WHO WE ARE

 

 

OUR DIRECTOR

Ojuolape Olive Oluturoti

 

Ola came to the UK in 1999 with a BSc in Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.  She continued her studies, achieving a Diploma in Management and Leadership Level 7 in 2013 and a Level 4 in Internal Quality Assurance in 2018.  She is a qualified IAG practitioner, achieved in 2017. Ola is a qualified childcare assessor for levels 2 & 3 and has completed courses in teaching and education and understanding mental health in 2010.  She runs her own childcare company, Green Olives Childcare, in operation since 2007. Ola is the Co-chair of the Independent Advisory Board for the South London and Maudsley NHS and represents women’s issues at Community Southwark. 

LOVO was born out of my Christian virtue  to serve others as well as long standing relationships with people in the communities, especially the single mothers who would share their challenges with me as they brought their children to the childcare setting where I was the manager. I therefore found the need to set up this kind of service, and this is why we have done everything practically free for the past ten years. As our services are not a promotion of any religion or faith, but primarily aimed at the delivery of community projects to improve girls and women’s lives,  our doors are open to all women regardless of faith or background ’ 

 - Ola-Olive, Founder and Director of LOVO CIC

OUR TEAM

At LOVO we have a small dynamic team of women, some staff and some volunteers, who run our day-to-day work and facilitate activities, and an advisory board who support us as a social enterprise. Our team members have a range of live experience and skills which they bring to the table :

Ola-Olive:

Director and specialist facilitator

Aline Duriad 

Aline is LOVO’s first employee, funded by a grant from the Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.  She is a jewellery artist, writer, podcaster and mental health advocate with a passion for using creativity to promote wellness. Her podcast, Beyond the Borderline, is in the iTunes top 100 list of mental health related content and is in the top 98th percentile of most listened to shows on Mental Health News Radio Network.  Aline has run writing, collage making and jewellery making workshops for clients of MIND Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley, VSL drop-ins and LOVO CIC. She has created social media and blog content for the Mental Health Activity Trust and has published non-fiction and short fiction in various US and UK publications. Aline runs her own jewellery business, Alien Hearts, selling her own handcrafted jewellery online and at well-known London design markets including Truman Brewery at Brick Lane. She has achieved a Level 3 in Teaching and Training Adults in 2019 and brings other administrative, marketing, social media and group work skills to the organisation.

ADVISORY BOARD

Director of health and well-being  Omobola Fadahunsi

 

Mobola is an experienced clinical research professional.  She brings a number of key organisational skills to the Board, including planning and time management, leadership, project management, communication, training and coaching and a myriad of IT skills.  She has been the Compliance Manager at the Institute of Cancer Research since 2015.  Roles previous to that include Clinical Lead at Institute of Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK.  

Director of Media & communications Onyiyoza Ozigi


Onyiyoza achieved a BSc in Sociology with Media from University of Portsmouth in 2006 and has worked in a range of positions in community organisations in London since then. She has gained skills in HR, IT, media marketing, facilities management, first aid, safeguarding and administration in a range of private and voluntary organisations. Throughout her career she has worked with communities in Ladbrook Grove, Wimbledon and Mitcham and has worked in community health care since 2010. She is currently a GP receptionist at Tamworth House Medical Centre in Merton.


 

Advisor: Aliz Kardos

 

Aliz provides advice and support to Ola, the Founder and Director of LOVO ( She also provides advice and support in the management of projects ).  She is a qualified JD, Doctor of Law, and serial entrepreneur.  The skills she brings to LOVO include strategy, negotiations, business development, client relationship management, stakeholder management, project management, prospecting, value creation, presentation, sales, consultation, law, private equity and mergers and acquisitions (M&A).  She has the Managing Owner of a boutique advisory practice in Hungary from 2011-2015 and since them has been an independent consultant in Singapore until settling in the UK in 2016 to run her own consultancy.

STEERING GROUP 

As a community-lead initiative and CIC, we consult our 'steering group' of local women, many of whom also access activities or were met through past courses regularly to guide our activities. 

This group of amazing women meet regularly to share time, food and plan next steps for LOVO include : Cecile, Anita, Suzy, Deborah, Nike, Aliz and Frances. We thank you for your ongoing contributions.

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