Board of Trustees
Please note: Trustee positions are advertised on the Selby Trust website under vacancies.
Tribute to Narendra Makanji
Narendra Makanji moved to Haringey in the late 1970s and became involved in the anti-racism movement combatting the National Front, which was strong within the borough.
In 1982 he became the Councillor for Noel Park, where he lived, one of only a handful of BAME politicians in the council. In national politics Narendra would be remembered for the work he had done in ensuring BAME representation in UK Parliament. As Chair of the Labour Party Black Sections, he was pivotal in securing the election of Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott, Lord Boateng and Keith Vaz, the first BAME MPs to enter Parliament in 1987.
Narendra passionately supported the creation of the Selby Centre in 1986 and supported the development of the Selby Trust in 1992. He believed in the strength of Haringey’s diversity and understood the need for all cultures within the borough to have a space to grow and integrate as one community. Narendra later joined the Trustee board, where he played an important role in its survival and development. Sadly, on 4th April this year Narendra passed away, leaving a huge void not only at the Selby Centre but in a range of community projects across the borough who benefited from his wisdom and the gift of his time. He is deeply missed.
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 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.
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 Lucia das Neves
Lucia das Neves was elected as a councillor in May 2018 to represent the Woodside Ward. She has worked in charity and non-profit organisations for over 15 years. Most recently in community-led design and participation, she brings strong skills in marketing, volunteering and governance. She is excited to join the board of Selby Trust and to support it to continue to be a thriving, energetic and diverse force in our community.
Cllr Mike Hakata
A Haringey councillor in the St Ann’s ward, Mike has special interests in a range of relevant areas including community wealth building and sustainability, social enterprises, co-operatives and social action.
He is delighted to join the Board of the Selby Trust in order to share good practice models, a big commitment to supporting local talent and skills, by bringing members of local communities together to form strong community networks within the borough.
Robert Danso - Company Secretary
Robert is a local resident, living on Selby Road since 1990. He has 15 years teaching experience in Ghana, including 3 years tour to the Middle East teaching English as a foreign language. Since living in the UK, Robert has worked for over 25 years in procurement with British Rail. Robert also is a Pastor of the Temple of Refuge Church who congregate at the Selby Centre.
Sophie Fitzsimmons – Treasurer
Sophie graduated from the London School of Economics (BSc in Accounting & Finance) in 2012 and has since had various roles in the Banking sector.
Sophie is currently working in the Treasury department for a multinational investment bank, focusing on liquidity and funding management in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa. She is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) and continues to study for professional qualifications.
Sophie is originally from Doncaster however lives local to the Tottenham area and is enthusiastic about community economic and environmental development. She is excited to take on the role of Treasurer for the Selby Trust, as the organisation embarks on such a large transitional phase.
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.