Alisha Collins

Alisha Collins

Education Coordinator: Born in Coventry

Born in Coventry but have always been itching to leave. I have lived across Europe including France, Croatia, Portugal, Greece, just to name a few. I have a background in Teaching and have always been interested in helping people develop their academic skills and become the best that they can be! I have always loved working in the charity sector and I’m proud to be able to further develop my skills and career here at Nova.


Alisha Collins

Education Coordinator: Born in Coventry


Ayla Kolakovich

Ayla Kolakovich

Finance and Office Manager: Born in the former Yugoslavia

Growing up in Yugoslavia (now Bosnia & Herzegovina) I always felt my spiritual home was in England. In 1992 my body followed my soul and my dream came true, I came to live first in Berkshire and then in London. My Bosnian heritage is my anchor, my building blocks, however it is my Britishness that makes me who I am.


Shirley Wakelin Chair

Shirley Wakelin: Chair

Shirley Wakelin joined the trustee team in October 2011 and became Chair in 2016. Following a 20+yr career in the pharmaceutical industry where she held a variety of leadership roles, Shirley now supports young leaders as they are promoted into people management positions. She believes that we can all achieve more when others believe in us and give us support and encouragement.


Ayla Kolakovich

Finance and Office Manager: Born in the former Yugoslavia