Valy Thorsteinsdottir FRSADeputy CEO
Gloria ObilanaCentre Manager
Kosser SheikhCentre Worker
Maryam HamediImpact and Evaluation Officer
Sevda Ozsezer-KurnucEvaluation and Impact officer
Derya ErgurVolunteer 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.
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Valy Thorsteinsdottir FRSA
In her role as Deputy CEO, Valy’s focus is on developing and implementing creative ways to ensure the Trust’s sustainability.
Prior to joining MHDT, Valy has worked across various fields in education, the creative industries and community development internationally.
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.
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Kosser joined London Development Trust in 2019 as a Centre Worker. She works part-time at Acton Gardens Community Centre where she manages day to day tasks such as administration, facilities and events.
In her spare time Kosser is an active community activist, voluntarily organising and facilitating events for her community.
She is a published children’s book author and TV presenter on the Muslim Kids Show
Maryam joined London Development Trust in 2021 as an Impact and Evaluation Officer. She is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of various projects at the Acton Gardens Community Centre.
Maryam has studied Development Studies at London Metropolitan University and has pursued her interest in community participation and empowerment and worked in volunteer and community sector.
Maryam loves to travel.
Sevda is the Evaluation and Impact officer at Redmond Community Centre/Manor House Development Trust. She is responsible for the improvement and implementations of monitoring and evaluation systems and measuring the impact. She is passionate about adding value to lives through evaluation and research and highly values local community projects in this regard.
Sevda is a current PhD researcher in the field of school evaluation and an associate tutor at the University of East Anglia. She holds an MA in Leadership from University College London Institute of Education and worked as a mathematics teacher in Turkish high schools for four years.
In her spare time, Sevda is a keen follower of World politics and enjoys travelling all over the World to try authentic cuisines.
Derya’s role within the team is to create and update volunteering opportunities as well as signposting training opportunities to volunteers.
In addition to that, she offers continuous support and guidance to motivate volunteers to achieve their personal goals.
As a polyglot, Derya can communicate fluently in Spanish, Turkish and Japanese.
Derya holds a degree in Spanish and Global Communication from the University of Westminster.