a range of multi-million pound grant programmes and performance management at Big Lottery Fund, social policy development with Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau, and project managing young people’s initiatives at vinspired. Selina is passionate about all communities participating in and leading local activity and services, particularly those that are seldom heard. For Barnet Giving, she has lead responsibility for grants development and community engagement.