Our Team



West Silvertown Foundation is proud to be a London Living Wage Employer.

Here at West Silvertown Foundation, our permanent team of staff includes:


  • David Mann Director of Development
  • Harjit Lola Centre Manager, Britannia Village Hall
  • Almir Goncalves Site Supervisor/Senior Duty Manager, Britannia Village Hall
  • Madelein Bester Duty Manager, Britannia Village Hall
  • Chris Tulloch Duty Manager, Britannia Village Hall
  • Helen Fernandes Community Development Manager
  • Steve Allgood Youth Club Manager
  • Chris Nalder Youth Work Manager
  • Lashian Xavier Youth Worker
  • Suhaila Khamis Youth Worker
  • Alyson Moore Centre Manager, Royal Wharf
  • Ashley Roberts Assistant Centre Manager, Royal Wharf
  • Taj Uddin Duty Manager, Royal Wharf
  • Chloe Lee Community Activator, Royal Wharf
  • Emily Bowyer-Zaryi Community Activator, Royal Wharf


We also benefit from an excellent board of trustees. It includes local residents and representatives from voluntary organisations and businesses.  We are very grateful for the time, energy and expertise that our trustees give freely to the charity, its mission and our community. Our trustees are:

Neil Pearce, Chair

Neil was appointed as a trustee in 2012 and became Chair of the Board in 2015, having lived in the local area for the last 14 years. He studied law at the London School of Economics and College of Law but has been involved in local government policy development for 16 years, primarily around housing, homelessness and sustainability.

Neil has a long history of community activism, having previously been a Conservative councillor in Essex and he has been heavily involved in projects which improve the social infrastructure, public realm and community experience across the Royal Docks since moving to the area in 2005. He is also a volunteer director of the Britannia Village General Management Company and a member of St John's Church in North Woolwich.

Zeeshan Ahmed

Zeeshan joined WSF as a trustee in late 2018, and has been resident in the area since 2015. He is an IT professional currently working as Lead Developer for Aviva Plc in Shoreditch.

Previously, Zeeshan has performed similar roles at other organisations and he specialises in building and managing onshore and offshore technical teams. Outside of his full-time job, he also refurbishes and manages properties in East and South London. Zeeshan has BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Telecommunications and Computer Networks.

Edna Chirwa

Edna joined the board as a trustee in 2018 and has lived in the local community for seven years. She successfully completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and BA (Hons) Management at the University of East London and has been working in higher education for the past eight years. She previously worked for a diplomatic mission, in the role of Consular Assistant and Protocol Officer, and has also worked in the private sector for more than ten years.

Edna is additionally a trustee of the University of East London Alumni Advisory Board. She enjoys volunteering, which currently includes work with children and their parents at the Amplified Arts Academy and as a host at Hillsong Church London.

Ian Gibson

Jee Hyeok Lee

Jee joined WSF as a trustee in March 2018 and has lived in the Royal Docks area since 2017. He currently works as a corporate finance professional at a boutique advisory firm in London.

Prior to this, Jee was an accountant at KPMG, where he qualified as a chartered accountant (CIMA) and a Chartered Finance Analyst (CFA). He holds a BSc in Economics from University College London. He is also a member of the leadership team of Royal Docks Community Church, which meets at Britannia Village Hall. As a resident of Royal Docks, Jee is keen to see the area prosper into a diverse, inclusive and integrated community.

Rachael Osei-Temeng

Rachael joined WSF as a trustee in 2016 and was later nominated as a Vice Chair. She is also a member of the Finance Committee, providing critical challenge to WSF’s budget and ensuring robust monitoring of the accounts.

Rachael holds an honours degree in Business Administration (Accounting Option) and is a Chartered Certified Accountant. She currently works with HCT Group as a Finance Business Partner. Prior to this, Rachael worked as a Service Accountant in Havering Council and as a Management Accountant at Hyde Housing Association. Since moving to Britannia Village since 2014, Rachael has contributed to community engagement and strives to see WSF achieve its strategic vision.

Shahanara Rohman

Shahanara joined the board as a trustee in September 2018 and has lived in the area for over 15 years. She graduated with a legal qualification from Queen Mary University of London and completed her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

Shahanara currently works as an Investigator at the Financial Ombudsman Service, dealing with consumer complaints and investigating financial institutions. She has considerable experience of working within the community and was previously a Community Affairs Trainee with the East London Business Alliance. Shahanara also has experience in project management and has served as a Violence Programme Officer for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.