Our Trustees & Team


Keeley Burns

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.

In memory of  Charlie, 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.

Jojo Akwa

Founder & Project Support

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.


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

Project Director &
Trauma-Informed Family Support Worker

Allison Vitalis has been volunteering at the Foundation since 2016. 


Allison is a Graduate from the University of East London, with a First Class Degree in Clinical & Community Psychology.

As Project Director Allison's role is to develop & coordinate existing projects and seek funding to enable the Foundation to attain its objectives.


Allison also works part-time as The Foundations Trauma-Informed Family support Worker, providing practical support, emotional support and advocacy to service users.

Tais Lima


Tais Lima is a yoga instructor, reiki healer, meditation teacher, dance instructor and a community outreach worker in Hackney, East London. Granddaughter of a native Brazilian indigenous spiritual healer, Tais has ancestry from both the indigenous and the African diaspora of Brazil.

In Brazil at the age of 15, her cousin was shot 5 times by the police. He survived but was later brutally beaten in hospital, which resulted in his death. The family have never received any justice. In a deeply instinctual way, this informs Tais’s passion for yoga, community empowerment and becoming a trustee for The Charlie Burns Foundation.


Her classes are attended by people from different backgrounds from the physically challenged to the fitness obsessed. Her classes are a place where everyone feels welcome and included.

“I encourage growth of the physical and spiritual self. My mission is to empower through movement and meditation”.

Natalie Delaney


Natalie Delaney runs Stars N Stripes a non profit organisation that focuses on cycling through cycle roadshows, pop-up play roads, balancability and cycle lessons for all ages. Stars N Stripes also run a youth provision and initiatives that focus on sports. Natalie is a Hackney resident and dedicated to supporting The Charlie Burns Foundation.