Will grew up in North London. He is the co-founder of an independent games studio and freelance copywriter, specialising in advertising and brand management. Will was a victim of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack which left him with a spinal injury causing paralysis from the waist down. After his recovery, Will embarked on a successful campaign in 2012 to change UK Compensation Law for Victims of Terrorism Overseas, ensuring that future UK victims of terrorism are granted automatic legal rights to compensation and rehabilitation.
Geraldine Yenwo – Geraldine studied law, specialising in English private law, and subsequently a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at Heriot Wyatt University. She is a director of an export company, Geravern Foods and Vegetables Healthwise. She is also a co-founder of CAME Women and Girls Development organisation, which campaigns against gender based violence and a member of the Commonwealth Country League Education Fund for Girls.
Maria Nash – Maria started her working life at Standard Bank’s Accounts Department at the Head Office, Johannesburg/Gauteng, before being headhunted by Western Bank’s Head Office as the Assistant Accountant for the Chief Accountant. She has had extensive involvement in family businesses in South Africa, Botswana, Greece and the UK. A veteran campaigner for social change, she is Vice Chair and Treasurer of Barnet’s Family Carers Forum, Chair of Barnet’s Wheelchair User Group and a Committee Member of many other organisations.
Michael Nolan – Michael taught for 30 years, including 17 years as the Headteacher of a primary school where he was responsible for managing 10 teachers, about 20 ancillary staff and 240 children aged 4 -11 years. He has a Certificate of Education, B.A, Social Studies and M.A. Applied Theology (merit), and his skills include teaching, management, H.R. and finance.
Nailya Jiminez – Nailia took two diplomas in accountancy, firstly in Russia and secondly studying at Bedford College and Bedford University. She also obtained a Certificate in mentoring at the Luton Training Centre. She has extensive experience as an accountant, working previously in Russia at trading companies, at an independent pension fund and in a factory. Nailya has also volunteered at the Bedford Credit Union for more than 8 years. She also volunteered at the Yarlswoods’ Immigration Removal Detention Centre in Bedfordshire as a social visitor for 7 years.
Paul Baldwin (Chair) – Paul studied interior design at the London College of Furniture, working for RNLI designing and building exhibition stands and window displays for fundraising and publicity purposes. He went on to study for a BA in art and social science but progress of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms rendered him unable to complete the final year. He then developed a second career working with the local authority to develop a user-led organisation in Barnet, collaborating at a strategic level on projects such as the Right to Control Trailblazer. He received a Civic Award for this contribution.
Paul Hawkins – Paul is the Festival Project Manager for Attitude is Everything, a charity that improve access to live music. His role involves training, advice and consultancy services around access for festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading, Leeds and T in the Park. He previously was the Advice and Advocacy Manager for Barnet Centre of Independent Living and has over ten years of additional experience in the NHS, Public and charity sectors.
Sunethra Goonewardene – Sunethra is a teacher and the Chair of Barnet Borough Sight Impaired forum. She holds an MPhil from Brunel University where her topic of study was ‘The Demand and Availability of Counselling for People with a Visual Impairment.’
Wilfred Canagaretna – Wilfred is a chartered engineer with a degree in Engineering from Leeds University. He is also a qualified merchant banker specialising in law, economics and accountancy, and was a procurement executive in the Ministry of Defence. He is retired, and is on the board of Health Watch and the management board of Barnet Voice for Mental Health. Wilfred is also on several Barnet, Enfield and Haringey health trust committees. He enjoys volunteering at Barnet Carers Centre and Homeless Action Barnet.