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.
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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.
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Jenny has joined Wimbledon Community Association as a Trustee. She will bring some of her leadership skills and considerable experience of working with people and communities for the benefit of WCA, providing the team with invaluable strategic input in the setting of the overall direction of Wimblecomm and its charitable service to communities in Merton. She is confident that her willing and energetic approach will be useful in serving the charity in whichever ways are deemed useful.
Sabrina Sostero, a local Merton resident and mum, is a highly skilled Digital Project/Product manager with extensive experience of developing digital products that are fit-for-purpose and of the highest quality. Her strengths include the ability to analyse and interpret customer behaviours and needs using a variety of tools and translating them into the best possible customer experience, as well as adapting tools and approaches to different types of products or services in order to maximise their efficiency and value. In addition, Sabrina has strong skills and experience in digital/non-digital content creation and management for a wide range of audiences.
Sabrina has joined Wimbledon Community Association as a Trustee and, with her local knowledge as well as her work experience in digital project/product management, she provides the team with invaluable strategic input in the setting of the overall direction of Wimblecomm and its charitable service provision to communities in Merton.
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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.
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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 period of working in advertising in Hamburg, Susanne relocated to Melbourne, Australia where she worked in a corporate 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 several Business Consultancy firms as well as a Fund Manager; primarily in Global Deployment and EMEIA HR Management/Organisational Development roles.
She has lived in the Wimbledon area for 11 years and joined the Wimbledon Community Association in May 2016.
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