• Norwood Forum

About Norwood Forum

Norwood Forum is a volunteer-led organisation covering the three south Lambeth wards of Gipsy Hill, Knights Hill and Thurlow Park.  We aim to celebrate our wonderful neighbourhood and its vibrant, diverse, but cohesive community whilst making a positive difference to the quality of life for people who live and work here.  We publish a fortnightly newsletter,  dedicated to communicating and connecting the local community.

Norwood Forum Committee members

All can be contacted by email to: info@norwoodforum.org

Noshir Patel: Chair

Noshir Patel has lived in Norwood for the last 40 years. He trained originally as a research neuroscientist and subsequently worked as a manager in the NHS.  He is currently retired and enjoys living in Norwood and would like to help make it a more lively and thriving community. He is currently involved in several local groups and amenity societies including the Norwood Forum and the Friends of Brockwell Park.

Gloria Orosungunleka: Vice-Chair

I moved to Norwood in 2011. I have enjoyed seeing the changes in Norwood and enjoy participating and seeing changes on behalf of the people in Norwood. As a trade union activist I believe that the workers are the union and are stronger together in their outcomes. I believe that the community in Norwood has grown from strength to strength with togetherness, and believe that all people who live, work, study and visit Norwood have and will continue to have their views heard. I enjoy seeing the community thrive and look forward to seeing Norwood grow further to being a wonderful, exciting cultural hub. I am currently involved in the faith community and currently attend a church in Brixton. I enjoy reading, exploring the local community.

Jan Ware: Secretary

Jan has lived in West Norwood for nearly 50 years and is active in local community groups including Norwood Pensioners Group and Streetworks.  She was part of the parent lead campaign to expand Elmwood Primary School so that more local children could attend their local school.  Through her work at The Old Library for local charity Rathbone she works with various residents and local groups.

Sunil de Sayrah: Treasurer

Sunil has lived in West Norwood since 2010 and is involved with a number of local groups.  He is Treasurer of the Norwood Forum and Streetworks, on the steering committee of the Norwood Planning Assembly and a driver for Feast, Foodbank and MENCAP.  He is also a volunteer with Victim Support.

Ana Capone

Ana Capone moved to West Norwood in 2010. In 2011 Ana started volunteering for West Norwood Feast as one of the Feast founding members.  She was also very involved in working for the Cabinet Office NCS programme for 16 year old students across UK.   Her previous work involved volunteering in central London and at Dulwich Picture Gallery, as well as creating and organising volunteer work abroad. The work abroad involved connecting local charities, Mayors of different cities, school headmasters and teachers as well as local police and medical institutions, and ensuring successful volunteer engagement and safety during the programme.   She used to lead teams of mainly American but also some British and Canadian volunteers. Ana has made some great friends locally and she loves contributing and helping West Norwood community thrive.

Anne Crane

Anne Crane has lived in the area for the past 16 years with connections going back more than a quarter of a century through a local school which both her daughters attended and of which she remains a governor. She is a chartered town planner currently working for Transport for London but who started her career in the Lambeth Planning department. Anne is the Planning Lead for the Norwood Action Group and is active in her street Residents’ Association. She wants to make Norwood an even better place in which to live, work, shop and spend leisure time – and to protect what is good and try to prevent what could be harmful to the area. 

Colin Fenn

Colin has lived in West Norwood since 1987, and advises Blue Chip companies on complex projects. He has qualifications in engineering and in history, has written extensively on cemeteries - including Norwood, and sits on national bodies that promote the care and integration of cemeteries. He has previously worked in town and transport planning, and has a passion for helping West Norwood thrive as a community. Colin is an organiser of West Norwood Feast and a general Mr Fixit.

Kim Hart

Kim has lived in West Norwood for 22 years, a period which has witnessed the incredible revitalisation of our community which has made our town such a joy to live in. She works full time as a cultural consultant, previously running the national development agency for arts festivals.  Kim is thrilled to have been elected to the Norwood Forum Committee and hopes her other skills in design, social media, websites and most things creative and cultural will be useful.

Su McLaughlin

Su has lived in Norwood for 30 years and is a connector and worker in the community. She is passionate about community cohesion and giving local people a platform to have their say. She believes in experiencing as much of life as possible, and is an actor, writer, business-woman and philanthropist amongst other things.

Phillip Virgo

South Londoner born and bred, returned in 1996 after 23 years exile north of the River. Aiming to spend more time on local issues after forty years organising all-party studies into high tech, skills and social cohesion policy, including local, national and international partnerships.


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