MEET OUR TEAM
Here are some of the lovely brains that are part of The Community Brain family
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 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 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 a freelance Stage and Production Manager who works on a range of projects in theatre and live events with a passion for site specific productions. Her experience ranges from opera and dance to working in muddy fields at Boomtown and Glastonbury.
With a love for live music she helps program and run the music stages at The Community Brain events throughout the year.
Having lived in Surbiton for nearly ten years, Tina is passionate about her vibrant local area and helping deliver events and projects for the community.
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 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.
Charlotte is a project coordinator for The Community Brain who focuses on our events and activities programme and is experienced in marketing and digital media.
She 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.
Himali (Indian) is a Service designer at The Community Brain with a focus on environmental and social sustainability projects.
She's an illustrator at heart and uses her storytelling skills to design a kinder world.
Graduate of MA Sustainable Design at Kingston University.
Himali has recently been working on The Community Brain's wayfinding project in Tolworth, to promote awareness of Kingston's largest nature reserve, Tolworth Court Farm Fields.
Salah (Tunisian, grew up in Qatar) is one of the founders of 121.Collective who have been partners with The Community Brain on establishing the Farm of Futures, a sustainable community hub on the Tolworth Main Allotments.
Salah has been involved with The Community Brain since his time as an Architecture Masters student at Kingston University, having a key role in managing both The Heritage Shed and the Surbiton Yatai.
Since then, Salah has continued his work with The Community Brain through the 121.Collective, delivering projects such as the New Malden pocket park and the Tolworth Wayfinding.
Pablo Feito Boirac
Pablo (Spanish/French) finished his Masters in Architecture at Kingston University in 2017 and has worked as a freelancer for a range of architectural practices. He is a maker and enjoys working in close contact with materials in all their forms.
Since co-founding 121 Collective in 2018, Pablo has been working closely with the Community Brain to develop the Fam of Futures into a community hub based in the Tolworth main allotments.
He is interested in Up-cycling as a method to tackle waste and climate change and enjoys connecting to nature through gardening.
Madoka (Kenyan/Ugandan) is a core member of 121 Collective and completed both his BA and MArch in Architecture at Kingston University.
Madoka has been heavily involved with The Community Brain through his key involvement at the Farm of Futures and other SHEDx events such as 'Greening the Greenway' along Tolworth broadway.
He enjoys interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds through design, craft, and social activities.
Pamela (Chile) is a local Industrial Designer who is interested in design and making furniture and products from recycled materials to give them a new life.
She has been a key member of the Farm of Futures and has voluntarily helped maintain the community plot at the Tolworth Main Allotments.
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".
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.