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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.

If you are interested in either volunteering with Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum or becoming a trustee, please see Jobs, Volunteering and Partnerships or otherwise get in touch by email


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.

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.



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 worldwide and coordinates community-focused activities with them. On the other hand, she has her own creative event-planning business, which involves floristry, decorating, photography, and filmmaking. Her heart is to work and engage with young people through creative means in whatever way possible. 



Jose Trueba lives in Harlesden, and works with vulnerable people in deprived areas in London. Jose is the founder of Aymara Social Enterprise, a business with social purpose committed to achieve a collective impact between government, private sector and civic society to drive social change. Jose is an advocate of an integrated healthcare system and an easy access to public and community services.


Planning team

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.

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