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

Senior Business Manager

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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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Kirstin Ross

Director of Operations and Sales

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Kirstin oversees the management of Canopi’s office space and the development of new affordable workspace opportunities. She has over 15 years of facilities management, sales and business development experience.

Having joined the organisation in 2006, Kirstin has been a key member of the replication team involved with building developments and project managing the refurbishment of Canopi serviced offices and managed hub locations in and around London. She was involved with the original building refurbishment of Canopi’s (previously CAN Mezzanine) offices in Loman Street, Southwark, which opened in 2007, and will be working closely with the consultant project team on the exciting new Waterbridge House development due to open in 2024.

Before joining CAN in 2006 Kirstin spent a number of years in academia, achieving an MA (Hons) in History and a Masters in Law (LLM) in Public International & European Law at Glasgow University.

Kirstin is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
For me it's about the people I get to meet and work with. Having the opportunity to build a community and engage with people from across the social sector to collaboratively make a difference is hugely rewarding.

What is your favourite dish?
My mum's cullen skink soup can't be beaten. It's a traditional Scottish fish soup and although I've tried using her recipe it never tastes the same as when she makes it.

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
It's hard to choose only one person to invite - but I'd love to have met Iain Banks. His books are wonderfully imaginative so I think the dinner conversation would have been entertaining and wide-ranging.

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Amy Clasper

Business Manager

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
Working with our customers who share our values and are making a huge difference in the world.

What is your favourite dish?
Lamb Chops, straight off the grill/BBQ - Preferably from a little Greek taverna on a Greek island.

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

Sameera Hijazi

Operations Manager

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
Working for Canopi gives me the opportunity to meet amazing people. From the people I work with to the people Canopi is helping, working for a charity is very much like being in a community. There’s a great balance between challenge and fun.

What is your favourite dish?
Biryani, because I love cooking and eating this dish, I learnt to cook it from my mom, and I still ask myself after so many years, "have I cooked it better than her?" the answer is always No!

Which famous person would you most like to invite over for a meal to share the dish with?
Roger Federer over to share biryani with, my son and I are die-hard fans of his, we want to find out if he has a taste for biryani like we do?

Carol Bayada

Knowledge Management Executive

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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.

Suad Gromilic

Receptionist - Borough

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What is the best part of working at Canopi?
It brings me such happiness to talk with our customers everyday and get to know our community of like minded people.

What is your favourite dish?
Any food with lamb.

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

Maria Maros

Financial Controller

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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

Senior Finance Officer

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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

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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