Our trustees & patron


Right here [Somerleyton Road] we have a great model to learn from - local people shaping their own future in cooperation with the local council, and working together to deliver 300 new homes. An idea by a local community initiative, Brixton Green, with homes for Brixton families of all backgrounds and circumstances, not separated by poor doors, but brought together in a real community.

“Right here [Somerleyton Road] we have a great model to learn from – local people shaping their own future in cooperation with the local council, and working together to deliver 300 new homes. An idea by a local community initiative, Brixton Green, with homes for Brixton families of all backgrounds and circumstances, not separated by poor doors, but brought together in a real community.”

Our current trustees are:

  • Stephen Jordan(Co-opted Trustee – Chair): Previously the Managing Director of London and Continental Railways‘ stations and property division and trustee of the London Community Foundation.  Stephen has experience in unlocking key London developments like King’s Cross and Stratford City; publicly owned land developed by private sector expertise and investment.

“Brixton Green excites me as a serious proposition with genuine local support.  At a time when money for public projects is tight, delivery through a cooperative structure is innovative.  It is a viable approach that will align the interests of all stakeholders.”

  • Dinah Roake (Co-opted Trustee – Vice-Chair):  Dinah Roake trained as an architect and has spent the past 25 years working in community architecture, social housing and more recently on the ‘client’ side as part of Internal Consultancy at the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA), and now in HCA-ATLAS, advising Local Authorities on social infrastructure provision and long term stewardship for regeneration and growth projects.
  • Devon Thomas (Co-opted Trustee): Devon has been an activist in Brixton since the early 1960s when he helped to found its first Black Youth Club, the Allardyce, with schoolmates such as Linton Kwesi Johnson. He came to live here with his parents from their home in Jamaica in the 1950s. He is currently the interim Chair of the Brixton Neighbourhood Forum and a founding Director of Lambeth Enterprise, one of London’s longest established, independent enterprise agencies. He also chairs the Brixton Business Forum and has led many initiatives including the development of the Voice newspaper, Choice FM, the Lambeth Enterprise Centre and many more. He was substantially involved in the Brixton City Challenge having written the regeneration strategy for Brixton after much research in the 1980s. He was also a key contributor to the Future Brixton consultation.
  • Fiona Brenner (Community Trustee and Treasurer): Fiona works for Groundwork, a charity that develops partnerships with local people, local authorities and business to promote economic and social regeneration. She has also been responsible for community involvement and economic development for a 5000-home Eco Town in Oxfordshire and worked for the MP for Camberwell and Peckham
  • Philippe Castaing (Community Trustee): Philippe is a local resident and active member of the local community. He is a graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, London Leader for Sustainable Development, served on Lambeth First local strategic partnership board and was the co-founder and founding Chair of Brixton Green.  He is the owner of Opus Café on Acre Lane and Brixton’s first Michelin award winning restaurant Upstairs.
  • Duko Frankhuizen (Co-opted Trustee): Duko is a development manager at LCR, a publicly owned regeneration company. His focus is on formulating achievable development proposals for sites across London, and working with private sector development partners to deliver these proposals. Duko has lived in Brixton since 2011 and joined the board in 2015. He is keen to see development which is designed for, and by, the local community.
  • Zayd Al-Jawad (Community Trustee): Zayd has been a Brixton resident for over 14 years and is a former resident of Moorland Estate. As a town planner dealing with community benefits and regeneration schemes, he has first had experience in redevelopment that secures a community’s long term involvement. As a local resident he is passionate about Brixton’s future and keen to make sure all of the community is part of it and it respects Brixton’s diversity.
  • Maynard Gordon (Community Trustee): Maynard was elected in 2014. He is a local Brixtonian who has worked with many local community organisations and with both the private and public sector in construction and regeneration.
  • Maggie Owolade (Community Trustee): Maggie is a local resident, social housing tenant and parent. She has been actively involved in a wide range of local community campaigns, is a governor of Effra Early Years Centre, Chair of the Rosendale Primary School RCK after school club and a founding member of the Elm Green school Parent-Promoter governing board and currently am co-chair of St Jude’s Primary School’s PTA.  She also has extensive charity based experience in the drug and alcohol fields, with young people, families and with older people in a career spanning 30 years.
  • Paul Flaherty (Community Trustee): Paul grew up in Brixton, lives on Somerleyton Road and worked in the old Granville Arcade. He trained as a civil engineer, has worked on a wide range of large construction projects and for the British Army. He now runs his own business in the lift engineering business and wants to help young people in Brixton to fulfil their potential.

STAFF 

  • Brad Carroll (Director – Volunteer): Brad was the co-founder of Brixton Green and served on the National Community Land Trust Supervisory Board where he had a particular focus on proving the relevance of the CLT model in urban environments. He is a Lambeth born resident (both his mother and grand-mother lived on Somerleyton Road).