PPR has a Steering Group of about ten officers, elected annually. Here are the main officers for 2018/19.
PPR CHAIR: Paul Scott
Like many people in the local area I come from somewhere else – I was born and grew up in Norwich. I moved to South Norwood in 1990 from Brighton where I trained to become an architect. I am now a director of a large London practice where I mainly design ‘social infrastructure’ including schools, hospitals in Africa, and even the new London Bridge Station which is gradually taking shape.
Since 2002 I have been proud to be elected to represent the local community on Croydon Council, lobbying hard to help improve the local area. I was one of the founding members of People for Portland Road and have been its Chair right from the beginning. It is my role to help coordinate the organisation and work with the steering group and members to develop projects and ideas for how PPR can make a difference. I then help to deliver them. I really enjoy seeing the work we do make the area look and feel better, and bring the community together. It is also a great way to meet new people and make friends.
PPR VICE-CHAIR: Christine Claridge
PPR SECRETARY: Christina Peskett
I’ve lived in South Norwood for over 40 years so have seen many changes.
I’ve been Secretary for PPR for over 10 years and I also share the Treasurer role with Heather Hardie. My role involves organising meetings, keeping records and dealing with all financial transactions. I’m also very involved with the Community Garden at Enmore Road. I love this project and have greatly enjoyed seeing it take shape.
One of the nicest things is to have a chat with local people as they pass the garden and stop to look. South Norwood has a good feel about it at the moment, and we feel very optimistic, as if there are good things coming just around the corner. PPR has helped to create a community spirit by networking, bringing people and organisations together.
OTHER STEERING GROUP MEMBERS: Audrey Bobb, Eva Cammarata, Juanita Isaacs, Alina Khama-Nyane, Rachel McKoy, Patricia Pelican, Shuba Rao and Brian Stovell.