Who we are

“At its heart, Z2K is, simply, people passionate about other people”
Z2K was founded in the 1990s by the late Reverend Paul Nicolson and a small group of volunteers who were deeply concerned about the impact of the Thatcher Government’s ‘poll tax’ – a fixed payment from every adult, regardless of their income or circumstances. We were formed as a charity in 2000 and registered on the Charity Commission in 2005.

Today we continue to hold true to our founding principles, challenging injustices in the Social Security benefits and housing systems. We believe that adequate, stable income and housing are key to creating a more equal society where everyone has the chance of a stable and dignified life. 

Our team

Alex Kane

Caseworker

Alex is a caseworker focusing on welfare benefits.

He joined Z2K in 2021 after two years in policy and casework at a criminal appeals charity and law practice, during which time he worked on a cross-party inquiry into miscarriages of justice. He previously worked in frontline social welfare advice and casework at Citizens Advice North & West Kent and FRU, and has also volunteered with Liberty. He studied law at University College London and has an LLM in international law from Queen Mary University of London.

Alex is passionate about helping the public access their rights and using casework to drive systemic change.

Anela Anwar

Chief Executive (CEO)

Anela joined as Chief Executive in June 2020 and is responsible for driving forward Z2K’s strategy to address poverty in London caused by unfairness in the legal, social security & housing systems. Anela was previously Head of Programmes and Partnerships at Oxfam GB, where she worked to bring about transformational change for people facing poverty and inequality in Britain. Before that, Anela headed up Roshni – a dynamic charity working to improve the lives of black, minority ethnic and refugee communities in Scotland.

Anela graduated with an honours degree in Law, after which she worked in the third sector on a diverse range of issues such as violence against women and girls, community development and youth empowerment and participation. She is a dedicated intersectional feminist and is passionate about ensuring experts by experience are at the heart of decision-making.

Anela is also the Convenor of the Poverty Alliance, a Board Member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, and holds membership of the Greater Manchester Poverty Action Advisory Group.

Anna Ellis

Client Support Caseworker

Anna leads on Z2K’s Stepping Stones Wraparound Project, providing additional support for clients in partnership with South West London Law Centre. Anna can assist with a range of issues including budgeting and money management, food bank referrals, grant applications, employment support and referrals to other agencies such as mental health services and debt management.

As part of the Stepping Stones project, Anna organises workshops and activities for clients to encourage independence, social interaction and to build their knowledge of key issues such as money management, housing rights and the benefits system.

In additional to wraparound support, Anna manages our form filling service, matching clients to volunteers to help complete benefits applications and appeals. Anna has previously worked in social housing and the NHS and has volunteered as a Debt Adviser with the Oasis Hub Waterloo.

Becca Stacey

Policy & Campaigns Officer

Becca works with Ella and Marc on Z2K’s policy and campaigning work. She is passionate about generating systemic change to improve the social security system so that it effectively supports people, and ensuring that those who directly engage with the social security system, are at the heart of this change. Becca was previously a policy and campaigns volunteer at Citizens Advice Westminster where she focused on Universal Credit, a policy and communications officer at the Obesity Health Alliance, and has campaigned for votes at 16 with the British Youth Council.

Ella Abraham

Policy & Campaigns officer

Ella works with Marc, Becca and Rose on Z2K’s policy and public campaigns; over the last two years, she has led on campaigns such as #ScraptheLetters, #StopMisleading and #IncreaseLegacyBenefits. As the Campaigns Co Chair of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), Ella has focused on coalition campaigning and leading on engagement with disabled people and disabled led organisations. 

She previously campaigned for organisations such as Doctors of the World UK  and UN Women working on healthcare, migrant rights and gender equality. Prior to this, Ella worked directly with clients for three years while at the Helen Bamber Foundation, a human rights organisation advocating for survivors of cruelty including torture and trafficking. 

Kamila Buczek

Operations Officer

Kamila’s role is to liaise with the Office manager and the rest of the team, ensuring that requests are followed up, and that everyone has the tools required to work as efficiently as possible

Kamila has many years of experience working in charity sector. In the current role she wants to make sure that the team operates to the best of their abilities. She is focused on providing support in many areas and all levels ensuring that Z2K can achieve all of its aims.

Lucy Isaac

Tribunals Co-ordinator

Lucy is responsible for coordinating all Z2K’s tribunals work, including developing relationships with pro bono legal teams and recruiting legal volunteers to represent clients at their hearings.

Lucy started at Z2K in 2016 as a volunteer, beginning with our form-filling service before moving on to casework. She studied law at the University of Westminster and previously worked with charities such as the Islington Bereavement Service and Ealing Advice Service.

Marc Francis

Directo or Policy & Campaigns

Marc leads on all our campaigning, parliamentary and policy work. His key areas of focus in recent years have been council tax charges and the impact of housing policies on low-income households. He was formerly the Housing & Neighbourhoods Policy Advisor at Save the Children and before that, Public Affairs Manager at Shelter. He led Shelter’s successful campaigns for mandatory Tenancy Deposit Protection by private landlords and against the use of Bed & Breakfast accommodation for homeless families.

Natasha Cross

Caseworker

Natasha supports the casework team with disability benefit issues and housing problems. She first started at Z2K as a volunteer and has previously worked at Citizens Advice. Natasha studied Politics at Surrey University, and is interested in understanding how government-led policy changes affect people in real life. She is deeply committed to supporting the active policy-influencing network Z2K are creating and to helping those negatively affected by welfare reforms.

Samantha Evans

Fundraising Manager

Samantha manages Z2K’s fundraising and also works to improve the charity’s communications. She previously fundraised for organisations such as Help Counselling, Borderline and Crisis and has also obtained the Certificate in Fundraising. Samantha is extremely passionate about growing the charity so that everyone in London has the income, housing and support they need to live a stable, dignified life.

Tanya Sutton

Office Manager

Tanya oversees all the organisation’s day to day operational work; her remit covers a broad range of areas including governance, finance, monitoring, supplier contracts, HR matters and office policies. Alongside her operational skills, she has a genuine commitment to all our project work, and an empathy with our clients that makes her an invaluable part of team.

Zoë Adkin

Casework Manager

Zoë first joined the team as a volunteer in 2014 before becoming a paid member of staff in March 2015. Zoe has a particular interest in tribunal representation and achieving successful outcomes on behalf of our clients. She also enjoys working with volunteers.

Our Patrons

We are grateful to each of our patrons and everyone who continues to support us in our work to improve the lives of people facing poverty
Founder Patrons

1996 – 2000

The Rt. Rev. Lord Runcie

1996 – 2009

Sir John Mortimer CBE QC

Patrons

Our Trustees

Mick McAteer is the founder and Director of The Financial Inclusion Centre, a UK-based not-for-profit think tank that promotes fair, inclusive, efficient and accountable financial markets. He is also a board member of the Caritas (Westminster) Advisory Board, board member of Registry Trust, and deputy Chair of the Northern Ireland Consumer Council. He is a former board member of the UK Financial Conduct Authority and former Chair of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group (FSUG).

Emma is the Director of Lawyers Against Poverty (LAP) and has ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector working on human rights and legal access. She is an experienced trainer in welfare, social security and housing law. She first joined Z2K as a volunteer and then staff member before joining the board.

Kay is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience working within the public sector and international development. Currently, she is an Associate Director at Ecorys, responsible for leading monitoring, evaluation and learning assignments.

Jim is a Consultant at Q5, working with senior client teams on organisation design, transformation and process design projects. He has helped to deliver lasting change across a wide range of organisations with clients including Royal Mail, Wates, British Gas and the British Council. Prior to this he spent the majority of his career with the BBC where he held senior management positions across factual series in history, arts, science and natural history.

Over the past 25 years Siobhán has served as trustee, diocesan president and on numerous national committees for the St Vincent de Paul Society, a charity that makes around 600,000 visits to people in need throughout England and Wales and runs a national homeless pack project which she started in 2010. She is a trustee and national president elect of the Catholic Women’s League, is on the executive team for Taxpayers Against Poverty and has started a variety of organisations to support refugees and serve her local community.

Randeep is a chief leader writer for the Guardian. His career at the Guardian has seen him tackle a variety of roles, including as a foreign correspondent, social affairs writer and investigative reporter. He also edited the Guardian’s history of the Iraq War. Randeep is a trustee of the Guardian Foundation and on the advisory board for the University of Sheffield’s Political Economy Research Institute.

Alex is an English actor who has appeared on television, film and radio in the UK in productions such as Holby City, Hut 33, Peep Show, The Thick of It, Keeping Mum and The Inbetweeners. He also trained as a barrister in the Middle Temple.

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