Let's thrive together

Canopi provides flexible workspace for UK and International Charities and other Social Sector organisations.

We exist because we’re committed to helping Charities and Social Sector organisations make their mark on the world. That’s why we provide affordable and flexible working environments, support services and events for a like-minded community of people who all want to do good work.

As a Social Enterprise ourselves, we’re motivated to make a difference. We understand your challenges and are big advocates of collaboration and community to facilitate great work, that’s why we thrive together.

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I would like to pay a special tribute to our Founder and Social Sector Pioneer, Helen Taylor Thompson, who sadly passed away in 2020 aged 97.

Every once in a while a trailblazer comes along who effortlessly influences those they come into contact with, leaving huge positive impact without even realising it. From joining the secret service during the war, to founding Mildmay Mission Hospital, Europe’s first hospice caring for people with AIDS-related illnesses, and then founding CAN Mezzanine (now Canopi) and Education Saves Lives. Helen was a force for good throughout her life and her legacy very much lives on through Canopi today.

Helen has had a huge impact on me in both a personal and a professional capacity. As Chief Executive I see my role as a custodian of Helen’s vision, ambitions and of course her legacy. Fundamentally she was uncomfortable with the inequality in the world, determined to make a difference and when spotting a need, repeatedly saying “We have to do something!”

And we as an organisation are doing just that. Following the impact of Covid and the behavioural changes in how we work, Canopi has been re-imagined to suit the evolving needs of today’s Social Sector. I’m thrilled to be leading a dynamic team and to be a part of such a positive period for change. Welcome to Canopi and do keep an eye out for more exciting news around our flagship Southwark site opening in 2024, it promises to be a real game changer ‘for good’.

Clive

Clive Dove-Dixon
Chief Executive, Canopi Foundation

Key people

Clive Dove-Dixon

Chief Executive

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Clive has extensive experience in setting up and running commercial services in the public sector. He was Director of the Commercial Group at the University of Warwick for 12 years and he then used his public sector and commercial skills to advise Councils on remodelling their Adult Social Care services. Working as a consultant for Care and Health Solutions, Clive has helped set up several Local Authority Trading Companies, Council Owned organisations created to deliver Adult Social Care Services more efficiently and effectively on behalf of the owner Councils.

Clive is a volunteer Skipper for the Rona Sailing Project. The Project runs Sail Training Voyages for young people and for those with physical or learning difficulties, for the visually impaired and deaf, for those with mental illness and for those in treatment for, or recovery from, drug or alcohol addiction. Clive has been a volunteer for the Project for 25 years.

Clive has also volunteered for Education Saves Lives for the past 13 years. The charity tries to change the lives of the world’s most disadvantaged people by teaching them how to protect themselves from threats to their health and lives. They do this by publishing interactive lessons on some of the world’s biggest health and life threats in multiple languages, online and on DVDs, and distributing them to the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.

Clive was Chair of the HTTF Board before he was appointed Chief Executive at Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation on 1st June 2020.

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
I’ve always wanted to do something with my life that I can say made a difference in the world. I feel with Canopi, and also with our other charity Education Saves Lives, we have a great opportunity to do just that - make a difference in the world.

What is your favourite dish?
Baked Alaska. As a a child I was fascinated that you could bake ice cream in an oven without it melting and I always badgered my Mother to have Baked Alaska instead of a birthday cake for my birthday parties.

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Mark Twain. My Mother always told us that one of our famous ancestors was Mark Twain, and I loved Tom Sawyer, so I’d like to share my childhood favourite dish with him and get to know him.

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Chris Hazell

Director of Operations and Sales (Acting)

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
Working in the Operations team for Canopi I enjoy striving to keep pushing the boundaries of providing value and service to our customers.

What is your favourite dish?
Cooked breakfast (the works) if being bad or banana omelette if being good.

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Any top chef as I am sure their butcher's sausages are better than mine.

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Fiona Edwards

Director of Marketing and Communications

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Fiona is a strategic marketing and communications leader with over 20 years of experience. She has a proven track record of success in developing and executing integrated campaigns that increase brand awareness, drive website traffic and generate leads. Recently winning two awards for content marketing campaigns. She is highly experienced in digital transformation and change management. Fiona has launched a number of professional education exams and products for the investment management industry, as well as leading diversity, equity and inclusion work - including the Young Women in Investment Management initiative.

Fiona is a volunteer for Age UK and has sat on the CFA Society UK DEI Committee for the past 8 years as well as contributing to working group projects such as the response to Sexism in the City consultation in August 2023 and the launch of the CFA Institute DEI Code in the UK in October 2023.

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
I am really excited about the opportunity to grow social impact, increase community and make real change in a sector that is evolving with post-pandemic strategies and accelerate change around sustainability and creating a purposeful presence. Canopi is at a point in its journey where I think all this is possible.

What is your favourite dish?
I am a big fan of 'marmite on toast'.

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share a the dish with?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To discover more about her pioneering spirit driving advocacy for equal rights and how she left a legacy that all generations will benefit from would make her a very inspirational dinner companion.

Taruna Patel

Business Manager

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?

Meeting new people and the people I work with, helping people from the social sector in supporting their operational requirements which I find very rewarding, and it gives me that feel good factor within. Building a community and providing the best service possible and keeping our clients happy.

What is your favorite dish?

Home cooked spicy Chicken and Rice

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?

Jamie Oliver so that I can get some cooking/recipe tips and of course get his feedback on my cooking

Alexandra Little

Operations Manager

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
I am enjoying learning new skills within this industry, while working alongside organisations that align with both my professional and personal values. The good lunch options near by is a close second 😉

What is your favourite dish?
I think I could eat pasta 3 meals a day, 7 days a week if I had to. Never, ever get over it!

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
David Attenborough

Carol Bayada

Knowledge Management Executive

020 3096 7665

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
The promise of meeting some amazing creative social entrepreneurs and working within a community of value-driven organisations that make a difference to people’s lives.

What is your favourite dish?
Hot roasted chestnuts – brings back childhood memories of happy times in deep winter with friends and images of Christmas when I had a lot of fun with my siblings.

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Oscar Schindler although I am sure he'd prefer free flowing wine and rich food.

Maria Maros

Finance Director

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Maria joined Canopi in 2019. As Financial Controller, she manages the finance team and all strategic aspects of the finance function.

Maria has vast experience in the field of finance having worked in a variety of organisations from traditional corporates to social enterprises.

In her spare time Maria likes to explore new places.

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
It provides me with a career path that focuses on driving change for good.

What is your favourite dish?
Creamy vegetable risotto

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Greta Thunberg

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Kamrul Islam

Management Accountant

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
I enjoy working in the third sector, and especially Canopi as it provides me with the opportunity to apply my skills and experience in finance whilst supporting a community of customers who are making a positive impact.

What is your favourite dish?
Roast Lamb & Potatoes

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Cristiano Ronaldo

Aliusman Iqbal

Senior Finance Officer

020 3096 7660

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
Working at Canopi provides me with an opportunity to work alongside people on the same wavelength who want to make a positive impact to society and have similar beliefs in doing so.

What is your favourite dish?
Gamberetti pasta

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Jay-Z