Gloria ObilanaCentre Manager
Valy ThorsteinsdottirHead of Projects
Charlotte DonovanProject Officer
Lucy WhitfordArts Coordinator
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.
020 3819 5610
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.
020 3819 5612
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.
0203 819 5624
After many years working in the Retail industry and as a Account Manager, she decided to take the leap back into education in Birmingham as a mature student and graduated in 2014 with a degree in “Special Effects Makeup”.
After graduating and with her passion for the arts, she made the move to London and became a freelance illustrator and used her skills to help Manor House Development Trust with events such as Hidden River Festival where she was the volunteer Arts Manager for the event.
Charlotte’s ultimate goal is to unite and strengthen the community and to give them the tools to reach their full potential.
Lucy Whitford joined Manor House Development Trust in 2015 as Arts Coordinator. Lucy’s background is in both the arts and press communications. Lucy has a degree in journalism and a background in consumer and third sector PR and fundraising and worked for one the UK’s largest homeless charities for a number of years rising to the position of Media and Campaigns manager in 2009.
In 2012 Lucy Graduated with a first class Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design and is now a practicing and published visual artist, with experience in curating and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Lucy’s belief in the importance of community and the role high quality arts programming and education has in creating and sustaining the wellbeing of a community and its people is a key motivation behind her work with Manor House Development Trust.