The Team

Our core team work day-to-day to devise and deliver the projects and partnerships that connect people and build communities in north London. We are based in Camden Town UnLimited's Collective hub right in the heart of our target area. To contact us to get involved, or if you have a query, please see our email addresses below.

Laura De Souza - Head of Programmes

Laura is Head of Programmes at North London Cares. Laura previously worked at a nursing home for disabled servicemen, and before that in TV production.

Contact Laura if... you or your organisation want to work with North London Cares, or with general enquiries.

Email
[email protected]

Andy Naylor - Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs)

Andy designs and delivers exciting Social Clubs across Camden and Islington. Andy previously worked with young people at Victim Support and as the participation coordinator for Age UK Islington.

Contact Andy if... you want know more about our Social Clubs, or have an idea about a group activity.

Email
[email protected]

Kirsty Shanks - Programme Coordinator (Social Clubs)

Kirsty designs and delivers Social Clubs across Camden and Islington to get younger and older North Londoners enjoying time together. 

Contact Kirsty if... you want know more about our Social Clubs, or have an idea about a group activity.

Email
[email protected]

Harry Jenkins - Programme Coordinator, (Love Your Neighbour)

Harry looks after the Love Your Neighbour Programme in Islington, facilitating one-to-one friendships between younger and older neighbours. Harry previously managed a student social action charity in Oxford, supporting students to set up new community projects and social enterprises.

Contact Harry if... you want know more about our Love Your Neighbour Programme in Islington.

Email
[email protected]

Francesca Lewis - Programme Coordinator, (Love Your Neighbour)

Francesca looks after the Love Your Neighbour programme in Camden, she helps to facilitate and nurture the growth of one-to-one friendships between our younger and older neighbours. Francesca previously worked as frontline member of staff for NHS mental health services, and has recently completed a qualification in 'Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing.

Contact Francesca if... you want know more about our Love Your Neighbour Programme in Camden.

Email
[email protected]

Roxanne Rustem - Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Roxanne manages our growing volunteer network, and leads on reaching older north Londoners - introducing them to North London Cares and our programmes. Roxanne previously worked as Community Engagement Manager at St Margaret’s House, working with volunteers to create free and low cost creative workshops in Bethnal Green.

Contact Roxi if…you’d like to know more about volunteering with North London Cares, or have ideas about our outreach in north London.

Email
[email protected]

Juliet McNelly - Outreach Officer

Juliet works on the Winter Wellbeing project at North London Cares, ensuring older neighbour feel warm, well, active and connected during the coldest and often most isolating months of the year. Previously Juliet worked as a Community Manager for a small charity in Islington, focused on social enterprise and community development.

Contact Juliet if... you are a community partner who would like to learn more about the Winter Wellbeing project or you know someone who could benefit. 

Email
[email protected]

Victoria Buckle - Development Coordinator

Victoria supports our individual donors, coordinates fundraising events and cheers on our North London Cares' challenge fundraisers. Victoria previously worked as Project Officer (Development Team) at Citizens Advice in North & West Kent before volunteering overseas with ICS Balloon Ventures in Kenya. 

Contact Victoria if... you want to hold a fundraising event, donate to, or take on a challenge for, North London Cares. 

Email
[email protected]

Charlie Jamieson - Development Coordinator (Partnerships)

Charlie develops our corporate partnerships across North and South London Cares. She previously led on the Social Clubs programme at South London Cares and before joining the team, worked for Parent Gym, a philanthropic social change initiative.

Contact Charlie if... your business would like to partner with North London Cares.

Email
[email protected]

Emily Quilter - Head of Development

Emily develops corporate partnerships, supports our individual donors and coordinates the fundraising strategy for North London Cares and our sibling charities, South London Cares and Manchester Cares. Previously, Emily worked as Development Manager at charity Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Contact Emily if... your business wishes to partner with North London Cares.

Email
[email protected]

Alex Smith - Founder/CEO

Alex is CEO and founder of North London Cares and South London Cares. He was formerly an aide to Ed Miliband and editor of one of the biggest political websites in the UK. He is a governor at Holloway School and was a volunteer in Camden during the 2012 Olympics. He has been awarded two UnLtd social enterprise awards for his work founding North London Cares in 2011 and South London Cares in 2014.

Contact Alex if... you have a media enquiry, or would like to partner with North London Cares.

Email
[email protected]

Tess Young - Director of Operations

Tess leads on operations across North London Cares and South London Cares. Tess has been part of the South London Cares team since it was founded in 2014. Previously, Tess worked on inter-faith relations in communities around Britain and internationally.

Email
[email protected]

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Living in Southwark or Lambeth? Check out our sister charity South London Cares