Meet The Team


All team members give their time voluntarily and recieve no payment or expenses for the activities as WSF Team Memebers.

Chair: Graham Hodgkiss
I have lived in Walthamstow all of my adult life and have lived in Wood Street ward for over twenty years. I am passionate about rebuilding the local community. I know we can make a lot of changes for the better and I wanted to be part of the group that I know will deliver to the residents of this ward the things they need and deserve. My motto is “Together we can make it happen” and I am confident Wood Street First will.

Deputy Chair: Martin Kearney
I have always lived in Waltham Forest with the first 25 years being in Leyton, and the rest in Wood Street ward. I believe that supporting our local community is very important. Living without contact to people who live near you leads to a lonely existence. Wood Street has a diverse population so the more that can be done to make things better and get people talking to each other, the better. Wood Street First has the opportunity to make a difference albeit with limited resources, which can only help improve our community cohesion.

Treasurer: Adrian Stannard
My wife and I have lived in Waltham Forest since 1972 and have been members of the WF Civic Society for over 40 years and campaigned to improve the street scene. I set up the Friends of Lloyd Park in 2002 and was involved in the plans for its refurbishment. I am a strong supporter of the importance of social cohesion. I have recently retired and want to get more involved in my local community and have volunteered to be the treasurer.

Secretary: Linda Brooks
I have lived in Waltham Forest all my life and the Wood Street Ward for the past 13 years. I worked in the City of London and had very little time to get to know my local area. When I retired in 2012 I set up a Neighbourhood Watch for my road. Now I sit on the Safer Neighbourhood Panel and in 2014 I took on the role of Secretary of Wood Street First I feel able to fulfil my role as part of this diverse and exciting Community.

Committee Member: Eileen Jackson
I moved to Waltham Forest in 1979 and into the Wood Street Ward in 1991. My background is mainly in the ‘caring professions’ initially as a registered general nurse and, for the last 25 years until my retirement in 2005, as a mental health practitioner and manager for WF Social Services. I have been involved in community activities for at least 30 years. I helped to set up my local Neighbourhood Watch three years ago and am a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Panel. I am also a member of the Wood Street Events Committee which organised the Family Fun Days on Wood Street Plaza. I have a strong commitment to this area and its ongoing regeneration and want it to be a better and safer place for all residents, young and old.

Committee Member: Anne Hexter
I have lived in the same house in the Wood Street Ward since 1987. My husband and I have brought up our five children, educating them all at home. I help with two children’s clubs at our church. I belong to a local community choir and tend an allotment behind the Town Hall. We have always found this a friendly neighbourhood and are keen to encourage a sense of community, whether it is through the local Neighbourhood Watch or the Wood Street First events. I feel by improving cohesion in our community we are building a better community.

Dr. Vicky te Velde
I moved to the borough 15 years ago and live off Wood Street. My 3 children have grown up in the Wood Street area and all attend local schools. I love living in such a diverse part of London. I really enjoy helping to bring people together to share a cup of tea, a laugh an idea and to change the world one person at a time. I live, work and play in Walthamstow. Having previously worked in Higher Education, I now work at a local school. I also work as a Squash Coach at Walthamstow Sports Club, off Wood Street. As a WSF volunteer, I hope to give a little bit of my enthusiasm back to our community.

Committee Member: John Macklin 
My wife and I came to Walthamstow in the late 1980’s.  We have lived in the Wood Street area of Walthamstow since 1992.  We have stayed so long in the area for several reasons such as the good schools, both our daughters are educated locally.  We have also benefited from the good transport links.  Finally, we are lucky to live within a lovely neighbourhood with a vibrant community.

I have been a secondary school teacher and I am now a lecturer in a university education department.  I also spent 8 years as a local councillor covering several roles and eventually becoming the deputy leader of the council in a coalition.

I feel that I should try and give my time to enhance my community and WSF is how I do this.

Interested in becoming a committee member or event volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a committee member or helping out at one of our events, please get in touch or come along to one of our meetings. We want our committee to be representative of our community, so whatever your position is in the community you will be made welcome. Please contact us for more information.