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Meet the Staff

Peter Williams

CEO

My job involves... working with the board to identify the strategic direction of the company and prioritise areas for investment. Also to anticipate and introduce new services of value to our membership.

Previous experience includes... running a small regeneration and economic development consultancy for more than twenty years.

My favourite holiday destination... Sicily.

I drink my tea/coffee with... a good newspaper or magazine.

My favourite BB memory is... receiving the result of the ballot in 2005 which confirmed that businesses backed Better Bankside and the programme we proposed.

Danielle Cohen

Deputy CEO

My job involves... organisational development and strategic oversight of engagement with our membership and with the local community, including local employment and carbon reduction programmes. Identifying new initiatives and opportunities to bring in funds to add value to the Better Bankside programme.  

Previous experience includes… corporate responsibility, community engagement and professional ethics...plus an MSc in Human Ecology.

My favourite holiday destination…camping anywhere nice and sunny.

I drink my tea/coffee with…the latest baked creation from colleagues on 'cake Thursdays'…

My favourite Better Bankside moment is…chatting to local businesses over a prosecco cocktail at our sunny summer party.

Omer Altaf

Warden

My job involves... Being an ambassador for Bankside, welcoming visitors and tourists, making sure Bankside is a safe and clean place to visit for all.

Previous experience includes... I studied Art at Chelsea College of Art and prior to working as a Better Bankside warden I was a picture researcher for a publishing house.

My favourite holiday destination... Venezuela, I drove from East to West and visited the Islands Los Rocos and Margarita Island - Good times!

I drink my tea with… Strong, white...half a teaspoon of sugar

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... Anytime there are huge crowds drawn to Bankside - The Diamond Jubilee, Olympics, Thames Festival.

Rahima Begum

Office Manager

My job involves... managing the office, assisting the team with various projects, taking bookings for both travel related events and community space.

Previous experience includes... working as a receptionist in an estate agent.

My favourite holiday destination... is going back home to Bangladesh.

I drink my tea... mostly with whatever biscuits/croissants are left in the office.

My favourite BB memory... is playing as part of the BB staff team in the Boules tournament – enormous fun as I've never played that game before so first time experience.

Valerie Beirne

Bankside Urban Forest Manager

My job involves… working in partnership with a range of organisations to improve the quality of the streets and open spaces in Bankside over the coming years.

Previous experience includes… working on a landscape strategy along the River Thames in leafy west London and working for a national regeneration charity.

My favourite holiday destination… by the sea please!

I drink my tea/coffee with… any sweet treats.

My favourite Better Bankside moment is…seeing our projects like Flat Iron Square, Redcross Way, the temporary projects on Union Street and the Market Hall positively impact the neighbourhood - with so little open space in Bankside it's this sharing of spaces like these that makes a huge difference to everyone's quality of life.

Falone Cimanga

Business Support Coordinator

My job… involves coordinating the community space, being the first point of contact and facilitating the needs of our members.

My previous experience… includes working as receptionist for various corporate institutions in London

My favourite holiday destination…. is Bimini in the Bahamas

I drink my tea... with cake and custard

My favourite BB memory is… Lunch at Macellaio

Josephine Clarke

Marketing Officer

My job involves…helping to maintain Bankside’s profile as a vibrant and thriving place to visit, work and live.

Previous experience includes…working in various roles within the wine industry.

My favourite holiday destination…somewhere remote with lots of sun and great local food.

I drink my coffee with…any kind of biscuit that avoids hints of lemon.

My favourite BB memory…getting the opportunity to meet a variety of businesses at our monthly pub quizzes! 

Maria Curro

Smarter Travel Manager

My job involves... working with Better Bankside businesses to promote more walking and cycling trips across the area, as well as rolling out exciting new projects that improve local air quality.

Previous experience includes... delivering large infrastructure and sustainable travel projects across London.

My favourite holiday destination... Canada (that’s where I am from) and Italy (yummy gelato).

I drink my coffee with... lots and lots of milk.

My favourite BB memory... trying to read the speed walking maps with Sarah and still getting lost.    

Better Bankside's apprentice gardener - Veronica Perez Diaz

Veronica Perez Diaz

Urban Gardener

My job involves...the regeneration and care of the green spaces along Bankside's streets and public spaces. 

My previous experience includes...working on an organic food growing project in North London and working in wildlife conservation in one of London's remaining ancient woodlands.

My favourite holiday destination is...wherever there are good waves and climbing!

I drink my coffee...black and freshly ground.

My favourite BB memory is...exploring the area for the first time on a bird watching walk.

Ediz Enver

Warden Team

My job involves... reducing crime in the area, promoting Better Bankside, being a visibile street presence.

Previous experience includes... Life Guard and the Prison Service. 

Favourite holiday destination... Northen Cyprus.

I drink my tea/coffee with... rice milk.

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... helping tourists during the Olympics, detaining a robber on Park Street.

Miguel Gomes

Public Realm Supervisor

My job involves...  the day to day oversight, checking and delivery of Better Bankside public realm activities, including the safety and cleanliness of public spaces. Setting up and managing festivals and events. To meet and greet visitors, assist them and give them directions. 

My previous experience includes... working in the city for nearly 10 years selling and making fresh sandwiches to commuters coming in and out of Cannon Street station.

My favourite holiday’s destination... wherever the SUN SHINES.

I drink my tea & café... with little sugar shaken but not stirred.

My favourite BB memory...in March 2009 when I helped the local Safer Neighbourhood Team to arrest a male who was being aggressive to local businesses and tourists.

Nicole Gordon

Deputy CEO

My job involves... Promoting Bankside as a world class cultural destination for business and pleasure to visitors, Londoners and locals. Communicating with our 650+ business members and delivering a varied and exciting programme of member events, activities and services.

Previous experience includes... Managing PR and marketing and creating exciting events for destinations in Soho and Covent Garden.

My favourite holiday destination... California. For hiking in Yosemite, beaches in LA, tacos in San Francisco, wine tasting in Sonoma and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway in an open top Mustang.

I drink my coffee with… I rarely drink coffee, I’d rather just have the cake.

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... To-die-for pancakes at The Table with the team after the Pancake Day race in Borough Market, lunchtime walks along the river, the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from my desk.

Tom Harris

Operations Manager

My job involves… Overseeing the work of the Bankside Wardens and Cleaning Teams and our two funded PC’s and promoting closer working between the Better Bankside and Southwark Council, the Metropolitan Police Service, our neighbouring BID’s and other key partners. Managing our free recycling services and ensuring that the streets and spaces in Bankside are kept clean and safe.

My previous experience includes… Working with BIDs in Ealing and Paddington for the last five years and before that managing projects across a variety of different sectors from design to construction to sustainability to IT and everything in between.

My favourite holiday destination is… Paris or Barcelona in the summer.

I drink my tea with... Yuk tea! Mines a hot chocolate please.

My favourite BB memory is… Taking delivery of our new pink electric vehicle for the cleansing team.

Sarah Jarvis

dbrief Editor

My job involves… understanding how Bankside works as a unique and special neighbourhood - and helping it stay that way...

My previous experience includes… writing everything from French travel guides to a thesis on urban regeneration in World Heritage Sites....

My favourite holiday destination is... somewhere where I can drop anchor and find a cake shop just around the corner...

I drink my tea with... well cake, obviously!

My favourite BB memory is… a Logistics Group site visit to a certain tall building before it completed - and climbing a ladder in the rain to reach parts other people don't reach.

Phil Mann

Warden Team Leader

My job involves... Leading a team of wardens to provide a safe and clean environment and encourage a business and residential community in Bankside.

Previous experience includes... Leading warden teams in Bermondsey and Elephant and Castle.

My favourite holiday destination... is travelling through remote parts of Botswana and Zambia, receiving a warm welcome from the communities we stayed in.

I drink my coffee with… no sugar and lots of pleasure.

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... sleeping out in the open on a winters night at Southwark Cathedral to raise money for the ROBES homeless charity.

Sonia Martin

EmploySE1 Coordinator

My job involves... Working with businesses in Bankside, London Bridge and Waterloo to recruit local, talented candidates from Southwark and Lambeth.

Previous experience includes... Working within the Apprenticeship sector and delivering the ESF's Skill Support for the Unemployed contract across the South London district.

My favourite holiday destination... Anywhere hot!

I drink my tea/coffee with... Biscuits.

My favourite BB memory is... The Christmas Party!

Rachel Nicholson

Corporate Responsibility Manager

My job involves... Facilitating links between member businesses and local charities and community groups to enhance the social, economic and environmental development of Bankside

Previous experience includes... I’ve worked in corporate responsibility in professional services and in the charity sector before then. I also have an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics.

My favourite holiday destination... France, Greece, a busy city or anywhere with dusty old ruins to explore!

I drink my tea/coffee with... Always coffee, never tea!

My favourite BB memory is... Going to the event put on by the Events Academy students and seeing how enthusiastic they were about the programme.

David Ofosuware

Warden Team

My job involves... Keeping the Bankside BID safe and attractive for businesses and tourist alike. Liasing with businesses and addressing their concerns when necessary,and also ensuring environmental issues are promptly dealt with.

Previous experience includes.. being a Community Ranger, which had the same line of duty as my current job, but with limited powers in dealing with Anti Social Behaviour.

My favourite topic for discussion is... defining the purpose of man on earth.

My personal quote is... Brighten the corner wherever you are!

Kate Poulter

Marketing Manager

My job involves…marketing Bankside and everything it has to offer to visitors, and creating an exciting programme of events throughout the year. Promoting private event spaces for hire is also part of my role.

My previous experience includes… Before joining BB I spent two years in Australia working for Melbourne Museum, IMAX Cinema and White Night arts festival. Prior to this I spent five years in the Science Museum’s PR and Marketing team working across brand and audience projects, as well as promoting exhibitions and events.

My favourite holiday destination is… anywhere hot. Too many to choose from but highlights would include travelling Asia, particularly Nepal and Vietnam – as well as driving around New Zealand.

I drink my tea with... anything sweet.

My favourite BB memory is… a media tour for the Shakespeare400 anniversary showcasing all the historic spots, finished with a 16th century inspired meal at Roast!

Norman Simeon

Warden Team

My job involves... keeping Bankside safe by moving on beggars and assisting rough sleepers. Helping visitors to the area with directions, keeping in touch with businesses and working with Pubwatch to keep crime down. 

Previous experience includes... Security Officer, Bankside Ranger.

My favourite holiday destination... the West Indies.

I drink my tea with… ginger nuts.

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... the Olympic torch coming through Bankside.

Georgia Smith

Urban Gardener

My job involves... looking after a small network of green space around Bankside and hosting bi-monthly lunchtime gardening sessions.

Previous experience includes... working in BHS. I also worked for two interior plant companies who had contracts with some interesting places including Madame Tussauds and some I can’t say! 

My favourite holiday destination... Barcelona, I love the fact that you have the city, beaches and mountains all in one place. I also have to say Jamaica because that's where my family is from. My grandad lives there and has a beautiful garden with avocado trees and orange trees.

I drink my tea with... biscuits, chocolate digestives but kit-kat also works (my friend Charlotte gave me that tip!).  

My favourite BB memory is... the whole experience, it's nice working in a place with happy people who are passionate about their roles and the Bankside area. I also really like interacting with our volunteers who help keep me motivated on some of our trickier sites.  

James Thomas

Accounts Manager

My job involves... managing Better Bankside's financial affairs.

Previous experience includes... achieving an MSc in Coastal and Marine Resource Management!

My favourite holiday destination... Mexico (and its cocktails...).

I drink my tea/coffee with... extra caffeine.

My favourite BB memory is...when we finally achieved a dust-free Community Space!