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Trustee Abi Carter

Abi Carter (Chair)

Abi is Director of the MCC Foundation, the charitable arm of Marylebone Cricket Club, which owns Lord’s Cricket Ground. She has worked in the area for more than ten years, and became aware of PDT’s work thanks to an employment programme run in partnership with MCC’s Community Development Department. She joined the board of trustees in the summer of 2016, and became Chair in 2017.Originally from Nottinghamshire, she read History at Cambridge before moving to London to work in journalism and Westminster for an MP. She moved to Lord’s in 2008, working in communications and then strategic planning and delivery. A sports lover, she is becoming increasingly passionate about sport’s ability to change people’s lives, over and above improvements to physical health. She is honoured to be involved with PDT, and has enjoyed meeting countless inspirational people amongst its staff and volunteers, board members and clients.

PDT Trustee Craig Macdonald

Craig Macdonald (Vice Chair)

I am a technology and digital leader who has worked with some of the largest brand names in technology and the financial services. I have a passion for change, building high performing teams and demonstrating how digital and people can make a significant difference to society with little investment. PDT’s Vision of putting communities in control, through our values of self-sufficiency, improvement of economic and social well-being and the promotion of equality all speak to my own values. I am committed to working with our brilliant teams and visionary executive to see this Vision realised.

PDT Trustee Florian Bosch, Treasurer

Florian Bosch, Treasurer 

Florian’s personal mission is to create human impact in a digital world which has brought him very close to PDT’s mission of putting communities in control. In his role as the Treasurer he is looking after all aspects of PDT’s financial management, working closely with our CFO and other members of the Board to safeguard PDT’s financial future. With more than 10 years’ experience in consulting and banking Florian has moved on to become a Human Resources leader with various telecommunications and technology companies. In his current role he oversees the Resourcing, Talent, Training as well as Diversity & Inclusion agenda for one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. This gets him working across multiple countries and with people from various backgrounds and experiences which really excites him. He holds a Bachelor of Business Economics and a University Diploma in Strategy and Finance from Augsburg University, Germany, as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive HR from Stellenbosch University Business School, South Africa. Florian is married and together with his wife lives in Central London. In his spare time he is a passionate runner, reader, and traveller.

PDT Trustee Virginia Ashton

Virginia Ashton

Virginia has lived in the same house in Paddington for over 50 years and have been active in many aspects of the voluntary sector for almost all that time. Her particular interest is in young people; she was involved with the Girl Guide movement in North West London and then for 20 years with the Avenues Youth Project in North Paddington. Virginia raised the money for their new building which was opened by HRH Prince Charles in 2003. She is also a trustee of the Beauchamp Lodge settlement, a member of the PCC of St Mary Magdalene Church and on a committee of the Rugby Portobello Trust”

PDT Trustee Ines Newman

Ines Newman

Ines Newman started her career working as a town planner for Westminster City Council responsible for the environmental improvement programme in North Paddington. She went on to work as an advocate planner for community groups and trades councils in the Docklands area before becoming an economic development officer for Hackney followed by Harlow. From 1999-2007 she was Head of Policy at the Local Government Information Unit and then worked for the local government centre at Warwick University. She is very pleased to be a trustee on PDT and get back to her roots.

PDT Trustee Andy Watson

Andy Watson

Chief Executive Walterton and Elgin Community Homes (WECH) Andy has worked at WECH since 1992. WECH is a resident controlled community based Housing Association located in North Paddington. WECH was formed by the transfer of the Walterton and Elgin Estates from Westminster City Council following a successful campaign by the residents to preserve their homes.Andy has played a central role in the delivery of a development programme at WECH that has successfully spent over £40m improving WECH’s existing homes and building new ones. WECH has established itself as an anchor organisation in a deprived ward and has engaged in a range of community development and support activities including youth activities, employment advice, benefits and debt advice, organising community festivals and community safety advice through its Police in residence scheme.Andy has worked extensively with architects, surveyors, quantity surveyors, development agents and contractors on a range of projects including the refurbishment of single properties, the refurbishment of estates, the demolition of tower blocks and the construction of new build homes. He is working closely with WECH consultants, on the £17million improvement of the Elgin estate which will see 43 new homes, a community centre, nursery and offices built over the next three years.Andy is a Trustee of PDT, Chair of the North Paddington Society, Chair of the Maida Hill Neighbourhood Forum and Treasurer of the Dutch Pot Lunch and Social Club.

PDT Trustee Dr Saima Rana

Dr Saima Rana

Dr Rana is state educated and has spent her professional life working to improve state education. Dr Sama Rana is Principal of Westminster Academy, serving on of the most deprived areas in the country where 41% of children are in poverty. 53% of Westminster Academy students have ‘ever’ been eligible for free school meals, 61% of students are pupil premium and 85% of students speak English as an additional language. 37% of students have SEND. With a back ground in school improvement in inner-city schools, and a PhD in IT in Education, Dr Rana has worked in inner city London schools with high deprivation indicators throughout her career to coming traditional school improvement techniques with a commitment to collaboration between the local community and businesses in order to accelerate regeneration and standards.Dr Rana worked for six years as a senior educational consultant for Cambridge Educaion Islington as a leading schools improvement consultant with particular focus on Teaching and Learning, Raising Standards, ICT, Assessment for Learning, Curriculum, Change Management and Building Schools for Future.Dr Rana specialises in Secondary School Educational Policy, ICT, Globalisation, the Knowledge and Digital Economy. She was an ICT Mark Assessor and examiner for NAACE and was on the working party developing the original Becta/Ofsted ICT Mark and Assessment for Learning reform group. She has presented academic papers on Policy, ICT, Globalisation and Secondary Education at the Institute of Education, London, Trinity College, Dublin, The Knowledge Lab, London as well as at International conferences in both Europe and the USA. Dr Rana is also a member of the following boards: The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (ISBCA), Paddington Development Trust (PDT) and the Mosaic Community Trust.

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