We are a small team of dedicated local individuals at the Anerley Town Hall. Although we are a small charity, our goal is to sustain valuable community services and activities!

Our trustees are committed local individuals, all from the areas where our work is carried out. They bring with them a wealth of skills and experience that helps guide projects, set priorities, and manage budgets.

Members of staff

Ben Harding - Trust Manager

Ben Harding - Trust Manager

Ben Harding is the Trust Manager at Crystal Palace Community Trust (CPCT). With his years of experience in leadership roles and a passion for community development, Ben has been making a significant impact on the Trust's operations and growth since last year.
manager@cpct.org.uk
020 8676 5671

Elaine Harrison

Elaine Harrison

Trust Development Manager
development@cpct.org.uk
020 8676 5666

John Gazeley - Projects & Performance Officer

John Gazeley - Projects & Performance Officer

John, a Crystal Palace resident and Anerley native, has been involved in various roles at CPCT since 2017 and served as the Treasurer from 2005 to 2016. His local knowledge and experience in banking and logistics contribute to CPCT’s mission of providing affordable services that help local residents reach their full potential.
projects@cpct.org.uk
020 8676 5908

James Harrison-Sears

James Harrison-Sears

Youth Practitioner Manager
youth@cpct.org.uk
020 8676 5669

Joy Hannon - Office & Business Administrator

Joy Hannon - Office & Business Administrator

Joy has lived in Penge for over 30 years (she came here as a child, she tells us) and has been volunteering and working for CPCT since 2019. With her knowledge gained from working in the health, care and charity sectors in and around Bromley, Joy says, “I am so proud to work for CPCT which really helps local residents find much-needed services and activities, and supports the local business community too. I love talking to all our visitors - it’s a great place to work."
offices@cpct.org.uk
0208 676 5666

Asia Szalinska

Asia Szalinska

Halls & Bookings Administrator
halls@cpct.org.uk
0208 676 5667

Andre Thorne - Marketing & Communications

Andre Thorne - Marketing & Communications

He is dedicated to promoting the valuable work of the trust and is responsible for managing and editing the organization's website. With a passion for helping the local community, Andre is committed to effectively communicating the trust's mission and impact. If you request your event/activity to be on the website, you can contact him.
Info@cpct.org.uk
020 8676 5668

Maria Ako, Jemma Talbot & Odette Ukandu & Simone Boothe

Youth Workers

Lee Brace & Richard Hicks

Caretakers

Mikhail Preddie, Alfred Pettie & Joseph Boateng, Samuel Adjei

Casual caretakers

Tyrone Smith & James Roach

Weekend Facilities Managers

Carlos Cortez

Art Tutor

Trustees

Mark Painter

Mark Painter

Chairperson of CPCT

Mark has been involved with the trust since 2015. Mark qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1990. He has specialised in retail and leisure property, working for several international Consultancies, before establishing his practice in 2013. Additionally, Mark is the Chair of the Penge SE20 Business Improvement District, a board member of the Penge Tourist Board and sits on the advisory board of the Bridgehouse Theatre.

Eileen Goulding

Eileen Goulding

Company Secretary

Eileen is a retired Finance Director and part-time lecturer after being awarded an MA in Egyptology in 2012. Originally from Co. Durham, she has lived in London for most of her working life and in Crystal Palace with her husband for the last twenty years. Eileen is keen to support the local community in any way that her skills and past experience are most beneficial, particularly with respect to children and the elderly.

Len Blomstrand

Len Blomstrand

Vice Chair of CPCT

Len Blomstrand has been a resident of Anerley since 1985 and is well-acquainted with the area. A retired solicitor, former special police officer, and serving school governor of long-standing, Len joined CPCT with the intention of contributing his extensive experience in various areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, equality and inclusion, property management, and governance to the board. His firsthand experience as a governor of a local primary school has made him acutely aware of the challenges faced by many families in Penge and Anerley due to poverty and disadvantage, underscoring the vital role of CPCT in improving their lives.

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

Treasurer of CPCT

Chris Harrison lives in Crystal Palace with his family and works in London as a business consultant advising clients on risk, sustainability, and compliance. He is a chartered accountant (ACA) and certified fraud examiner (CFE). Chris volunteers as a trustee because he recognises the need for the Trust's services in his community; believes the Trust's work is a wonderful and effective response to that need; and hopes that his involvement will help enable the charity to carry out its work.

Raymond Bascombe

Raymond Bascombe

Trustee

Raymond has lived in Penge for over 20 years. He has experience in media and marketing and was successfully funded by the Prince's Trust at 21 years old for his first business, filming amateur and semi-professional sports. In 2017 he founded the Ballers Club community, a community organisation which works to help support young people to maximise their potential through sport, media and fashion. He strongly believes that 'youth is the future' and the more time and resources spent on trying to help them reach their full potential the stronger the community foundations will be.

Mahendra Patel

Mahendra Patel

Trustee

Mahendra Patel, a resident of Anerley for 36 years, held the esteemed position of a local businessman. He started as a neighbourhood Newsagent in 1979 and subsequently expanded, acquiring various local businesses within the same parade. Although he retired in 2015, he remains affiliated, managing his lettings with diligence. His affiliation with The Eagles Club at Anerley Town Hall since 2019 has allowed him to be privy to information about Crystal Palace Community Trust's (CPCT) objectives towards the local community. Impelled with enthusiasm to serve, he recently joined CPCT and believes in helping to aid and encourage the community, primarily its elderly and youth. Being a member of this community is a source of immense pride for him.