Ruth Tosha Mulandi (part-time)
Emma Hatfield, Comms & Volunteering Co-ordinator (Tues & Wed)
Toby Blume is the Chair of our 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.
is formed of our Chair, the Inclusion Barnet CEO Caroline Collier, the CommUNITY Barnet CEO Julie Pal, CommUNITY Barnet Trustee Michael Lassman and Inclusion Barnet trustee Nailya Jiminez.
The 2016-17 Advisory Panel
Trisha Gay 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. 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 at 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 20 years teaching adults with learning difficulties at Barnet College. She set up Bravo at the Bull Theatre for adults with learning difficulties, now run by Barnet Mencap. Pina is passionate about the quality of community life, supports community projects by Churches Together and organises community breakfasts. 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. ”
Berhanu Kassayie PhD has over thirteen years’ senior management experience in the third sector in strategic project development, policy research, organisational development and management, and has led 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. He is also a Senior Lecturer in development economics with interest in political economy of development in Africa.
As a long-term Barnet resident, Barnet Giving was his way of giving back to his local community, by contributing his extensive sector expertise.
Michael Lassman 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 on which successful working communities are built. This conviction has influenced his work as a diversity practitioner. Following work with disability and youth charities, he set up Equality Edge in 2006 as a response to the ongoing problems in the workplace of inequality, discrimination and harassment. As co-founder of Communities Online, Michael helps people and organisations achieve improved communication, transferring their face-to-face networking skills into their chosen online platform. He is the chair of The Federation of Small Businesses’ North London branch.
Dave Price 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 worked as a Senior Associate Pastor at Trinity Church London and he was part of the local Christian Against Poverty money and debt advice programme before moving from Barnet to High Wycombe. He runs his own personal training company DP Coaching.