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Tom Ana

Bright Lights Co-Leader (

Tom is a campaigner, activist and history of art student at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before joining New Unity he was a charity worker, farmer, burger-flipper, car park attendant and children's worker. He has worked with children and young people in several countries and also does very boring adult work in support of LGBTQ rights, anti-racism and decolonising education. As Bright Lights co-leader, he now spends his Sundays struggling to be the most mature member of our younger children's group. 


Miranda Philip

Bright Lights Co-Leader (

Miranda is a student of The Open College of the Arts and is also training to be a qualified counsellor. As a qualified teacher, she currently teaches in various secondary schools across South London on a substitute basis. As a mother, she takes care of her four children, rabbit, parrot and Shi Tzu puppy. In her spare time, she advocates and fundraises for individuals with disabilities - especially autism, and dreams of becoming a published author.


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.

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Val Welbanks

Music Director (

Canadian-born Val leads a busy chamber music career in London as the cellist of both the Ligeti Quartet and the Marsyas Trio. With both groups, Val has performed throughout the UK, Europe, and Asia. Val recently completed her PhD on the pedagogy of contemporary music. She loves the diversity of music at New Unity: sourcing and performing music from JS Bach to John Lennon!

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Emma Boyd

Business Manager (

Emma is passionately committed to human rights, women's rights and gender equality. She has 15 years' experience working in the charity sector, from arts management to gender-based violence. Across these platforms, she has been a communicator, fundraiser and campaigner, and has specialized in photography and film projects. At New Unity, Emma manages the rental business, and is responsible for generating other sources of income that enable our vital work to strengthen and grow.


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.