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Poplar Harca

Making Poplar a place where people choose to live, work and enjoy life

Board members

The Board and Committee members are essential to the governance of Poplar HARCA. They hold the executive to account and make sure that different stakeholders' interests are represented - including the residents themselves.

Below are our Board and Committee members' biographies, arranged alphabetically. The members sit across the Poplar Board and its three Focus Committees:

  • Finance & General Purposes
  • Audit & Risk
  • Services

Some of the members sit on multiple committees. They are made up of independent, resident and councillor members.

Ahmet Koray is a Member and Vice-Chair of the Poplar HARCA Finance & General Purposes Committee. He is a qualified accountant with over 23 years’ experience working across a number of large London based NHS organisations. 

Ahmet is currently employed as the Chief Finance Officer with NHS Islington Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Alexandra Woolmore is an Independent Member on the Finance & General Purposes Committee. She is a Tower Hamlets resident who has lived on the Isle of Dogs for over ten years.

Alexandra is passionate about mid-century architecture and has worked in the development sector since graduating.  She currently works as a Project Director for a London-based property developer, specialising in planning.

Outside of the workplace, Alex is also a governor at Bow School for Maths and Computing.

Andrew Mahoney is a Resident Member on the Poplar Board and the Finance & General Purposes Board . He has lived on the Leopold Estate for over 33 years.

Andrew works as a civil servant. He was a member of the Leopold Steering group and previously the Leopold Estate Tenants’ Association. He has also chaired the Leopold Area Board since transfer to Poplar HARCA in 2005.

Away from Poplar HARCA, Andrew is a member of the Local Area Partnership 6 Steering Group and a member of the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery. He was Chair of St Paul’s Way School Governors until 2008.

Bernadette Conroy is an Independent Member and Chair of the Poplar Board.

She has significant experience of financial and corporate re-structuring and change management, including responsibility for the strategic planning of the corporate investment banking and markets activities of the HSBC Group.

Bernadette is also a non-executive director of Barnet NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, a non executive director of North London Estates Partnership and a Trustee of St. Paul’s Way Trust School.

Colin Campbell is a Co-optee of the Audit & Risk Board. Colin is vice chair of the Bow Bridge Estate Board and a member of the Joint Estate Panel.

Colin Woollard is a Resident Member on the Poplar Board and is Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. He was formerly the Chair of the Brownfield Estate Board. He is also a qualified inspector and served on a number of other committees, boards and groups. He has lived on the Brownfield Estate since 1992.

Colin is a specialist textile dyer who has previously worked in quality control, buying and sales. He was a school governor for over 13 years and volunteered with a special needs school for five years.

Dharmendra Mehta is a Resident Member of the Poplar Board.

Elizabeth Hall is an Independent Member on the Audit & Risk Committee. Now retired, she has significant business experience having previously worked for the Financial Services Authority.

She is a Council Member of Queen Mary, University of London, and chairs its Research Ethics Committee.  Elizabeth is also a member of Standards for England (that oversees ethical standards in local councils); she is working on the new regulatory regime for barristers; and is Chair of Bow Arts Trust; Chair of Bow Church Council; a trustee of several other local bodies; and was a governor of St Paul’s Way Community School for eight years.

Fran Jefcoate is a Resident Member on the Services Committee.

Reverend James Olanipekun is a Resident Member and Vice-Chair of the Poplar Board and Chair of the Services Committee. He is also an elected member of the Lansbury South Estate Board and chaired its Service Delivery Sub Group. He has lived on the Lansbury South Estate since 1991.

Reverend James is a committed member of Poplar HARCA’s Resident Involvement Policy Advisory Group. Since 2006 he has been a Parent Governor at Raines Foundation Secondary School in Tower Hamlets and is currently a member of Tower Hamlets Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Reverend James is a trained teacher and an author of four published books on Christian topics. He has been a volunteer Pastor for over twenty years for a diverse congregation.

Jo Ellis is an Independent Member on the Poplar Board and Vice-Chair of the Services Committee.

She has worked in housing for more than twenty-five years, gaining experience in a variety of roles wih a range of registered providers.

She is currently Operations Dirctor at Town & Country Housing Group, which provides almost 9,000 affordable homes in Kent, Sussex and South London.

She was previously Chief Executive of Eastbourne Homes, an arms length management organisation that manages 4,000 homes owned by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Prior to that, Jo worked in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for five years. During this time she developed a strong affinity withthe people of Poplar.

John Norman is an Independent Member on the Poplar Board and Chair on the Audit & Risk Board.

John spent his career in airport management in a variety of operational and HR roles and served on the boards of both Gatwick and Stansted Airports. His last airport role was as Group Head of Contingency Planning for BAA plc. Whilst at Stansted Airport he was responsible for the development of the Employment Strategy that was designed to assist the long term unemployed in East London begin careers at the expanding airport. He has also enjoyed board level experience in the housing and voluntary sector. He was a board member of Essex Learning and Skills Coucil, and East Thames Housing Group, where he chaired the group’s subsidiary East Potential, which provided Foyer accommodation for young people. He is also currently a trustee of London Youth, and Chairs the Safety and Safeguarding Committee there. He is also a Board Member of Shaw Trust.

Joseph Ben Salem is a Resident Member on the Finance and General Purposes Board and has served on the board for 4 years. Joseph has lived in the Aberfeldy Estate all his life and is also an active member of the Youth Empowerment Board.

Joseph graduated in July 2013 with a First Class degree in Economics and Accountancy from City University London and now hopes to train to qualify as a chartered accountant 

Joseph brings some financial experience from previously working at Goldman Sachs in their Internal Audit department and in the compliance department at Standard and Poor’s Rating Services. Joseph will also be starting a new role as a Finance Graduate Trainee at Dual Corporate Risks Limited.

Juliana Ben Salem is a Resident Member on the Poplar Board. She is a Poplar HARCA resident having lived on the Aberfeldy Estate all her life. She aims to bring a youthful contribution to the board and improve opportunities for Aberfeldy Estate Residents. She likes Poplar's strong sense of ambition and diversity. She is passionate about Spotlight, and future regeneration plans for Chrisp street and the Aberfeldy Estate.

Juliana has many years of experience in the social housing sector pioneering, and being a member of, the Youth Empowerment Board for four years. She was also its Chair for two years. It was her active involvement with this that led to her Poplar Board nomination. 

Kim Hayman is a Resident Member on the Finance & General Purposes Board. She has lived in Tower Hamlets all her life and been a resident on the Bow Bridge Estate since 1981.

Kim currently works as a Project Manager, managing a regeneration and business start-up fund for budding social entrepreneurs within Tower Hamlets. She previously managed call centres for Barclays Fund, Cable & Wireless and is a trained counsellor for victims of crime.

Krishnan Nair is an Independent Member on the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Prior to taking on this role he was an Independent Member on the Finance and Audit Board at Poplar Harca for over 3 years. He has significant international finance and audit experience  of over 13 years within the financial services sector and currently work as a Vice President within Internal Audit at Morgan Stanley.

Matthew Rowe is Resident Member on the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is a philosophy lecturer, a consultant for the charity sector, sits as a lay member in Employment Tribunals and has extensive experience in public regulation. He's chair of the Standards Advisory Board for Tower Hamlets, a director of Limehouse Town Hall Consortium Trust and Chair of Governors of Salisbury Primary School in Newham as well as a member of the Brownfield Estate Board.

Natalie Laudat is a Resident Member on the Services Committee.

Cllr Ohid Ahmed is a member of the Poplar Board.

Prabha Rathinasabapathy is one of our younger board members and is an Independent Member of the Poplar Board, having served as an Independent Member of the Places Board from January 2009 to August 2010.

Prabha is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration at London Business School.   She is a qualified Chartered Surveyor in Planning and Development.   Prior to the MBA, Prabha worked as an asset manager with Argent, the development company charged with regenerating 67 acres in King’s Cross. 

Prabha believes that Poplar HARCA is in a unique position to be able to transform the quality of life for its residents through its work on better housing and better places.  She enjoys working with the residents and looks forward to seeing their aspirations realised.

Rachel Bulford is an Independent Member on the Services Committee.

She is currently Director of Retail Services and Store Proposition at Homebase. She has also worked for Marks and Spencer and Burberry. She has an MBA from Cass Business School and broadened her experience with two years as a consultant at strategic consultancy company OC&C. Rachel grew up in central London and strongly believes that inner cities should be vibrant and safe where people from diverse backgrounds can prosper.

Raju Noor is a Resident Member on the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Rob Hannabuss is an independent member of the Services Committee.

Recently retired after 48 years in housing, Rob's experience covers project management roles working on estate regeneration projects at the GLC, LB Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Poplar HARCA and EastendHomes. The time working for the LB of Tower Hamlets included senior management roles in Technical Services and Housing Management plus working on the stock transfers to both Poplar HARCA and THCH. 

He has worked in Tower Hamlets for some 25 years and through this, has gained an extensive appreciation of the technical aspects of the stock that Poplar Harca owns, providing excellent service to residents and an understanding of wider resident issues. Rob is now pleased to be able to use this experience and knowledge to the benefit of the PH Services Committee.

Simon Turek is an Independent Member of the Poplar Board and Audit and Risk Committee.

He joined Poplar HARCA in 2011 when he was living in East London and working at the Financial Services Authority.  Simon currently lives in Paris, where he works for the European Securities and Markets Authority.  Prior to moving to London, Simon practiced law in New Zealand where he is enrolled as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court.  

Simon is committed to the development of Poplar and an environment in which local residents have the ability to create great homes and communities.

Suzina Pir is a Resident Member of the Services Committee. After moving from Sylhet, Bangladesh at nine months old, her home was among the first to be transferred to Poplar Harca in 1998.

Suzina is Personal Assistant to the Head Teacher of Ian Mikardo High School, an SEBD (social emotional and behavioural difficulties) school in Tower Hamlets. As a hardworking Eastender, Suzina takes absolute pride in being part of such a strong and diverse community.

Tanya Martin is a Resident Member of the Poplar Board and the Services Committee.

Tilat Mahiudin(MSc. Housing) is an Independent Member of the Services Committee with a background in community development.

She has worked in urban regeneration for over fifteen years, including in East London. During this time she developed multi-agency partnerships and managed a large neighbourhood renewal programme.

Tilat has helped to produce partnership agreements and action plans designed to deliver better performance across a range of public services. She has also contributed to work across the Olympic host boroughs to identify how residents might benefit from the Games in the future. She now focuses on community based training and adult learning.

She wants to work with residents and staff to continue delivering services which meet and exceed residents’ expectations.