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Meet the Team

Meet the Team

The dedicated staff and trustees of Camden Carers,
working hard to support the carers of Camden.

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 Allegra Lynch CEO 

Allegra has worked at Camden Carers since Feb 2010, starting as the Deputy CEO and taking over as CEO in 2014. She oversees the everyday running of the
organisation working closely with the board of Trustees and colleagues to provide
a high quality service to unpaid carers across Camden.

Support and Welbeing

Support and Wellbeing Team

 Ciare Reynolds - Deputy CEO

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Ciare joined Camden Carers in 2011 and is now the Deputy CEO, with a team of 13 staff giving information, advice, Carers Conversations (Assessments) Health and Lifestyle checks, Financial advice and support - working closely with other organisations and professionals in Camden including the social services. 

 Kemi Bandele Forbes - Service Manager

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Kemi joined Camden Carers in 2016 initially supporting Young Adult Carers (YACs) and is now the Support & Wellbeing Service Manager, with a team of 13 staff giving information, advice, Carers Conversations (Assessments) Health and Lifestyle checks, Financial advice and support - working closely with other organisations and professionals in Camden including the social services. . Kemi is an active member of the organisation’s Equality & Diversity group and co-founder of the Black Carers Collective. Kemi has also been appointed as a board member for the North Central London (NCL) People Board.

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 Sue Taylor - Support Worker (Health Lead) 

Sue joined Camden Carers in 2013 and is part of the Support and Wellbeing Team. She delivers health and lifestyle consultations to carers and raises awareness of carers by delivering training to health and social care staff including GPs and by attending weekly multi-disciplinary team meetings. Sue has personal experience of being a carer.

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 Lou Huskisson - Support Worker (Health Lead) 

Lou started working for Camden Carers in August 2016 as a Health Promotion Officer. Prior to this Lou worked for the NHS and Public Health in Camden for 12 years. Lou was a support tenant within Camden for people with learning disabilities for 13 years and for the past 4 years has provided the Health Checks for Camden Carers. 

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 Susan Burchell - Support Worker (Carers Conversations) 

Susan joined Camden Carers in 2010 as a Support Worker (Stroke Lead) - working with carers of people affected by stroke and liaising with stroke health specialists. Susan has also worked on the Grants Project, the Health and Wellbeing Project, and as a generalist Support and Information Worker. In 2013 Susan left Camden Carers to take on another role and to complete a counselling qualification. She returned to Camden Carers in 2014 and now focuses on Carers Conversations

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 Elaine Roberts - Support Worker (Carers Conversations) 

Elaine works as a part-time Support and Wellbeing Worker. She previously worked at Camden Carers between 2010-11 on the Health and Wellbeing project. Following that Elaine was employed at a sheltered housing scheme in Enfield, supporting vulnerable people to live as Independently as possible, and then worked as a Carer Support Worker at a Carers Centre in Kent. 

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 Avi Chia - Support Worker (Carers Conversations) 

Avi’s role at Camden Carers includes working on our Support and Wellbeing Line and completing Carers Conversations with carers.  Avi is passionate about empowerment. Her previous work experience includes: Citizens Advice Bureau volunteer, residential mental health support worker, adult community care social worker and she currently volunteers at a dementia café in Islington. Avi loves to get lost in a good book & always has time to reminisce and eat cake.

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 Ruhana Nahar - Support Worker

Bio coming soon

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 Alexandra Donnelly - Support Worker (Dementia Lead) 

Alex joined Camden Carers as our Dementia Lead in May 2022 and supports carers through our Support and Wellbeing Line, completing Carers Conversations and facilitating our Dementia Carers Group. Her previous work experience includes 4 years as a development worker in Extra Care schemes; focusing on facilitating activities and events for people living with Dementia and Complex needs and working for Mind in Haringey on their 55+ project aimed at reducing isolation and encouraging independence.

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 Katy Anderson - Support Worker (Learning & Disability Lead) 

Katy joined Camden Carers in 2022 as the Learning Disability Lead, running monthly groups and meetings, giving information and advice on the Support & Wellbeing line and offering Casework and Carers Conversations. Part of the role includes maintaining links with other services, organisations and professionals in Camden to improve the experiences of carers. Katy runs the Family Members Reference is a member of the Equality & Diversity group, and supports the Camden Carers Voice meetings 

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 Foulla Pashkaj - Support Worker

Bio coming soon

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 Tarana Rahman - Support and Wellbeing Administrator 

Bio coming soon

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Josie Griffin - GP & Hospital Development Worker Admin 

Josie joined Camden Carers in 2023 as GP & Hospital Development Worker Admin, supporting in the delivery of Carer Awareness Training in health care settings across the borough as well as facilitating the awarding of the Hospital Discharge Fund. In her current role as the GP & Health Lead, she continues the development work and also carries out health and lifestyle consultations with a focus on young adult carers.

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Elion Grajcevci - GP and Hospital Development Worker

Bio coming soon

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Bex Gordon - Carer Peer Support Coach

Bex is the Carer Peer Support Coach. She raises awareness of carers in Camden and assists carers to access support and information across the NHS North London Mental Health Partnership (NLMPH). She is also a trainee psychotherapist and theatre maker. She has worked in community engagement, international development, occupational therapy, and as a writer/performer. She has been a carer for her sister throughout her life.

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Clarina Colaco - Administrator Support

Clarina joined Camden Carers in 2024. She started as an Admin Support Worker helping to book appointments for Carers and with the events and activities. Clarina is a member of the Autism Partnership Board and the Race Equality Network. Clarina previously worked at Haverstock School in 2003-2020 as a Media Resources Technician and General Office Assistant. Clarina also worked for Camden Council as a Business Support Assistant in 2020-2021.

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Helen Balami - Support Worker (Mental Health Lead) 

Helen joined Camden Carers in 2024 as part of the Support and Wellbeing Team. She provides support and information to Mental Health Carers and raises awareness of carers to health professionals, Adult Social Care and voluntary sector organisations. Helen has personal experience of being a carer.

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Development, Learning and Activities Team

 Sharon Hammond - Service Manager 

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Bio coming soon

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Miles Maier - Older Carers Wellbeing & Camden Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator

Miles joined Camden Carers in 2019.  He runs social groups for older carers and carers of people living with dementia to meet, chat and do social activities together.  He also facilitates the Camden Dementia Action Alliance, a network of over 50 organisations working to make Camden a more dementia friendly place to live and work. Miles is a carer himself and previously worked on non-profit technology projects. 

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 Vicki Richards - Counselling Coordinator 

Vicki's main role is to manage the Counselling Team of 10 counsellors and support all carers in throughout the Counselling process. She completes assessments, organise placements and offer ongoing support. Alongside this, she works with the Grants Team making the purchases for the grants that are awarded. She is also a member of the Support and Wellbeing Team and support on the line one day a week, supporting carers through a range of topics and issues. 

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 Jana Gorsia Benak  - Office Manager 

Bio coming soon

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 Muhsana Khatun  - HR and Volunteer Lead

Muhsana joined Camden Carers in 2016 as Level 3 Business Admin apprentice and has recently completed her Level 3 & Level 5 apprenticeship in CIPD Human Resources. She works with the HR committee, CEO & Deputy CEO on HR management and works on designing the activities calendar and recently oversee the Volunteer project. She is also part of the internal Equality & Diversity working party.

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 Kheira Hadjazi - Communication Administrator 

Kheira Hadjazi joined Camden Carers in January 2022 to obtain a level 3 business admin apprenticeship. Kheira has moved on from her apprenticeship and is now working part-time at Camden Carers hoping to obtain further work experience in administration and communication, she helps with reception, referring carers for support internally, answers a range inquires over the phone and email.

Making Carers Count Team

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 Anna Campbell - Community Engagement Project Manager 

Anna joined Camden Carers in December 2021 as the Project Manager for Making Carers Count – a project aimed at identifying and supporting underrepresented carers. She is now Project Manager for the GP and Hospital Development project – focused on increasing carer identification and awareness in GP and hospital settings. Anna is also chair of the Equality and Diversity Working Group.


 Gillian Thompson - Community Engagement Support Worker 

Gillian joined Camden Carers in 2022 with the Making Carers Count Programme which involved raising awareness and the access of services for underrepresented carers. Gillian’s current role is with the Support and Wellbeing Team and includes supporting carers through Carers Conversations, outreach sessions, grant applications, and supporting the facilitation Carer focus groups, and the Black Carers Collective.


The Trustees

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 Bee Lee - CHAIR 

My working background in leadership and delivery in the banking sector with emphasis on governance, due diligence and people management, enhanced with my personal experience as a carer motivated me to be a Trustee of Camden Carers (CC). I hope I am able to add value to the wonderful and dedicated services that CC provide to carers.


 Prakash Kurup - Treasurer 

“Kash” is a Chartered Accountant and MBA and a fellow and life member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He recently retried after 30 years in Private practice as Audit Partner & Director in several firms of Chartered Accountants in London and Bahrain. During that period he advised many SME businesses from all industry sectors and Not for Profit clients on all Financial matters including Accounting Standards, Audit, Corporate Finance, Business and Strategic planning, Corporate recovery & Business Tax. He is currently Trustee and Treasurer to two other London Arts charities; Border Crossings and Akademi.

 Anita Berlin - Trustee 

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Anita Berlin is an inner city GP and Professor Emerita of Primary Care Education at Barts and The London Medical School, QMUL (where she was Head of Community Based Medical Education from 2017 to 2022). She has worked with third sector organisations supporting unpaid carers, and asylum seekers, survivors of torture, trafficking and modern day slavery. She has been involved in international educational development projects principally in Spain, Latin America and the Middle East.

 Desmond Walcott - Trustee 

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I can only say that over the years I have had many jobs, the one that stayed with me is the job I had working at the local hospital as a young man of nineteen years old, The Prince Wales in South Tottenham. Working at this hospital as a theatre porter, telephones, pharmacy porter, casualty porter and outpatient’s porter. At these times when you enter the hospital you would ask the porter for information, when we now enter the local hospital we still ask the porter for information. The skills that I have gained has helped me to navigate around the support that I can access went using the National Health Service at any local hospital. That it how it can be of some help

 Tibor Gold - Trustee 

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I am from Hungary and came to the UK at the age of 15. I have lived in Camden since 1967. My professional career has been as a solicitor and patent attorney specialising in technology law. In parallel I have been very active in the voluntary sector in various roles including over 10 years as a trustee in local charities. I have become increasingly aware of the burning issues of an aging population, underfunding of social care and the burdens of carers struggling with e.g. dementia and disability in general. Camden Carers are doing a great job supporting carers and I hope to contribute to its continued success and growth.  


 Tayo Adehin - Trustee 

Tayo is 33 years old and cares for her mother who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia when Tayo was just 14. She was offered support as a young carer but declined because she felt there was a stigma attached to this. Tayo began accessing support for her caring role when she was 23 and has since been very vocal about appropriate support that is needed for young and young adult carers.


Tayo is extremely creative and in 2016 she was awarded a carers grant that enabled her to set up her own clothing business, designing and making modern clothing from traditional African fabrics. This has grown from strength to strength and she now makes clothes for people in many countries around the world. She said that being self-employed is perfect as she can focus on her caring role while doing something that she really enjoys. She also said that it has been a great way to bond with her mother and strengthen their relationship.

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 Jacky Spigel - Trustee 

Having spent most of my working life in selling foreign language rights for publishers I made a big career change 9 years ago and accepted the post of Parent Participation Manager in Lewisham at the charity Contact a Family. I became Project Manager supporting a staff team to enable and empower families of children with disabilities. My personal experience as a carer of my daughter who has severe learning disabilities and complex needs was the inspiration that guided me. I became involved in Camden Carers 12 years ago as a volunteer and have chaired Camden Carer’s Voice since 2016. My reason for becoming a Trustee is that I believe my work/life experience can contribute to the ongoing success of this wonderful charity.

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 Yukiko Lorenzo - Trustee 

Yukiko Lorenzo was elected to our Trustee Board in 2021 and serves as Chair of the HR Committee. Yukiko lives in London and is Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, Privacy and Data Protection at Mastercard. She is a solicitor and has over 20 years of experience in the fields of data and technology. She is a member of Nakayoshi Kai (Japanese Friendship Group) - a charity which provides community for Japanese parents in the UK and aims to eliminate loneliness and isolation in parenting

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 Melissa Fabio - Trustee 

Melissa Fabio was elected to our Trustee board in 2021 and is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee as well as a member of the SOC. In the past she was a carer for her mother-in-law. She works for Mastercard and has more than 35 years of strategy consulting and banking experience. She has two children and lives in Hertfordshire.

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