Jane East

Chief Executive Officer

Jane East

Jane took up the position of CEO for Public Voice in September 2021. She brings nearly 20 years of senior leadership experience, most recently as the Managing Director of a small UK charity tackling isolation and loneliness through intergenerational friendships. She practised as a family and childcare social worker for a decade, and then worked in international development for, among others, Christian Aid and Amnesty International. 

Mike Wilson

Associate Director — Haringey Circle

Mike Wilson

Mike has worked in a number of senior management roles including, Director of Public Voice, Director of Regeneration for the NHS in London, Director of Housing and Social Services for a London Borough and Chief Executive of a Housing Action Trust. Most of his work experience has been in diverse, urban communities in London, with five years as housing manager in Glasgow.

Gary De Ferry

Associate Director — Regeneration

Gary worked for over 30 years in social housing, starting as a trainee and holding senior and executive posts in local government, the voluntary and private sectors. Since leaving his last post as the Chief Executive of a successful community based housing association, he has worked as a senior consultant specialising in resident involvement in housing and regeneration. Gary also holds senior voluntary posts with two charities.

Lva Simms

Office Manager

Lva Simms

Lva is responsible for day-to-day office management, healthand safety, HR, recruitment, policies and procedures, and provides the CEO and Board with administration and governance support. Lva is an Associate of CIPD, with over 26 years business administration experience and in particular within HR for the last 14 years. Lva has worked across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Previous roles have included Director of HR & Quality (at HAIL) and Co-ordinator of Administration (at The North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust).

Raks Patel

Research and Engagement Manager

Raks is responsible for our community engagement and outreach activities, ensuring the voices of Haringey residents, service users, and carers, are heard by the agencies responsible for planning and delivering public services in the borough. Engagement includes everything from meeting community groups and attending community events, to running focus groups and conducting surveys. Raks has a strong track record of engaging successfully with diverse hard to reach and seldom heard communities. She has previously worked as a manager in the NHS, the Civil Service, and the charity sector.

Eamonn England

Associate Communications Manager

Eamonn is responsible for all our communications and marketing activities, from our communications strategy, media relationships and company brand/project brands, through to project planning, business development, our website, social networks, and all our publicity materials. He is a highly experienced business, communications and marketing professional with a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has spent time working in local government, education, the voluntary and community sector, and as a consultant within the creative industries.

Paul Kramer

Haringey Circle Manager

Paul manages Haringey Circle, a membership service set up to connect and inspire over 50’s in Haringey. It provides activities and events to help over 50’s lead fulfilled lives and to reduce social isolation and loneliness. Paul has worked in the music industry for over 40 years in various guises and worked with Chickenshed Theatre before Public Voice.

Mary Blake

Volunteer Coordinator

Mary supports Public Voice’s team of volunteers working across all projects.  Previous roles were with Groundwork London’s volunteer Energy Champions programme, Energise London and Family Action. Earlier work was in waste prevention with Enfield Council and environmental campaigning for Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. Mary also works part-time for the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group and volunteers for a health charity helpline.

Alev Yilmaz

Engagement Officer

Alev works alongside the Research and Engagement Manager, supporting community engagement and outreach activities, with particular focus on hard to reach, seldom heard groups, and children and young people. Alev’s previous experience consists of project management and pastoral care roles in education, the NHS and the Charity sector.

Our Board

Sharon Grant OBE

Independent Chair

Sharon’s career has focused on both health and social care, and consumer representation. A former university senior lecturer in social policy, she was appointed Chair of Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health in 2002-2008, and then Chair of London Travelwatch 2008-2012. She currently serves as a consumer representative at the Food Standards Agency, as well as being a parliamentary adviser on health care. Sharon chaired the Haringey Citizen’s Advice Bureaux from 2007 to 2015, and is a trustee of the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, where she ran the office of the late Bernie Grant MP from 1987–2000, and was also an elected councillor.

Vernon Herbert

Vernon is a highly experienced Director with wide ranging professional and managerial experience in both the public and private sectors. He has a multi-disciplinary background with extensive experience of infrastructure planning and delivery as well as the broader aspects of urban planning and development, the environment, regeneration and management. Much of his career has been spent working in local government and, more recently, the NHS. He is also a Director of a small professional services and management consultancy, JVM. Previous roles have included Deputy Director of Environment and Planning at the City of Westminster, Director of Growth and Regeneration at Harlow and senior positions with the Amey Group, Interserve and Tribal Group. He began his career as a planning and transportation graduate trainee at the Greater London Council and is qualified as a town planner.

Gordon Peters

Gordon has had a career in health and social care over 42 years. He has lived in London, and mostly in Haringey, since the late 1960s. Gordon was a social worker, then taught social work and social policy, before being Director of Social Services in Hackney during the 1980s. He later worked for the Kings Fund on new policies of community care before spending some years as a health and social development consultant overseas. Throughout that time he has always been motivated by finding ways for the most vulnerable people to be actively engaged in the policies and practice of health and social care. He is particularly interested in how older people in Haringey, both the socially active and the isolated and the frail, can improve their health and wellbeing and maintain contact with the younger generations. Gordon currently chairs the Older Peoples Reference Group and is active in the Haringey Over 50’s Forum.

Laura Guest

Laura is a Masters qualified former Chief Executive who has worked across complex organisations from NHS commissioning and hospital Trusts to the Department of Health and also in the commercial sector, within London and nationally. Her experience includes leveraging in-depth commissioning expertise and strategic insights into legislative and government health and social policy trends to innovate solutions. She has expertise in constructing and validating high-level business cases that source and attract additional external funding; and creating long-term strategic relationships based on trust with partners and policy-makers to drive collaboration and growth. Laura is a regular speaker at national conferences and has collaborated on various publications.

Omar Ahmed

Omar is a senior manager with strategic, digital change/transformation, portfolio, programme and risk management skills within the media, oil/gas, financial services and banking arenas. He has a solid record of effecting change via leadership, creating high performance teams and cross company communications structures. He has worked in both public and private sector organisations, as well as hybrid organisations such as the 2012 London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG). Omar has worked for a number of national and multi-national organisations including the BBC and Sky as a project manager and transformation consultant and has a professional interest in privacy and data protection. He has a number of pro-bono directorships, and in addition to his degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering is a qualified management accountant.

Kevin Sheridan

Since July 2017, Kevin has been a freelance  community development and engagement consultant. Before this he was Director of Community Engagement in the Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD) at the University of East London (UEL), leading on community, public, user, patient and stakeholder engagement from 2006 to 2017. In the previous three decades Kevin worked variously as a researcher, media practitioner, and as a teacher at higher and adult levels. He has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning and an MSc in Computing Science.


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