Abi Carter (Chair)
Abi is Director of the MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, which owns Lord’s Cricket Ground. She has worked in the area for more than ten years, and became aware of PDT’s work thanks to an employment programme run in partnership with MCC’s Community Development Department. She joined the board of trustees in the summer of 2016, and became Chair in 2017.Originally from Nottinghamshire, she read History at Cambridge before moving to London to work in journalism and Westminster for an MP. She moved to Lord’s in 2008, working in communications and then strategic planning and delivery. A sports lover, she is becoming increasingly passionate about sport’s ability to change people’s lives, over and above improvements to physical health. She is honoured to be involved with PDT, and has enjoyed meeting countless inspirational people amongst its staff and volunteers, board members and clients.
Ines Newman started her career working as a town planner for Westminster City Council responsible for the environmental improvement programme in North Paddington. She went on to work as an advocate planner for community groups and trades councils in the Docklands area before becoming an economic development officer for Hackney followed by Harlow. From 1999-2007 she was Head of Policy at the Local Government Information Unit and then worked for the local government centre at Warwick University. She is very pleased to be a trustee on PDT and get back to her roots.
Chief Executive Walterton and Elgin Community Homes (WECH) Andy has worked at WECH since 1992. WECH is a resident controlled community based Housing Association located in North Paddington. WECH was formed by the transfer of the Walterton and Elgin Estates from Westminster City Council following a successful campaign by the residents to preserve their homes.Andy has played a central role in the delivery of a development programme at WECH that has successfully spent over £40m improving WECH’s existing homes and building new ones. WECH has established itself as an anchor organisation in a deprived ward and has engaged in a range of community development and support activities including youth activities, employment advice, benefits and debt advice, organising community festivals and community safety advice through its Police in residence scheme.Andy has worked extensively with architects, surveyors, quantity surveyors, development agents and contractors on a range of projects including the refurbishment of single properties, the refurbishment of estates, the demolition of tower blocks and the construction of new build homes. He is working closely with WECH consultants, on the £17million improvement of the Elgin estate which will see 43 new homes, a community centre, nursery and offices built over the next three years.Andy is a Trustee of PDT, Chair of the North Paddington Society, Chair of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum and Treasurer of the Dutch Pot Lunch and Social Club.
Bill Jacob (Bio to follow)
Maryam Zonouzi (Bio to follow)
Hansa Kahlalech (Bio to follow)