Meet the Team

Sophia Hubs Redbridge

We present our dynamic Board of local people with business skills and a community passion and our two members of staff.   Volunteer team profiles will follow shortly.

Meet the Board…

OLA ASGILL

Ola Asgill

Role on Board – Chair

Experience: I am currently the Managing Director of Ketco Ltd. Ketco is a recruitment, training and property maintenance company and I established this company in 2001. I have over 25 years senior management experience in the Housing and Construction field along with experience of working in both the Public and Private Sector. I am professionally qualified in these fields with the deep understanding of strategic management and the drivers for quality and continuous improvement, I have successfully tendered and won several housing management contracts of over £10 million in value.

 

CLIVE SHELDON

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Role of Board – Treasurer

Qualifications – BA Law Oxford University,

General Counsel and Foreign Laws Adviser, Solicitor of the Supreme Court

Managing Partner, Argentis Capital. ARGENTIS CAPITAL works to provide capital for innovative, scalable businesses which have a positive social and/or environmental impact in both developed and developing countries worldwideTechnologies

DEBBIE SKEETE

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Role on Board- IT and marketing group

Qualifications – Business student of the Year  2012 Women’s BusinessCentre and Newham College.

Experience: Ofsted inspector, 25 years experience in childcare

Founder and Owner of Early Years Play, which supplies educational toys and equipment at affordable prices to parents, day nurseries, childminders etc Early Years Play also support to childcare provisions pre and post Ofsted inspection. Early Years Play is currently part of the Make it Global Project and European Social Fund project which supports women lead business, launching into the international market.

Safer Neighbourhoods panel member

JAY BHATT

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Role on Board – Income generation group

Qualifications : CISI Level 6 Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice & Management, Chartered Wealth Manager, Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute for Securities & Investment 

Experience A Chartered Wealth Manager with significant experience in finance of over 35 years in Private Banking and Wealth Management.

Director at DKB Wealth Management

Associate Partner Practice of St James’s Place Wealth Management

OLIVE HAMILTON-ANDREWS

Olive Hamilton Andrews

Role on Board – Company Secretary

Qualifications
MSc, MBA

Experience: spans the public, private and voluntary sectors with recent roles as Managing Director of Hamiland Management Limited, Community Interest Governor at the Redbridge Institute, Community Representative (Adults) Redbridge Health and Wellbeing Board and the Patient and Public Voice member on NHS England’s Clinical Priorities Advisory Group

TAHIR MAHMUD

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Role on Board – IT and marketing sub group

Qualfications – chartered engineer

Experience:  A Chartered Engineer with 25 years of versatile professional experiences with multitude of highly technical and management skills gained through working in various sectors of the industry. Senior practitioner in roles such as business analyst, test analyst and project management. Extensive experience in planning, tracking project work packages to budgets and managing teams of various sizes. My varied background help me to motivate, mentor and coach others to reach their optimum performance levels.

Scout leader of 8th Goodmayes Scouts

Non executive board member

AMAL SIMOTHY

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Role on Board –  Acting Treasurer and Non-executive Finance Advisor

Qualifications- BA MA FCCCA

Experience – 20 years of experience working in accounting industry and helped over 1,000 clients including Owner Managed Businesses, Start-ups and SMEs made up as follows:- Starting from trainee, junior, senior accountant and practice manager, next becoming Practice Manager and Head of Finance for group of companies

Currently Senior Partner at own accounting firm AccountingPreneur Ltd co-founded with business partner Santa Simothy.

Also was Non-Executive finance director for Kidz4mation alongside Santa Simothy

Meet the staff…

ROS SOUTHERN – COORDINATOR

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Role in team –Coordinator Jan 2014- present

Qualfications –BA Sociology, Certificate of Qualfication in Social Work, Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies

Experience: Social worker, Community mediator – Conflict and Change, Newham, Project lead – Community conversations project at Conflict and Change,Newham , Community engagement outreach worker -East Thames Housing, Chair/Director Redbridge Green Fair, 

Queen of street parties and street events on my estate in Ilford

CELESTINE EKPENYONG

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Role in team – Sessional Worker for Sophia Hubs Limited Jan 2016

Qualifications- Business and Accounting NVQ Level 3, A LevelsEnglish Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, Business and Financial Accounting

Experience

– Managing Director of Every Box Ticked Limited (2015 – present day)

– Senior Bid Manager at Carmelcrest Limited (2013 – 15)

– Bid Manager at Mears Group plc (2012)