Mekor Newman

Mekor Newman

About Mekor Newman

  • MIoH, MBA
  • Director

I am a skilled housing regeneration and community assets practitioner with over 30 years' 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. In addition, I have been involved in taking over 2 community assets (a local library and health lifestyle centre) and have been instrumental in setting up and chairing the companies responsible for the running of these community facilities.

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 over 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.

Anita Blow

Anita Blow

About Anita Blow

  • AAT
  • Finance and Administrator Manager

I have over 18 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.

At NewmanFrancis my main role is a Administrator/Finance Manager as well as occasionally providing support to some of the projects.

Fun fact: In my spare time I love knitting famous people, creating art pieces that are sold locally, upcycling old furniture and 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)!

Lily Glasser

Lily Glasser

About Lily Glasser

  • Senior Project Worker

My background primarily was in researching people's relation with urban spaces and developing creative wellbeing workshops and explorative city walks. I have experience in planning and design at both Council and neighbourhood levels.

As a Senior Project Worker at NewmanFrancis, I lead on several projects and provide support across the organisation's various projects. This involves working on a number of housing and regeneration projects at planning, design, procurement and construction stages of the development, working to get communities better informed and more involved in the decision-making process. My role also includes providing ongoing support to resident steering groups, wider community research, running training and engagement events, producing detailed community updates and liaising closely with local stakeholders.

I am fascinated in the ways the built environment develops and am passionate about seeking ways to push community-led development.

Fun fact: My favourite food is Spaghetti Bolognese and I love dancing and watching films!

lrundeep Singh

lrundeep Singh

About lrundeep Singh

  • Project Worker

After studying English Literature at the University of Greenwich I joined NewmanFrancis in 2015 as an administrator and I am now a project worker. I have since worked on a range of regeneration and community engagement projects, delivering resident advocacy services providing impartial advice and guidance to residents. I also provide in-house branding and communications support.

Fun fact: I enjoy reading and eating Italian food! Previously, I have volunteered at a local toy library supporting disadvantaged children and families.

Vivien Palmer

Vivien Palmer

About Vivien Palmer

  • Associate
  • Senior Project Worker

I have over 25 years experience of community development work, including experience in the voluntary, public and private sector, working in diverse workplaces and environments.

My role at NewmanFrancis has primarily involved delivering community engagement, service reviews and organisational development. I also have delivered a resident liaison role for major refurb projects and provided website design and occasional marketing support in-house.

Fun Fact: My favorite food is roasted almonds and pistachios and I enjoy playing the keyboard with my talented musical family.

Curtis Donovan

Curtis Donovan

About Curtis Donovan

  • Associate
  • Project Worker

My background has been in interior design and creative engagement which has given me the passion to work with people and developing the community that they live in. I have also had experience in community engagement, public consultation events and outreach.

My role at NewmanFrancis involves working with a variety of residents with the aim of getting them involved in the planning and redesign of their estate. I help facilitate consultation events, plan community outreach events and look at ways of engaging young people in the consultation process.

Fun fact: My favourite food is sweet potato and I love large scale painting and community art projects as well as practicing the Russian martial art of Systema.