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 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 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.
Raffi is an in-house lawyer for a US-based telecommunications equipment company and was elected to the Board in 2017. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in negotiating complex commercial contracts and advises on compliance and data privacy. Raffi joined the Board to leverage his business experience to advance the mission of the Centre for Armenian Information and Advice.
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 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 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 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.