THCVS Board members


Mike Smith (Chair)

Mike Smith is the chief executive of Real, a position he has been in for seven years. Real is the user-led organisation of disabled people in Tower Hamlets. Previously he has worked as a Director at PwC and was a Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Mike spoke about his connection to Tower Hamlets “I’ve lived in the borough for 18 years and have no intention of moving. I love our vibrant community and all of its diversity. I represent some of that diversity myself, as a gay disabled man.” Thinking about why he joined the board of THCVS, he talked about his belief in the positive impact not-for-profit organisations can make “I want to ensure that the work of this important sector is properly supported and connected, and together we have the maximum chance of meeting the needs of the communities we serve.”

Mustafa Ibrahim (Treasurer)
Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network
Mustafa has worked in a number of roles across inner London over the past 17 years. He has worked as a Co-ordinator and later as CEO of Tower Hamlets Somali Organisations Network (THSON). From almost two decade he is most proud of 'My experience and skills in the voluntary sector making strategic decisions, supporting unheard voices and building the capacity of communities particularly BME’s and charity organisations'.
Eleanor Heal- Birt (Co-opted Trustee)
Photograph pending
Slaughter and May
Eleanor  has experience working with a wide range of organisations so aware of best practice in terms of compliance with law, management, financial systems and PR. She is qualified as a solicitor and has spent two years being trained at the UK’s leading law firm on a range of corporate and finance matters, she now permanently works at the same law firm in the Dispute Resolution department, advising companies on litigation and working with government regulators. Eleanor was born in Tower Hamlets and lived there till she was 9, but now lives in Stratford. She wants to know more about how local residents are doing. For her the CVS provides a bird’s eye view of best and the worst aspects of life in Tower Hamlets.
Jama Omar (Trustee)
Photograph pending
Somali Senior Citizens Club

Jama is a senior member of the Somali Senior Citizens Club and has lived in Tower Hamlets for 27 years. Jama values collaboration between local organisations highly, and is an active participant in many local forums including the Premises Forum.

Chris Ley (Trustee)
NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group

Chris has worked within the Voluntary, Charity or Public Sector for the past 30 years and is in his 20th year here in Tower Hamlets.

He is currently Network Director of the Poplar & Limehouse Health Network which is a Community Interest Company providing health and wellbeing initiatives working with GPs and community partners in Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs. He also works for the TH GP Care Group (the GP Federation in Tower Hamlets), managing strategic work across the Borough.

Chris values the opportunity, to work as a Trustee of THCVS, to help support voluntary organisations to continue to provide their vital services to the residents of Tower Hamlets. 

Selina Uddin (Trustee)

Selina has worked in within the voluntary and corporate social responsibility sector for over 12 years and is a Tower Hamlets resident. She is currently Director of Community and Education at the East London Business Alliance, a membership charity that builds the connection, and brings together businesses and local communities. 
Serving on the board of THCVS is a great opportunity for Selina to further support the vibrant voluntary sector of Tower Hamlets and ensure it continues to meet the needs of the borough.

Mohammed Rahman (Trustee)

Photograph Pending

Mohammed has been working for last 15 plus years in Social Work and Social Care sector in the Local Government and Third Sector. He has gained invaluable experience of working with multidisciplinary professionals and clients from different background. Mohammed has good and in-depth understanding of the Social Work processes. He has worked as a professional in various Government and Third Sectors organizations in the UK and Bangladesh.

Louisa Vickers-Mills (Co-opted Trustee)

Photograph Pending


Louisa has a Masters in Information Studies and a Diploma in Teaching and Learning.

She has recently moved into the Tower Hamlets area, and would like to assist charities to make a difference in the area. Her skills are more suited to behind-the-scenes work, as opposed to working on the front lines which is why I feel that I may contribute in a more meaningful way to the community as a trustee to this board. As a new member of the community she she has a fresh perspective on current projects, as well as experience of living in a different country (New Zealand) which she feels she can use to contribute to the board in a valuable way. She has worked in information for 5 years now, and as such has had contact with a variety of customers, clients, and colleagues, and she can use this knowledge to the benefit of the board at Tower Hamlets CVS.