OUR TRUSTEES AND TEAM
Founder and Trustee
Keeley Burns lost her eldest son Charlie in 2014 to a fatal knife attack. A devoted wife, mother and grand-mother, Keeley is dedicated to providing a strong foundation for her family and keeping Charlie's memory alive. Since Charlie's death Keeley Co-founded The Charlie Burns Foundation. As Trustee of The Foundation Keeley is dedicated to supporting parents like herself who has lost children to violent crime. Although difficult Keeley first spoke about losing her son at the City & Hackney Safeguarding Conference in October 2018. Keeley is now keen on sharing her story with others to raise awareness of the dangers of carrying and using a knife.
Founder & Project Director
Jojo Akwa is a life long friend of Charlie Burns. Alongside growing up with Charlie in the same area, he also went to school with Charlie and acted as his older brother.
Jojo Is an ambitious young man, his qualifications in Business, experiences growing up in Hackney and a knack for creativity are a sure tool to help the Foundation acquiring its objectives.
As Project Director of The Charlie Burns Foundation, Jojo is responsible for the development and operation of Postcode Pen-Pals. Jojo is dedicated to impacting the lives of young people as to allow for the best possible future prospects.
Jojo's contribution to date include founding The Charlie Burns Foundation in 2015, designing the company's logo and creating the Foundation's spearhead project, Postcode Pen-pals.
Allison Vitalis has been volunteering at the Foundation since 2016. Her contribution has assisted in securing funding for the Postcode Parents project from Clarion Futures.
Allison is a student at the University of East London, studying BSc Clinical & Community Psychology. As part of her studies Allison is currently carrying out an evaluation on Postcode Parents which she hopes will provide the Foundation with necessary recommendations to develop and sustain the project.
As Project Director Allison's role is to develop & coordinate existing projects and seek funding to enable the Foundation to attain its objectives.
Allison hopes her contribution to the Foundation can make a difference in peoples lives.
Tais Lima is a Hackney Resident originally fro Brazil, who is a Qualified yoga instructor specialising is trauma healing. Tais has previously experience of being a trustee on a Residents Association.