There are eight of us on the campaign committee, four of whom are officers. Here’s a bit more about us:
Chair: Anne Robbins lives in Westcombe Park, and is a member of both the Westcombe Society environment committee and the Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce committee. She is part of PiP! (Planting in the Pleasaunce), which is growing a small orchard, and she is also supports the Edge Fund. A former bookseller, Anne has an MA in Medieval History and loves to plant trees.
Secretary: Clare Griffiths lives in Catford and has two school-age children. She has recently been campaigning for the borough of Lewisham to adopt a 20mph zone across its roads. She is vice chair of governors at a local primary school and involved in the Friends of Mountsfield Park. When she’s not busy with all of that Clare is a project manager in public health research.
Treasurer: Chris Taylor joined the No to Silvertown Tunnel campaign after taking part in our first citizen science experiment, when he realised just how dangerous the proposed tunnel is. He has lived in South East London for about ten years. By day he works in project finance, dealing with companies that specialise in renewable energy. Outside work he is a keen cyclist – so the state of London’s roads impacts him directly – and was a founder member and treasurer of Fridays FC, a local football team.
Media and communications: Darryl Chamberlain lived next to the Woolwich Road flyover for more than 20 years after his family moved to Greenwich in the mid-1970s. He knows from personal experience the cost of having such high levels of traffic in the local area, which spurred him onto help start the original anti-Silvertown Tunnel petition in December 2012. He is a journalist who also writes about local issues on his 853 blog and contributes to the Charlton Champion website.
Nikki Coates has lived in Charlton for eight years and hopes to live there for many more years to come. She worked in business analysis and project management for a large bank for 14 years but is currently taking a career break. She is a committee member of the Charlton Society, and is working on a handful of local campaigns at time of writing.
Jill Austen has lived in south-east London all her life and in Charlton for the past 35 years. She is a teacher and governor at a local school and a committee member of a local branch of a teachers’ union. Other interests include local history, walking, gardening and lots more.
Our other committee members are Cameron Miller and John Gorringe.