Meet the Team

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

Amanpreet Ahluwalia

Amanpreet Ahluwalia

Head of Research and Organisational Development
About

Aman joined Inclusion Barnet in May 2016. Before this, she had worked all over the world experimenting with different forms of community empowerment, leadership development and equalities practice.

Aman always harnessed her own lived experience to do this work in a ‘peer’ way.

She is passionate about taking a thoughtful approach to leadership; especially when it comes to thinking critically about translating personal and organisational values into everyday practice and organisational systems.

She feels lucky that she gets to do this work with Inclusion Barnet.

Andrea Constantinou

Andrea Constantinou

Project Support Worker, People’s Choice
About

Andrea has worked for Inclusion Barnet for 8 years supporting employees with learning disabilities.

Andrea got her first job supporting people with learning disabilities back in 2001, as she wanted to do something valuable for others.

Working at Inclusion Barnet has given Andrea many enjoyable opportunities.

Benji Lanzkron

Benji Lanzkron

Safe Places Co-ordinator, People’s Choice
About

Benji has worked for People’s Choice for 18 years and Inclusion Barnet for 6 years.

His current job is Safe Places Co-ordinator and he is enjoying expanding the scheme across the Borough.

Benji likes working for Inclusion Barnet because every day is different.

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

Development Worker, Barnet Giving
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.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

Communications Lead, Trust Wide Enablement Partnership
About

Jonathan joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2018.

With a background in charity, not-for-profit communications and stakeholder engagement, his previous roles include Stakeholder Communications Manager at the Health and Care Professions Council and Communications Manager at the horticultural therapy charity, Thrive.

Jonathan brings his passion for accessible and compelling communication and lived experience of mental ill-health to his role at Inclusion Barnet.

Mahmuda Murshed

Mahmuda Murshed

Team Leader, People’s Choice
About

Mahmuda joined Inclusion Barnet in April 2012 when People’s Choice became part of Inclusion Barnet.

She originally worked as Chief Executive using her peer experience to be a self-advocacy officer for parents with learning difficulties.

Mahmuda enjoys working in a user-led organisation and helping others to find their voice.

Michelle Burke

Michelle Burke

Lead Project Support Worker, People’s Choice
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.

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.

Ruth Carter

Ruth Carter

Advocacy Officer, People's Choice
About

Ruth has worked as an Advocacy Officer for many years now and really enjoys it. Ruth likes working for Inclusion Barnet because she likes to help people that have very low communication levels to speak up for themselves.

Ruth also likes to raise money for charity and recently did her first fundraising for a local charity called Action For Kids, where she did a 5K run.

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.

Wilfred Canagaretna

Wilfred Canagaretna

Trustee
About

Wilfred is a chartered engineer with a degree in Engineering from Leeds University.

He is also a qualified merchant banker specialising in law, economics and accountancy, and was a procurement executive in the Ministry of Defence.

He is retired and is on the board of Health Watch and the management board of Barnet Voice for Mental Health.

Wilfred is also on several Barnet, Enfield and Haringey health trust committees and enjoys volunteering at Barnet Carers Centre and Homeless Action Barnet.

John Duncan

John Duncan

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Shulba Shah

Shulba Shah

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Emily Maskas

Emily Maskas

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Rashid Mirza

Rashid Mirza

Library Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!

Hacene Benzeki

Hacene Benzeki

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.

Melita Boye Doku

Melita Boye Doku

Volunteer
Ed Peston

Ed Peston

Volunteer
About

Biography coming soon!