Meet the team
The work of Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum is led by the Forum Coordinator, supported by the trustees, of which there are currently six. 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
Sandra White, 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.
Maggie Cox, Vice Chair 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.
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.
Amandine Alexandre is a journalist, copywriter and climate solutions communicator. She arrived in London in 2008 and has been an active member of her community almost ever since. Since 2016, Amandine has been campaigning for clean air in Brent because air pollution is high in our borough and has a very negative impact on children. It stunts their lungs and affects their wellbeing and their ability to learn. That's why Amandine is determined to raise awareness about air pollution in Harlesden and clean up the air in our local area.
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.
Julieta Marlene Galarza has lived in Harlesden for 10 years and went to school locally She works with a local, national and international charity called Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Urban Key London. YWAM offers training programmes for young people from around the world and coordinates a range of community focused activities with them. On the side she has her own business of creative event planning things such as floristry, decorating, photography and film making. Her heart is to work and engage with young people through creative means in whatever way possible.
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.