Meet the Team

Inclusion Barnet relies on the hard work of our passionate, talented staff, trustees and volunteers.

Kyle Phillips

Kyle Phillips

Welfare Benefits Adviser
About

Kyle joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2019 because he believes that his lived experience can be put to good use in supporting other people to achieve their goals. Before joining, he worked in the sight loss sector where he developed a passion for championing the rights of disabled people and making society more accessible and inclusive.

Caroline Collier

Caroline Collier

Chief Executive Officer
About

Caroline joined Barnet Centre for Independent Living in November 2010.

She supported its board to create Inclusion Barnet as a new charity run for and by Deaf and Disabled People, which started delivering services in 2016.

She has previously worked as a librarian, and as a writer and editor, and enjoys using all the skills acquired in different roles to deliver user led services for disabled people.

Daniella Tramontano

Daniella Tramontano

Library Officer
About

Daniela Tramontano manages shifts at both East Barnet and South Friern Public Libraries, having started as one of the very first volunteers when Inclusion Barnet went into partnership with Barnet Libraries in April 2017.

Daniela is originally from Naples, Italy, where she graduated in Japanese Literature, before living for many years in Japan, where she taught Italian, including on a regular TV slot.

Emma Hatfield

Emma Hatfield

Communications Officer - Barnet Together
About

Emma Hatfield joined Inclusion Barnet as a volunteer in 2011 before becoming the office coordinator.

Emma previously worked in book publishing but after receiving some fantastic assistance while being ill she decided she wanted to help others on their journey to recovery.

She believes the right kind of support can have a positive impact on people’s lives and is dedicated to ensuring everyone gets the help they need.

Michelle Burke

Michelle Burke

Volunteer Coordinator - Touchpoint
About

Michelle joined Inclusion Barnet in August 2016, having worked in the disability sector for 20 years.

For the past 10 years she has worked for Disabled People’s Organisations and the voluntary sector in various roles, mainly with people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties.

Michelle also has personal experience of disability and is a parent carer.

She chose to work for Inclusion Barnet as a committed advocate for the rights of disabled people who often face unnecessary discrimination and lack of support.

Nick Black

Nick Black

Library Manager
About

Nick joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2017 when they went into partnership with Barnet Libraries to run both South Friern and East Barnet public libraries.

Prior to this, he worked for many years at Barnet & Southgate College, delivering beginners IT classes in several Barnet library branches.

Nick is a fervent supporter of public libraries and was excited to join Inclusion Barnet in their venture to maintain and extend the inclusive, life enriching services they offer.

Nitish Lakhman

Nitish Lakhman

Project Lead - Trust Wide Enablement Partnership
About

Nitish joined Inclusion Barnet in January 2019. Nitish has worked for both local and national charities throughout his career enabling people to reach their full potential. He is passionate about giving people the tools they need to recovery from mental health and a voice to input their views on the design, delivery and evaluation of services.

Patricia Salem

Patricia Salem

Administration Assistant
About

Patricia joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2018. She has a background in teaching at Primary level working with children special educational needs.

Patricia spent a few years working on her recovery after experiencing a stroke and has now found a great and welcoming place to work.

Rebecca Sare

Rebecca Sare

Head of Services
About

Rebecca joined Inclusion Barnet when Barnet Voice for Mental Health became part of the charity in October 2017.

Rebecca worked in advertising before deciding she wanted to put her lived experience of mental health difficulties to better use.

She is passionate about the power of peer support and developing a greater understanding of what makes peer support effective.

Hannah Palmer

Hannah Palmer

Safe Places Worker
About

I joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2019. I have done various volunteering positions for 15 years. 13 years with St John Ambulance as a first aider and 1 year with age UK Barnet and 18 months with Willow foundation charity shop. I also have worked as a support worker/Health care assistant for 2-3 years. I also worked in Waitrose as a cashier for almost 10 years. I enjoy working at inclusion Barnet for the buddy system they have in place for projects as well as ensuring people get the support they need when they need it.

Anita Kanani

Anita Kanani

Touchpoint Worker
About

Anita joined the Touchpoint team as a peer worker at Inclusion Barnet in September 2018. She has experience in working with a range of different groups with different vulnerabilities, including refugees and asylum seekers, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and older people as a floating support worker and scheme manager. She wanted to join a team that delivers peer support and sees this as an opportunity to deliver a responsive service that meets the needs of disabled people in Barnet.

Melissa Shaw

Melissa Shaw

Touchpoint Worker
About

Melissa joined Inclusion Barnet in October 2018 to join the Touchpoint team. Melissa has been working with vulnerable people since 2008 in a range of different needs and settings, including hostel work, independent living and community crisis and intervention support. Melissa has experienced how effective and unique lived experience can be combined with supporting people and wanted to work in an environment that not only shares the same outlook but continues to develop peer support.

Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown

Operations Coordinator
About

Jenny joined Inclusion Barnet in November 2018 to support the community development contract and administration team. She has worked with deaf and disabled adults and children for over ten years although she completed her degree in sound engineering. After studying Jenny realised she missed supporting people and organisations to achieve their goals and tell their stories while promoting the power of lived experience.

Helen Phillips-Batman

Helen Phillips-Batman

Trustee
About

Biography coming soon!

Geraldine Yenwo

Geraldine Yenwo

Trustee
About

Geraldine studied law, specialising in English private law, and subsequently a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at Heriot Wyatt University.

She is the co-founder of CAME Women and Girls Development organisation, which campaigns against gender-based violence and a member of the Commonwealth Country League Education Fund for Girls.

Phillip Rackham

Phillip Rackham

Trustee
About

Phillip has previous experience of working with Disability Action in Barnet (DAB) and Peoples’ Choice.

He has first-hand knowledge of the way in which independent living can transform lives.

Born with cerebral palsy, Phillip worked as a carer until he married and his wife, a wheelchair user, needed his full time care. Following an accident, Phillip now has the assistance of a carer himself and so has an understanding of caring from both perspectives.

Michael Nolan

Michael Nolan

Trustee
About

Michael taught for 30 years, including 17 years as the Headteacher of a primary school where he was responsible for managing 10 teachers, about 20 ancillary staff and 240 children aged 4 -11 years.

He has a Certificate of Education, B.A, Social Studies and M.A. Applied Theology (merit), and his skills include teaching, management, human resources and finance.

Maria Nash

Maria Nash

Trustee
About

Maria started her working life at Standard Bank’s Accounts Department at the Head Office, Johannesburg/Gauteng, before being headhunted by Western Bank’s Head Office as the Assistant Accountant for the Chief Accountant.

A veteran campaigner for social change, she is Vice Chair and Treasurer of Barnet’s Family Carers Forum, Chair of Barnet’s Wheelchair User Group and a Committee Member of many other organisations.

Nailya Jiminez

Nailya Jiminez

Trustee
About

Nailya took two diplomas in accountancy, firstly in Russia and secondly studying at Bedford College and Bedford University.

She also obtained a Certificate in mentoring at the Luton Training Centre.

She has extensive experience as an accountant, working previously in Russia at trading companies, at an independent pension fund and in a factory.

Nailya has also volunteered at the Bedford Credit Union for more than 8 years and as a social visitor at the Yarlswoods’ Immigration Removal Detention Centre in Bedfordshire for 7 years.

Paul Hawkins

Paul Hawkins

Trustee
About

Paul is the Festival Project Manager for Attitude is Everything, a charity that improves access to live music.

His role involves training, advice and consultancy services around access for festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading, Leeds and T in the Park.

He was previously the Advice and Advocacy Manager for Barnet Centre of Independent Living and has more than ten years of additional experience in the NHS, Public and charity sectors.

Sunethra Goonewardene

Sunethra Goonewardene

Trustee
About

Sunethra is a teacher and the Chair of Barnet Borough Sight Impaired forum.

She holds an MPhil from Brunel University where her topic of study was ‘The Demand and Availability of Counselling for People with a Visual Impairment.’

Paul Baldwin

Paul Baldwin

Chair
About

Paul studied interior design at the London College of Furniture, working for RNLI designing and building exhibition stands and window displays for fundraising and publicity purposes.

He went on to study for a BA in art and social science but the progress of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms rendered him unable to complete the final year.

He then developed a second career working with the local authority to develop a user-led organisation in Barnet, collaborating at a strategic level on projects such as the Right to Control Trailblazer.

He received a Civic Award for this contribution.

Chelsie Quist

Chelsie Quist

About

I started volunteering for Inclusion Barnet in December 2017. I am also a warehouse volunteer at City Harvest in Ealing and enjoy reading. I chose to volunteer for Inclusion Barnet because I was keen to learn about managing information and technologies in a library setting.

Raffaella Argiulo

Raffaella Argiulo

About

I started volunteering at South Friern Library in October 2018. I am a lawyer in Italy. Since coming to London, I have volunteered at the Oxfam bookshop in Muswell Hill and the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. I think it is important to do something to help the community.

Raj Krishnian

Raj Krishnian

About

I volunteered at South Friern Library for a year after graduating then went on to full-time employment at a Royal Medical College. I love volunteering at the library however, and do occasional shifts when I can.

Cafer Cakmak

Cafer Cakmak

About

I started volunteering at East Barnet Library in January 2018. I have completed college in Turkey before moving to the UK. I then finished various ESOL classes and have my level 2 qualification. I enjoy reading books and discovering my local area by walking with my wife. I also enjoy gardening. I enjoy reading books and visiting the library. I also think volunteering in the library helps my improve my English and communication.

Liane Bishop

Liane Bishop

About

I started volunteering at East Barnet Library in July 2018. I retired a couple of years ago and spent much of that time improving my garden and researching my family history. I also volunteer as a London Ambassador, helping tourists in London. I believe libraries are an important part of the community. East Barnet Library is a friendly place and we do our best to help our users.

Chris Ross

Chris Ross

About

I started volunteering at East Barnet Library about 18 months ago. I enjoy watching football with friends, have a few beers and playing the occasional game of golf.

Shulba Shah

Shulba Shah

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Paul Bott

Paul Bott

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Ejder Raif

Ejder Raif

Volunteer
About

Ejder has been volunteering with Inclusion Barnet since April 2017 when he started helping out at South Friern and East Barnet libraries. He now also enjoys helping out with Barnet Giving and expertly supports our volunteer fundraising project. Ejder has slight Asperger’s syndrome and likes to use his own personal experiences to assist others.

Ed Peston

Ed Peston

Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!