Who we are

We are a small team of passionate staff and volunteers.

Meet our team

Tony Bloor

Tony Bloor

General Manager

I have been with the charity since 2000 and have seen it grow in size, impact and reputation. Previously, I worked for many years in Housing specialising in housing cooperatives. I have drawn upon these skills to build a strong self-help ethos and cooperative management style within the charity. I am proud of the immense cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of our users who originate from four corners of the world that we see as our most important asset.
Urmi

Urmi

Senior Support

I started working for TAP Way back in 2003 -as a volunteer! I really didn’t think I’d still be here but here I am!  I started as a project support worker -helping with daily activities/projects that are run on a regular basis. Over the years I’ve helped to run the women’s health club / gym / health walks for Bangladeshi women. Also, for a long period of time I used to run the chair based exercise class. After becoming a mum I had to reduce my hours (reluctantly) and now I work part time. 3 days a week. I am truly grateful to TAP for everything – TAP has shaped me as a person, helped me to understand the value of old age / 3rd age 😬 & how important it’s to take care of each other. 

Khadija

Support/Trainee

Hi I am the new digital inclusion outreach worker helping users to get and remain on online to take advantage of our many online activities. I am a student at Middlesex University studying Education Studies and in my second year, I was born and brought up locally and look forward to working for the charity and in helping older residents.

Kalisha

Kalisha

Senior Outreach

My background is project management, having worked for a facilities management company for 8 years, so I enjoy being organised. I had previously visited the centre and volunteered, really enjoyed myself and the rest is history! I have 2 children, Esme and Jeona and I love spending time with my family. I am a passionate communicator and people person, getting great satisfaction from helping people. 

Meet our trustees

Andrea Garford-Tull

Andrea Garford-Tull

Trustee

G’day! I’m Andie – one of the many Aussies who call London home. I have 2 children (3 and 6) who my husband and I have been home-schooling over the past 4 months – a new experience! I’m a lawyer by day, a really keen cook (it’s in the genes 😊) and a loyal supporter of both the Wallabies and All Blacks (Rugby Union). I’ve had the great privilege of sitting on TAP’s Board for 3 years now, and the tireless work of TAP’s staff and volunteers, as well as the spirit of its service users never ceases to amaze me – until recently, seeing TAP turn 20 was a personal highlight; now surpassed by the incredibly creative way in which TAP’s adapted to COVID19. As my wonderful Mum would say: 加油! (literal: “add oil”, but commonly used to mean “go team, go!”).

Celina Ho

Celina Ho​

Trustee

HI I’m Celina. I was born in Vietnam. I finished my secretary school in Hong Kong. I came to London in 1975. I’m one of the TAP Trustees. I have been on the Board since May 2017. I have a degree in Computing and Business. And qualified as a Microsoft Systems Engineers. I worked for a solicitor firm in Camden as IT Manager for 16 years. I retired in 2014. I love to travel with friends and family. I do charity and volunteer works in my spare time.

TAP is one of the best charities in London. TAP organises a wide and varied range of healthy activities, community learning, supporting old people of all abilities and interests. We are very grateful for the great job that Tony and all the staff in TAP have done in the last two years. Keep up with the work.

Heather Johnson

Trustee

Hi, I’m Heather. I have a professional background in the field of housing, homelessness and welfare rights advice and have a particular interest in campaigning for better rights for tenants in the private rented sector. I’ve been a councillor in the London Borough of Camden since 1994.

I’ve served as Vice Chair of Housing for some years and am currently Chair of Planning. I bring many years of experience in these areas to the Third Age Project.

Helen Mitchell

Helen Mitchell

Trustee

Hi, I’m Helen. The sense of community, diversity of thought and culture in London inspires me to contribute and make a difference. I enjoy solving problems in order to contribute to the greater good.

Having recently joined TAP, I’m looking forwards to getting involved and making a positive difference to the community. I bring an array of UK and International generalist HR knowledge and experience to TAP in areas of people, culture, engagement, recruitment, diversity, belonging and inclusion, learning and development and people strategy. Outside of work I support a resident-controlled Housing Association and a charity. I enjoy visiting art galleries, learning new skills, going for long walks and improving my knowledge of history.

I look forwards to partnering with you and I hope I can make a big difference!

Kim Halliday

Kim Halliday

Trustee

Hi, I’m Kim and I’m one of TAPs trustees. I’ve been on the Board since 2018 and my area of expertise is Finance (I’m a qualified accountant). 

In my day job I am the Director of Finance and Business Services for another charity Advance, which helps women suffering domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system. Prior to that I spent over ten years in Banking.

In my spare time I love to watch sport, particularly football and rugby league.

I greatly admire the work Third Age Project does. The difference it makes to people’s lives is profound and would like to give a massive thank-you to Tony and all the staff at TAP for their continuing hard work.

Mark Ross

Mark Ross

Trustee

Hi, I’m Mark.

Oluwafela Ajayi

Oluwafela Ajayi

Trustee

Hi, I’m Fela. I am a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner and have been involved in numerous and prestigious construction projects in UK as Construction Health and Safety Consultant / Construction Design Management Coordinator and Principal Designer. I am a Chartered Fellow Member of nine different Health, Safety, Consulting, Management, Leadership, Teaching and Construction Professional bodies. I am a qualified and registered Health and Safety Trainer; Assessor, Internal Verifier and QMS Lead Auditor. I’m listed on the UK Occupational Health and Safety Consultant Register.

I am married with two children (twin – a boy and a girl). Prior to joining Third Age project, I was a School Governor in three Schools and the Special School Parent Governor Representative in Lewisham Borough.

I am excited being a Trustee of TAP as I can use my skills and knowledge to contribute to the good works of TAP

Peter Brotherton

Trustee

Hi, I’m Peter. I am the newest Third Age Project Trustee having been appointed in June 2021. I live in London and until very recently had a long career in banking in the City and West End running teams and travelling extensively on business. Equally importantly I have 14 years’ experience as a Trustee of national charities – all pointed towards helping the most vulnerable parts of society. It is this interest in using my skills to make a difference with similar charities with led me to Thir Age Project. We all know ageing friends / relatives for whom constructive companionship is a true gift. This is why TAP represents such a gem – situated where it is in an area of need in Camden . It’s work during the 2020-21 Covid pandemic shows its importance . I am very pleased to be associated with it

Rebecca Lavene

Rebecca Lavene

Trustee

Hi there! I’m Bex and I’ve been the Chair on Third Age Project’s Board of Trustees since December 2020. Since I was 15 years old, I’ve devoted huge swathes of my life to volunteering within elderly communities. Because I believe that the vivacious tenacity and clarity of understanding that is afforded only to the lucky few who make it to the later years of life are severely underrated by society. So, I have been proud to serve as a trustee on several boards and even assist in the creation of charities focused on supporting the elderly.

In my personal life, I spend my day job as the Communications Director at a research & education hospital in London and playing cat mum to my two very enormous Maine Coon cats or tending to my garden. I’m also a published author and former travel journalist so I enjoy travelling and meeting new people all around the world with my husband.

Ross Houston

Ross Houston

Trustee

Hi, I’m Ross. I first got involved in the Third Age Project when I used to manage the local Crown Estate (later Peabody) Housing Office at Cumberland Market. I got to see at first hand how valued the Third Age Project was to local residents. In my spare time I love walking and going to the cinema or theatre. I am also a councillor in our neighbouring borough Barnet, where I am deputy leader of the Labour Group. I’m also a school governor. I work for a housing association, have an MBA management degree and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I am also a member of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

Third Age Project is an amazing project that never fails to impress me – there is always something new happening! I think Tony and the team at Third Age Project do a great job and have been really impressed at how they have tried to support members during the Covid-19 lockdown. The team’s care and passion for their work is clear in all that they do.

Sui

Sui S

Trustee

Su originally came to London from Sri Lanka in 1975 and eventually set up her own legal practice in 1995. She had to return to Sri Lanka in 2006 to care for her ageing mother. She has travelled extensively and even worked for the United Nations until retiring in 2012. Su discovered TAP six years ago and takes part in many of its activities including Tai Chi and third age drama. She is an active volunteer with the Memory Cafe and has represented the charity at fundraising events.

Vaibhav Negi

Vaibhav Negi

Trustee

Hi, I’m Vai. I was born in New Delhi, India and grew up in multiple parts of the world including Singapore, South Korea and parts of Europe. I’ve a degree in aeronautical engineering and an MBA with diverse experience in engineering, aviation and financial services industries. I’m a real workaholic and presently work as an entrepreneur, consultant and a real estate investor.

Outside work, I’m a published author and co-producer/designer to a mobile app. Sports-wise, I’m a bit of a fitness freak (love gym and most solo sports) and am a competitive table tennis player. I can play the ukulele well and am presently learning to play guitar.

I love to give back to the community and this cause is extremely close to my heart.

In addition, we currently have 4 sessional staff; a 60+ health club organiser, drama/shows teacher, outreach exercise tutor and a nail care beautician. Two further key people need to be mentioned is our dedicated volunteer music teacher and cycling club organiser Geoff and the Regents Park Time Bank Intergenerational Family Worker Shahanara.

Philomena

Philomena

60+ Health Club Organiser

Gary

Gary

Drama / Shows Director

Susan

Susan

Outreach Exercise

Sokina

Sokina

Nail Care

Geoff

Geoff

Music / Cycling Clubs

Shahanara

Shahanara

Regents Park Time Bank Intergenerational Family Worker