Meet the team

Staff

Caroline Guarnaccia

Caroline Guarnaccia

CEO & Director responsible for Youth & Central Services

Caroline, the busiest lady we know – often mistaken for the dancing girl from the John Lewis Insurance advert – has been CEO of the Baytree Centre since 2010. As CEO her main responsibility is to provide leadership to deliver the vision, strategy and specific objectives of the centre. She describes her role at Baytree as ‘her most satisfying yet most challenging work to date.’ Prior to getting involved in the third sector, Caroline worked at UBM, a global events-led marketing and communications services business.
Caroline is a lover of all things Italian, which includes her husband! They have three children (now young adults), all of whom have volunteered at Baytree in some form or another. To relax, Caroline enjoys spending time with her family and her beautiful mongrel dog, Alfie. Animals are another of her passions (particularly dogs, horses and pigs), and her dream is to one day move out of London and set up a small animal sanctuary.

caroline@baytreecentre.org.uk

Carmen Gonzales

Carmen Gonzales

Development Director responsible for fundraising and development

Carmen is Baytree’s Development Director and has been involved with the centre as a volunteer and employee at various times right from the very start. Part of the initial team which helped turn Baytree from a derelict warehouse into a women’s centre. Carmen also started Baytree’s first homework club over twenty years ago. She is very experienced working with and for a variety of different charities. Prior to her role here, she worked at HAVCO as their Development Manager and acted as a consultant to over 400 local charities. Carmen has run numerous youth and female empowerment programmes in the UK and overseas and brings enormous insight into inter-cultural partnership working, participatory development and project management. Carmen is also a trustee at the Wonder Foundation, an organisation that partners worldwide to empower women and girls through education. She loves fake tan & coca cola and has recently discovered the wonders of coconut oil!

carmen@baytreecentre.org.uk

Marta Fernandez

Service Director responsible for Women's and Volunteer Services

Marta has a degree in Business Administration, a Msc in Marketing and a MBA and has studied and worked in Spain, France and UK. Her main area of expertise is in operations and marketing and has worked in international roles within the commercial sector for 20 years. Marta and her husband relocated to London 12 years ago and are fully integrated and active members of their local South London community. Since 2016, Marta has been able to pursue her interests in the charitable sector by volunteering in various roles for different projects using her business acumen and as a working mother of 3 children, her empathy for working mothers understanding the fine balance and conflicts that they face. Marta believes strongly that children should be made socially aware from a young age and has worked and continues to work with children encouraging them to get involved in voluntary activities as a way of personal development whilst helping others.

marta@baytreecentre.org.uk

Ana Martinez

Sarah Shubrook

Assistant to CEO and responsible for facilities

Sarah is assistant to our CEO Caroline, which covers a broad remit of responsibilities. Sarah assists Caroline two days a week in managing the training schedule, ensuring all aspects of the business are compliant from staff DBS processing to Baytree’s facilities and policies. Sarah also manages & delivers adhoc projects as deemed necessary by the senior management team. After working in the advertising sector for 15 years Sarah decided to use the project, business management and creative skills she had developed within the charity sector. With an MA in Women’s Studies and already working as volunteer mentor, Baytree was the natural choice. Sarah is a passionate advocate for women’s rights and supporting women and girls to achieve in whatever direction they choose. Sarah is a trainee psychotherapist at Regent’s University and has certificate level qualifications in counselling. She loves travelling and has worked in Australia and Italy. She’s a keen oenologist having undertaken several courses in wine production and loves all types of cultural activities.

sarah@baytreecentre.org.uk

Rosanna Zach

Joyce Castañeda

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Joyce is our Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. She has started volunteering with us in 2016 after moving to the UK from the Philippines whilst working for another local charity near Brixton. She has been involved with all Baytree’s services and feels stongly connected with the team and service users as well as Baytree’s work. It was no surprise then that as soon as the opportunity to join Baytree as an employee opened up, she went for it. Joyce has longstanding experience in community development, education, governance and project management in her home country. She brings with her a great enthusiasm for working with children, young people and communities. Baytree is a very natural fit for her. Outside of Baytree, Joyce is a keen softball player, if by keen you mean ‘enjoys hanging out with the team and going to the pub after matches’. She is still adjusting to the UK’s unpredictable climate, so will often be found wearing thermal undergarments.

joyce@baytreecentre.org.uk

Olive Ahmed

Olive Ahmed

Youth Service Manager responsible for the smooth running and development of the Youth Service

Olive has been at Baytree since early 2015 and is the Youth Manager. She’s in charge of organising activities for the girls that attend Baytree and managing the club volunteers. Her philosophy on youth work come from her favourite singer, Whitney Houston: “children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” Before working at Baytree, she worked in TV on such illustrious shows as Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex, after graduating from UCL with a degree in Ancient World Studies. Outside of Baytree she works at another women’s charity. She also loves to read and (attempts) to write.

olive@baytreecentre.org.uk

Rosanna Zach

Rosanna Zach

Youth Projects Manager + Comms and Fundraising Officer responsible for Spark and communications

Rosanna is the Youth Projects Manager at Baytree. Her main responsibilities include overseeing the development and delivery of Spark, our 13 + provision, as well as centre wide communications and fundraising. She joined us in June 2015, having graduated from Roehampton University with a degree in Education Policy and Sociology. Having been the Volunteer Manager for 3 years, she is excited to be able to follow her dream of working more closely with our teenage girls. Rosanna has lived locally in the Brixton area since moving from Germany in 2010, and takes great satisfaction in contributing to her local community through her work at Baytree. Besides Germany and England, she has lived in Spain and spent a few years of her childhood in Botswana.

rosanna@baytreecentre.org.uk

Amy Owens

Katie Bell

Youth Service Coordinator + Youth Worker responsible for GEMS

Katie is our Youth Service Coordinator and Youth Worker. She a passion for creativity, community and design which led her to studying community radio in Bournemouth where she graduated in 2015. Since then she has worked in the television industry, where she organised female focused media projects, as well as film shoots for ITV and E4, before bringing her focus back to social & community start-ups. Katie loves to travel and has worked in an adult school at a refugee camp in Greece, which led her to discovering The Baytree Centre in her own city. She loves anything to do with art, food and film and loves to influence as well as learn from those around her.

katie@baytreecentre.org.uk

Christina Christofi

Madiha Mughal

Into School Coordinator and ESOL Tutor

Madiha is the Into School ESOL Tutor. She has been tutoring from an early age and has experience of teaching primary school children through to Adult Learners. Having studied a BA in International Relations she quickly found herself expressing an interest in teaching the English language. This led to her spending a few years teaching English to university students in the Middle East. Driven by the development and appreciation of her students, she returned to the UK to study a MA in Education for English Language Teaching. Having taken some time off to get married, travel and conquer the challenges of full-time motherhood, Madiha is now tutoring at the Baytree Centre with her usual creative style and relatable personality. In her spare time Madiha likes to relax by drawing, drinking tea, and dunking biscuits.

madiha@baytreecentre.org.uk

Christina Christofi

Angela Parkes

Volunteer Service Manager responsible for the smooth running and development of the Volunteer Service

As our Volunteer Service Manager Angela provides ongoing support for our volunteers as their first point of contact while supporting our partnering charities to build and develop their capacity to engage volunteers. She has over 15 years worth of experience in the voluntary and community sector. She has worked on various community development programmes including youth mentoring & development, literacy, adult mental health and wellbeing. Angela has a certificate in counselling skills and, having completing the first year, hopes to complete a Diploma in Person Centred Counselling when she has the time! Angela is motivated by making a positive difference and has a passion for equality and believes that regardless of individual backgrounds, everyone should have access to opportunities to succeed and reach their full potential, seeing and experiencing the impact small grass roots charities can achieve through hard work and focus is very rewarding. In her spare time Angela enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.

angela@baytreecentre.org.uk

Amy Owens

Federica Saez

Mentor Coordinator responsible for Volunteer Mentors across all services & Character Education Programme

Federica is our Mentor Coordinator. Uruguayan and lover of her country’s traditional tea called ‘Mate’, Federica came to London three years ago in order to pursue further professional challenges. She has a degree in Business Administration and wide experience in the hospitality sector in which she discovered her passion for the Learning and Development area. Federica feels privileged to be involved in a girls and women empowerment project like Baytree. She loves travelling and has a lot of experience volunteering for social inclusion projects in Kenya, Uruguay and the UK.

federica@baytreecentre.org.uk

Christina Christofi

Christina Christofi

Academic Manager & ESOL tutor responsible for in-house and outreach ESOL provision

Christina is the Academic Manager and the Adult ESOL and Literacy Tutor. She is a true veteran here at Baytree and has served over 20 years. When she first arrived at Baytree, Christina worked part-time teaching English, and then went on to become the ESOL coordinator. Now she is in charge of overseeing the smooth running of the Women’s Service ESOL provision, as well as teaching. Christina is a UK native but lived in Greece for 13 years, where she met her husband. In 1996 she came back to the UK with her husband and two boys. Christina is a keen theatre-goer. She belongs to a theatre club and has ‘starred’ in the play ‘The Trial’ at the Young Vic. Christina also loves to travel and has been to Mexico, Brazil, Belize, Cyprus, France and all across the United States.

christina@baytreecentre.org.uk

Margaret Browne

Margaret Browne

ESOL programme Coordinator responsible for Women's Service

Margaret is a triple threat: she’s Baytree’s Women’s Service tutor in ESOL, literacy and numeracy. When she’s not tutoring or coordinating the ESOL programme for the Women’s Service, Margaret likes to fix various broken objects around the centre and jokes that she should have been a maintenance person. A long-standing employee, she has been at Baytree since 1998. Before Baytree, Margaret worked as a secondary and primary school teacher in northern England. She taught a variety of subjects including general studies, French, English and Maths. She loves everything about Baytree, especially the teamwork and, of course, the people who come here.

margaret@baytreecentre.org.uk

Loretana Contucci

Loretana Contucci

Women's Service ESOL Tutor

Lorentana is a ESOL Tutor for beginners in entry 1. She became part of the Baytree family in 2010. Initially, Loretana mentored women on a one-to-one basis but soon became involved with programmes for girls here. Her favourite part about Baytree is its supportive, nurturing, and safe environment. “It doesn’t feel like going to work; it feels like going home to my family.” Loretana grew up in a small town near Rome, Italy and she loves to go back and visit every year. She moved to London when she was 21 when she got married. When she is not volunteering at Baytree, she loves gardening and cooking. She also enjoys reading about women and children living in different conditions around the world.

Debbie Wydler

Debbie Wydler

Women's Service ESOL Tutor

Debbie is our Outreach ESOL Teacher and works elsewhere in the community at Children’s Centres all over Lambeth. She teaches free ESOL classes with a free crèche to parents with children under 5. She has worked at Baytree since February 2009. Debbie loves teaching the parents and likes to create a warm, welcoming and enjoyable learning environment. ‘It is so rewarding to see students transformed from being isolated and lonely to women with the confidence and skills to make friends and feel empowered to improve their own and their family’s lives.’ Her passion for helping others overflows her work life: Debbie loves to keep up with politics and human rights issues within London and around the world.

Maria Van Zeller

Bouchra Somati

Women's Service ESOL Tutor

Bouchra is an ESOL Tutor with our Women’s Service. In 2002, Bouchra moved from Morocco, where she gained a BA in Linguistics, to London, to join her husband. Her first engagement with Baytree was as a client, where she came to improve her English. Her own experience of moving to London gives Bouchra a profound understanding of women’s situations and complexities when learning a new language. After completing her education at Lambeth College and gaining her CELTA qualification, she returned to Baytree as a volunteer, where for several years she mentored a young woman and taught ESOL to girls on the Into School programme. She is happy to be working in Baytree’s welcoming environment alongside the Women’s Service staff who once supported her. Outside Baytree, Bouchra helps run a community group, organising activities for children and women. She also enjoys painting and going for long walks.

Carol Perry

Natasha Catnott

Social Mobility Coach

Natasha has a degree in Sociology from the University of Westminster in and a PGCE in primary education from London Southbank University. She has over 25 years’ experience working within education, parenting and community settings. As well as being a primary school teacher she has been a committee member for several community projects and has experience in community development, mentoring, parenting support, school admissions and appeals. Natasha is passionate about empowering people to dream, aspire and work towards achieving the best possible outcome. She enjoys engaging with people from diverse backgrounds to try and level the playing fields of opportunity; particularly young people and parents. Being raised in a neighbouring borough and living in Lambeth for over a decade she has a real understanding of the challenges faced by the local community. Natasha likes making people laugh and loves travelling and socialising with her very large family.

natasha@baytreecentre.org.uk

Maria Van Zeller

Javeria Khalid

Social Mobility Coach

Javeria is a Social Mobility Coach within Baytree’s Women’s Service. She worked with charitable organisations from a young age and takes a keen interest in community welfare. Javeria holds a BA in Visual Communications and thought Integrated Marketing Communications was her calling. However, on settling in London after an adventurous few years living in many (!) countries, her career focus changed. Having volunteered for a local community centre, and having discovered her passion for mentoring and promoting women’s welfare and social mobility, Javeria pursued an MA in Gender, Society and Representation, took up teaching and joined Baytree as an intern. She has never left since and we’re so glad about it! In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading and perpetually negotiating with her two mini-mes aka her children.

javeria@baytreecentre.org.uk

Maria Van Zeller

Isabel Sanchez

Social Mobility Coach

Isabel is a Social Mobility Coach in the Women’s Service. Isabel is Spanish and a true European, having lived not only in Spain but also in Italy and now the UK. Lawyer by education, Isabel started her career in the charity sector in Rome and is delighted to be able to continue this journey in London, working at Baytree whose aim she believes is so valuable to our society. Isabel loves cooking (and eating) Spanish food. She is a passionate reader of historic novels, trekking in nature with her husband and never misses an opportunity to enjoy a good conversation with family and friends.

isabel@baytreecentre.org.uk

Carol Perry

Carol Perry

Morning Receptionist

Carol, our Morning Receptionist, never fails to give us all a warm welcome when we arrive each morning – and always knows where the good stationery is hidden. Carol was a Care Assistant before she came to us in 2002. She loves Baytree because of the rich community made up of staff, children and parents. “I look forward to coming in every morning” she said with a smile as she spoke about the Baytree family. In her spare time Carol enjoys spending time with her friends, keeping fit and laughing.

reception@baytreecentre.org.uk

Sonia Pollock

Sonia Pollock

Afternoon Receptionist

Sonia is our Afternoon Receptionist and has been working at Baytree since 2007. Prior to Baytree, she spent 13 years working in fostering and adoption at Lambeth Council. A domestic goddess, Sonia’s love of sewing means she is often found in the fashion club teaching the girls her tricks. Much to the delight of the entire team, she loves to bake and often brings in her homemade treats to share with the rest of us. A firm favourite with the girls, Sonia always has time to listen and share her words of wisdom.

reception@baytreecentre.org.uk

Josep Serra

Josep Serra

IT Support

Josep is the IT support at Baytree Centre and the only man in the team. The best part about working here for Josep is being able to help out at an organization aimed at helping others. He greatly appreciates the moral values behind Baytree. Josep, a native Spaniard, moved to London in 2002 and now has dual citizenship. He loves to travel and is a keen scuba diver.

jserra@baytreecentre.org.uk

Adriana Moreno

Adriana Moreno

Cleaner

Adriana, joined us in 2011 and is indispensible to the day-to-day running of our Centre.  Originally from Ecuador, Adriana has been living in London for 18 years. She enjoys coming into Baytree every day and especially loves the warm and friendly atmosphere among all staff and beneficiaries. In her free time Adriana loves going for long walks with her son and her Jack Russell, Monchito.

Trustees

Dorothea Eyewumi

Chair

With over 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector and a proven record in developing community learning and support service, Dorothea brings a wealth of experience to the Board. Previous roles before going into the voluntary sector included working in Commercial Estate agency in the UK and the finance sector in Nigeria after gaining a Master of Business Administration in the United States. A previous member of the Centre’s management team and currently working with a national charity, she is passionate about the people that Baytree supports and is looking forward to contributing to the next phase of its history.

Sophia Pain

Treasurer

Sophia has been closely involved with Baytree since 2004 through her previous role as Trustee of DHEF and has kept a close track of the financial affairs and strategic direction of Baytree. Her career has been particularly varied: following gaining her MA from Oxford in Chemistry she went on to work for Courtaulds, KPMG Roche Pharmaceuticals, Deloitte Consulting and currently Oxford University Press. She is a qualified chartered accountant, ACMA with experience in various industry sectors. Over the past few years she been Chair of Governors of Newman University, a Trustee of DHEF and is currently a member of the Plater Finance Committee. She has raised considerable funds for Baytree – including a sponsored cycle from London to Oxford on more than one occasion.

Andria Francis

Andria currently works as an in-house consultant for BT’s Customer & Enterprise Transformation team in London, where she helps to identify operational and strategic improvements. Prior to this, Andria spent 2.5 years working as an Equity Research Associate in Morgan Stanley’s European Transport team, primarily helping to value publicly listed airlines, postal and freight companies. Andria also spent 4 years working in Deloitte’s M&A Tax team, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA). Andria has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University College London.

Suzy Wood

Suzy worked at the Baytree Centre for three years from 2009-2012, during which time she managed the youth service for girls aged 5-19. This experience motivated her to then spend six months in Brussels interning with the World Youth Alliance; an international organisation that seeks to promote the dignity of the person through advocacy and education. She then embarked on the TeachFirst teacher training programme which focuses on enabling backgrounds to access high quality education. During her two years’ training, she taught pupils with the lowest socio-economic a primary school in Tower Hamlets, working with disadvantaged pupils to help enable them realise their potential in the classroom. Since then, she has continued to teach and has started her own family. She is passionate about Baytree and determined to see it continue to help families flourish in the local community.

Katie Wrightson

Katie is Head of Content at technology business, proquo ai, and holds a Masters in International Relations and African Studies, which she completed in Madrid. She has over 10 years’ experience in marketing and communications across both the private and third sector and feels lucky to have started her career as a project manager at Baytree. With South London in her bones, Katie grew up and still lives in Lambeth with her young family, and loves being part of the Baytree community again as Trustee. She’s a certified food and wine lover, and especially enjoys exploring the culinary delights of Spain, as well as discovering all that London, and especially Brixton, has to offer. Her ‘happy place’ is Brockwell Lido – come rain or shine!

Riccardo Calliano

Riccardo was born in Italy and has a degree in Business Administration and an MBA. Riccardo currently works as Head of Global Finance Capabilities and Talent in the pharmaceutical industry. His professional career took him to work across 7 countries and 3 continents, mainly as Finance Director. He relocated to London with his wife and 2 children 5 years ago. He is passionate about social inclusion, skills development and has been working on various initiatives in his job to promote them. Riccardo loves spending time with his family and friends, playing piano jazz, experiencing new cultures through travels, tea, coffee and wine tasting as well as cooking ever-changing recipes.

Meg Parra

An American Expat of four years, Meg has nearly mastered the skill of making an acceptable cup of tea. Meg brings to Baytree the experience of many years in a similar, Chicago based organization, as head of the youth program for girls in years 4-6; as well as a background in developing character education curricula. An avid football player and coach, as well as a competitive sailor and coach, she is convinced that sports play a central role in empowering girls and serve as a special platform for character development lessons. She currently runs a weekly football club for eight fiercely athletic and competitive girls at Baytree, which, outside of spending time taming her own five wildly children, is the highlight of her week.