Amy Todd

Community and Learning Manager (

Amy is the Community and Learning Manager for the "Recovering the Dissenters' Legacy at the Birthplace of Feminism" project at our Newington Green Meeting House, which is currently undergoing renovation thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Amy also studies for an MA in Public Histories in the evenings. Amy started her professional life teaching in alternative provisions, such as hospitals and PRUs, and has since used her teaching in historical environments including a former WW2 airfield. She has also worked on digital projects, and worked with some fantastic volunteers, groups and individuals along the way.

Outside of work, Amy is a member of WILPF (Women's International League of Peace and Freedom), a committed trade unionist, an avid reader of women's history and a mother of a very fluffy cat and two ex-battery hens.


Charlie George

Children’s Programme Manager (

Charlie has supported her work as a writer, performer & producer for many years with work in the community, including work focused specifically on the learning and development of children and young people. Her experience ranges from teaching assistance, youth work and bespoke creative activities and projects leading to performance showcases/public sharings. You can see more of Charlie's community work including dance, yoga, writing & comedy here.

Charlie also performs stand-up comedy and comedy/theatre performances professionally all over London & the UK. Charlie runs an LGBT friendly comedy & cabaret night in aid of Hackney Mental Health charity, Core Arts at The Glory in London.


Alexis Granum

Fundraising and Projects Manager (

Alexis has previously worked for a variety of arts and heritage charities as well as some political campaigns. During the week, she looks after grants and community projects for New Unity whilst on Sundays, she is an enthusiastic member of the New Unity congregation. In the rest of her time, she is a philosopher and keen textile craft enthusiast, from spinning to knitting to sewing.


Caz Hattam

Unity Project Coordinator (

Caz helped set up the Unity Project in 2017 and now coordinates the project's amazing team of staff and volunteers. She previously worked and volunteered at various other inspiring organisations, including Hackney Migrant Centre, Lambeth Law Centre and Maternity Action.

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Spen Greenwood

Rental Manager (

As Rental Manager, Spen is responsible for booking guests in at New Unity's beautiful spaces. Spen studies part-time at Birkbeck, volunteers with The Unity Project, teaches people (willing or not) about local insects, writes amateur history, attends boring political meetings, comes from West Yorkshire, and spends entirely too much time online. In past lives, Spen wrote propaganda for the great narratology/ludology wars, sang in a barbershop octet, and maintained light fittings.


Eve Joy Wilson

Creche Leader (

Eve is currently working to complete an MA at Goldsmiths. She has degrees from SOAS (Linguistics) and Monsters U (a fabrication sadly, but she can do a crocodile on request). Her childcare experience includes projects with 2-5 year olds at the Huddleston Centre (for children and young people with disabilities) and Autism Bedfordshire. She has been a second-hand bookseller, and has turned her hand to a range of projects, from a socialist reading group, to Yiddish storytelling and a production of Cabaret for Islamophobia Awareness Month. When she grows up, she wants to be a Social Worker.


Nick Toner

Communications Manager (

Nick is a writer and communications specialist. He works with a variety of brands and organisations, both in London and beyond. He helps New Unity with all sorts of communications tasks, including social media management, content creation, press outreach and more. He also works with refugees as a tutor, and volunteers with New Unity-affiliated group Pets Against Loneliness. He now lives and works near the Newington Green Meeting House but grew up by the beautiful Cumbrian coast. He has a degree in History and Politics from Oxford University.

Rachel Duckett

Rachel Duckett

Music Director (

Rachel helps New Unity with its diverse and inclusive music program - coordinating musicians (including herself) to perform at Sunday gatherings. She is a soprano, composer and the founding conductor of Holborn Community Orchestra. Having since passed on the baton, she enjoys singing with the ensemble from time to time. Rachel is influenced by an eclectic mix of musical genres; from the sound worlds of Azerbaijani Mugham, Malian Wassoulu and Japanese Noh, to those traditions closer to home as jazz, folk and opera. As a performer, she has interpreted various roles such as The Magic Flute's Queen of the Night, Die Fledermaus' Adele and The Secret Marriage's Elisetta, and is also a soprano member of the Philharmonia Chorus. She celebrated her first composer commission, 1948 Windrush Sea Shanty, a piece for soprano and piano, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the famous vessel's arrival. It premiered at Kings Place in 2018. 


Jean-Guy Sylvestre

Facilities Officer (

Jean-Guy, of French Caribbean descent, specializes in music-related youth work. He volunteers and teaches music production to excluded young people, while developing the music department in youth organisation Hackney Quest. A mild compulsion to try and fix broken things, and a strong sense of wanting to work for worthwhile causes convinced him that becoming New Unity's facilities officer was the right call. After recently completing a Computer Science degree, he's now dividing his time between youth work, developing his programming portfolio, and striving to make everything work well and look nice and shiny in New Unity’s buildings -  a somewhat Sisyphean task some would say…!


Sophie Yau-Sylvestre

Finance (

Daughter of a Chinese wonder-chef, singer-songwriter Sophie is committed to a life of soup and bread to do what she loves. In a former life she was a charming evangelical and theology graduate. Slight OCD means that she is well suited to the minutiae of financing and administration which is what she does for New Unity and a few other places when she is not music making. A permanent do-gooder, Sophie also volunteers with Citizens UK to co-lead the Hackney Welcomes Refugee Resettlement Team. She loves mohair jumpers, Michael J Fox and that dog from the Cesar dog food adverts.