Meet The Team

The team of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers at the Havering Volunteer Centre is working to create lasting change in our community. Each member of our team brings unique experiences and skills that contribute to our mission.

Meet the Trustees

Jan Scott - Interim Chair

Jan is currently employed by Saint Francis Hospice as the Business Development Manager and has been working in the voluntary sector 30 years. Jan was previously the divisional manager for the North East London area at Victim Support and in that time managed extensively large budgets, partnership working, many successful projects and teams of trusted volunteers. She has a long standing passion for the voluntary sector and this is displayed by her joining HVC as a member of the board of trustees.

Debra Branch - Vice Chair

Debra joined the board in 2018 and is a current volunteer with Citizen’s Advice Witness Service supporting witnesses who attend court. In Debra’s working life she has a background in HR, recruitment, training and payroll.  Debra understands first hand how volunteering benefits both the volunteer and community as a whole and brings this knowledge and passion to HVC’s Board.

Vijay Reed - Secretary

Vijay is an experienced communications manager with 19 years of combined experience in policy making, supervision, communications, leadership and management in UK financial services regulation.  

 Vijay was very pleased to be appointed as a Trustee Board Member at HVC in September 2020. With her vast experience and knowledge Vijay will be supporting HVC to develop and deliver its future strategy and business plan.

Linda Van den Hende - Treasurer

Linda has spent all her working life in the public sector, firstly in Local Government, a short stint in the Health Service and latterly the Metropolitan Police.  

Linda has an extensive volunteer based history, having held a position as a school governor, Chair of the Stop & Search Monitioring Group, a Panel Member for the local police ward panel, trustee of First Step and a Rotarian. 

Linda has been an elected Councillor for Havering Council since 2006, representing Upminster ward.

Pat Bromhall - Trustee

Pat  has spent 16 years as a magistrate at Romford and Barkingside courts and since 2016 has volunteered for the Witness Service at Romford. Pat brings with her a wealth of knowledge having been a member of the board of trustees for Havering citizen’s Advice for the past 18 years and a trustee secretary of the Murole High School Trust, which is a charity sponsoring a school for orphans in Uganda.

Pat regularly leads worship in the parish of St Andrew Hornchurch and loves creative writing, reading and travelling by train around Europe.

Jim Cantle - Trustee

 Jim cantle is originally from the west country, born in Bristol, he nd his wife have been living in Essex for 40 years. He attended university  in Londons imperial college studying  chemical engineering, graduating and joining Shell Haven oil refinery. He has had many roles, worked in and travelled to many countries but stayed with the one company until retirement in 2020. His career moved from pure engineering to more commercial, strategic roles and diversified into people management with colleagues from many cultures. He hope’s the commercial, strategic and people skills will prove useful to HVC.

Jim enjoys the arts and can often to be found in a gallery, theatre or museum.

Nigel Meyer - Trustee

Nigel has  held a variety of senior roles in the insurance with companies in London and Romford for around 40 years, before retiring in 2019. 

Retirement has allowed him to pursue long standing interests and passions for the voluntary and Community sector in Havering. Nigel is a former LBH ward Councillor of 8 years and a cabinet member for community development. He was a founding member of the Rush Green Community Association in 1983, a school governor, crucial in establishing Friends of Cottons Park, a current trustee at Brookside Theatre and Forest Farm Peace Garden.  

Meet the Staff

Shelley Hart - Chief Executive Officer

Shelley has been working in the Voluntary Sector since 2001 when she joined Victim Support Havering as the Senior Service Delivery Manager for Havering and Barking and Dagenham. This is where she first became aware of the outstanding achievements that volunteers bring to an organisation. Shelley has continued to be a volunteer throughout her adult life, starting with PTA’s, Rainbow Girl Guide Leader and more recently assisting the Royal British Legion with their Poppy Collection Appeal.

Shelley joined HAVCO as the Volunteer Centre and Quality Manager in December 2014 but when they closed their doors in October 2015 she could not walk away from helping individuals and organisations with their volunteering needs.

In October 2015 Shelley established the Havering Volunteer Centre as an independent charity based in the heart of Romford.  She has driven the Centre from strength to strength, along with the Board of Trustees, Staff and Volunteers.

Shelley’s passion and determination has been a driving factor in the success of the Havering Volunteer Centre and it’s reputation. She has built the organisation to have strong community values with a ‘can do’ attitude and that ethos unpins the service delivery by all at HVC.

Rebecca Mazrreku - Centre Operations Manager

Rebecca joined the Voluntary Sector in 2016 and began her career with HVC as a Volunteer having faced some challenging times in her personal life.

Rebecca expanded her skill set and secured employment with HVC in 2017 and has embedded herself in the heart of Havering’s Voluntary Sector. She has developed a real passion for volunteering, knowing first hand the benefits it has on personal development.

She has supported Shelley and the Board of Trustees to develop and drive the organisation forward, assisting with the recruitment, mentoring and training of HVC’s current staff and volunteer base.

Rebecca is crucial to the effective delivery of the Volunteer Centre, ensuring that the needs of both the community and sector partners are met and that delivery of HVC’s strategic goals are obtained at an operational level.

Rebecca has a love for the borough of Havering having been a resident all her life and this passion is evident in her commitment to assisting with a thriving Volunteer Centre. She is dedicated in supporting Volunteer Involving Organisations and is passionate in ensuring members of the community have equal  access to opportunity.

Rachel Deegan - Senior Volunteer Pathway Advisor

Rachel started with Havering Volunteer Centre in June 2016 as a volunteer and is now one of HVC’s most experienced Pathway Advisors. Her role within HVC is to encourage and empower residents to explore their potential and discover the right volunteering role for them.

Rachel brings extensive knowledge on what it is to be a volunteer in Havering having volunteered for many years herself, this knowledge and experience has enabled her to source long term volunteering roles for hundreds of residents.

Jasmine Cheeseman - Admin & Reception Team

Jasmine found her way into HVC in 2019 having walked past our building many times. She was really looking for an administrative/Reception volunteering role, ideally with an organisation who could keep her skills current.

Jasmine has an abundance of skills and experience having managed teams in the City, assisted with system changes and communications which she puts to good use as an employee with HVC and is a vital member of the team.

Jo Impey - Admin & Reception Team

Jo commenced volunteering at Havering Volunteer Centre in June 2016 and in 2020 joined the Centre’s staff team. 

Jo has shown an incredible amount of dedication and commitment to HVC over many years and none more so than during the crisis in 2020. She has an abundance of skills, as well as a calm approach in sometimes challenging situations. 

She is an asset to the team and provides a welcoming experience to the wealth of visitors. 

Rob Smith - Centre Admin Support

Rob is a Havering resident born and raised and has spent the last 7 years of his career in recruitment before joining HVC in 2020 during the pandemic. He is a real people person and supports our Pathway Advisors in securing volunteering roles for residents. 

He is a keen all round athlete and has spent much of his time supporting his local hockey club with their social media and fundraising. 

Rob has really embraced HVC’s ethos and has recently become a Check In & Chat Buddy supporting a resident to combat social isolation. 

Meet the Volunteers

Daniel

Volunteer Admin Support

Daniel joined HVC in June 2016 he is a wizard on the keyboard and keeps our records up to date inputting all our new volunteer registrations onto the database. Daniel’s entry skills are second to none.

Hannah

Volunteer Admin Support

Hannah has volunteered with HVC on and off since 2016. She recently completed a 2 year apprenticeship which she thoroughly enjoyed and rejoined our team whilst she finds alternative employment. 

Lee

Volunteer Admin Support

Lee joined the team in 2019 having retired as a Fire Officer. He has fantastic Admin skills and is great at implementing new ideas to help the administrative side of operations run smoother.

Sherron

Volunteer Bookkeeper

Sherron joined us in 2016 as a volunteer bookkeeper bringing with her 24 years’ worth of knowledge and experience. She helps to keep us on track with day to day cash flow and ledgering. Sherron is also employed by a finance company but still manages to dedicate time each week to volunteer with HVC.

Julie

Volunteer Admin Support

Julie joined HVC in July 2016 and has a wealth of volunteering experience and the ultimate legacy a “London 2012 Olympic Ambassador”. Julie has excellent proof reading and admin skills.

Pam

Volunteer Admin Support

Pam joined HVC in 2018 after attending a Coffee Morning in our offices, she asked if we had any volunteering roles for her and we jumped at the chance of having her as part of our team. She is a real asset to the HVC team and helps us keep on top of all our filing.

Brenda

Volunteer Pathway Advisor 

Brenda is a highly skilled volunteer and joined our team in 2018 having retired as a library branch manager for London Borough of Havering. She has supported and encouraged many individuals to explore volunteering opportunities throughout her time at HVC.

Sue

Volunteer Bookkeeper

Sue joined HVC in 2019 to assist Sherron with bookkeeping for HVC. Sue runs her own bookkeeping company with an ever expanding client base and has extensive knowledge in mamanging accounts. 

Kelly

Volunteer Admin Support

Kelly joined HVC in August 2017 bringing with her a wealth of customer focused experience having worked at some of London’s biggest railway stations. Kelly is broadening her horizons and currently studying to become a counsellor at adult college.

Hayley

Volunteer Admin Support

Hayley joined the team in 2018 having previously volunteered with Jackson’s Cafe and wanted to learn new skills in an office environment. Since joining us, Hayley has become a whizz at sending emails and we love having her as part of our team.

Janet

Reception Volunteer

Janet joined HVC as a Volunteer Receptionist in 2019, she came to HVC looking to gain new skills, increase her confidence and try a new challenge. Janet brings a a warm and friendly environment to our reception team.

Charles

Volunteer Domestic

Charles joined us in 2017 and is a real whizz with the hoover, his keen eye for detail means no corner is left untouched, keeping the centre clean and presentable for its visitors.

Bukky

Volunteer Admin Support

Bukky joined the team in 2019 after taking a break from volunteering.  Bukky brings vibrancy to our office, has versatile administrative skills and loves to be given a challenge.

Ashok

Volunteer Admin Support

Ashok has been an ambassador at HVC for many years and joined our office team in 2019. Ashok has an amazing career history having been a colonel for the Indian Army, bringing commitment and dedication to all his volunteering tasks.

Alfie

Media Volunteer

Alfie joined the team in 2016 to provide media support. He has assisted in keeping our website current and producing flyers and posters. He has used his design techniques to produce some amazing pieces of artwork for us.

Veda

Volunteer Domestic

Veda joined Havering Volunteer Centre in 2016 and has really helped keep us neat and tidy. Veda is meticulous and gives every room in our building the once over. Her dedication to HVC is incredible.