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Meet the Team

The Board of Trustees

Pip Salvador-Jones


Solicitor by profession, with the heart for serving those at a disadvantage. Pip is actively supporting individuals experiencing inequality, through her role as the Chair for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Recognised for her candid attitude and witty sense of humour, Pip is no stranger to transformational leadership and ensuring everyone’s needs are met.

Nighat Bhola, BEM


Recognised for talent scouting and supporting the performance of employees and volunteers, Nighat is a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur. Possessing a selfless, pro-active demeanour, displayed through her role as a director for Humdum UK CIC. Humdum is a local foodbank, for the residents of Barking & Dagenham. Actively ensuring no family is left behind or forgotten.

Sarah Robertson


With over 25 years’ experience as a youth worker, Sarah is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, who advocates for marginalised (grass root) organisations. Appointment; Managing Director of Youth Services, Sarah delivers accredited training, develops and delivers positive activities e.g. boxing. Recognised for her assertive charisma, Sarah uses her skills and abilities to bring the best out of everyone who crosses her path, while running a small groups hub and consortium lead in John Smith House, Barking.

Syed Ghani


Councillor Syed Ghani oversees trading standards, parking, antisocial behaviour, environmental crimes, noise nuisances, and community safety and enforcement. Additionally, he spearheads the Council’s flagship Private Landlord Licensing Scheme. Leading the Council’s initiatives on crime and safety challenges, Councillor Ghani plays a pivotal role in ensuring a secure and regulated community environment.

Chris Downham

Operations & Business Development Manager

A senior member of the team with over 22 years of experience in the financial sector and Operations and business development of the CVS.  Responsible for all the Ripple centre and building operations plus any accounting queries.

Mala Alina

Manager Reception & Bookings and Community engagement

With over 10 years’ experience in the Voluntary sector.  Mala is your go to point of contact for community groups queries.

Mala is passionate about efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and has built and maintained relationships with members of the community & local VCSE’s which helped enhance her work supporting the local them when she  became the Community Engagement Manager

Prakash Magendran

Reception and Administrator

Your first point of contact for any queries related to the Ripple Centre reception and venue hire enquiries.  With a background in IT helpdesk,  operations & Customer service, Prakash an experienced IT Analyst, customer services representative and operation Analyst is focused on ensuring all visitors to the centre have a great experience. 

Gajanan Chandrasegaram

ICT and Communications development lead

Gajanan is your second point of contact for any queries related to the Ripple Centre reception and venue hire enquiries. With a background in IT helpdesk, operations, and customer service, Gajanan brings a wealth of experience to his role. He has also worked as a web developer and is dedicated to developing websites and social media platforms for other charity organizations under BDCVS.

During the evening and the weekend, we have a team of dedicated caretakers, who are happy to help where they can.

Hassan Hajaig


Amor Elakermi


John Smith


Sue West


Terry Humphreys


Jane Peck​


Please complete and return the application form to

Volunteer Reception and Bookings Administrator

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