JESSICA DOUTHWAITE, EDUCATION PROGRAMMES MANAGER AT THE CREATIVE EDUCATION TRUST
For over a decade Jessica has worked in diverse educational settings, from schools in Japan to universities in the UK and the Royal Society’s education policy committee. She has also undertaken several paid and voluntary museum and gallery roles that fostered dialogue and understanding around complex themes. This spurred her interest in joining Eastside in 2014, just before starting an oral history PhD. In April 2018, Jessica was awarded her doctorate in History for a PhD thesis titled ‘Voices of the Cold War in Britain, 1945-1962’, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Partnership at the Imperial War Museum and University of Strathclyde. Her project incorporated 48 original oral history interviews and wide-ranging archival research.
LAWRENCE PONTIN, ARCHEOLOGIST
A professional archeologist for 25 years, Lawrence worked for English Heritage in the 1990's advising on the impact of the development for the LDDC, the London borough of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and dagenham, Redbridge, Havering and Waltham Forest. He also advised government agencies on the impact of the Channel Tunnel Rail Line, Jubilee Line extension.
DAVE GREEN, DIRECTOR OF THE FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM
A trustee since September 2017, Dave brings 20 years experience working in museums and the heritage charity sector, initially in learning, visitor engagement and marketing roles, before progression to senior management. He has been involved with venues such as Nottingham Castle, the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich and The Natural History Museum. Dave is interested in local history projects and those which support civic pride, regeneration, place-making and skills development. A Beckton resident, Dave is also a trustee at the SS Robin Trust.
ROSAMUND WEST, DOCUMENTATION OFFICER AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Rosamund is a museum professional and architectural historian, with a keen interest in the history of East London. Having worked in several museums, in collections-based roles, she works as Documentation Officer at the Horniman Museum in South London. Rosamund is currently doing her PhD at Kingston University on the housing, community and public art policies of the post-war London County Council, from 1943 to 1965. Rosamund is interested in community engagement both through her PhD and through her work as an architectural tour guide.
JOHN WHITWORTH, COUNCILLOR FOR NEWHAM
A former teacher and lecturer in History, Sociology & Politics, East-London based John also studied for a Doctorate in History while living in France. A school governor in several primary and secondary schools in Newham, he represented the Labour Party on Newham Council between 2002 and 2006 and has been councillor for West Ham since 2014. John's interest lies in local history, particularly that of working class communities.
RITA CHADHA, CHAIR OF BARKING AND DAGENHAM CVS, ADVISOR TO THE BOARD
Former director of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London, Rita has worked in the community and voluntary sector for 25 years, developing a specialism in the monitoring and promotion of equality, diversity and cohesion across a range of equality strands. Rita is now chair of Barking and Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) where she works to support the needs of the local community and voluntary sector. A former trustee at Eastside, she now acts as an advisor to our board in addition to her role as trustee of London Refugee Voice.
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