Phil Pyatt became TimeBank’s Chief Executive in January 2019. He was previously Chief Executive of Action for Stammering Children. Before joining Action for Stammering Children in 2016, Phil was Director of Inspiring the Future at the Education and Employers Taskforce, helping to grow the online programme to engage over 10,000 teachers and more than 30,000 volunteers, and was also Director of Engagement at Localgiving.com, helping small local charities raise over £4 million in online donations. He has worked both in interactive television and at the BBC and moved to the voluntary sector to work on youth projects. This led him to the charity Crimestoppers, where he headed up the youth team and also to NESTA where he worked on education projects on innovation.
Hi. My name is Andy. I’m TimeBank’s Programme Director. My role is to oversee TimeBank’s programme delivery and develop new projects and partnerships. I’ve worked in the voluntary sector for over thirty years. Before I came to TimeBank, l worked as the Head of Policy in the Government agency responsible for strengthening partnership working between the public sector and charities and before that, in a national volunteering charity leading on campaigns and policy.
I’m really interested in the ways volunteers can deliver change, challenging the notion of what volunteers should and shouldn’t be allowed to do. At TimeBank we are always keen to talk to people who want to explore new or interesting ways to involve volunteers, so please drop me an email if you would like to chat.
I’m Calley and I’m Programmes Operations Manager at TimeBank. I oversee our Talking Together project in London, working with the Project Coordinators to coordinate the delivery of volunteer-led basic English classes in community venues across 10 London boroughs. I also lead on our Employee Volunteering programme in which we work with community partners to organise team volunteering opportunities for groups of corporate volunteers.
I’ve been at TimeBank since 2014, starting as an Office Administrator not long after I graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Durham University. Since I started at TimeBank, I’ve worked on many of our projects in a variety of roles and what is consistent across all projects is the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers.
I have the pleasure of meeting many inspiring and interesting people as part of my job, and I particularly love seeing our Talking Together project bringing together volunteers and learners from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our classes provide a safe space for people to practise speaking in English and develop their confidence. In this relaxed environment, I’ve been part of conversations about everything from cold remedies and childbirth to politics; never a dull moment! If you want to hear more about Talking Together, or if you’re a company interested in getting your staff volunteering, please get in touch.
Talking Together Birmingham - Senior Project Coordinator
Daisy-May Super - Talking Together Birmingham - Senior Project Coordinator
Hello! I’m Daisy and I’m the Senior Project Coordinator for Talking Together in the Midlands. I split my time coordinating the delivery of basic English classes across Birmingham, Coventry and Leicester. I’ve worked at TimeBank since 2017 and my favourite part of the role is meeting new people and hearing about how the project has had a positive effect on their lives. Before I joined TimeBank I worked on delivering youth projects in the Midlands.
Outside TimeBank I have completed a Masters in International Development and put this to use as a Trustee for an international NGO working in the field of education in Tanzania.
Volunteers get as much out of our projects as our beneficiaries and I am interested in the cultural exchange that happens across our projects. Our volunteers say that while it is their aim to teach, they learn just as much from the learners about different cultures. We challenge our volunteers to step out of their comfort zone and meet people they otherwise might not – if this sounds like something you would like to do then get in touch with me about opportunities in the Midlands.
Hello, I’m Julia – TimeBank’s communications manager. I joined TimeBank in 2011 and since then, I’ve seen our volunteering projects go from strength to strength. I manage our internal and external communications, including writing news releases, speeches, newsletters and articles and I organise events and launches.
I especially love social media – TimeBank has substantial and active Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn communities and it’s a great way to get our messages across, describe our work and keep in touch with our volunteers. And I was particularly proud when the TimeBank website won an award from the Plain English Campaign as ‘an extremely useful volunteering resource’.
Before I joined TimeBank I spent 10 years in a senior communications role at the BBC and I’ve also worked for many different charities to increase their profile and the impact of their communications.
Ayan Ali - Talking Together Birmingham - Project Coordinator
Hello. My name is Ayan. I’m a Talking Together Project Coordinator for TimeBank in Birmingham. My role is to recruit and train volunteer English tutors to deliver free basic English Classes across the city. I enjoy working on this project at TimeBank as it allows me to meet lots of different people from various communities.
Prior to this job I worked at a domestic violence charity for six years as a community development worker. I was responsible for delivering community outreach projects and developing and implementing domestic abuse training for professionals. I spend a lot of time working with schools on safeguarding.
I love that TimeBank allows employees to have five volunteering days a year. I spend mine volunteering at a primary school. This has prompted me to apply to be a School Governor to which I was elected as recently.
Jenny Brown - Talking Together Birmingham - Project Coordinator
My name is Jenny and I am a project coordinator on the Talking Together project, providing volunteer-led English language classes to migrant communities in Birmingham.
I have worked in the charity sector since 2006, a big part of which has included managing volunteers and setting up mentoring projects for women and young people affected by gender-based violence, sexual exploitation, homelessness, substance misuse and the criminal justice system.
I love to see the positive change that occurs not only in the lives of those we support but the powerful impact it has on volunteers also.
After graduating I gained a TEFL qualification and volunteered for the Voluntary Service Oversees (VSO), teaching English in China. I still draw on this experience today, when training our volunteers to communicate with learners without a shared language. My own experience of being unable to easily communicate whilst in China, helps me to really appreciate how providing the opportunity for learners to practice speaking English on a Talking Together course results in greater confidence, independence and connection to society.
Hanifa Blakemore-Razaq - Talking Together Birmingham - Project Coordinator
Hello. My name is Hanifa. I am a Project Coordinator for the Talking Together project in Birmingham and Sandwell. My role requires me to liaise with volunteers, community partners and learners in order to ensure the smooth delivery of the Talking Together Project and I absolutely love that no day is the same.
Before I came to TimeBank, I worked as a Fundraising Officer at a domestic violence charity. The role required me to build lasting relationships with stakeholders to help raise awareness and funds for women and children fleeing domestic violence and homelessness. Outside TimeBank I am studying for a Masters in Social Policy and am a keen volunteer.
I’m really interested in how volunteering can work as a tool for integration, bring people together and strengthen our communities. Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email or tweet me with any questions about the project, volunteering or even just to chat!
Hi. I’m Mel. I have worked for TimeBank since June 2018, when I started coordinating the RISE mentoring project, supporting refugees living and working in London. More recently I have become TimeBank’s project coordinator for TimeBank Voices, an oral history project focusing on the experiences of our volunteers and beneficiaries.
After studying History, Anthropology, Sociology, Migration and Race relations in France and Scotland, I went back to my hometown on the French-Italian border, where I worked with newly arrived asylum seekers. I also worked as a researcher, which led to the publication of two books about migration to the French Alps.
I have myself been a volunteer for over 10 years, working with refugees and other migrants in Scotland, Thailand, Argentina, and France.
I am interested in how people from different backgrounds can engage, relate and create with one another to move beyond social prejudice and political discrimination.