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Hi my name is Allison Lammy.  I joined CSEP as a parent in 1997 on the recommendation of a friend.  At the time, I was looking for a reputable black lead and run supplementary school for my children which not only supported the national curriculum but also the holistic spiritual wealth and histories of black people not taught in school. 
I have a background in commercial merchant banking, teaching the fundamentals of computer operating systems to end users.   
After raising a family, in 2000, I chose to work in education from early years through to secondary education to the present time.  I was also a secondary school governor for several years.  My work with students centred on mentoring, inclusion, the creation and implementation of pastoral support programmes.  Advocate for disaffected students at risk of permanent exclusion and panel boards.  Attendance & Welfare, looked after children and school refusers.  Liaising with LEA court officers in regards to persistent non-attenders and possible prosecution.  
In 1998, I was invited to join the board of trustees and subsequently chaired for 8 years until 2013.  I remain committed to CSEP and all its future endeavours.     



Father of four children and four grand children, I have lived in Croydon for over thirty years. I'm an employee of Royal Mail and have worked in postal deliveries for thirty-three years. Two of my children attended the CSEP Saturday school, hence the development of my interest in CSEP. 

I was asked if I was interested in becoming a trustee to which I wholeheartedly agreed. Since then, I have taken part in several events and projects, one of which was a black history course ran by Mr Robin Walker (The Black History Man).

My interests are playing the saxophone, watching films and listening to music (jazz soul, gospel and afrobeat).

I enjoy being a part of this organisation as I want to be involved in changing young black children's lives and being very much part of an important black organisation in Coydon

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Ayesha is a communications professional with public, private and third sector experience. She joined CSEPs Board in 2008 and has been Chair since 2013.

She has volunteered in education and supported young people most of her adult life, including as a governor of three schools - two state and one independent, chairing school exclusion and admission appeals panels for 15 years, supporting young enterprise, and mentoring.

Ayesha has worked with people of all ages developing small business and start-up projects and has developed higher and degree apprenticeship programmes – this reflects her belief in the importance of quality work-based routes to learning. Currently a doctoral researcher at UCL’s Institute of Education, she is exploring how young people make decisions about education and work after compulsory schooling.

South London born of Ghanaian heritage, Ayesha doesn’t speak Twi nearly as well as she would like to. She has two handsome and clever sons – yes, she is biased but she is
nevertheless incredibly proud that they have grown up to be such nice people. Ayesha collects mid-late 20 th Century art glass and loves all things design.

Sonia Meikle

.I started out as a lab technician at University College Hospital London and realised after a few years that I really wanted to work with people, not their bodily fluids!

I had an aptitude for building rapport, team building and project management so moved into working for local government, delivering special projects for the equalities units and at the same time studying counselling and completing my psychology degree.

I went into welfare rights advice with a passion for ensuring that those who should do get help. I love this work, as poverty has a proven connection to poor mental health and wellbeing. I have managed a very busy team of advisors in one of London's most populated boroughs and continue to disseminate and wade into the welfare reform legislation, looking for the best approach and sustainable outcomes for our clients.

I love keeping fit and have run fitness classes across London. I am very proud to say that I successfully completed the Ben Nevis Challenge and the Snowdonia challenge, both of which were fantastic but brutal.

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Richard Bridge is a retired solicitor, and was formerly a partner successively in several big-name London lawfirms.  He specialised in copyright, media and film and television matters, mostly transactional.  He also advised in the USA, France, and Liechtenstein.  He was for some years possibly the most significant British legal writer on format rights, enjoyed a leading reputation in remake rights transactions, and has an extensive list of legal publications to his name.  

He came to CSEP via social contact, took up being useful when needed, both inside and outside the building, and one thing led to another and he became a trustee in 2019. 

He white English, and is very pleased to be CSEP’s first such trustee and to be an ally.

He is an atheist albeit with some respect for animist traditions, has an irreverent sense of humour, is an amateur folksong singer, was a former honorary legal adviser to a rights-of-way group, enjoys a liking for thunderous sound systems and 50 years ago was a disk jockey.  He used to be a keen amateur mechanic and is fond of some exotic plants and most African and Caribbean cuisine and libations (but not to the exclusion of wine and English ale). 


My journey began in July 1966, aged 15years when leaving Antigua to join my mother here in the United Kingdom.   This was an exciting time having not seen my mother and other close members of my family who migrated in 1960 .

Education: I was educated in a small village school “Newfield in Antigua“ Quote : African Proverb: it takes a village to raise a child, I am proud to reiterate that proverb, which I strongly believe is the making of my success in raising my Children and my chosen career.

I attended evening classes, courses in local college to achieve mainly English and Maths GCSE.


Advised,  supported and taught by my Aunt Lee “ Teacher”, who was the background of my formative years of education in Antigua and many Teachers as I elevated to various classes  before leaving for Egland.

I chose a career in Nursing which she also advised me to pursue  “ if I like it” it was like a bell ringing  and needless to say I took my Aunties advised.

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Emmerson Parris

Born in Barbados and lived in London for more than forty years and a resident of Croydon.


City &.Guilds qualified Electrician for more than forty years and worked on many large commercial contracts around London, including Blackfriars mainline, underground stations and St Pancras International. 


Completed both the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Parents programme and Mentoring Training Programme at CSEP. Following the training became a mentor for young people at CSEP meeting and supporting mentees on a regular basis. 


My hobbies are Cricket, Photography, Cooking and listening to music (Soul, Funk, Jazz) one of my ambitions is to be able to play the guitar and organ. I even believe I can sing.