Jonnie has been closely associated with Nova for over 20 years and was its Chair until 2 years ago, when he formally retired as deputy CEO of Westway Development Trust. His work for the Trust included working with migrant and refugee communities in K&C to help develop their voluntary services through joint projects, consortia, fundraising and support over the longer term. He is currently engaged part-time as a business & project development consultant with Surrey Docks Farm and remains a trustee of several charities in Kensington and Chelsea.
Stewart McCure is the Managing Director of Dramatic Change Ltd, a marketing and sales training consultancy that works exclusively with the ethical pharmaceutical sector on a global basis. He is the author of Two Minute Window, a highly successful book on his industry, and he holds bachelor’s degrees in Business (Marketing & Advertising) and Arts (English & Australian Literature). Born in rural Australia, Stewart has been a West London resident for eight years. He became a trustee of Nova New Opportunities in 2006 and was elected Chair in 2011.
In November 2013 Stewart stood down as Chair as he has become a father and is taking some paternity leave. He remains as trustee.
Tim Clark is a barrister specialising in criminal law. He was called to the Bar in 1993 and has appeared in many high profile cases acting for the prosecution and the defence, including the Rhys Jones murder case. Before qualifying as a barrister, Tim was active in student politics, having been elected President of the Students’ Union at Bristol University and voted onto the National Executive of the National Union of Students.
Shirley Wakelin joined the trustee team in October 2011. She has some 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including a variety of leadership roles across sales, marketing and general management. Having worked in the UK, Greece and Australia, and from global headquarters in Switzerland and the UK, Shirley has a sound understanding of complex organisational systems and working with culturally diverse and cross-functional matrix teams. Therapy areas include Dermatology, CNS, Oncology and Renal.
Sophia retired after a career in the public sector, first in HM Diplomatic Service and then in the Department of Transport and Defra, where her last job was Director of Wildlife, Countryside and Flood Defence. She was chair of the Standards Committee of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea from 2006 to 2012. A Londoner, she has lived most of her life in the Notting Hill area and became a trustee of Nova New Opportunities in 2011.
Peter Kanssen has lived and worked in Kensington and Chelsea for the last 22 years, and became a Nova trustee in 2005. He works as a cycle instructor and has three children. Peter has a degree in Computer Science.
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Jenna is the Outreach Manager for the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, raising the profile of bioengineering in the UK. She manages social media, internal communications and creates opportunities for bioengineers to engage with the public. She joined the trustee team in October 2013.
Beccy has been General Manager at the Kensington Hotel in August 2013 and joined the trustee team in October 2013. She is offering her expertise in the field of hospitality and catering particularly in support of Café Nova.