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Trustees

The ECA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). The Executive Committee currently consists of 8 members.

The Trustees and the Committee meet regularly throughout the year. An Annual General Meeting is held in February/March every year.

Oveta McInnis

Chair

Oveta

Oveta McInnis taught science in London secondary schools for 38 years. She was a deputy headteacher and also an associate headteacher. Throughout her teaching career she was passionate about ensuring all students achieved their best. Many of her students have gone on to have successful careers in science. She enjoys walking in the countryside and she sings in a local gospel choir.

Since her retirement from full time teaching she has continued to contribute to education as Chair of Governors at a local secondary academy and she also sits on exclusion and admission appeal panels. Taking on the role of Chair of the ECA in 2019 was a big responsibility, which has given her an opportunity to continue to serve the community in this new capacity.

"I am committed to the African Caribbean community in Enfield and to making a difference through delivering on our four priorities. It is an honour to serve the community and to collaborate with organisations in Enfield, to support the Caribbean community."

Paul Riddell

Vice Chair

Paul Paul Riddellis a consultant specialising in the field of diversity, equality and inclusion and is the Vice Chair of the ECA. He has lived in Enfield for over 40 years and is a Board Member of the Beth Johnson Foundation which is a national charity dedicated to making the UK age friendly.

He currently works for Axis HR Consulting providing guidance for public and private sector organisations in the area of social policy development to ensure they are compliant with current equality legislation and best practice.

Janette Williams

Trustee

Janette started as an associate member with the ECA in April 2020. She thought she was just going to volunteer now and again, but the ECA had other ideas, she became the secretary not long after, and a trustee in December 2020.

Retired, Janette worked for almost 40 years as a Senior Project Manager for BT. Always having an interest in helping people, she volunteered in many of BT’s charity causes for many years, such as Children in Need, Stand up for Cancer and others. Janette also used her experience to mentor year 11 students at a local school. With retirement in sight Janette trained and qualified as a Therapeutic Counsellor, which she found extremely rewarding, satisfying and worthwhile. Janette currently volunteers with Enfield’s Youth Offending Services as a Panel member. Since working with the ECA, she has been instrumental in delivering the Luncheon Club in its new home, and supporting the Exercise in the park.

Roy Edwards

Trustee

Trained as a journalist and editor at Reuters, Roy is a digital consultant with more than 20 years experience of working in eCommerce, technology and bespoke software. He has delivered websites, apps and strategic projects and has a wide experience of different sectors. Roy has worked on projects for diverse brands such as Jimmy Choo, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Savills, Tui, P&O Ferries and the NHS. Roy has also lectured at London Metropolitan University and facilitated training courses at City University and University of Essex and has an MA in journalism studies from the University of Westminster. Roy was previously a trustee with an Islington-based youth project and Tottenham-based youth/children project.

Cedric Levy

Treasurer

Cedric LevyCedric Levy became involved with the ECA in 2018 and has been the Treasurer since 2019. He is most involved with the Luncheon Club and our Quiz Nights, though being a trustee means he gets involved in all of our activities.

He most enjoys interacting with our members and the young people at our Careers days.

He studied Biochemistry and Soil Science at Bangor University in the 1970s. After this he worked for 10 years in retail management. From there he moved into Children’s Services in Local Government, initially as an Admin Manager and then as a Management Accountant; he spent 30 years in total working for Haringey then Hackney council.

Bevin Betton

Trustee

Bevan BettonIs an experienced Head of Human Resources with a track record of achievement in the Public Sector working recently within the Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and Ascham Homes. A wide range of generalist and specialist HR experience gained within a large unionised public sector environment and diverse workforce spanning over thirty years.

An ability to understand the demands and needs of others, and an ability to sustain a balanced view. Good communication skills and the ability to present hard facts in a palatable manner. Well regarded also for strong mentoring skills and the ability to motivate others by leading rather than by taking over.

Joy Donalson

Trustee

JoyJoy Donaldson has lived in the borough of Enfield for 36 years. She initially became involved with the Enfield Caribbean Association many years ago as a tutor in the after school provision established by Ken Allen. Her tenure was short due to career and family commitments. Joy has enjoyed a varied and successful career in education. She has worked in various roles, as Class teacher, Special Needs education consultant, DfE National Strategy Consultant, and most recently as a full time Head teacher. Joy is now semi-retired and currently works with various teacher training organisations. In 2012 she was awarded the Walter Hines Page scholarship by English Speaking Union, this allowed her to compare teaching and learning internationally.

In 2018 she rekindled her commitment to the local community and re-joined the ECA. She remains committed to using her skill set and experience to serve the local community. She introduced the careers day initiative that has been successfully rolled out to schools in Enfield.

Barbara Teape

Trustee

Barbara graduated from Birmingham University with an Honours degree in Chemistry in the early 80s and went on to work as a research assistant for 2 years. Having decided she wanted to do something more fulfilling, she went on to teach in ILEA after completing her PGCE at Goldsmiths College. Having taught in London schools for 36 years, most of the time in middle management, she retired 2 years ago. Her retirement had been spent pursuing various hobbies including travel, walking, gardening and helping with some of the activities in her local church.

She became involved with the ECA, offering her services, during the 1st” lockdown and has been involved in the Luncheon club project as well as managing the database.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The corona virus has hit us all unexpectedly and has affected everything that we do. It has caused us to change our everyday habits and has led to isolation particularly for the elderly and vulnerable. We are working with StreetWatch Edmonton on a joint project called Together Our Community Survives (TOCS) to identify and deliver food to BAME and other ethnic groups. We are only accepting registration for volunteers at the moment. No new elders can be accommodated unless we have more volunteers. To volunteer an hour of your time, please contact Dionne on 07915 919524.