Simon Donovan

Simon Donovan

CEO
About Simon

Simon Donovan is a London based Social Regeneration Specialist. He is the Chief Executive of Manor House Development Trust, which was recently awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise and was also named Impact Champion at the 2016 NatWestSE100 awards, in which Simon was also shortlisted as Leadership Champion.

 

Simon has developed a unique approach to community development and social regeneration. He has worked in the fields of regeneration and community development since the 1980’s, and has delivered lasting community development on numerous regeneration projects across London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets; Southwark and Waltham Forest.

 

In 2008 Simon was employed by London Borough of Hackney to set up the Manor House Development Trust. Following the completion of the Redmond Community Centre Simon transferred to work directly for MHDT. In addition he is the Chairman of Finsbury Park Trust and regularly volunteers with the Military Services Charity SSAFA.

Contact Me
simon.donovan@mhdt.org.uk

020 3819 5610

Carolina Correia

Carolina Correia

Head of Projects
About Carolina
Carolina Correia is the deputy CEO of Manor House Development Trust. Since joining MHDT in 2014, Carolina has developed several projects for the community focused in improving health and wellbeing, tackling food waste and creating a cohesive community.
Carolina was also the architectural force behind MHDT’s volunteer programme, helping local people to give back to their community while learning new skills and enhancing their employability. Now on a senior management position, Carolina has been working on new project ideas and consolidating the impact of the Trust, always with the wellbeing of the community as her ultimate goal.
Contact Me
carolina.correia@mhdt.org.uk

020 3819 5614

Gloria Obilana

Gloria Obilana

Centre Manager
About Gloria

Gloria Obilana is the Centre Manager of Manor House Development Trust. She is a local resident who has lived on the Woodberry Down Estate over 30 years and has regularly taken part in various community schemes.

 

Gloria has previously worked with the NHS as a paediatric phlebotomist (taking blood). The change into community work was a big step for her but working with the community was a welcomed challenge.

 

Gloria started as a community engagement officer for the PACT project, helping engage residents in making greener choices. She then moved onto working in the Redmond Centre’s management and enjoys helping those visiting the centre.

 

Contact Me
gloria.obilana@mhdt.org.uk

020 3819 5612

Valy Thorsteinsdottir

Valy Thorsteinsdottir

Project Officer
About Valy

 

Valý Þórsteinsdóttir is the project officer of Manor House Development Trust. At the young age of only 18, Valý travelled to Central America to work with the charity Camino Seguro, whose aim was to provide the most vulnerable children of Guatemala City better prospects through security and education. She later continued working in community development in Iceland, where she worked as a project officer for a youth centre in Reykjavik.

 

After travelling the world for her work in aviation and the tourism industry, she focused on language and the arts, providing translations, voice acting, producing art exhibits and taking part in a number of creative projects in Tokyo, Japan.

 

Since joining MHDT in early 2017, Valý has gone back to her roots of working for improving local communities with an emphasis on the arts and culture as a unifying force across race, age and background.

Contact Me
valy.thor@mhdt.org.uk

0203 819 5624

 

Jemma Morton

Jemma Morton

Centre Apprentice
About Jemma

Jemma Morton is a Centre Apprentice at MHDT, having started in January, she is progressively aiming to improve in Business Administration, in order to provide fluidity in the process of hiring and using the centre, she is your point of contact for Customer Services and General Enquiries.

 

Contact Me
jemma.morton@mhdt.org.uk

020 8802 7580