Meet the team
The work of Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum is led by the Forum Coordinator, supported by the trustees, of which there are currently seven. The trustees are unpaid and are appointed at Annual General Meetings, with a third of the trustees standing down each year.
Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum Coordinator
Ilaria Esposito is a Harlesden resident with extensive experience across international organisations as well as a proven track record of supporting youth work development in Brent through strategic partnerships. Throughout her career, she's been successful in facilitating dialogues with families, children and young people, delivering human rights education programmes, and writing educational publications on human rights, gender and sustainable development
Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum Trustees
Maddie Jennings, Chair, loves the liveliness of the streets, as well as the huge variety of food and shops available. Maddie’s passion is social justice and she works in managing public affairs for the British Association of Social Workers. She is keen to use her experience to ensure that the Forum continues to lead on making Harlesden better for the benefit of all its residents.
Sandra White, Vice Chair, A Harlesden resident for 20 years plus, Sandra is passionate about Harlesden, its talent, potential and diversity, especially its young people and is looking forward to help shape the youth sector and local services into a strong and effective platform for the personal and social development of Harlesden and its residents. She joined HNF as she feels that as community members we can come together to engage in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of our community. Sandra believes that community-owned enterprise and decision making is the way to build strong and sustainable communities.
Paul Anders, Treasurer, has lived in Harlesden for over 10 years. His background includes public policy within government and the voluntary sector, and prior to that working in and managing services for people affected by homelessness, mental ill health and substance misuse in London and Sheffield.
Colin George has lived in Brent over 40 years and been involved in Harlesden regeneration projects since 1992. His particular interests are the environment and planning, events and the reinvention of the High Street. As well as the Forum, Colin actively networks across in a broad range of local voluntary groups. Colin runs his own Harlesden-based marketing and communications agency.
Errol Donald is a creative wellbeing consultant, and the founder of Mindspray, bringing together expertise from the creative arts, cultural heritage, and therapeutic practice. Based in Brent, Errol has worked extensively in community settings across a range of ages and abilities, helping people to harness their potential through creative practice.
Nouh Abukar has lived in the area for over 20 years. Has been a part of the Brent Youth Parliament and is active in raising awareness of the various issues regarding the local community. With a background in Engineering and a career in the City of London, he wants to help improve Harlesden as an area where young people can express themselves.
Maggie Cox is a dress/textile designer who has lived in Harlesden for 25 years. Her creative projects has allowed her to work all over West London as well as locally with Janie Lightfoot Textiles. Maggie has grown roots in Harlesden and enjoys being part of a group that is involved in shaping Harlesden’s future