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CPP's Board of Directors
Clapham Park Project has 4 employees and is run by a Board of 12 made up of people with a wide range of backgrounds, including 6 local residents. The Board is led by the Chief Executive. There are currently 3 vacancies on the Board.
Clapham Park Project Board Members
Angus JohnsonAfter a brief spell in advertising, Angus began his regeneration career at Toynee Hall in East London in the mid-1980s. He moved into Local Government and as Lambeth Council’s Economic Development Manager delivered inner Area Programme Schemes, City Challenge Projects and S.R.B Schemes.
In the mid-1990s he moved to Hillingdon Council and was responsible for a Private Sector led S.R.B Programme which revitalised Hayes and West Drayton. He went on to manage New Deal for Communities programmes, first with Haringey and later at Lambeth. He has been the Chief Executive of the Clapham Park Project NDC since 2005. Angus became Chief Executive of the Clapham Park Project charity in May 2011.
Donna C HenryDonna has been actively involved in the Clapham Park Project since 2000.
As a long-term local resident, Donna and a group of fellow residents brought the problems in Clapham Park to the attention of Lambeth Council in 2000 and persuaded the council to choose Clapham Park as its New Deal for Communities (NDC) area. This then led to Clapham Park receiving £56 million of funding over 10 years.
Donna went on to join the shadow NDC Board and was then voted in as a CPP Resident Board Member. She became Vice Chair in 2004 and then Chair in 2005.
As well as being a highly effective community champion and Chair, Donna also played a major part in one of CPP's biggest achievements: the successful transfer of Lambeth Council’s housing stock to a resident-led housing association, Clapham Park Homes.
Widowed at a young age, Donna works full-time, has two children and is a grandmother. She is well known and well respected within the community.
Julie RobertsBorn in Jamaica and educated in Lambeth, Julie has been a teacher for nearly 35 years and has always worked in inner city schools.
In the 1980s, Julie went into senior leadership, working as Head Teacher in three different schools. During this time she was also a primary school inspector in Lambeth.
Julie has been head of Richard Atkins Primary School since September 2004. This exciting, challenging and rewarding role allows her to invest her energy into bringing out the best in pupils.
As Head Teacher, Julie steered a £1 million extension to the school that has created more facilities for the children and a centre for the community to advance their learning. The Clapham Park Centre was launched in late 2010.
Julie's hobbies include gardening, reading, cooking and going to the theatre.
Richard AdamsRichard was elected to the Board in 2001 and has been actively involved ever since.
As the Honorary Treasurer, Richard works with the team managing Clapham Park Project’s finances, and also takes close interest in Health projects.
Richard is Church Warden at All Saints Church and works for the charity L’Arche, based in West Norwood, which runs care homes and day care for people with learning disabilities.
Active in his personal as well as work life, Richard enjoys rolling up his sleeves to make wine and busying himself with wood turning when given the opportunity. He also finds that playing five-a-side football every week is a great way to relieve stress and have fun.
Richard is married with two teenage children and usually takes holidays in West Wales to enjoy the wild scenery, the space and the wide horizons.
Katie Desai became a Clapham Park Board Member in December 2005 because she wanted to help residents to feel part of the community by encouraging them to work together, meet their neighbours, support each other and help stop anti-social behavior.
Katie teaches computing and information technology at a local primary school just outside of the Clapham Park area and has two children who both attend school in Lambeth.
Living in and working near the Clapham Park area has meant that Katie can encourage residents to attend events, activities and forums so they can get more involved with their local community.
Cllr Diana MorrisDiana has lived in the Clapham Park area for more than 30 years - first when she was single and now with her partner and daughter.
She joined the CPP Board as Lambeth Council’s representative in March 2008 and has represented Thornton Ward, which includes most of the NDC area, since 2006.
Diana is very involved in the community, as Chair of the Clapham Park Neighbourhood Forum, which allows residents to raise and discuss local issues, and as a member of the Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens.
Before retiring from full time employment, Diana had a varied career working in university research, in a government agency advising business and as a policy planner in local and regional government.
One of Diana’s biggest achievements recently has been to retrain as an electrician - in her 50’s!
Gordon WedderburnGordon has lived in Clapham Park since 2002, having moved to London from Jamaica where he grew up.
When CPP held its Board elections in 2008, Gordon was keen to put himself forward because he believed in the project. He had already benefited from a number of community initiatives and wanted to help make a difference.
In addition to being a resident Board member, Gordon is also on Generation Radio’s Management Committee and hosts its ‘Jazz Moods’ programme every Monday.
Gordon has degrees in English literature and hotel management and has worked in the hospitality Industry for the past 15 years. He is married with three children, has three grandchildren and manages to find time to play football in between his work and community commitments.