Award Winners

Community Champions

GMC Community Champions

Aleya Begum

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Aleya!


Mohammed El Baaj

Awarded for Contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Mohammed!

Mina Kolil

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Mina!

Kaye Colman

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Kaye!


Steve Whitmore

For over 28 years, Steve has volunteered for about 3,000 hours as a mentor on YMCA’s Positive Health scheme for those living with HIV and aids, and as a boxing coach where he has helped 200 young boxers win awards and move away from the criminal world. Congratulations Steve!

Marion Delew

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Marion!

Veronica Collins

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Veronica!


Luz Fletcher

Luz is a widely respected champion in the Portsoken community. She volunteers at numerous events in the ward and selflessly makes every effort to help people when they need it the most. Her award reflects her outstanding contribution to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Luz!

Rina Begum

Rina is a community champion from Portsoken in the City of London who frequently volunteers at community events in the Ward. Her award reflects her commitment to making her area a better place for everyone and setting a example for young people, particularly young women. Congratulations Rina!

Jessica Grace

Jessica is a medical student who volunteers her time for the aged 6-9 clubs at the Salmon Youth Centre in Southwark. Her reward reflects her unwavering dedication to sacrifice her own valuable time towards helping and supporting young people. Congratulations Jessica!


Nicki Matthew

Nicki is a valued member of the community in the City of London. Over the past few years, she has invested a considerable amount of time volunteering at Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School, providing valuable assistance with sports clubs and school project. Her reward reflects her unrelenting commitment to invest her time and efforts to helping children in the City. Congratulations Nicki!

Trini Evans

Trini Evans has worked for the Green Light Youth Club in East London for many years, overseeing a number of operations for the club. Her award reflects her commitment to helping aspiring young people from deprived backgrounds into employment and running many other successful projects for the club. Congratulations Trini!

P.C. Darren Farr

P.C. Darren Farr serves in the Metropolitan Police as a member of the Forest Gate South ward Safer Neighbourhood Team, having previously served in the London Borough of Westminster. His award reflects his total 15 years of service to the Metropolitan Police and his tireless efforts to protect his ward from all types of crime. Congratulations Darren!


Keith Mullins

Keith Mullins is Secretary of Spartak 78 Youth Sports Club in Essex. In his tenure as Secretary, he has been responsible for overseeing the club’s growth from 150 boy and girl footballers to 300. He has also managed the club’s U14 team. His award reflects his 10 years of service to the club’s growth and for building a wonderful sense of community between the club and local residents. Congratulations Keith!

Jack Ironside

Jack is the Community Development Officer at Arsenal in the Community. Jack joined Arsenal after graduating from university via the Arsenal Gap Year Programme. Since then, he has taught football in local schools and represented Arsenal FC in schools in Germany and Spain. He now heads up community programmes in Islington and across London for young people. Congratulations Jack!

Katy Foxcroft

Katy is young Irish dance champion for Carragher Academy in Bermondsey. She has been dancing for 10 years and has won around 35 championship titles to date. She has also danced at many charity events and at the age of 17, she started giving up her time to teach at Carragher Academy. Her award reflects her 10 years of hard work, contributions to charitable causes and being an inspiration to the young dancers at her academy. Congratulations Katy!


P.C. Tracy Gunn

Tracy has served as a law enforcement officer in the Borough of Newham for over 15 years. She works in the capacity of Newham Borough Liaison Officer, which has enabled her to work with organisations to improve good community relations and to improve public confidence in the Metropolitan Police. Congratulations Tracy!

Veronica Alden

Veronica has been Southwark Young Pilgrims fundraiser and project coordinator for the past 18 years! Previously, she was Centre Manager for Southwark Heritage Association. The Southwark Young Pilgrims project gives year 10 and 11 pupils from schools within Southwark an insight into the world of work and introduces young people to the idea of a career in travel and tourism through a structured programme of accredited training and work experience as Ambassadors of the Borough. Congratulations Veronica!

Dulcie Hutchinson

Dulcie is the Founder and Co-ordinator of Springs of Hope, a charitable organisation supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Dulcie’s work across Southwark and London spans for more than a decade. Her award reflects her effort and contribution to our youth in Southwark. Congratulations Dulcie!


Amadu Kanumansa

Amadu has studied at universities in Africa, Europe and the UK. He has a Masters degree in Economic and Social Planning at Kiev State Economic University in Ukraine. Amadu is fluent in Russian. A successful businessman, he runs and manages a pilgrimage business in Southwark and has completed the Hajj five times. Congratulations Amadu!

Eric Quilliam

Eric has been part of the People Care Association for over 30 years. Now at 87, Eric continues to support the Association and plays the accordian. Congratulations Eric!

Jason Cameron

Jason is a young community champion in Peckham. For the last five years who has dedicated his free time to supporting other young people in his local area of London. This award acknowledges his selfless contribution to the improving the lives of his peers. Congratulations Jason!


Lauren Pemberton-Nelson

Lauren is a young community champion in Peckham. For the last six years Lauren has dedicated her free time to supporting other young people in her local area of London. This award acknowledges her selfless contribution to the improving the lives of her peers. Congratulations Lauren!

Denis Pougin

Denis has been a community champion in Livesey ward for several years and is Chair of Acorn Estate TRA. He inspires young people to focus on acquiring higher skillsets and aim higher to reach to the top. He has been working as a manager in a multiplex theatre for seven years. Congratulations Denis!

Alfie Mason

Alfie is a youth leader and founder of Transform Ours, a dynamic development organisation whose main focus is to empower young people through media, arts and social interaction via workshops and inspirational events. Congratulations Alfie!


Richard Kotey

Richard is a community champion from North Peckham who is a Behaviour Consultant. His passion is to mentor young people and help them realise their full and true potential. Congratulations Richard!

Efe Idigbe

Efe is a young community champion in London who contributes her time to helping others in her local church and elsewhere. She is always available to help other young people with their problems and needs. Congratulations Efe!

Mei Sim Lai OBE DL

Mei Sim is the Founder and Principal of LaiPeters & Co and has held several board appointments in the public, private and not for profit and charity sectors. She was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to equal opportunities and since 2007 she has been the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for London Borough of Brent. She created the Mulan Foundation Network to recognise and honour the achievements of others in the UK. Congratulations Mei Sim!


Musharraf Chaudhary

Musharraf is Chair of Southwark Multi-Faith Forum and Southwark Muslim Forum. He has dedicated himself to building community cohesion among Southwark’s diverse neighbourhoods. For the last four years, Musharraf has organised the Southwark Eid Festival which has attracted around 10,000 residents from all walks of life. Last year, Musharraf collected two Southwark Civic Awards for his community work. Congratulations Musharraf!

Eddie Wilcox

Eddie is actively involved in several organisations in Southwark, including the Southwark Civic Association. Eddie was honoured because of his long and distinguished support of Ronald McDonald House Guy’s and St Thomas’. In the past, Eddie has raised £6000 for the House by organising a Sky-Dive. Eddie is also Life President of Athenlay Football Club and has invited the Mayor of Southwark to read at an annual Carol Service in December. Congratulations Eddie!

Juliet Atako

Juliet is leading the way on fundraising in Southwark to fight Ebola in West Africa. Juliet was honoured because of her long and distinguished career as a volunteer and community champion. Juliet has received certificates from the Southwark Borough Police Operational Command Unit in recognition of her long service; as well as the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellent Service during the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. Congratulations Juliet!


Sue Heath-Downey

Sue Heath-Downey is the Musical Director of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choir Society. Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society is a thriving community choir that Sue established in 1998. Sue is passionate about making music accessible to everyone in the community and building bridges through music. She is herself, an accomplished organist, having performed solo recitals all over the world. Congratulations Sue!

Chris Price

Chris is the Executive Director at Pecan Foodbank in South London. He has been at Pecan since October 2011. Prior to this, Chris was a Director of Development at Welcare, a South London charities working with children and families. Chris is also a Methodist local preacher and Cub Scout Leader. Congratulations Chris!

Jennifer Blake

Jennifer is the Founder of Safe’N’Sound (S’N’S) Youth Project that addresses the needs of young people. It is a well established and respected organisation based in Peckham. Jennifer is passionate about solving the challenge and social issues that affect young people and work with them to ensure they reach their full potential. Congratulations Jennifer!

GMC Young Leader Award

Anima Azad

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Anima!

Muni Uddin

Awarded for contributions to Portsoken and the City of London. Congratulations Muni!


Mounir Haddad

Mounir is an undergraduate law student at SOAS, University of London. Originally from Lebanon, Mounir is active in the Model UN and has previously represented Lebanon at the Havard World Model United Nations in Australia. Mounir has secured a training contract at Hogan-Lovells starting in Summer 2016. Mounir is one of the leaders of the Camden Cares project that is helping settle incoming refugee families from Syria and other countries in North London. He is a role model for young people across London. Congratulations Mounir!

Nazgol Kafai-Golahmady

Nazgol is an undergraduate law and religion student at SOAS, University of London. She is the Vice president of the Ahlul-Bayt Islamic Society at SOAS and has been an Assistant Researcher at Bahrain Watch, a research based NGO. Nazgol aspires to work in the United Nations to help bridge the gap between different groups of Muslims. Nazgol is one of the leaders of the Camden Cares project that is helping settle incoming refugee families from Syria and other countries in North London. She is a role model for young people across London. Congratulations Nazgol!

Raphael Gregorian

Raphael is an undergraduate economics and history student at SOAS, University of London. Raphael is the President of the SOAS Armenian Society and is also a scout leader. He is looking forward to working in the Civil Service and is particularly interested in community cohesion and multiculturalism. Raphael is one of the leaders of the Camden Cares project that is helping settle incoming refugee families from Syria and other countries in North London. He is a role model for young people across London. Congratulations Raphael!


Ramie Farag

Ramie is an undergraduate law student at SOAS, University of London. Ramie is also an associate editor of the SOAS Law Journal and has been a charity week organiser. Ramie aims to be a commercial lawyer and then use his skills to work in politics, human rights and charitable work. Ramie is one of the leaders of the Camden Cares project that is helping settle incoming refugee families from Syria and other countries in North London. He is a role model for young people across London. Congratulations Ramie!

Emmanuel Etuh

Emmanuel is an undergraduate law student at SOAS, University of London. Emmanuel is currently the Nigerian/Ghanian media officer. He sees law as an instrument for social change and is looking forward to working for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Emmanuel is one of the leaders of the Camden Cares project that is helping settle incoming refugee families from Syria and other countries in North London. He is a role model for young people across London. Congratulations Emmanuel!

Sean Turnbull

Sean is a Programmes Officer at 3FF and helps deliver the UN Award-winning programme, ParliaMentors. Sean previously worked for the NUS supporting policy and campaigns regarding student welfare. He also supported the NUS Campus Cohesion, Faith and Belief Project. Sean was presented the Young Leader award for providing opportunities to young people across London. Congratulations Sean!


Tim Mortimer

Tim is a Programmes Officer at 3FF and helps deliver the UN Award-winning programme, ParliaMentors. Tim previously worked for Childreach International where he set up an international volunteering programme for students in Morocco, Nepal and Tanzania. He also spent six months teaching English to Buddhist monks in India. Tim was presented the Young Leader award for providing opportunities to young people across London. Congratulations Tim!

Adura Oyemade

Adura is a young community champion and leader in London. She was recognised for her leadership, especially in her local church. Congratulations Adura!

Dionne Ward-Anderson

Dionne was recognised by Walworth Methodist Church choir for her leadership throughout the year and her support for her peers. Congratulations Dionne!


Alexander Pratt

Alexander was recognised by Walworth Methodist Church for his contribution throughout the year and his progress in music. Congratulations Alexander!

Eric Mustapha

Eric was recognised by Walworth Methodist Church for his contribution throughout the year and his progress in music. Congratulations Eric!

Daniella Northover

Daniella was recognised by Walworth Methodist Church for her contribution throughout the year and her progress in music. She is a Southwark Community Champion. Congratulations Daniella!


Project B.I.S.C.E.Y.

Project B.I.S.C.E.Y is an initiative run by young 11 people in Southwark. They aim to inspire and motivate other young people to reach their highest potential. Project B.I.S.C.E.Y stands for Behaviour Internalisation Self-Esteem Careers Empowerment YOU. The award reflects their efforts and outstanding contribution they’ve made to young people in Southwark. Congratulations Project B.I.S.C.E.Y!

GMC Lifetime Achievement Award

Hulusi Yuruten

Hulusi is the founder and chairman of the Southwark Cyprus Turkish Association. He is a keen cyclist and can often be seen riding around the area on his bicycle at age 76. Congratulations Hulusi!

Sandy Cameron

Sandy is a longtime community champion in Peckham and Southwark. She has been involved with the North Peckham & Commerical Way North TRA for over 20 years and is a role model for young people in London. Sandy continues to be a constant support to her neighbours. Congratulations Sandy!


Sonia Sutton

Sonia Sutton is the Administrator for the Southwark Chamber of Commerce, where she plays a pivotal role in ensuring that their operations run smoothly. Previously, Sonia served her borough as the Mayor of Southwark’s Personal Assistant. Her award reflects her 20 years of long hours and hard work towards Southwark and its residents. Congratulations Sonia!

Tony Stevens

Tony is a founder of the Daneford Trust, established in 1982 to provide less privileged young people from South East London with the opportunity to travel across the globe to take part in volunteering initiatives. in 25 years with the trust, Tony instigated over 100 school exchange projects in over 50 countries. His award reflects his tireless dedication to improve the prospects of young people by providing them with global opportunities. Congratulations Tony!

Justin Moore MBE JP

Justin has served the people of East London as a Magistrate for over 25 years before retiring from the bench in 2015. He is also the founder of the Greenlight Youth Club, which seeks to assist young people and families through access to its services. His reward reflects his efforts in keeping his community safe for over a quarter of a century. Congratulations Justin!


Cllr Adedamola Aminu

Adedamola is a former Mayor of Lambeth. His award reflects his contribution to the people of Lambeth and his overall contribution to communities and people across London. Cllr Aminu encourages others, especially those from minority backgrounds to get involved in the political system and in their communities and make a positive impact. He is an inspiration to all Londoners. Congratulations Adedamola!

Ken Hayes

Ken is a long serving community champion of Southwark. He is a Governor for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, St Jude’s Primary School and the London Nautical School. Over the years Ken has raised thousands of pounds for charity and is Honorary Secretary of the Southwark Civic Association. He was also the Chair of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce, presiding over its 75th anniversary. Congratulations Ken!

Althea Smith

Althea is the current President of Kiwanis Central London. Her charitable and civic contribution to London and Southwark are significant; she was a Southwark Councillor for over a decade and was Mayor of Southwark in 2012. Althea has also supported initiatives and raised thousands of pounds for charitable and humanitarian causes in Jamaica and Haiti. Congratulations Althea!


Ayesha Azad

Ayesha is a respected leader from Portsoken in the City of London. Her award reflects her outstanding contributions to the community of Portsoken and to the City of London as a whole. Congratulations Ayesha!

Henry Jones

Henry Jones is a Common Councilman for the Ward of Portsoken in the City of London. His family business, Jones Brothers Dairy, has served the City of London for over 140 years. His award reflects his life-long service to the City of London, especially the residents and business people of Portsoken who he represents. Congratulations Henry!

Ivan Kingsley

Ivan Kingsley is Secretary of the Portsoken Ward Club in the City of London. He was directly responsible for resurrecting the fortunes of the Portsoken Ward Club and once again making it a reputable membership organisation. His award reflects his lifelong service to Portsoken, specially the Middlesex Street Estate Residents Association, where he plans seasonal parties and buys Christmas presents for many children in the ward. Congratulations Ivan!