The Parent Club management committee is responsible for ensuring the charity is run properly and that our projects deliver the outcomes we aim for. All our policies (including Safeguarding, Diversity and Health & Safety) and role descriptions for project staff are reviewed at least once per year. The committee of 6 includes four trustees.
Chris has worked for over fifteen years in areas of high social deprivation as a specialist teacher supporting children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and has worked in various management roles within mainstream and special provision, working closely with a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations.
Chris read English at UCL before undertaking a PGCE at the Institute of Education and has an MA in Policy Studies from the Institute of Education, in which he focussed on systemic approaches to reducing social exclusion. He is particularly interested in community psychology and early intervention.
Chris is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and founded Parent Club after completing their 12-month ‘Start-Up’ programme
An experienced third sector leader, David is the Founder/Director of The Social Enterprise, which supports social organisations to realise their ‘mission-driven ambition’. David has worked with Chris from the start of the Parent Club project, providing strategic advice and a wide range of additional ad hoc support.
David started his career as a strategic communications consultant with Chime Communications. From there, he co-founded The PR Office, where he set up and ran its third sector division. David has an MPA from New York University and an MA from Cambridge University. He is an NYU Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a Clore Social Fellow.
He is currently working with Unilever as a Specialist in Sustainable Business on their global enhancing livelihoods commitments. For five years David was Chief Executive of Survivors Fund (SURF) which supports survivors of the genocide in Rwanda, who he continues to advise in his role as UK Coordinator.
Anand Doobay is a leading criminal solicitor specialising in fraud and extradition. He joined Peters & Peters as an Associate in 1999, became a Partner in 2005, and a Consultant in 2011. Prior to joining, he trained at Lovells and was seconded to the Prudential Plc during this time. He has been involved in criminal policy issues, both domestically and at an EU level, for many years. Anand was appointed by the Government as a member of a panel which conducted a review of the UK’s extradition arrangements. He writes and speaks extensively on his specialist areas.
Anand is currently a trustee of two legal charities and has previously been a trustee of, and volunteer with, a charity providing emotional support. Anand is an academic mentor for a number of young adults who want to become lawyers and he is the training principal for many trainee solicitors, overseeing their training and development.
Jonathan is a musician in the band Coldplay and has experience supporting the work of several charities; he is also a trustee of another charity.
Jonathan is strongly committed to equality and social justice and, as a father of two young children himself, is particularly interested in supporting innovative work with Early Years families.
Shuvo is a London-based businessman and entrepreneur, who has a life long interest in community organising and initiatives to improve social justice.
Marianna worked regularly as a volunteer at the Hackney Kitchen Club before becoming a trustee in 2016. She has extensive experience fundraising for charitable causes and has also worked in the primary education sector.
Family Activities Co-ordinator
Laura has a degree in counselling psychology and has previously worked for Surestart, organising cook and eat sessions for parents and managing the work of a voluntary parents’ crèche. As well as being ‘front of house’, Laura is responsible for managing activities for children, organising the work of volunteers and day to day admin tasks.
Laura’s warmth, thoughtfulness and commitment are vital to making Kitchen Club a special place for parents and children. She is passionate about equality and social justice and makes sure that every family is welcome.
Community Food Organiser
Fi has many years’ experience delivering community cookery workshops. She is responsible for organising the menu, sourcing ingredients and supporting parents and children to get involved with the cooking. Apart from her delicious food, Fi’s flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills are key to successfully engaging families from diverse backgrounds.
With a background in community work and environmental education, Fi also works at Growing Communities - a community-led organisation based in Hackney. Here she helps to run the weekly organic fruit and veg box scheme and is responsible for marketing and community outreach. Together with her friend, Hackney food grower Ximena, and her partner Duncan, she also runs the Hackney Growers' Kitchen, which has a weekly market stall at Stoke Newington Farmers' Market and takes on small catering jobs for community and environmental events.
Fi also teaches cookery workshops with local charity Made in Hackney and is Chair of an organisation called Kids Kitchen which delivers hands-on cooking workshops for parents and under 5s. Fi inspires parents and children with her love of cooking and is passionate about what food can do in terms of bringing people together!