Mekor Newman

Mekor Newman

About Mekor Newman

  • MIoH, MBA
  • Director

I am a skilled housing regeneration practitioner with over 25 years of experience tackling complex housing regeneration needs at both corporate and grass roots levels. I have worked at Director level and been involved in several large scale regeneration projects, providing support to local residents and strategic advice to landlords and other stakeholders.

Outside of work I hold several voluntary roles including co-founder and Chair of the Corbett Resident Association.

Fun fact: I love to dance, listen to music from heavy rock to classical and I am learning to play the piano with my youngest son

Alicia Francis

Alicia Francis

About Alicia Francis

  • BA (hons), PGDip Housing
  • Director

I have nearly 30 years’ experience in housing and regeneration, with particular skills and expertise in tenant management, training, partnership development and community engagement. Prior to co-founding NewmanFrancis, I was director of the PEP Charitable Trust and Regional Co-ordinator at PEP Ltd.

My commitment is to create communities where people thrive. As a resident in East London I have co-founded a branch of the Women’s Institute, a community garden, a thriving community market and a bee-keeping project. I am also a youth leader and I enjoy developing and leading projects that support young people to develop skills and confidence and contribute to the wider community.

Fun fact: In my spare time I love to read and belong to two book groups. I am also slowly learning to play the guitar, and enjoy going to festivals.

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

About Chris Jenkins

  • Senior Consultant

I have worked in housing management and development for over 30 years and also worked overseas for eight years until 2015.

My role at Newmanfrancis is to support the project managers and help develop our community engagement work. I'm a great believer in the principle that people make places.

As an independent consultant I undertook a significant number of projects across the country working with older people and their service and care providers - from housing, social services and health - and helped develop the Department of Health's investment programme in extra care housing. I also worked on major development projects for new housing for several housing organisations.

Fun fact: When I'm not working, you might find me in the kitchen baking or firing up a chili or Caribbean pepperpot.

Anita Blow

Anita Blow

About Anita Blow

  • Administrator
  • Finance Manager

I have over 14 years experience working in the regeneration industry, previously working for a government regeneration programme from 2003 – 2012. My previous roles included Community Development Worker, Grant Manager and Admin/Finance Support.

As well as being the Administrator/Finance Manager at NewmanFrancis I also provide project support.

Fun fact: In my spare time I provide admin support to an art group for people with special needs. I also make knitted Icons, upcyle furniture and enjoy crafting.

Howard Mendick

Howard Mendick

About Howard Mendick

  • Senior Project Worker

I have been working in community development for over 16 years and have extensive experience covering housing, regeneration and community arts projects.

After working for a City law firm, I became a volunteer in my local community centre and realised how rewarding a career in community work could be. I have a thorough knowledge of residents’ issues and rights and I also deliver resident advocacy services providing impartial advice and guidance to residents.

Fun fact: In my spare time I perform music with a group called "The Howards". The group is open to anyone called "Howard" (either forename or surname)!

Hope Blandamer

Hope Blandamer

About Hope Blandamer

  • Senior Project Worker

I joined NewmanFrancis in March 2016. Previously I studied Politics and Economics at university, and worked for a charity focused on getting people volunteering. I have experience in and passion for getting people out doing something good in their community.

I'm working on a variety of projects at the moment, from a large-scale regeneration to an infrastructure project to community training.

Fun fact: I volunteer with the Royal Society for Blind People and the best thing we've done is go on a leadership training residential weekend where we got to zipwire and canoe!

Lukas Holden

Lukas Holden

About Lukas Holden

  • Senior Project Worker

I am experienced working in community development, heritage and regeneration projects. Previously to working at NewmanFrancis I worked for a local authority on a capital improvement scheme and restoration project for a historic London Park. I also have experience of working on a community grants scheme, and for a conservation mapping project for the National Trust supporting local people and organisations.

Currently, my work specialises in large-scale regeneration projects, housing, bid writing, community development strategies, and delivery of training programmes. I studied Anthropology at university and have a specific interest in urban communities, social research, participatory geographical information systems and cultural identities.

Fun Fact: Outside of work music and film is my passion and I play the piano.

Lily Glasser

Lily Glasser

About Lily Glasser

  • Senior Project Worker

At NewmanFrancis, I work on a number of housing and regeneration projects each at different stages of development. Working with communities who are faced with major change, my role includes supporting resident groups, providing resident advocacy services and helping to keep communities informed and involved.

I am fascinated in the ways the built environment develops and am passionate about seeking ways to push community-led development. Before working at NewmanFrancis, I have pursued this through a range of methods, from creative participation in urban spaces in support of mental and physical well-being, to neighbourhood-level urban planning and design.

Fun fact: in my spare time, I like to make experimental dance films!

lrundeep Singh

lrundeep Singh

About lrundeep Singh

  • Administrator

I provide admin support to the whole NewmanFrancis team. This includes managing the office, dealing with client enquiries and organising events. I also help the project team with outreach work on the estates.

Previously I worked with a local toy library, monitoring play sessions and interacting with families and children and also have customer service experience.

Fun Fact: I enjoy eating Italian food, in particular Pasta.

Vivien Palmer

Vivien Palmer

About Vivien Palmer

  • Senior Project Worker

I have 10 years experience in community involvement and five years experience of fundraising and event management. I have a creative side and really enjoy designing and producing communication literature and websites.

I’m proud to work for an organisation like NewmanFrancis that is focused on making the local community a better place to live.

Fun Fact: I love to eat 'cooked' salmon and enjoy playing the keyboard with my talented musical family.