Community Work

Kemi Tree PlantingI lived in Lagos, then one of the poorest cities in the world, for 10 years. I saw and experienced real deprivation first-hand and believe those of us lucky enough to have had the best opportunities must create them for those less fortunate.

This starts with the opportunity to have a great education and an environment that enables social mobility.

I’m proud to have been a school governor for over six years at St. Thomas the Apostle College in Southwark and Jubilee Primary School in Lambeth.

Having attended a failing comprehensive, one of my proudest achievements was taking a school from special measures to having one of the best SATs results in the borough. In very challenging circumstances, we changed the ethos and leadership despite significant opposition.

I’m also interested in the built environment, housing and planning issues in cities and rural areas.   I’m currently a board member of Charlton Triangle Homes, a housing association providing decent homes for thousands of lower-income families.

Some of my other activities are listed below.  You may notice that I like to encourage people to consider opportunities that push against stereotypes and pre-conceived notions.

Taught chess to pupils at Bishop Challoner School for Girls in Tower Hamlets
Promoted the RAF Air Cadets to inner-city youth and supported them in joining up
Mentored girls to consider STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths) courses
  • Giving a talk to a computing class at Lilian Baylis Technology School
Encouraged more ethnic minorities to vote Conservative

You can watch me doing this at a TED talk I gave on The Culture of Low Expectations in 2010

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