Board of Trustees

Please note: Trustee positions are advertised on the Selby Trust website under vacancies.

  • Gareth Gilfillian - Chair
  • Amit Desai
  • Cllr Anne Stennett
  • Edward  Ihejirika -Company Secretary
  • Jonathan Clarke
  • Cllr Mark Blake
  • Matt Kayoka-Ilunga
  • Mustafa Samater
  • Narendra Makanji
  • Cllr Pat Berryman
  • Stella Nwimo

Gareth Gilfillian | Chair

Gareth is Executive Director of Excelsior College, an independent school that partners with parents to achieve high educational standards with children aged 3-11.

Excelsior is one of the earliest organisations to establish at Selby Centre.

Prior to this, he was involved in Lemuel Findlay’s.


Amit Desai

Amit Desai holds a Masters degree in Chemistry, obtained in 1998. He is operations manager for 5E limited, and has been for 15 years. 5E started as one room in the Selby centre and now has 7 branches. Amits’ experience of 5E is that it is a wonderful place to work, the members are like family and the ethos at 5E is to help people. Amit feels passionately about helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the unemployed into work.5E runs apprenticeship programmes from which disadvantaged people benefit. The main aim of 5E is to help people and keep the sustainability of 5E and to achieve its targets.

        Cllr Anne Stennett

Anne Stennett is a ward councillor for White Hart Lane ward, within which the Selby Centre is based. She also is a board member of Alexandra Palace and Park Board and Environment and Community Safety Scrutiny Panel, amongst others.


She is also a family lawyer and a Partner in the firm with Curwens in Enfield, specialising in the administration of estates, wills, powers of attorney, deputyship as well as estate planning and trusts. She is a full member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners. She regularly gives seminars and talks to local groups on her specialist areas including advice to families and carers of children with learning and physical disabilities, in relation to how the future needs of their loved ones can be met through their wills.


Prior to her work in local government and the legal profession, Anne was a Grants Manager in the equivalent of London Councils, and disseminated funds to voluntary sector organisations delivering support to disadvantaged communities.


Edward Ihejirika | Company Secretary

Edward Ihejirika is an architect and development consultant, with over 20 years post qualification experience in architectural practice, programme management and, corporate facilities strategy. He studied architecture at the University of Miami and in the history and theory programme at the Architectural Association, London in the early 1980s; and has taught at the Canterbury School of Architecture and at Kingston University.


Following past employment in CB Richard Ellis’ global Real Estate business and at GlaxoSmithKline, he now heads Development Consulting UK, which works with social housing organisations and developers on their regeneration projects. Edward brings his knowledge and experience of development planning and corporate management to

this strategic initiative.

Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan is the Company Secretary of the Selby Boxing Club. He has been working with the Selby Trust since March 2012 setting up the boxing and fitness club for the local community.  He is also the Founding Director of Essential London, which is a travel and facilities management business. He is passionate about charities, fundraising, supporting positive action and always welcomes the opportunity to contribute. A robust fundraiser, England’s Commonwealth Games Team, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and Global Radio Help a London Child are just some of the organisations Jonathan has fundraised  for successfully. Jonathan brings this unique skillset and unwavering enthusiasm to his trustee role at the Selby Trust.

Cllr Mark Blake

Mark Blake is a ward councillor for Muswell Hill ward in the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency. He also is a board member of Alexandra Palace and Park Board, Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel and the Pensions Committee, amongst others.


Mark also works for the Black Training and Enterprise Group as their Project Development Officer, leading on BTEG’s work on the criminal justice system and providing the secretariat and policy support for The Young Review. Chaired by Baroness Lola Young the report from the Young Review into improving outcomes for black and Muslim young men in the criminal justice system was launched in December 2014. Mark continues to support The Young Review led by Baroness Young to work with the MOJ and NOMS on the implementation of the report’s recommendations. Prior to BTEG he has worked in a number of different roles predominantly in the voluntary sector.

Matt Kayoka

Matt Kayoka

Matt, a LLB Graduate with a Year Study Abroad from Coventry University. Currently studying the Legal Practise Course at BPP in Manchester. Matt was born in Tottenham and is enthusiastic about access to justice. As well as holding a Trustee role at Selby Trust since July 2015, Matt is also involved in a Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau and is helping to set up a Greater Manchester Law Centre. Matt recently ran the London Marathon raising over £500 for the Greater Manchester Law Centre. Previously Matt has volunteered for Embrace UK, based in Selby Centre on his own youth project. Matt is passionate about immigration law, social justice and empowering the local community. 

Mustafa Samater

Mustafa is a Selby trustee with long-standing roots as a participant at the Centre from childhood. He has been a Senior Manager at Job Centre Plus, managing the implementation of change, overseeing ICT and estate modernisation projects in 16 offices across seven London. He is currently responsible for the delivery of Jobcentre Plus Employer Engagement Strategy in North East London area.  Moreover, he implemented key welfare to work policies aimed at tackling long-term unemployment among priority groups such lone parents, ex-offenders and disabled people at regional level. 


Narendra Makanji

Narendra has over 25 years of experience in community development at both grass roots and strategic levels. He served as a councillor in Haringey for 24 years.

Narendra is a member on The Tribunal Service of England appointed by the Ministry of Justice and until recently on the Consumer Council for Water appointed by DEFRA.

Narendra was previously the Chair of The Whittington Hospital. He has helped manage Nafsiyat - the Inter-cultural Therapy Centre in North London which deals with mental health issues amongst people from a diverse range of communities.

Narendra is also the chair of Trustees on the board of The Bernie Grant Trust, which owns and manages the archives of the late Bernie Grant, MP for Tottenham.

Cllr Patrick Berryman

A lifelong Haringey resident Patrick brings a degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool, 20-years private sector experience in the world of global finance and over 10 years commitment to the public sphere trying to make this country a more equitable and even (dare he say it) socialist one. He now works in education (previously a university and now at a primary school). Patrick has been a school governor, a councillor and a campaigner.  Questioning  everything, Patrick is nobody’s fool. As a trustee Patrick hopes that together with the Selby Centre he can put something back into the borough that made him who he is. 

Stella Nwimo

Stella has been involved as a member of ERNI (Elmhurst Road Neighbours Initiative) in Bruce Grove Tottenham and has developed an ability to negotiate and influence multi-faith, multi- lingual and inter-generational groups, engaging and enticing them to take part in events that they would ordinarily not respond to.

Stella uses influencing skills to bring various hard to reach communities together. Collaboration is the mainstay of her day to day work and often working with difficult and egocentric characters. She is passionate about mixing and matching of ideas and sharing in the success or otherwise of a venture.

She is also passionate about diversity and finding ways to collaborate with hard to reach voices; getting their opinions and views heard