Our Team

Aaron Barbour – co-founder

I’m involved with Link UP because…. We need more local people getting involved in more local charities and community groups, so that we’re supporting one another. Simple really! There are loads of local people who can do some amazing stuff with local charities but need the structure and support that Link UP provides. Come on. Get involved and get in touch with us.

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My other life… I’m currently CEO of Katherine Low Settlement, a local charity which for the last 91 years has been building stronger communities and tackling poverty in Battersea, South London. I’ve worked in the UK’s voluntary & community sector over the last 27 years, for a range of local, national and international organisations, as a practitioner, researcher, campaigner, fundraiser, policy advisor, entrepreneur, consultant, trustee (currently Chair of Fuelbanks and Families) and volunteer. Contact me on 020 7223 2845, aaron@klsettlement.org.uk and @klsettlement

Will Foreman – communications & outreach administrator

I’m involved with Link UP London because… the Link UP London process is centred around community cohesion, connecting traditionally separated sectors (the professional and charitable). I believe that separation is counter intuitive to a successful society and naturally forming links can be made stronger through the work of matched volunteering companies like Link UP. It is also wonderful to be at the centre of these fledgling relationships and watching them grow into meaningful connections.

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My background is firmly rooted in working with people, being a teacher at an inner city secondary school and a business adviser for a small charitable organisation before moving to Link UP.

Heather Paton – ReLaunch programme coordinator

I’m involved with Link UP because … as the programme coordinator for ReLaunch, I passionately believe that professional women have significant skills and experience and can make a valuable contribution in the workforce, regardless of the length of their career break.

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I worked as an employment lawyer for many years, however following a career break to raise my family, I had first-hand experience of the challenges of returning to paid employment. ReLaunch enables women to regain confidence in their skills and abilities, through our workshop programme, events and meet-ups (among other things). Link UP London offers women the opportunity to use their skills in a range of diverse projects with local charities. If you are a professional woman on a career break and would like to build confidence and focus on your goals, we are here to support you!

Beau Neilson – community engagement coordinator

I’m involved with Link UP because … I believe professionals have great power to help local charities do what they do better. Skilled volunteering allows people to see fresh perspectives, meet new and interesting people and realise the value of their skills. I have years of experience developing partnerships between members of the corporate, government, philanthropic and volunteer community to increase the impact of charitable organisations on a budget. It’s amazing what you can do when you bring people who care together. If you want to give back to the community you live and work in, get in contact with us now!

Kim Perlow – co-founder & director

I’m involved with Link UP because … I’m committed to the idea of helping build capacity of charities in a resource efficient way. I’m also a firm believer in re-connecting professional women who are out of the workforce with their skills and confidence and believe Link Up’s model is a wonderful way for women to re-engage while providing valuable support to local organisations. Becoming a Link Up volunteer consultant provides a window to a new world – new ideas, people, experiences, networks and more. So really a win-win for everyone!

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My other life … I have designed and led programmes aimed at developing the not-for-profit sector combining a focus on grass roots development, organisational capacity building and policy and legal advancement. I have extensive experience with grantmaking, organisational development and working in partnership across sectors and have focused on issues of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility and employee volunteer programmes in a number of countries. I have most recently worked as part of the strategic leadership team of a UK based European think tank and volunteer for a number of child-centred organisations and initiatives.

Nancy Saichin – strategic advisor & ReLaunch programme development

I am involved with Link UP because…I am a strong believer in helping people to re-engage into the business world after a career break whilst helping local communities. Volunteering is a great stepping-stone to keep skills and experience relevant and a fantastic enabler of a happy and healthy life. Volunteers often report having a greater sense of purpose and achievement, having an increased sense of belonging and connection in the community.

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My other life… Originally from The Netherlands, I had the unique chance to live in many countries (France, Mexico, USA, and Republic of Ireland to name a few!) and finally relocated to the UK a few years ago with my family. I worked for over 15 years in multinationals mainly in the beauty sector holding various positions including 7 years on the U.K./Ireland board of directors and 4 years as General Manager with L’Oreal. Whilst in Ireland, I set up a consultancy focusing on business coaching and development. Through this last experience, I gained particular insight as to how hard it is to navigate your way back from a career break – it’s challenging whether you have been out of the workforce for two years or 20!

ReLaunch Coaches

Payam Yuce Isik

I am involved with Link UP because… I am a strong believer in giving back to community and growing together with others, and ReLaunch allows me the opportunity and space to do just that.

I am an executive and team coach and facilitator. I have considerable experience of working with leaders and organizations to improve dialogue, facilitate change and develop leadership and relationship capacity. Through 23+ years of working with organizations, teams and leaders, I have a deep understanding of organizational and relationship dynamics. I utilize different approaches and methodologies such as deep democracy, gestalt coaching, organizational and systems coaching and process work, to provide a tailored approach in response to the needs of my clients.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/payam-yuce-isik-b4a9741/

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Payam offers executive coaching, team coaching and facilitation: http://www.tribe-uk.com/

Pelin I. Buyuksarac

I am involved with Link UP London because… I am passionate about helping women to find their direction and gain their confidence to contribute to society in any way they wish.

I am an organisational development and change management consultant. I focus on facilitating team building, as well as individual self-development coaching. I have expertise in using “Points of View” tools and methodology to support my individual clients. I also offer executive coaching for team development and systems restructuring.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pelin-istanbullubuyuksarac-31b21b5/

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