Meet our Team!


Here are all the lovely brains that are part of The Community Brain family

Robin Hutchinson

Robin is a Director of The Community Brain, with much of his work focused on encouraging people to engage with ‘place’ not ‘space and influencing the design and regeneration of community assets, like the High Street.


He is a founding Trustee/Director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston, and Chair of the charity Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival, held annually in Kingston.


Robin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University for works in the arts and communities and an MBE in the 2015 New Years Honour’s list.

Aniela Zaba

Aniela is a Director of The Community Brain with a focus on project and event management, artistic and creative programming and ensuring each community gets the right mentoring and support they need to deliver their own projects confidently.


Aniela has worked in festivals and events for over ten years and has a passion for bringing together professional artists with communities to create beautiful, brilliant and breathtaking performances and happenings.



Brett Alderton
Tina Dezart

Brett Alderton is the Events Director for The Community Brain and is an accomplished event director, experienced manager of projects and effective leader.

Working for a range of blue chip corporate, public sector and charity sector clients, Brett has successfully developed strategies and plans to deliver change, influence outcomes and engage with stakeholders.

Brett is a community organiser and is a Director and Trustee for Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival.

Tina is our local press, media and digital media specialist extraordinaire!  A recent journalism graduate from Kingston University, she helps share the word about all our brilliant projects with the rest of the world meaning the right audience gets the right message about all our community work in the right way.

Simon Tyrrell
Andy Collins

Simon draws from an unusual breadth of previous experience in his work with The Community Brain – from researching mediaeval place-making and Victorian industrial heritage through helping manage reputation with media and stakeholders to using evidence to build campaigns to change public and business behaviour.


Aside from enthusiasm, his particular expertise lies in using research to plan and evaluate engagement.

Andy is manager of SHEDx Growing Ideas (our community engagement and regeneration project in Tolworth) and joined us after a long career in corporate management at John Lewis.  Andy delivered major change programmes across the UK and was responsible for strategic policy development while attached to the public affairs team.

He has worked in and around Kingston for the past 20 years and was a Board member then Chair of Kingston First BID for most of that time.

In an earlier life he was a concert promoter, pianist, drummer and carpenter (but not all at the same time).

Georgia Neesham
Charlotte Levy

Georgia is a project manager for The Community Brain who focuses on our greening projects, including establishing a sustainable community hub in Tolworth called the Farm of Futures.


She merges a love of gardening and desire to enable community ideas with a background as an architect. Georgia takes great satisfaction in planting seeds and watching them grow.

Paul Day

Charlotte is a project coordinator on SHEDx Growing Ideas who focuses on our events and activities programme and is experienced in marketing and digital media.

Charlotte is a performing arts/events photographer and active member in the local community and arts sector. 

Charlotte has been involved with Creative Youth, organisers of the International Youth Arts Festival, for several years and is passionate about bringing arts to the community.

Colin Bloxham

Paul has spent over 20 years planning, managing and delivering communications projects for charities and not-for profit organisations, including using communications to help people around the globe lose less and grow more food.


Paul is a founder member of The Community Brain, committed to supporting sound strategy, and focusing on getting real impact and change from its work.

Colin enjoyed a long and varied career in the arts.  Following his baptism in the world of rock promotions at a tender age, he developed a special interest in community arts and in those from outside the European mainstream.  He has worked with a wide range of artists and organisations, both established and "fringe".