Board of Trustees

Please note: Trustee positions are advertised on the Selby Trust website under vacancies.

  • Edward  Ihejirika - Chair
  • Amit Desai
  • Cllr Anne Stennett
  • Gareth Gilfillian
  • Jonathan Clarke
  • Cllr Mark Blake
  • Matt Kayoka-IIunga
  • Narendra Makanji
  • Cllr Pat Berryman
  • Stella Nwimo
  • Dr Victor Olisa QPM

Edward Ihejirika | Chair

Edward is an architect and development consultant, currently supporting the housing sector with over 20 years post qualification experience in regeneration, architectural practice, programme management, and corporate facilities strategy.

After qualifying from the University of Miami, he went onto to practice as a senior manager at GlaxoSmithKline PLC, and eventually taught those graduating from a range of architectural schools and universities, including University of Westminster. He is committed to community development, and has been connected to the Selby from years of visiting the centre for cultural activities.

Amit Desai

Amit Desai is Operations Manager at 5E for 17 years. 5E started as one room in the Selby centre and how has 7 hubs. The supportive family like environment and ethos at 5E embodies Amit’s passion to help people become independent and free of barriers. 5E runs apprenticeship programmes from which disadvantaged people benefit with qualifications, skills, and access to employment.

        Cllr Anne Stennett

Anne Stennett is a ward councillor for White Hart Lane ward, within which the Selby Centre is based and the Chair of Alexandra Park and Palace. She is Partner with Curwens Solicitors in Enfield, specialising in wills, lasting powers of attorney and estate administration.

She gives talks to local groups on her specialist areas including advice to families and carers of children with learning and physical disabilities, in relation to how the future needs of their loved ones can be met through their wills. Prior to becoming a solicitor, she worked as a grants officer providing support to voluntary sector groups and a community centre manager.


Gareth Gilfillian 

Gareth is Executive Director of Excelsior College, an independent school that partners with parents to achieve high educational standards with children aged 3-11.

Excelsior is one of the earliest organisations to establish at Selby Centre.

Prior to this, he was involved in Lemuel Findlay’s.

Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan is the Company Secretary of the Selby Boxing Club. He has been working with the Selby Trust since March 2012 setting up the boxing and fitness club for the local community.  He is also the Founding Director of Essential London, which is a travel and facilities management business. He is passionate about charities, fundraising, supporting positive action and always welcomes the opportunity to contribute. A robust fundraiser, England’s Commonwealth Games Team, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Global Radio Help a London Child are just some of the organisations Jonathan has fundraised  for successfully. Jonathan brings this unique skillset and unwavering enthusiasm to his trustee role at the Selby Trust.

Cllr Mark Blake (term ends 16th Aug 2018)

Now the Cabinet Member for Communities, Safety and Engagement, and a ward councillor for Woodside ward, Mark leads on key policy development areas at the Black Training and Enterprise Group, particularly on the criminal justice system and support for The Young Review. Chaired by Baroness Lola Young the report from the Young Review into improving outcomes for black and Muslim young men in the criminal justice system. Mark continues to work with Baroness Young and the Ministry of Justice and NOMS to ensure the report’s recommendations are implemented. He has a strong understanding of the voluntary sector, as he has previously held a number of senior management role to Chief Executive level.

Matt Kayoka

Matt, a LLB Graduate with a Year Study Abroad from Coventry University. Currently studying the Legal Practise Course at BPP in Manchester. Matt was born in Tottenham and is enthusiastic about access to justice. As well as holding a Trustee role at Selby Trust since July 2015, Matt is also involved in a Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau and is helping to set up a Greater Manchester Law Centre. Matt recently ran the London Marathon raising over £500 for the Greater Manchester Law Centre. Previously Matt has volunteered for Embrace UK, based in Selby Centre on his own youth project. Matt is passionate about immigration law, social justice and empowering the local community. 

Narendra Makanji

Narendra has over 25 years of experience in community development at both grass roots and strategic levels. He served as a councillor in Haringey for 24 years.

Narendra is a member on The Tribunal Service of England appointed by the Ministry of Justice and until recently on the Consumer Council for Water appointed by DEFRA.

Narendra was previously the Chair of The Whittington Hospital. He has helped manage Nafsiyat - the Inter-cultural Therapy Centre in North London which deals with mental health issues amongst people from a diverse range of communities.

Narendra is also the chair of Trustees on the board of The Bernie Grant Trust, which owns and manages the archives of the late Bernie Grant, MP for Tottenham.


Cllr Patrick Berryman (term ends 16th Aug 2018)

A lifelong Haringey resident Patrick brings a degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool, 20-years private sector experience in the world of global finance and over 10 years commitment to the public sphere trying to make this country a more equitable and even (dare he say it) socialist one. He now works in education (previously a university and now at a primary school).

Patrick has been a school governor, a councillor and a campaigner.  Questioning  everything, Patrick is nobody’s fool. As a trustee Patrick hopes that together with the Selby Centre he can put something back into the borough that made him who he is. 

Stella Nwimo

Stella has been involved as a member of ERNI (Elmhurst Road Neighbours Initiative) in Bruce Grove Tottenham and has developed an ability to negotiate and influence multi-faith, multi- lingual and inter-generational groups, engaging and enticing them to take part in events that they would ordinarily not respond to.

Stella uses influencing skills to bring various hard to reach communities together. Collaboration is the mainstay of her day to day work and often working with difficult and egocentric characters. She is passionate about mixing and matching of ideas and sharing in the success or otherwise of a venture.

She is also passionate about diversity and finding ways to collaborate with hard to reach voices; getting their opinions and views heard

Dr Victor Olisa QPM

Victor Olisa has 35 years of experience as a police officer working in Surrey, City of London and the Metropolitan Police Service and he was the Borough Commander in Haringey from 2012 to 2016. After retirement from the police service in 2017, he took up a position in academia as a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics carrying research study into the culture of leadership. During his police career he worked with police forces, civil society and human rights organisations in a number of countries that included the United States of America, Brazil, South Africa and Sweden.