Alan is an accomplished leader in the field of education and community development, currently serving as the Director of Community Partnerships and Income Generation at Cranford Community College.
With a remarkable 25 years of experience working in West London, Alan has made significant contributions to education and community development throughout his career.
Originally starting as a teacher, Alan's passion for fostering community growth led him to his previous role as Assistant Headteacher for the past 12 years, where he played a pivotal role in cultivating a strong and thriving community at the college. In his current position, Alan actively works to address the social and cultural capital deficit that persists in many areas of West London, aiming to create opportunities for individuals and uplift the entire community.
Alan's journey took an interesting turn as he graduated from a US high school before pursuing his studies in Economics at university. During his time in the United States, he had the unique opportunity to have tea with prominent figures such as Bill and Hillary Clinton. Following graduation, Alan delved into the business world, accumulating a decade of valuable experience working for renowned companies like Coca-Cola and Grand Metropolitan Brewing.
Driven by his passion for supporting young people, Alan collaborated with local MP Seema Malhotra to establish a charity called Hounslow's Promise, which provides essential support to youth in the community. Currently, he serves as a trustee and vice-chair of the organisation, actively contributing to its mission. Before his role as Chair of C-Change West London, Alan served as the Chair of Heston West Big Local for an impressive nine years, amassing extensive experience in successful community engagement.
Alan's dedication extends beyond local endeavours as he also sits on the advisory board of an international organisation called One World Strong, which provides support to survivors of violent extremism. Together with the founder of OWS, Dave Fortier, Alan initiated two global initiatives: One World Marathon and One World Football, harnessing the power of sports to foster positive change and unity.
Recognised as an expert in preventing and countering violent extremism, Alan is part of the European Union's Radicalisation Awareness Network pool of experts. His expertise has led him to contribute to various influential initiatives, including participating in a podcast for the UN Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) on the role of sports in countering violent extremism. In 2021, Alan was commissioned by the European Union to co-write a significant report called the Manifesto for Education, which explores emerging trends and threats in the field.
Alan is a supporter of Chelsea FC and in his spare time, he sleeps!
Esther is a dedicated professional with a strong background in volunteer recruitment and management, internship programme coordination, and fundraising product development.
For the past six years, she has made a significant impact at Cancer Research UK, where she played instrumental roles in these areas. Esther's expertise lies in mobilising volunteers, coordinating internship programmes, and developing innovative fundraising products to support important causes.
Before joining Cancer Research UK, Esther had a fulfilling experience teaching English as a foreign language in Italy, where she honed her communication and interpersonal skills.
Throughout her university years, Esther actively engaged in various volunteer roles, ranging from fundraising and event volunteering to mentoring and providing administrative support. Her passion for making a difference in the community led her to dedicate her time and skills to support different causes.
In 2020, during a period of furlough, Esther took the opportunity to deepen her involvement with local charities, including Hounslow's Promise and Heston West Big Local. She actively contributed to initiatives such as the laptop donation drive, mentor recruitment, creating food packages, and writing funding proposals. These experiences further ignited Esther's desire to have a more meaningful impact in her local community.
Joining C-Change West London as a Trustee was a natural progression for Esther, given her keen interest in promoting social inclusion, wellbeing, training, and volunteering. She is thrilled to be part of an organisation that shares her values and is dedicated to empowering individuals and fostering a sense of belonging within the community.
Esther's wealth of experience in volunteer management, programme coordination, and fundraising, coupled with her genuine commitment to community involvement, makes her an invaluable asset to C-Change West London.
Her passion, dedication, and expertise contribute to the organisation's mission of promoting social inclusion and creating positive change through wellbeing, training, and volunteering initiatives.
Poorvi is a dynamic professional currently serving as the Head of Education, Employment, and Skills at Heathrow Airport. In her role, she leads a collaborative team of airport employers, working together to support the educational development of local young people and facilitate employment opportunities for job seekers in the area.
Poorvi's primary focus is on empowering residents to develop essential skills, providing them with information, advice, and guidance, and facilitating their journey into entry to mid-level roles within the airport and related industries.
Poorvi's career began with Business in the Community, where she had the privilege of collaborating with a diverse range of business leaders and voluntary sector organisations. Her work aimed to drive progressive and responsible business practices that positively impacted society.
One of Poorvi's key responsibilities was designing and developing interventions to support individuals facing barriers in education and employment, ensuring they had the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed.
As a Trustee of C-Change West London, Poorvi sees a valuable opportunity to apply her skills and experiences to address the social and economic needs of the charity's beneficiary groups.
Poorvi's deep understanding of education, employment, and skills development, coupled with her passion for social impact, make her an asset in guiding the organisation's initiatives and driving positive change in the local community.
Beyond her professional pursuits, Poorvi indulges in creative activities such as pottery and mosaics, finding joy in expressing herself through art. Poorvi also enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures.
One of Poorvi's favourite entertainment shows is Strictly Come Dancing, where she admires the skills and performances of the professionals, secretly wishing she could dance like them.
Poorvi's expertise, dedication, and passion for empowering individuals and fostering social and economic growth align perfectly with the goals and values of C-Change West London.
Poorvi's contribution as a Trustee plays a pivotal role in shaping the organisation's strategies and ensuring the delivery of impactful programmes that make a positive difference in the lives of local residents.
John is a highly experienced freelance housing consultant with a strong focus on resident and community engagement. With over 35 years of expertise in the sector, he has worked for various housing associations before transitioning to freelance work in 2005.
Since then, John has expanded his skill set to encompass broader community development roles. His current work involves collaborating on estate regeneration projects, providing independent support and advice to residents affected by proposals put forth by landlords.
Throughout his career, John has collaborated with numerous community groups, gaining valuable experience in ensuring good governance and fostering a clear vision for voluntary and charity organisations. He recognizes the importance of supporting paid staff in their day-to-day responsibilities and building strong working relationships with Trustees.
From 2013 to 2019, John served as the Local Trust representative for the Heston West Big Local project, further highlighting his commitment to community development.
As a Trustee of C-Change West London, John views the opportunity as a fantastic way to continue contributing to the inspiring work being done within the community. His extensive knowledge and expertise in housing and community engagement will undoubtedly be invaluable in shaping the organisation's strategies and achieving its goals.
Residing near Finsbury Park in North London, John maintains an ongoing relationship with Arsenal FC, alternating between moments of enthusiasm and despair as a loyal supporter. He has a deep appreciation for the arts, regularly attending theatre performances, and holds a passion for cricket and various other sports. Additionally, John prefers cycling as his preferred mode of transport for both work and personal commitments, aligning with his commitment to sustainable living.
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Poonam is an accomplished HR professional currently serving as the HR Manager at Cranford Community College. With over 20 years of experience in the field, she brings a wealth of expertise in human resources and governance to her role. Poonam's dedication to supporting her local community is evident through her longstanding commitment as a Governor and Trustee at Cranford Park Academy for the past two decades.
Hailing from Hillingdon, Poonam's deep-rooted connection to the area motivates her to actively contribute to the betterment of the community. As a Trustee of C-Change West London, she seizes the opportunity to leverage her knowledge, experience, and skills to drive the charity's mission forward. Poonam's passion for supporting charitable functions further demonstrates her commitment to making a positive impact and uplifting her local community.
With her extensive HR background and governance experience, Poonam plays a pivotal role in ensuring effective management and operation within the organisation. Her expertise in human resources brings valuable insights and guidance, contributing to the development and well-being of the team. Poonam's dedication to fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment aligns with C-Change West London's vision of empowering individuals and building a strong community.
With Poonam's valuable contributions as a Trustee, C-Change West London can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of local residents. Her dedication, knowledge, and commitment to her community make her an invaluable asset to the organisation.
Rajan plays a pivotal role as a student advisor at Bloomsbury Law Clinic, where he was among the founding members involved in establishing the clinic in 2021. His primary focus is providing free housing advice to individuals across England, offering assistance on matters such as eviction, disrepair, and landlords withholding deposits. His dedication to serving the community through legal support is evident in his work.
Currently pursuing an MBA in London, Rajan is set to graduate as one of the youngest MBA recipients. His studies primarily revolve around finance and marketing, showcasing his determination to acquire a comprehensive skill set that complements his legal background.
With a bachelor's degree in law and two years of work experience gained alongside his studies, Rajan has been actively engaged in various legal aid sectors, driven by his passion for assisting others and being a supportive member of the community.
For over five years, Rajan has served as a youth ambassador, actively supporting the community through his involvement with Heston West Big Local.
During his secondary education and throughout his MBA journey, he has played an instrumental role in organizing numerous events tailored for young people across the borough. This dedication underscores his commitment to promoting equality and empowerment among all community members.
Thrilled by the opportunity to be part of
C-Change West London, Rajan is determined to contribute his fresh and unique perspective to the group. He aims to help C-Change make a positive difference in the community, aligning with the organisation's values and objectives. His passion for empowering and supporting community members remains unwavering as he continues on his journey of equality and advocacy.
Taz brings extensive experience as a seasoned community leader, having dedicated over 12 years to working in various sectors, including non-profit, environmental, housing, and education, across Hounslow, Hillingdon, and Ealing. Throughout his career, he has been deeply involved in supporting disadvantaged young people, local residents, community groups, and organisations, demonstrating a genuine commitment to making a positive impact.
His expertise encompasses event management, securing funding, overseeing projects and programmes, as well as effectively coordinating and empowering volunteers. Prior to his role as the manager of Heston West Big Local, Taz played a pivotal role in training, developing, and promoting the well-being of young individuals at YMCA West London.
Taz has also contributed his skills and knowledge to several notable organisations, including Berkeley Academy, Groundwork South, Hillingdon Refugee Support Group, and Disablement Association Hillingdon (DASH). Currently, he serves as a governor at Cranford Community College and Berkeley Pre-School. Additionally, Taz actively participates in key advisory bodies, such as the Heathrow Airport Local Community Forum, NHS North West London Co-design Advisory Body (DAB), and The West London Tree Hub Advisory Board. He previously held a trustee position at Thamesbank Credit Union.
Taz views his role with C-Change West London as an exciting opportunity to build upon the remarkable legacy and achievements of the Big Local over the past seven years. His aim is to provide a platform for local individuals to develop their skills, gain valuable experience, establish stronger connections within their communities, and make a positive difference in their areas and lives.
Furthermore, Taz contributes as a mentor at Hounslow's Promise, offering guidance and support to young people aged 16 to 24 who live, study, or work in the borough. His dedication to nurturing the potential of the younger generation is evident through his active involvement in various mentorship initiatives.