Carley Blow

Carley Blow

About Carley Blow

  • Outreach Worker

I have worked for NewmanFrancis for nearly 10 years as part of the outreach team. I have assisted with project administration, community outreach and workshops and general community engagement when a regeneration is taking place, I have supported the local authorities in supporting residents during a ballot process. I am currently supporting on coffee afternoons in two communities that are going through a regeneration where I assist in making sure the residents are armed with the right knowledge to help them make informed decisions about their community. I feel strongly about people empowerment.

Fun fact.
I am a qualified carer, beauty therapies and childcare assistant. I like spending time with my family and friends.

Jodie Stringer

Jodie Stringer

About Jodie Stringer

  • Outreach Worker

I work with NewmanFrancis as part of the outreach team where I engage with the community and support residents during regeneration work this includes sign posting residents to local organisations, supporting residents in numerous ways, writing engagement reports, attending co-design workshops and building strong relationships, I have worked on a vast range of projects while being with NewmanFrancis and always being supported to learn new skills. I recently started supporting on RLO projects and administration support on a facilitation project, I currently take minutes and support project workers with project administration.

Fun fact: I am a qualified childcare assistant, I love music and reading and spending time with my family.

Lauren Stringer

Lauren Stringer

About Lauren Stringer

  • Outreach Worker

I have worked with Newman Francis on numerous regeneration projects I’m a part of the outreach team . I support residents and provide support and assistance to residents to enable and empower them to make a change in their community. I’ve recently started supporting in admin on a facilitation project.

Fun fact: In my spare time I enjoying watching true crime documentaries and travelling all over London trying different cultural foods.

Ruth

Ruth

About Ruth

  • Senior Project Officer

I joined the NewmanFrancis team in January 2023. I have 10 years’ experience working in housing, including several years running youth services programmes in East London and the Isle of Dogs. I love working with people and enjoy supporting residents to have their say on matters that are important to them.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I love painting and drawing, and I’ve recently got into running – I’m currently training for a half marathon and help to lead a local running group where I live.

Sarah-Jane Day

Sarah-Jane Day

About Sarah-Jane Day

  • Senior Engagement Consultant


I started working for NewmanFrancis in January 2023. Prior to that I have worked in housing management, community engagement and regeneration. I have over 20 years of experience working with communities and building relationships with residents and other stakeholders.

I also have experience of creating resident co-design groups with a real interest in understanding how large-scale regeneration projects can give more power to the people it affects the most.

Fun fact – I am a fully qualified Open City tour guide and enjoy learning about the social history of an area, through the lens of its buildings

Kamahl Ahmet

Kamahl Ahmet

About Kamahl Ahmet

  • Project Worker

I have been with NewmanFrancis from June 2021, before this I was a Partnerships Officer at Camden Giving.

I enjoy working within the community and resolving issues for residents. Moreover, I enjoy working within teams and communicating with a variety of people.

Outside of work I enjoy playing basketball, heading to the gym and I am also a big gamer.

Fun fact: I used to stream on Twitch during lockdown and run my own gaming page.

Lindsey Stringer

Lindsey Stringer

About Lindsey Stringer

  • Outreach Worker

I have worked with Newmanfrancis for over 7 years as part of the Community Outreach Team I support residents and project workers to get the best outcome for the community. I’ve worked on many projects over the years starting with NDC in the early days, I support and run coffee afternoons in regeneration areas giving residents the opportunity to view the master plans and gather the correct information. During the coffee session we support local vulnerable adults helping them understand the changes they may see in the community.

I am also a qualified hairdresser, but my passion is working with new people and making a difference.

Fun facts: I love listening to music, I have a trainer obsession you would think my bedroom was JD sports! My favourite food is Caribbean.

Charlotte

Charlotte

About Charlotte

  • Administrator

I joined NewmanFrancis in November 2017 as the Administrator, before this I was a Traffic clerk for a busy FedEx delivery center, I am also a qualified gym instructor.

I really enjoy working with deadlines and under pressure, as I believe this brings out the best of my abilities to complete the tasks at hand.

I am a proud mother of two beautiful children who also make sure to keep me on my toes outside of work hours!

Fun Fact: I love to work out in my spare time, eat with friends, and travel.



Jonathan Small

Jonathan Small

About Jonathan Small

  • Resident Liaison Service Manager

I have over 35 years experience of working on housing and regeneration issues. During my career which includes six year working for a London Local Authority and another six years working for a large Housing Association I have gathered a wide variety of experiences. My past roles have included programme management on SRB and NDC regeneration projects, designing and delivering training to staff, students and residents, providing resident liaison and resident involvement services and preparation of numerous strategy and policy documents.

I have been working with NewmanFrancis since 2007 and in 2020 took up the new role of Resident Liaison Service Manager. In a voluntary capacity I have been an active member of a primary Housing Co Op and was a long standing and active Trustee of a Single Homelessness Charity.

Fun facts: I have an 'intolerance' that prevents me from eating fresh fruit.

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 nearly twenty years and have extensive experience in housing, regeneration, developing community arts programmes, community centre management as well as training community groups and Tenant Management Organisations.

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. I started out by volunteering at my local community centre and realised how rewarding a career in community work could be. I joined NewmanFrancis in 2014 after working for 10 years with West Ham and Plaistow New Deal for Communities. The rest is history, as they say.

Fun fact: In my spare time I like to listen to music and attend concerts.

lrundeep Singh

lrundeep Singh

About lrundeep Singh

  • Senior Project Officer

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
  • Resident Liaison Officer

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.