Our Trustees

Our Board of Directors is responsible for the overall control of CAIA and they set the strategic direction of CAIA. The Directors and CEO meet regularly to discuss, decide and review strategies and policies and to receive reports and updates.

The CAIA Directors work on a voluntary basis to ensure that the organisation is doing all it can to support UK Armenians.

Karine Alexanian

Company Secretary

Karine is a community interpreter and importer of Armenian goods to the UK. She serves as CAIA’s Secretary. In this role, Karine supports the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Board. Karine ensures the Board maintains effective records and satisfies the legal requirements of governing documents, charity law and company law in the UK.

Sos Grigorian


Sos joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. Sos, who qualified in business and computers at Hammersmith College in 2012, brings expertise in computer programming and web design. He is deeply passionate about CAIA’s mission. Having been a member for over 20 years, he now looks forward to devoting his energy and love to ensure CAIA thrives in the years ahead. Sos is an advocate and campaigner for disability rights and is active throughout London’s Armenian community.

Richard Anooshian


Richard is active in London’s Armenian community and has been a CAIA member for over 20 years. Richard retired from his banking career at JP Morgan Chase where he covered the Middle East and Africa in the Global Petroleum, International Capital Markets and Wealth Management divisions. He also held positions in private banking at HSBC and Barclays. Richard holds a BSc in Arabic from Georgetown University and an AM in Middle East Studies from Harvard University.

Flora Mansurian


Flora is a long standing  member of CAIA.  She has always valued and supported CAIA In it’s mission.  Flora  retired from the royal college of general practitioners (RCGP) in September 2018 Where she was employed as the assistant financial accountant. Her main responsibilities in the royal college of GPs were preparation of accounts for two subsidiary branches and cash flow management. Flora would like to contribute her accountancy knowledge and experience to CAIA.

Vanita Nicolls


Vanita has been a member of CAIA since the mid-1990s where she joined the Armenian language class. Her mother was an Armenian from Cyprus. She has worked at Ealing council for 22 years and with the employment and skills team for the last 13 years where she manages the apprenticeship programme. Vanita sees CAIA as an invaluable resource for the Armenian community which, like any organisation, needs to be supported and cared for just as CAIA supports and cares for us.

Vayik Keshishi


Vayik has been a member of CAIA for many years. He has lived in the UK since 1975 and was elected to the CAIA board in November 2019. Vayik is passionate about CAIA’s mission, is an active member of the Armenian community and has always acknowledged the fantastic service CAIA provides for the Armenian community.

Vayik has a postgraduate diploma in law and has worked as a paralegal with a firm of solicitors and is currently an advice session supervisor with Citizens Advice having worked for them as a debt adviser beforehand for many years. In addition, Vayik has been a voluntary adviser for a London law centre and Citizens Advice as well as CAIA. He also has experience of teaching Mathematics at secondary schools and sixth form colleges and as a computer analyst programmer with a civil engineering company.

Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend Hayashen until further notice and call NHS 111 for advice.

However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

Please let us know what other forms of communication are available to you, such as Whatsapp, Viber, Messenger etc.

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough and shortness of breath but for full details, including Government guidelines and precautions you should take, please search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.
Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors. – 14/3/2020