Who we are.
Jackie Chapman – Secretary
Jackie Chapman was born in Stoke-On-Trent. After graduating in European Business Studies, she moved to London and followed a career as an accountant, settling in Wimbledon in 1995 with her husband, James.
In 2012, Jackie became Stage Manager for Carlton Theatre Group, which is a key member of WCA. She was appointed Secretary to WCA later that year.
Jackie has left her accountancy career, and now enjoys voluntary work in the community: the Merton library service, Metropolitan Police Service, Friends of Ravensbury Park, and supporting litigants-in-person at The Royal Courts of Justice.
Roger Drage – Trustee
Roger Drage is a Corporate Advisor/IP Lawyer specialising in corporate troubleshooting and negotiation. From 2007-2011 he was Corporate Advisor to GW International in the USA and Europe. From 2008 to 2010 he was Executive Director of Dockon Inc. a US Based technology Company. From 2008-2010 he was also Executive Director and General Counsel of Helperby Therapeutics Limited.
Roger qualified as a Solicitor with a city based practice and subsequently worked in the music industry from 1976-2002 as Director of Business Affairs and subsequently as Commercial Director at EMI Records Ltd.
From 1984-2002 he was CEO of Video Performance Limited representing 800 UK and European Companies in the negotiation and management of their copyright affairs and the collection of royalties. From 2011-2014 Roger was Chairman of the Board of Management of the Oriental Club and is currently a Non-Executive Director.
David Hall – Trustee
David Hall became Chair of the Wimbledon Community Association (WCA) in September 2012 after providing unpaid support to the previous secretary, staff and trustees during the preceding 6 months when the old centre at St Georges Road had to be closed.
Working with the new secretary, trustees and now our new Community Development Executive, the team has refocussed the WCA on its new mission to support people letting and hiring community space in Wimbledon and the surrounding area.
David is a local resident who grew up in Wimbledon and returned to the area in 1993. He and his family have been supporters of many local community organisations and events. Other local voluntary roles have included Chair of Finance & Development at Wandle Housing Association (1999 – 2009), Secretary of the Dons Trust (2012 – 2015) and various committee roles at Carlton Theatre Group (2008 – 2014).
In his paid employment, David is an economics graduate and CIPFA qualified accountant who is now self-employed having spent most of his working life in the field of social housing, primarily offering financial and strategic support and advice to various organisations including government bodies, councils, housing associations and tenant groups.
Bill Lake – Trustee
Bill Lake started his career in the engineering industry with an Essex-based group of companies. After obtaining business management degrees in the UK and the US, he then worked for some years as a senior consultant with a Swiss-American firm of management consultants, specialising in the engineering industry.
In the late 1980s, he and a colleague set up their own consultancy firm in London, working for some major companies, but also for numerous start-ups, small businesses and charities. He helped to set up a consultancy service for small businesses and charities for a West London Enterprise Centre called the Portobello Business Centre (PBC) in the late 1990s. One of his PBC clients was the Wimbledon Community Association, for whom he provided business planning and marketing advice and assistance.
Susanne Ollig – Community Development Executive
Susanne Ollig completed a 2-year vocational business program with the Chamber of Commerce & Industry prior to studying Business in Frankfurt, Germany. After a short stay in Hamburg where she worked in Advertising, Susanne relocated to Melbourne, Australia. She worked for Telstra and Yellow Pages Australia in their Head Office Human Resources team whilst completing a post-graduate Diploma in HR Management at Deacon University.
Susanne and her Australian husband since relocated to London where she worked for a number of top tier Business Consultancy firms as well as a Fund Manager; primarily in Global Deployment and HR Management/Organisational Development roles across the EMEIA region.
She lives in Merton Park near Wimbledon with her husband and two young children. Following a career break to spend time with her family, Susanne joined the Wimbledon Community Association in the new role of Community Development Executive in May 2016.