Our People

“The success of the Highgate Newtown Community Centre flows from the strength of our people and the quality of our leadership.

Our vision as a Community Centre is to build the strongest possible bond with visitors, achieved thanks to the motivation of our people who are both valued and rewarded through their work.”

 

At Highgate Newtown Community Centre, we view our people as our most precious asset. We understand the importance of investing in our workforce and being responsive to the changing needs of today’s standards.

Highgate Newtown Community Centre aims to create a workplace that is fair and inclusive in order to attract and retain the best people to do the job. Diversity and inclusion are integral to the culture of Highgate Newtown recruitment procedures.

Andrew Sanalitro

Andrew Sanalitro, Director, with Barbara Smith, Trustee, at a community lunch
Andrew Sanalitro, Director, with Barbara Smith, Trustee, at a community lunch

Our Team

Hi, my name is Diane.  I am Head of Finance for Highgate Newtown Community Centre and manage the day to day finances.  I ensure that income for the centre is billed promptly, supplier invoices are allocated according to funding and paid within supplier terms and conditions.  I also manage payroll and pension contributions for the centre staff.  I maintain the financial systems I implemented when I joined the centre making all financial activities transparent and beyond reproach.  I ensure the bank is reconciled and cash flow is managed.  A critical part of my role is to ensure that restricted funding is accounted for as per the outlines given by our generous funders.  I take great care in my work and specialise in charity finances working for a number of charities in London.
I also manages centre utilities, liaising with utility companies and suppliers to ensure best value for money and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the centre. Please also view the consultancy page for how we can help you

Diana Corsial - Head of Accounts

Hi, my name is Diane. I am Head of Finance for Highgate Newtown Community Centre and manage the day to day finances. I ensure that income for the centre is billed promptly, supplier invoices are allocated according to funding and paid within supplier terms and conditions. I also manage payroll and pension contributions for the centre staff. I maintain the financial systems I implemented when I joined the centre making all financial activities transparent and beyond reproach. I ensure the bank is reconciled and cash flow is managed. A critical part of my role is to ensure that restricted funding is accounted for as per the outlines given by our generous funders. I take great care in my work and specialise in charity finances working for a number of charities in London. I also manages centre utilities, liaising with utility companies and suppliers to ensure best value for money and facilitate the smooth day to day running of the centre. Please also view the consultancy page for how we can help you
Hi my role is to ensure the centre runs safely and all Health and Safety procedures are followed. We have many children and families using the centre each day and I ensure they are supported and kept safe whilst in the building using our services. My job is also to welcome people to the centre each day and ensure the smooth running is maintained. I enjoy helping and support people. I take great pride in my work and as a local person understand the issues of people using our services and my aim is always to ensure a warm welcome to all

Kim Riley - Operations Manager

Hi my role is to ensure the centre runs safely and all Health and Safety procedures are followed. We have many children and families using the centre each day and I ensure they are supported and kept safe whilst in the building using our services. My job is also to welcome people to the centre each day and ensure the smooth running is maintained. I enjoy helping and support people. I take great pride in my work and as a local person understand the issues of people using our services and my aim is always to ensure a warm welcome to all
Hi welcome my name is Lorraine and welcome to our services .My aim is befriend people housebound, completing home visits to older people to encourage them to use HNCC services
To create an older person volunteer army to visit older people in their homes and creating a new meals on wheels service as part of a wider plan
Growing older can sometimes be a very lonely experience. Quite often we don’t have the close network of family and friends living nearby, that we used to have. Older people may no longer be able to drive or be confident in going out. Highgate Newtown Community Centre believes citizens over 75 should be offered companionship visits, accompanied trips out and social support, whilst at the same time promoting older people well-being, self-confidence and independence.

Larraine Revah - Head of 75s plus Community Services

Hi welcome my name is Lorraine and welcome to our services .My aim is befriend people housebound, completing home visits to older people to encourage them to use HNCC services To create an older person volunteer army to visit older people in their homes and creating a new meals on wheels service as part of a wider plan Growing older can sometimes be a very lonely experience. Quite often we don’t have the close network of family and friends living nearby, that we used to have. Older people may no longer be able to drive or be confident in going out. Highgate Newtown Community Centre believes citizens over 75 should be offered companionship visits, accompanied trips out and social support, whilst at the same time promoting older people well-being, self-confidence and independence.
Pending appointment.

Head of Youth Services

Pending appointment.
Hi my name is Nadine Winter the under 5’s Head of Children Servicess. I’m a mum of 3 and have lived in Highgate Newtown for the last 15 years.  I have extensive experience working with under 5s both in their own homes and as a Nursery practitioner.  I love working in partnership with children, parents, carers etc., and building positive relationships with them. I, and a great team of tutors, strive to provide groups that are both fun and educational.  We do this through play, movement, physical activities and great opportunities to socialise and learn new skills along the way.
Here at HNCC we aim to provide an exciting range of EYFS based sessions, which will benefit all the babies and toddlers that visit the Drop-ins.

Nadine Winter - Head of Children Services

Hi my name is Nadine Winter the under 5’s Head of Children Servicess. I’m a mum of 3 and have lived in Highgate Newtown for the last 15 years. I have extensive experience working with under 5s both in their own homes and as a Nursery practitioner. I love working in partnership with children, parents, carers etc., and building positive relationships with them. I, and a great team of tutors, strive to provide groups that are both fun and educational. We do this through play, movement, physical activities and great opportunities to socialise and learn new skills along the way. Here at HNCC we aim to provide an exciting range of EYFS based sessions, which will benefit all the babies and toddlers that visit the Drop-ins.
Hi for over 5s years Wood that Works has grown into a much valued and welcomed service for the whole community. Wood that works is open to all from children to teenagers through to adults. The project helps young people in many transferrable skills including mathematics. Using a training program based on carpentry skills we hope to offer creative space where all can enjoy the art of making items from recycled wood. We also have young people on reparation and dealing with difficult times in the lives.  Age group 5 years upwards This project includes home schooling groups and youth reparation

Ricky Jefferson - Director of Wood That Works

Hi for over 5s years Wood that Works has grown into a much valued and welcomed service for the whole community. Wood that works is open to all from children to teenagers through to adults. The project helps young people in many transferrable skills including mathematics. Using a training program based on carpentry skills we hope to offer creative space where all can enjoy the art of making items from recycled wood. We also have young people on reparation and dealing with difficult times in the lives. Age group 5 years upwards

This project includes home schooling groups and youth reparation
Hi my name is Lulu ,I have been part of this community for over 30 years ,and have loved this area and the people around here , all my children were part of the community centre as they grew up 
The café cooks food that is homely and healthy at very low prices so all can enjoy. We also train people from the Harrington Scheme helping people into paid work. 
If you’re passing please do pop in and have a chat and a hot meal. Lulu welcomes all for lunch

Lulu - Community Café

Hi my name is Lulu ,I have been part of this community for over 30 years ,and have loved this area and the people around here , all my children were part of the community centre as they grew up  The café cooks food that is homely and healthy at very low prices so all can enjoy. We also train people from the Harrington Scheme helping people into paid work. If you’re passing please do pop in and have a chat and a hot meal. Lulu welcomes all for lunch

Our Support Staff Team

Following an extensive early career performing in Film, TV and Theatre and enjoying children of my own, my priority moving forward became teaching musical movement, dance and adults keep-fit.
My early years of intense Russian ballet training have held me in good stead when teaching all ages of kids

Emily Howes - Under 5s

Following an extensive early career performing in Film, TV and Theatre and enjoying children of my own, my priority moving forward became teaching musical movement, dance and adults keep-fit. My early years of intense Russian ballet training have held me in good stead when teaching all ages of kids & Adults from pre-school and up. Now from my home county of Dorset I delight in bringing to you my wonderful experience of working with ‘Word & Action’. A group known for creating theatre out of nothing. Working to both enthuse and encourage children to create their own story with plenty of imagination, acting the characters, props and set.
A music and movement class for the very young. Parents and carers sit with their babies and toddlers as the teacher leads a half-hour session of songs, rhymes, signs and play. Each class follows a theme, and as the themes change, so do the toys and instruments the teacher brings to the class. The session concludes with parachute games and a chance to play in a world of bubbles. At a Movers’n’Shakers class, every child has the opportunity to be actively involved and to learn about themselves and the world through experiment and discovery.

Movers’n’Shakers

A music and movement class for the very young. Parents and carers sit with their babies and toddlers as the teacher leads a half-hour session of songs, rhymes, signs and play. Each class follows a theme, and as the themes change, so do the toys and instruments the teacher brings to the class. The session concludes with parachute games and a chance to play in a world of bubbles. At a Movers’n’Shakers class, every child has the opportunity to be actively involved and to learn about themselves and the world through experiment and discovery.
inspiring children for the last twenty years 
Learning music with fun and quality 
Infecting them with the love of music
Alan Davies, the comedian, actor and writer wrote on facebook
“Child number three enjoyed watching you on Wednesday as much as child number one used to!”

George The Music Man

inspiring children for the last twenty years 
Learning music with fun and quality 
Infecting them with the love of music Alan Davies, the comedian, actor and writer wrote on facebook “Child number three enjoyed watching you on Wednesday as much as child number one used to!”
Brian is the founder of the Sports Empowered Soccer School. He has over 10 years of experience working in the sports industry in colleges and schools. Has previously worked for companies such as Arsenal Soccer Schools. Loves working with children and aspiring footballers. Currently running Little Boots for toddlers at HNCC helping children to gain the fundamentals of balance, strength and agility through fun games and football drills.
Currently holds an FA level 2 badge as well as multiple other sports qualifications including basketball level 2 and personal training. Currently working towards his youth modules certificates.

Benjamin Tomlinson

Brian is the founder of the Sports Empowered Soccer School. He has over 10 years of experience working in the sports industry in colleges and schools. Has previously worked for companies such as Arsenal Soccer Schools. Loves working with children and aspiring footballers. Currently running Little Boots for toddlers at HNCC helping children to gain the fundamentals of balance, strength and agility through fun games and football drills. Currently holds an FA level 2 badge as well as multiple other sports qualifications including basketball level 2 and personal training. Currently working towards his youth modules certificates.
weekly under-5’s Play with Clay Sessions. A fun social, creative and tactile experience. Please contact the studio to book your space as they are limited. See website for timetable.
Ceramic Circle was launched at the HNCC in March 2014 and offers the community a unique creative space accessible to all age groups.
Prior to setting up Ceramic Circle Inge originally trained in sculpture for prosthetics and special effects theatre, film and television going on to work for many years at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera amongst other places. 
Yip, Inge’s partner, is a photographer with a background in design and helps Inge to run the studio.

Ceramic Circle

weekly under-5’s Play with Clay Sessions. A fun social, creative and tactile experience. Please contact the studio to book your space as they are limited. See website for timetable. Ceramic Circle was launched at the HNCC in March 2014 and offers the community a unique creative space accessible to all age groups. Prior to setting up Ceramic Circle Inge originally trained in sculpture for prosthetics and special effects theatre, film and television going on to work for many years at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera amongst other places. Yip, Inge’s partner, is a photographer with a background in design and helps Inge to run the studio.
With my team Joy and Sam Edwards we provide the opportunity for everyone to discover the pleasure of expressing themselves through art. I came to this late in my own career, completing a Foundation in Fine Art at Morley College and then the Diploma in Fine Art at the Art Academy. I have now been at HNCC as Artist in Residence for two years ,and my own work has been exhibited in a number of North London galleries. Our approach is based on own experience that with the right help, everyone can create really exciting work, get enormous satisfaction, and not least, have a great deal of fun. We will get you going in an hour. We provide classes for children aged 7 to 11, young people from 12 to 18, and adults. So we have something for everyone, from 7 to 77. And we put on shows of everyone’s work. So when you come to HNCC you will see the wonderful work that HNCC people have done. Come and join us

Angus Anderson - Artist in Residence

With my team Joy and Sam Edwards we provide the opportunity for everyone to discover the pleasure of expressing themselves through art. I came to this late in my own career, completing a Foundation in Fine Art at Morley College and then the Diploma in Fine Art at the Art Academy. I have now been at HNCC as Artist in Residence for two years ,and my own work has been exhibited in a number of North London galleries. Our approach is based on own experience that with the right help, everyone can create really exciting work, get enormous satisfaction, and not least, have a great deal of fun. We will get you going in an hour. We provide classes for children aged 7 to 11, young people from 12 to 18, and adults. So we have something for everyone, from 7 to 77. And we put on shows of everyone’s work. So when you come to HNCC you will see the wonderful work that HNCC people have done. Come and join us

60 Plus & 75 Plus Tutors

There are generally between 30 and 35 attendees at our Thursday morning Pilates class. They are inspiring testimony to the fact that 70s and over-80s can not only maintain but can increase their mobility and fitness, that is, their strength, flexibility, stamina, co-ordination, balance, and posture. 
In addition, some people have found that their pain levels are reduced, they ‘feel much more relaxed since doing Pilates,’ they ‘can now get down on the floor and play with the grandchildren’ whereas they couldn’t before, and so on.
Pilates thus enhances their quality of life. An added bonus is that the members of the group are friendly and supportive and enjoy chatting before and after sessions.

Tamar Swade - Pilates

There are generally between 30 and 35 attendees at our Thursday morning Pilates class. They are inspiring testimony to the fact that 70s and over-80s can not only maintain but can increase their mobility and fitness, that is, their strength, flexibility, stamina, co-ordination, balance, and posture. In addition, some people have found that their pain levels are reduced, they ‘feel much more relaxed since doing Pilates,’ they ‘can now get down on the floor and play with the grandchildren’ whereas they couldn’t before, and so on. Pilates thus enhances their quality of life. An added bonus is that the members of the group are friendly and supportive and enjoy chatting before and after sessions.
Performing these gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls.
Don't worry if you've not done much for a while, these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. If you're not very active, you may want to get the all-clear from a GP before starting
You’re welcome to my sessions each Monday and it’s a good way to build confidence and meet new friends

Augusto Pardo-Perez - Chair based Exercise

Performing these gentle sitting exercises will help improve your mobility and prevent falls. Don’t worry if you’ve not done much for a while, these seated exercises are gentle and easy to follow. If you’re not very active, you may want to get the all-clear from a GP before starting You’re welcome to my sessions each Monday and it’s a good way to build confidence and meet new friends
There are roughly 17 dancers this term so far. (Numbers usually increase as the term gets into its stride and two people are absent owing to injury)
I teach each dance, we practice it a few times before dancing it through with the music. The hour passes quickly and pleasurably. There is a warm, supportive atmosphere in the group and there is obvious appreciation of the music, the pleasure of dancing familiar dances, of sometimes mastering new steps and sequences and of the cohesion and sociability of the group. Newcomers are always welcome too.

Eve Corrin - World Circle Dance

There are roughly 17 dancers this term so far. (Numbers usually increase as the term gets into its stride and two people are absent owing to injury) I teach each dance, we practice it a few times before dancing it through with the music. The hour passes quickly and pleasurably. There is a warm, supportive atmosphere in the group and there is obvious appreciation of the music, the pleasure of dancing familiar dances, of sometimes mastering new steps and sequences and of the cohesion and sociability of the group. Newcomers are always welcome too.