Meet the Team

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

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.

Rebecca Sare

Rebecca Sare

Deputy CEO
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.

Nitish Lakhman

Nitish Lakhman

Healthwatch Barnet Manager
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

Administrator
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.

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 New 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.

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.

Melissa Shaw

Melissa Shaw

Development Worker
About

Melissa joined Inclusion Barnet in October 2018 to join the Touchpoint team and in May 2021 moved over to a development worker role.

She has previous experience in various support roles including hostel work, independent living and community crisis and intervention support.

Melissa is passionate about the power of lived experience and about creating more welcomed spaces so that we can hear the voices of so many more.

Judi Dumont-Barter

Judi Dumont-Barter

Voluntary and Community Sector Representation Lead

Judi started with Inclusion Barnet in May 2021, having worked as an Event Manager for the past 6 years with a personal development charity with bases around the world.

In 2013-14 Judi worked within the Barnet VCS infrastructure organisation as a Membership Officer, so comes with some knowledge of the borough.

She has worked in mental health and education for the previous 20 years, starting in 1992 with the first Mental Health User Empowerment Project in Ealing, which went on to be run by a project officer with lived experience. She has also supported the VCS as lead through the Department of Health, Mental Health Strategic Partnership Programme from 2008-2012. She is also a chair of governors within a south London Multi-academy Trust.

Her passion is psychology and continuing to understand how to support humanity to flourish in all aspects of their lives, especially through positive and rewarding work.

Banos Alexandrou

Banos Alexandrou

Research and Policy Manager

Banos joined Inclusion Barnet in March 2021 to lead our co-produced adult social care research and campaigning work.

Banos has over twenty-five years of undertaking social and market research for clients in the public and private sectors, with an emphasis on health service policy development.

Banos has a Masters degree in Social Research Methods and is always looking for innovations in how to approach research to inform better policy. Particularly in how to embed user led research and stimulate user led policy making.

Claire Fisher

Claire Fisher

Operations and Communications Lead

Claire joined Inclusion Barnet In April 2021 bringing her 15 years of comms, marketing and operational experience to the team. Claire is keen to combine her expertise with her lived experience of mental health and her caring responsibilities for her sister.

 

“Joining IB has felt like coming home. Working with colleagues who live by the social model of disability has been very refreshing. Disabled people and employers are both missing out on a wealth of untapped potential out there, so it is great to be part of a team that is helping to break down some of those societal barriers through peer led working and co-production partnerships”.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Project Assistant

Margaret joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2021. She has a French degree and also an MA. She worked as a volunteer for three years as an IT teacher and as an admin assistant for two charities. She is happy to be able to continue working in the charity sector. She enjoys helping people and is glad that she has the opportunity to help disabled people achieve their potential.

Yasmin Rahman

Yasmin Rahman

Healthwatch Barnet Peer Research Officer

Yasmin is a Chemistry graduate who joined Healthwatch Barnet as Peer Research Officer in January 2021. She recently completed her Master’s in Public Health and has previous research experience exploring mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on researching health inequities faced by the BAME community.  Yasmin believes in the value of co-production and is passionate about using her lived experience of health issues to improve health services in Barnet. 

Alicia Gowshall

Alicia Gowshall

Enablement Assistant

Alicia is a Psychology graduate who joined Inclusion Barnet as the Enablement Assistant in February 2021. She has worked in mental health settings for several years, working in acute psychiatric settings for children and working with individuals with acquired brain injuries. After seeing how she used her own lived experience to support others, Alicia joined Inclusion Barnet. Alicia is passionate about dispelling the stigma surrounding mental health and is enthusiastic about mental health services delivering the best care possible.

Carole Thompson

Carole Thompson

Touchpoint Peer Worker

With a passion for empowering and improving mental health wellbeing within communities I have experience of working and volunteering within the families and youth charities sector. I have also worked as a project officer for an early intervention charity where I delivered community-based projects enabling others to thrive. Having achieved my dream to become a cameraperson for BBC London News I then went on to work with the community channel where I encouraged increased representation and engagement from BAME charities. Diagnosed with MS over 16 years ago I am thrilled to be working with an organisation that can make a difference in others’ everyday lives.

 

 

Hannah Chamberlain

Enablement Lead

Hannah Chamberlain has a twenty year career working in mental health, communicating user messages and antistigma campaigns. She has delivered projects for many of the major national mental health charities, and is passionate about advocating for the skills and expertise that people with lived experience have and gather on their recovery journeys. She joined Inclusion Barnet in 2020 as a freelance peer supporter, and is delighted to step up to Enablement project lead.

Leila Latif

Leila Latif

Touchpoint Peer Worker
About

Leila joined the Touchpoint Team within Inclusion Barnet in October 2020. Leila has worked in various support roles in HMP Pentonville, HMP Wormwood Scrubs, psychiatric hospitals and a homelessness charity. She has experienced the benefits of lived experience work first-hand as a patient through the NHS and is excited to be working with such a supportive and inclusive team.

Kate Toon

Kate Toon

Touchpoint Service Manager
About

Kate joined Inclusion Barnet in March 2020 as the Touchpoint Services Manager. Kate has worked in the mental health sector for 10+ years in a range of different roles but most recently as a Peer Support Coordinator. With a passion for peer led services, she wants to continue to use both her professional and lived experience to support and develop the Touchpoint Services for the future.

Ellen Cheshire

Ellen Cheshire

Voluntary and Community Sector Support Lead
About

Ellen joined Inclusion Barnet in July 2020 to work for Barnet Together as their Fundraising and Organisational Development Advisor, in November she moved into a new position as Voluntary and Community Sector Support Lead. Ellen has worked in the arts, heritage and charity sector for 30+ years, in Fundraising, Marketing and Project Management roles. She is keen to use her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to support Barnet’s voluntary and community organisations to develop and grow.

Andrea Reece

Andrea Reece

Healthwatch Barnet Comms and Engagement Officer
About

Andrea joined Inclusion Barnet in February 2020 to work with the volunteer teams at New Barnet and South Friern Public Libraries. She feels happiest surrounded by books and is passionate about reading as a force that enriches lives, develops empathy, and spreads happiness. Her background is children’s publishing and literacy charities.

Eve Byers

Eve Byers

User Voice Project Lead
About

Eve has been User Voice Project Lead since October 2020, having originally joined IB as a Peer Worker on the Touchpoint team.

She is passionate about amplifying voices that often go unheard by society, creative approaches to accessibility and providing opportunities for disabled people to participate in politics.

Eve lives with multiple sclerosis, hypermobility syndrome, Graves’ disease and auditory processing disorder. Her communication requirements are mainly related to the latter – for example, she finds it difficult to function in loud environments because the pathways between her ears and her brain do not work as they should.

Her favourite thing about working at Inclusion Barnet is that people are encouraged and supported to bring their whole selves to work. She continues to be amazed and heartened daily by her colleagues’ willingness to be open and vulnerable.

Shulba Shah

Shulba Shah

Library Officer
About

Shulbha joined Inclusion Barnet in June 2017 as a volunteer at East Barnet Library. Since February 2020, she has been employed as one of Inclusion Barnet’s two Library Officers, working with volunteers at both New Barnet and South Friern Libraries.

Shulbha previously worked within the IT industry as a developer and in production support. She enjoys reading, workingin a warm and friendly environment and being able to help others.

 

James Evans

James Evans

Trustee

James loves the sea, adventures and live music – the livelier the better!

James has over 10 years’ experience in the design, commissioning and delivery of services for disabled people in the public and third sectors. James previously enjoyed a spell at Barnet Centre for Independent Living as Project Manager then as Head of Services and was delighted to join the board as a trustee for Inclusion Barnet.

Elsie Lyons

Elsie Lyons

Co-Chair
About

When Elsie started what became known as Barnet Voice for Mental Health in 1994 (under the auspices of Mind in Barnet) the major skills and experience she felt she brought with her were six episodes of manic depression  and bringing up a family of five children. However, she also had  secretarial and bookkeeping experience, a certificate in residential childcare and  one in pastoral care counselling.

She was delighted when Barnet Voice merged with Inclusion Barnet in 2017  so that its work of peer support, and hopefully group advocacy, would be able to continue. She was equally delighted to be invited, in 2020, to sit on the Board. She wants to support its work in whatever way she can.

Jennifer Pearl

Jennifer Pearl

Co-Chair
About

Jennifer works as an Expert by Experience for the Care Quality Commission. She supports inspections of hospitals, care homes and domiciliary care agencies – giving people who use services and their relatives a voice in the inspection process. Jennifer is a trustee of Inclusion Barnet and represents people on the Engagement Advisory Board of the NHS Sustainable Transformation Partnership.

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.

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.’

John Banks

John Banks

About

Volunteer since February 2018 as a part-time Library Assistant at East Barnet library. It is very satisfying to be part of a team able help others and also obtain some personal satisfaction from doing so. I retired in August 2010 from full time employment as Global Credit Manager with a national and local television news broadcaster, programme maker and archive resources supplier. As a formerly keen sports player, sadly no longer active, I follow Saracens RFC and remain a member of my local cricket club for whom I played with over a 35-year period.

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.

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!