These are the people that help coordinate our programs.
For 15 years, Michelle ran small businesses in New York and then London. Whilst taking a break to bring up her children, she discovered a passion for education. She teaches full-time for more that 15 years in a state secondary school. Over more than 20 years, she has been involved with numerous charities and organisations, participating in various committees, including schools, church charities, a residents group, and also as a police liaison.
professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE
Stefan is the Founder and Deputy Chair of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee, he remains the principal benefactor having funded over 90% of the meal events, providing support for the homeless in Central London for over 10 years.
Stefan is the Founder and Chair of The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’), a South African registered charity that builds ECD preschool nurseries and provides over 900,000 free school breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa where over 3,500 pre-school children attend these nurseries.
Stefan is the Chair of Pump Aid, an award-winning UK based charity. Pump Aid was the UK Charity of The Year 2017 (Aid and Development) providing over 10% of the national rural water supplies for both Zimbabwe and Malawi combined with over 9,500 community partners serving over 1.35 million people.
In 2016, he was appointed the first Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at The Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London.
Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (‘CBE’) in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
A Chartered Surveyor and qualified Arbitrator, Sean has run his own commercial property related partnership in the City of London for nearly 30 years. In his professional capacity, he has acted for a number of charities and public sector bodies. Outside office hours, he is chiefly renowned for his skills at washing up large amounts of tableware, and dicing considerable quantities of onions without crying.
Ben trained as a Chartered Accountant and now works for a property developer in Central London. He has been a volunteer at the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee meals for four years and has worked for or supported a number of other social enterprises and charities in this country and abroad. His interests include history, paragliding, hockey, motor biking, cultural differences and pork pies with mustard.
Ashley Lopez BA, MA, MSc, studied in her native Chicago and latterly in London. She is a Partner in and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Department of Coffee & Social Affairs (‘DoCaSA’), a fast growing independent coffee company based in Central London. Ashley is a Director of The Afri-CAN Cafe Charity, a registered Charity that provides employment and training in South Africa. She is also the Chairman of The Goldfinger Factory, a London based social enterprise that is an up-cycling production and learning hub for the training, support and inspiration of London's most disadvantaged residents to create desirable furnishings and fits-outs for London's trendsetters with a social conscience. Ashley holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and a MA with Merit in Management from the University of Westminster, London.
Sara has always been passionate about helping people and this influenced her professional as well as personal life. Born in Slovenia, Sara moved to Austria at the age of 19 where she completed her MPharm degree in 2010. She then moved to London and carried out research at UCL and at Yale University in the US and obtained her PhD in Drug Design, Cancer Research in 2014. She currently works for an organization in London that conducts clinical trials on behalf of biotech and pharmaceutical clients to provide hope for patients and improve their quality of life.
Ceema is an Economist by training and has always been interested in social welfare. Since completing her PhD in Development Economics in 2002 and working in research at LSE for a number of years, she went on to work in industry and consulting, largely in the energy and natural resource sectors. She has been involved with charities and organizations including education and health, and has been a volunteer at Central London Rough Sleepers since February 2017.
Steven tries to keep a can do attitude towards work and helping people, and has been involved in the construction industry since 1980. He has been self employed for 20 years running two small businesses of property maintenance and in the earlier days larger building work. He was for many years a busy single parent looking after his two children. During this time he was involved with the school PTA of which he was the chairman for one year. This involved fundraising and liaising with the school governors to discuss what was the best way to use the monies raised.
Since 2005 he has been involved in the restoration of a classic Mercedes, which is used for hire both in media, film and wedding hire. He also imports classic Mercedes parts for other people. He has been a volunteer at the central London rough sleeper’s committee since February 2018.