Sanja Djeric-Kane, CEO
I have volunteered and worked for the local voluntary sector for 12 years in a variety of roles, which included managing training provision for Kingston Voluntary Action, and running two amazing local organisations which support the most deprived members of our community.
Jacky Fung, Finance Manager
My role is to support general accounting and finance work in KVA, and to develop my understanding of charity accounting. This requires me to work with different departments and network with other charities in the Borough.
I can look at your charity finance processes and advise you on how to ensure that they are meeting requirements, and are as efficient as possible. I can support you with topics such as VAT, book keeping, annual account, holiday pay and reserves policies.
Sue Lawrence, Finance Assistant
I have worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years. Prior to joining KVA, I worked for Richmond CVS as Finance Assistant.
I am responsible for the purchase ledger, sales ledger, banking, VAT and some project budgets.
Alison Ewart, Funding and Organisational Development Officer
I have worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years, mainly in smaller community organisations, helping local communities identify what they need and organise and build capacity to achieve this.
I can help you with identifying need and deciding whether to set up a local group or organisation, and how to go about it; what to think about when considering what legal form to take; help with registering your organisation: developing policies and systems; business planning and fundraising, monitoring and evaluating your work, and signposting to local networks.
Jill Darling, Policy and Partnerships Officer
Karen Penny, Children and Young People Project Officer
I am responsible for the Children and Young People's Project in Kingston. I have worked in the voluntary sector for 20 years, the first five as the Publications Manager for a national charity, two years as a Freelancer while my daughter was very young, and then 13 years running Home-Start Kingston; supporting families with young children.
I can help you with information and advice around safeguarding. I can also work to represent you and your organisations at the various boards and network that I attend related to children and young people.
Gurpreet Keila, Connected Kingston Project Manager
Prior to this role I worked as the National Development Manager for the Campaign for Learning. My background is in marketing, fundraising and project management, as well as a keen interest in wellbeing.
Kathryn Smyth, Buddy Scheme Co-ordinator
I have spent 30 years working in the voluntary sector, managing volunteers and working with people with disabilities. I also have experience of working with families and on helplines.
On the Buddy Scheme I match volunteers to a buddy with a learning disability or on the Autistic Spectrum so I take referrals from people wanting a buddy and recruit volunteers to the scheme.