Message From Our Chair

Message from Councillor Clare Potter, Chair of Finsbury Park Trust

“It has been a difficult year for all of us, with many challenges. Sadly, we lost a long standing supporter and board member in Sally Billiot who contributed much to the Trust over many years; she is very much missed.

The Trust has been through significant changes with the retirement of our Director, Talal Karim and the appointment of the London Development Trust (LDT) to manage the Trust on an interim basis. This arrangement has enabled the Trust to continue to meet its charitable objectives while exploring new projects which will put the Trust on a more sustainable footing. Fortunately, Talal has been able to return to the Trust to carry out specific project work.

We planned to hold a Conference in 2020 with a focus on bringing communities together. This had to be postponed because of the pandemic however we hope to hold this event later in 2021, either virtually or in person dependent on social distancing guidance at that time.

Finsbury Park Trust recruited 2 new board members since the last AGM; Anthonia Onigbode who has taken on the Treasurer role, and Lawrence Singha. Anthonia has been nominated by Hackney Cooperative Developments (HCD), the Hackney voluntary sector representative, and Lawrence is the Haringey resident representative. Existing board member, Isabel Tinsley (Islington resident) has taken on the Company Secretary role. These appointments strengthen the board, and help to ensure Finsbury Park Trust makes the right strategic decisions going forward.“

Clare Potter
Chair of Finsbury Park Trust
(Councillor for Brownswood Ward)
London Borough of Hackney