The Board of Gladstone Connect is made up of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, skills, careers and communities.
Nazim Khan, MBE
With over 20 years of political and voluntary sector experience I have been the Chair of board for past 19 years and in this time I have managed to secure two purpose built centres, Allama Iqbal Centre and Veranda Family Centre that has now become part of the Gladstone Primary School being managed by TDA. I have served as Deputy Mayor and served for many years as a City Councillor.
David is now in his late 70s. He has lived in the Gladstone area for 48 years, firstly in Cromwell Road, then Limetree Avenue and now in Norfolk Street. He was trained as a social worker, employed originally by Huntingdon & Peterborough County Council, before moving to the Peterborough Development Corporation, then to Cambridgeshire County Council, and ended his career with Peterborough City Council. A founder member of the Gladstone District Community Association, he was chairman for a number of years. For over 30 years he was a governor of Gladstone School. He’s been a board member of Axiom Housing Association and is on the committee of Peterborough Civic Society.
David joined the board of Gladstone Connect in 2010 and became Hon Secretary in 2014 Whilst appreciating the friendly nature of the neighbourhood he is concerned about many aspects of life in the area, particularly the environment. He is dismayed by the failure of the authorities to embark on improvement and renewal of the area and is especially concerned about the southern part of the Gladstone Area known as North Westgate that has been blighted for over 20 years.
He is however confident that so long as local people work together that one day improvements will arrive!
Keith Stapleford is a founding member of Gladstone Connect, when it was established in 1997, to enable Sure Start to be brought to the area. Now retired after a career in further education he lives close to the area and is an advocate for community activities for all. He is a firm supporter of lifelong study and personal development.
A former college tutor with many years experience of working in the education and training field. Kevin is currently running his own consultancy. He provides management and leadership support in Gladstone Connect, providing line management for employees and volunteers.
I am a retired Social Worker whose last job was as the Business Manager for the Local Safeguarding Children Board. I have been a Social Work Team Manager, Policy Officer and Planning and Development Manager for the Local Authority. I have experience of working in the voluntary sector as I was previously Coordinator for a local small charity.I am a trustee for a charity supporting women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse and I am also a member of Friends of Central Park. I am a resident of Park Ward.
Rev. Giles Knight
Giles joined the Gladstone Connect Board in 2015. Previously he was a cross-cultural worker for many years in the Niger Republic, where he was involved in leadership training. Giles has pastored churches in both the UK and Niger. His passion is to see the church be relevant and effectively reach out to the neighbourhood.
Shaz is a chartered accountant and successful local businessman, well known across the city. He has been actively involved in community work for many years. At work he spends most of his time helping businesses scale-up. Alongside this he has a particular interest in property tax. At home he spends most of his time as the taxi driver of choice – transporting his children. On the odd occasion he might get a day off which he likes to spend with his family.