Jane Caldwell- CEO
Jane Caldwell has a broad experience across the public, commercial and voluntary sectors. In the last 9 years she has worked across the children’s, young people’s and older people’s sectors. Previously she worked as a film producer making award winning human rights documentaries and feature films. She has started 3 businesses and began her career working in the education sector. Jane is also a Trustee of Respond and a founding steering committee member of the Women’s Equality Party.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Deborah Hayes- Director of Care and Services Development- Registered Manager for CQC regulated activities
Deborah Hayes is our Director of Care and Services Development having previously held the role as Director of Services at Age UK Newham. Prior to Age UK East London Deborah worked for over 25 years in the housing field both as a housing manager and project manager overseeing both refurbishment and new builds.
Deborah is passionate on services meeting the needs of those with dementia and acts as our dementia lead.In addition to her role she is our safeguarding lead attending both Newham and Tower Hamlets Safeguarding Boards.
Helen Stack- Head of Fundraising
Helen Stack has over 15 years’ experience in voluntary sector fundraising, taking in the older people’s, university, youth and international development sectors. For her, disadvantaged older people are the top cause in the country. As well as her role at Age UK East London, Helen is a volunteer fundraiser for a number of grassroots charities and community groups.
Larissa Howells- Director of Services
Larissa Howells has over 15 years’ experience in the implementation of large-scale public engagement programmes within disadvantaged communities around the UK. Her range of programmes have included employability, arts, mental health and wellbeing across all age groups. She is dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable within our communities and was acknowledged as a ‘UK Change Maker’ in 2014 for her commitment to improving the lives of others.
Ruth Jenkins- Finance Director
Ruth Jenkins is a charity finance specialist, with over 15 years experience in the charity sector. She is ACA qualified, and holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting and a Masters in Voluntary Sector Management. She believes in being the change you want to see in the world, and has a particular interest in impact. Ruth is currently also a Trustee of Elfrida Rathbone Camden helping young disabled people and families, and a Director of not-for-profit campaign group GeneWatch
Rahima Ali - Community Outreach Service Manager
Rahima Ali joined the organisation in 2002 working in advice and information. From then on she has found her niche in community development and is constantly exploring innovative ways of supporting older people to make the most of their later life across East London. This support is provided by a team of dedicated individuals who are able to provide one to one support, sign post as well as support older people to live more healthy and active lives, promote independence and encourage involvement in the local community.
Sharon Waddams - Volunteer Involvement and Befriending Service Manager
Sharon Waddams started with the then Age Concern Tower Hamlets as a volunteer placement in the Advocacy Service in June 2000, then went on to secure a job in September 2000. Sharon has worked in various services within the organisation and is now the Volunteering Involvement & Befriending Service Manager recruiting volunteers for all the services across Age UK East Londonacross Age UK East London.
Vicky Gadd - Head of Evaluation and Training
Vicky Gadd has worked in the voluntary sector for 18 years with a specialism in advocacy. Vicky works to support evaluation across the organisation, leads training for our staff, students and volunteers, whilst supporting much of the organisations infrastructure including telecoms. Vicky is keen to develop sustainable ways of demonstrating the great work the organisation is doing.