With ECH since 1998, Judith is responsible for the organisation’s core work programme. Judith has trained over 60 community groups in oral history and is currently delivering an oral history “apprenticeship”, an NVQ accredited qualification unique in the UK. Previous to joining ECH, Judith was a set designer and stage manager at Theatre Royal Stratford East, working with Mike Leigh. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2012 for her work, and her commitment to Community Heritage. 

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Focusing on strategic planning for the future of ECH, Kaaren has many years’ experience of organisational development and service transformation, as well as community capacity, co-production, project and change management for both the non for profit and public sectors. In addition she has worked in information and policy, as well as in the roles of research fellow, writer, and librarian. Kaaren is passionate about community engagement, and empowerment. She enjoys visiting art galleries, playing table tennis and walking on the beach.

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James was a community heritage trainee at ECH and is now starting a new role as project officer. A History MA graduate of the University of Essex, James is passionate about cultural history, with tendencies towards sport and music. A former volunteer at the Charlton Athletic Football Club Museum and co-founder of a community music platform, James enjoys working on projects close to his heart, as well as running workshops and youth outreach sessions.

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Janice has volunteered for the Hidden Histories Archive for 10 years. She joined the day after she retired from a forty year career in the civil service. With a degree in English, Janice has always been fascinated in history. She first worked on the Working Lives of the Thames Gateway project as an interviewer and has been taking care of the archive ever since. Janice was also closely involved in the Little Germany project. This had personal resonance as her great grand-father was a German who had lived in the UK for forty years but was caught up in the repercussions against his countrymen during WW1. 



An experienced project manager and evaluator, Claire has delivered and monitored over 20 learning and educational projects in the community heritage sector. She is a QCF accredited assessor for community, arts and heritage learners, as well as an accredited trainer for young people and adults from diverse backgrounds. Claire's main objective is the engagement and participation of underrepresented minority groups, including LGBTQ, women, BAME communities, and those with physical and learning disabilities. Claire has worked with Eastside on numerous projects and continues to bring her expertise as monitoring and evaluation and training assessment specialist.