Committed to the Cause
We’re very proud of the diversity of our team, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success.
Team Strategic Lead
Paul began life as a Community Development Worker over 30 years ago having qualified from Hatfield Polytechnic in 1987. Over the years he has worked in statutory and voluntary sector bodies across London including in the boroughs of Wandsworth and Croydon. In Croydon, Paul practiced as an ABCD Community Builder on a range of projects through Croydon Voluntary Action. He was also an Associate with Nurture Development supporting Asset Based Community Development practice across the UK and Europe.
Paul has also worked nationally as an Equalities and Inclusion consultant and trainer and in 1996 qualified from Westminster University with a MA in Journalism. He became community affairs editor at The Voice before freelancing for publications such as The Guardian, Evening Standard and Local Government Chronicle. From here he founded The Creative Collective with several Black and Asian journalists pioneering initiatives to increase the number of BAME journalists and working to ensure mainstream media engage meaningfully with BAME communities.
He was instrumental in setting up the social enterprise, Words of Colour Productions and where his role included supporting a range of media and arts-based ideas generated from community led initiatives.
For the past 15 years Paul has been an Independent Panel member for Talawa Fostering Services, an independent fostering agency based in North London, and has been Panel Chair for the past 3 years.
Paul has taken part in a range of community-based activities over the years including membership of Friends of Thornton Heath Rec and being a trustee for the Araba Scott Children’s Foundation in Jamaica.
Team Strategic Lead/Youth Engagement
Jennine Bailey has lead on Social Prescribing and Asset Based Community Development in New Addington and Seldson for 3 years funding by the CCG’s Making Every Contact Count commission. She now Supervises, Coordinates and is on of the Strategic Leads for Croydon Social P’s Social Prescribing project working across several Croydon GP networks since 2017.
Jennine has been delivering and training on this innovative and proven engagement approach since 2010 and she was one of the first ABCD Community Builders in the UK, supported by Nurture Development and Croydon Council.
She has mentored and coached other Community Builders in areas such as Croydon, Tower Hamlets, Gloucestershire, Thurrock and more and has also delivered ABCD training sessions for commissioners, councils and voluntary sector organisations.
Jennine started out her work as a Community Builder with Croydon Voluntary Action. Her work in the West Croydon Social Recovery initiative developed a movement of citizen-led actions that has been lauded by the Greater London Authority as a huge success. Her work won the Excellence in Community Engagement category in The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2014. She lead on developing and training Croydon’s Stop and Search Police on Youth Awareness and Unconscious Bias after the riots in 2011.
Jennine is also a Director of Success Through Art, which works to support children and young people to gain qualifications through the arts. She has a BA in Design and Management from University of Art and Design and additional qualifications such as Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector, Mentoring and Level 2 Working With Young People.
In addition to our team strategic leads we have experts in Finance/IT, Marketing & Communications, Administration and also rely on an outstanding network of link workers and experts from our successful partnership programmes.