The Z2K team
Chief Executive: Joanna Kennedy
Joanna was a partner and head of litigation in the Holborn law firm Collyer Bristow until 2008 when she joined Z2K. After 30 years as a commercial lawyer she wanted to direct her energies into putting something back into the community
Volunteer co-ordinator & caseworker: Henu Cummins
Henu qualified as a barrister but chose to put her legal skills and training into practice in the voluntary sector. Before joining Z2K in 2010, she worked for several years as an advocate with the charity Victim Support.
Office Manager: Lilian Lee
Lilian joined Z2K in 2008, with previous work experience in administration in the banking industry and subsequently in 2 other small businesses. She manages the operations and the technology of the office.
Campaigns Officer: Sam Ashton
Sam leads on all Z2K’s campaigning activity. He has a degree in Politics from the London School of Economics and previously worked at the Greater London Authority.
NextDoor Project Manager: Romin Sutherland
Romin manages the NextDoor project intended to raise awareness and campaign against the housing benefit changes that are impacting vulnerable households in inner London. He has a degree in Sociology, a Graduate Diploma in Law and a Masters in Public and Human Rights Law at UCL.
NextDoor Caseworker: Joanne Philiips
Joanne is the NextDoor Project’s full time caseworker. She takes a lead on all cases for NextDoor and helps to coordinate the many volunteers we have assisting on the project. She has a wealth of legal and casework experience from Home Start Westminster, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Complaints Service.
Tenancy Support Officer: Jamie Wallace
Jamie is the coordinator of our NextDoor Project’s Private Rented Access Scheme. He helps pair up our clients looking for housing with landlords looking for reliable tenants. Jamie has experience working at Hammersmith and Fulham’s Citizens Advice Bureau.
Z2K is dependent on the support of our volunteers to provide the services we do. We are eternally grateful to all volunteers, past and present. Our current volunteers are as follows:
Tom Birkett, Jeevan Bhachu, Charles Brabin, Sarah Byrt, Ian Calder, Catherine Chappell, Boon Yew Chew, Daniel Cummins, Ben Davis, Michael Duggan, Hannah Duncomb, Sepand Lavasani, Louise London, Emma Lough, Robert Kerr, Marcus Hill, Jeff Hyd, Daniel John, Lorenzo Maniscalo, Helen McKenna, Stella Nabukeera, Doyin Olugbemiga, Sczerina Perot, Gertruda Semenaite, Valarie Smith, Maureen Smith, Shannon Upton, Anton Van Dellen & Yiannis Voyias
1996 – 2000: The Rt. Rev. Lord Runcie
1996 – 2009: Sir John Mortimer CBE QC
The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Rowan Williams
H.E.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
The Duke of Richmond and Gordon
Victoria, Lady Getty
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks of Aldgate
Chairman: Jan Luba QC
Jan is a barrister practicing from Garden Court Chambers in London. He was called to the Bar in 1980 and in 2000 was made a Queen’s Counsel. He specialises in Housing Law with particular emphasis on homelessness, allocations, housing management law, and housing conditions.
Jan has considerable experience as a housing law trainer and has written widely on housing issues in both the legal and housing press. He sits part-time as a judge (as a Recorder in the Civil Courts and at the Employment Appeal Tribunal). He is also a Patron of the Croydon Housing Aid Society. Jan was The Legal Aid Barrister of the Year for 2007. In 2009 he was elected a Bencher of Middle Temple.
Treasurer: Frank McDowell FMAAT
Frank is a Partner in Linn Maggs Goldwin, a firm of Chartered Accountants in the City of London.
He is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the team, including managing audits, accounts preparation, corporate tax, company secretarial work, client payrolls and VAT returns.
Frank specialises in the charity and not for profit sector, which is where his interest in the charitable activities of Z2K originates from. He was pleased to accept the invitation from Z2K’s Chairman Paul Nicolson, several years ago, to become the treasurer and financial Trustee.
He is also the Financial Trustee for a London-wide community organising charity, London Citizens.
Maev is a qualified lawyer (Barrister) with over 30 years’ experience and a thorough knowledge and understanding of telecommunications law and strategy having been involved in the liberalisation of telecommunications in the United Kingdom since its inception in 1982.
In July 2008 she retired from consultancy work providing legal/regulatory advice in the telecommunications sector and has since focused her time on her family and on voluntary work that she began in May 2005 for various charitable organisations, including Trinity Hospice and, since July 2008,The Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, where she was appointed a Trustee in July 2009.
The Rev. Paul Nicolson
Paul Nicolson began his working life in 1955 importing, marketing and distributing wines and spirits. In 1966 he attended Cuddesdon Theological College and was ordained into the Church of England as a Minister in Secular Employment in 1967. As a curate he took a Diploma in Personnel Management and in 1968 was employed by ICI Central Personnel Department as a Personnel Officer responsible to the Manager who negotiated with the Trades Unions.
He left ICI in 1972 and became the Founding General Secretary of the Confederation of Employee Organisations engaged in opposition to the Closed Shop. In 1982 he joined the Hambleden Valley Group of Churches as a Parish Priest.
The harsh treatment of his poorest parishioners, who could not afford the Poll Tax, led to the foundation of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust to work with impoverished debtors tangled in the welfare system, of which he has been chairman from 1997 to February 2013.
Antony Goodfellow is an active volunteer of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) and a member of Breadline Africa’s UK Advisory Committee.
James Morris an associate solicitor with RPC LLP. He is passionate about tackling fuel poverty and has helped Z2K to develop its help and advice on fuel poverty.
Siobhan is a volunteer of the St Vincent de Paul Society, a charity which makes around 600,000 visits to people in need throughout England and Wales each year and operates numerous projects to help people in local communities. She has sat on many committees during her 15 years of involvement and was on their Board of Trustees for five years.
She is also on the Caritas Advisory Board for Westminster Diocese and has been a school governor for over 14 years. Since giving up her career to look after her two sons, Siobhan has set up a residents association, asylum seeker support group and organised a wide variety of events to raise funds for charity.
IT & Network Support: Kriss from Kriss-Com
Fundraising: Dave Redfern
Public Relations: Isobel Williams
Website: Jack Adams and Mike Smith
Design: Peter Sloper and Julian Roberts
Event organiser: Harriet Paul
Information consultant: Clare Brown