Steering Committee

Joyce Jacca: Chair

I has lived in Deptford for 19 years. I’m an International Community Development Consultant, specialising in engagement, awareness, support and self development using the village ethos framework.

Former Councillor for Evelyn ward.

Richard Katona: Vice-Chair

Richard has lived on the Evelyn Estate in Deptford since 1981.

I come from one of the old Thames-side lighterage families and have lived on the Evelyn Estate in Deptford since 1981.

I studied as a mature student in cultural history in the 1980s (Middlesex) and have postgraduate qualifications in voluntary sector management and governance (Goldsmiths).

My main focus over the last thirty years was as a homelessness worker in both frontline social work and management/governance from 1991 onwards. I have worked extensively in homelessness and disability arts, especially in various forms of theatre.

I retired in 2006. I now spend much time in freelance writing and community volunteering. I see neighbourhood planning as one of the important participatory practices that can come together to empower local voices.”

Andrea Carey Fuller: Coordinator

My background is in providing independent advocacy to asylum seekers & refugees; disabled people, older people and looked after children. I have worked for Local Authorities; the British Red Cross and a Community Legal Advice Centre. Currently I Coordinate Deptford Nighbourhood Forum. I am a strong supporter of the Human Rights Act & Children and Young People’s Rights under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.

As an activist & campaigner, I have spoken publically on a wide range of issues – particulary:

Using Neighbourhood Forums to obtain social justice in relation to planning (especially maintaining and increasing access to open green space and play spaces for young people.  I am a campaigner for more Council Housing; Keep(ing)Our NHS Public; Stop TTIP; & Remaining in the EU.

I love volunteering in Deptford in this role within DNA and working as part of the DNA team – especially working alongside Malcolm Cadman, speaking with independent local businesses on creating the policies for the Local Economy.

Andrea Hughes: ex-Chair

Andrea grew up in Tottenham in the fifties and was a teenager through the sixties, when it was invented. She has always followed her interest in how the community shapes and responds to individuals.

As a clinical psychologist, she worked first of all in a psychiatric institution in Wales (horrid) and later on a community team in Lewisham and Greenwich. Our main focus was being part of the closure of hospitals and the new ventures of integrating people who’d been shut away for decades.

30 years ago she was instrumental in founding Entelechy, based at the Albany, which has always promoted arts and a sense of belonging to disadvantaged people.

After retirement from the NHS, Andrea has continued to pursue her ideals about society becoming more equitable and welcoming of difference at Time Bank in Lee Green, various political activities (with a small ‘p’) and a love of working as volunteer in Lewisham’s green spaces, all point to her valuing people, and places without the need for any exchange.

Andy Belfield: Housing Group Lead

Andy graduated in 2015 from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Architecture, having previously studied in Newcastle and Leeds.

His research is focussed around the retention of a temporary use site in Deptford, The Old Tidemill Wildlife Garden, a vacant plot of land transformed into a thriving garden run and managed by local citizens. With a wider interest in democratic city making, Andy sits on the board of Deptford Neighbourhood Action, heading up the housing working group –  campaigning for sustainable development in Deptford.

Outside Deptford, Andy has lectured at Central Saint Martins, The London School of Economics and run workshops with Umeå University of Arts. His latest research is focussed around ideas of the commons, having recently won Theatrum Mundi’s ‘Designing the Urban Commons’ competition.

Mireille Tchapi (PhD)

I am a French licensed architect, lecturer and researcher in urban design, urban ecology and sustainability (University of Westminster).

I have been working in several countries on different aspects of neighbourhood’s urbanity, landscape and the notion of public realm.

Having been involved in grassroots activities in Japan and more recently in London, I am very much interested in the participatory process of building a neighbourhood plan in such a challenging place.

Malcolm Cadman: Local Economy Policy – Joint Lead

Malcolm is acting as an advisor to the DNA Steering Committee. A local resident, who set up Voice4Deptford to empower and enable the local community to have more of a say in the development of Convoys Wharf.  He is well known and respected for community work across Deptford through Pepys Community Forum and for setting up training and work programmes.

Malcolm has been working with Andrea Carey Fuller on the Local Economy Policies for DNA.

Marion Briggs: Alliance for Childhood

Marion has been acting as an Advisor to the DNA steering group on Child Friendly policies for the Neighbourhood Plan.

Through the Alliance for Childhood, she has been working with the GLA, holding meetings at City Hall to make representations to the Mayor and GLA members to help London to become a Child Friendly City.

Luciana Dualibe: Treasurer

Luciana Duailibe is an artist educator and community leader. She is Chair of WE Women – Women Empowering Women; Chair of Co-oPepys – Community Arts Project and Treasure of DNA – Deptford Neighbourhood Action. She has been creating and delivering community projects since she arrives in Deptford in 2005. She also helps with the managing and running of Pepys Resource Centre – Old Library.

Roo Angell: Green/Open Spaces Group Joint Lead

Vanessa Celosse: Green/Open Spaces Joint Lead