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Meet the Staff

Peter Williams

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.

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.

Josephine Clarke

Marketing Manager

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! 

Miguel Gomes


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 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


My job involves... Working closely with our board, team and multiple stakeholders from local businesses to co-create a programme that benefits the whole neighbourhood, making Bankside a place where people are proud to work and want to spend time. 

Previous experience includes... Place marketing and programming for some of London's greatest destinations.

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… 

My favourite Better Bankside memory is... Receiving the ballot result in November 2019, achieving our highest majority ever, with 92% of Bankside businesses voting yes to another five years. We were overwhelmed by the support from our members.

Tom Harris

Operations Manager

My job involves… Overseeing the work of the Bankside Wardens and Cleaning Teams and promoting closer working between the Better Bankside and Southwark Council, the Metropolitan Police Service, our neighbouring BIDs 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.

Amandeep Kellay

Sustainable Travel Manager

My job involves... improving the walking environment, helping businesses reduce their local air quality impact, getting people to travel to Bankside on sustainable modes and more!

Previous experience includes... transport planning in east London, developing innovative projects for a local authority and securing planning permission for clients at a consultancy.

My favourite holiday memory... cycling along the Norwegian Fjords in the summer sunshine.

I drink my coffee with… the humble M&S jam doughnut

My favourite BB memory... meeting all the interesting people at our summer party!

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.

Kate Poulter

Head of Marketing and Communications

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... I worked for two interior plant companies who had contracts with some interesting places including Madame Tussauds.

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!