George Monck (Chief Executive) is passionate about helping people to strengthen their communities by getting together to pick up litter. Since CleanupUK started focusing on helping people living in deprived areas, he has been impressed by how the simple act of coming together to improve their local area has led to people feeling not only part of a friendlier community but also safer too. George is determined to show that the presence of litter is much more negative and destructive than most people imagine and that every community can benefit from taking action against litter. Before starting CleanupUK, George was a management consultant and manager.
Sarah Hayes (Senior Project Coordinator) supporting people on CleanupUK’s Beautiful Boroughs Project to set up community cleanup activities in north and east London. Previously she headed up a national grant-making team for Volunteering England (now National Council for Voluntary Organisations) distributing funding on behalf of the Department of Health to local health & social care volunteering projects across the country.
Sarah has been involved in volunteering herself for the last 14 years working with immigration detainees & communities in Ghana, West Africa. She currently provides volunteering development consultancy to Family First Aiders, a local charity in North London.
Being a parent of two small children, Sarah spends a lot of time in parks and open spaces. She loves the huge amount of green space that her city has to offer and feels it is essential that all children be taught how to take care of their environment.
Since working for CleanupUK Sarah has taken part in various community litter-picks and has been struck by how much these community cleanups really have brought people together and made those areas feel cleaner, friendlier and safer.
Neeta Kanagaratnam (Project Coordinator) aims to ignite passion, inspire change and support individuals and groups to make a real difference in their community. Through the simple act of litter-picking individuals are able to come together in their local area, take ownership of where they live and together make their communities stronger, cleaner and safer.
It was only after becoming a mother did Neeta gain experience within the Voluntary Sector, managing Barking & Dagenham Faith Forum where she gained valuable understanding of the dynamics and challenges faced by such a diverse community within a deprived area. It also highlighted the wonderful work carried out by the many volunteers within faith groups, who serve their community selflessly.
Having volunteered at her daughter’s school, as well as a community events organisation, Neeta’s most memorable experience was as a Volunteer Performer at the London2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony, a proud moment in our country’s history.
The same pride and dedication has been noticed by Neeta during litter-pick events and is a wonderful example of how many small actions generate change.
CleanupUK mirrors Neeta’s core beliefs of respect, community togetherness and the importance of humans taking care of our planet and thinking beyond our own needs.