Head of Trustees
Elise works for The Salvation Army as their Community Development Co-ordinator for Africa, having recently gained a Masters in Development and Emergency Practice. She became involved with Community Albums when we delivered our international workshop pilot in Kampala in 2010.
"I was living and working in Uganda at the time. I was amazed at how the participants quickly responded to the programme and the results we saw. It became clear that Community Albums were not only helping to deliver a tangible product (photos, films and music), but they were giving communities new skills, creating a forum for voices to be heard and, most importantly, a way they would be listened to. I feel privileged to be involved in an organisation that is positively helping so many people speak out, and engages the decision-makers. I'm really excited to be volunteering my time to see Community Albums develop and grow."
Louise is a project manager specialising in events production. She works for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, leading the production of a brand new series of events. Prior to this, she produced The Salvation Army's 150th anniversary celebration, a five day event at The O2, the largest event ever to be held there. With a background in marketing, communication and events management, Louise provides Community Albums with strategic direction and guidance in these areas.
"I was struck by the unique nature of Community Albums' work. Rob, Simon and the team's expertise in music and media, combined with a passion for making change and helping others, is inspirational. The difference they have made to the people and organisations they work with is humbling and is one of the reasons why I love supporting them."
Dave was a primary school teacher for many years, working in a number of schools in London, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Music is an important part of his life, both in his classes and in a number of bands, in which he continues to play.
"I was approached by Simon to become involved with Community Albums and went to see a number of projects in action. I was immediately impressed by the impact that making music had on the young people involved in a range of contexts. With the careful guidance given by Community Albums' project workers, it is remarkable just how empowering this process is on a number of levels. I have become a Trustee and help in planning the way forward for the charity."
An experienced project and programme manager, Caroline has led teams and projects around the world. Working in international development, youth development and education, she is excited by grassroots initiatives that enable others to achieve positive change.
"Giving people means to express themselves - helping them find their voice - is what hooked me in to working with Community Albums. They are an organisation determined to equip others with long-lasting skills that not only build confidence, but help to foster community cohesion. It's inspiring."
Dave Mann is a church pastor and community organiser based in Silvertown, East London. He is also Chair of Oasis Academy Silvertown. Dave was previously a journalist and train driver, but has never fulfilled his ambition of playing for West Ham.
"I love Community Albums’ focus on empowering young people across the world to have their voices heard. The use of music and media equips them with great skills, but most importantly gives them the confidence to bring about lasting change!"
Dave has over 20 years' experience of working in the third sector with traditionally 'hard to reach' people. He founded the Caanan Project, a charity that empowers girls and young women in Tower Hamlets, East London. He has also been Managing Director of KwaCare in South Africa, Deputy CEO of City Gateway, Tower Hamlets, and Strategic Development Manager of Spotlight, a £7.5 million Creative Arts Space in Poplar, East London. Throughout his career he has maintained a real passion to see people reach their potential, whatever their circumstances.
"I joined the board because we live in a digital age, where media plays a huge part in influencing us. Community Albums recognises this and is actively using media to change people's lives."