Vote for your Chair.
Over the past few months, we have been asking candidates to come forward for the position of the Peckham Business Forum Chair and we now have 7 nominees for the position.
We would now like you the Peckham Business Owners and Stakeholders to select your Chair. There is one chair position available. Please select one of the candidates to fill this position.
There is only one vote per person. If we receive more than one vote, the first to be submitted will be counted and all subsequent votes will be void and deleted.
Read the candidate bio
Asif is a dynamic and passionate individual hailing from the business and political background. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in English, Computer Science, and Islamic Studies and a master’s degree in social Anthropology.
As a candidate for the Chair he is determined to empower and support the local business community. His vision revolves around providing them with a platform for expression and ensuring their voices are heard. Recognising the challenges faced by businesses, such as shoplifting, rising utility bills, business rates, and inadequate support from authorities, Asif aims to establish an effective forum where business owners can freely communicate their concerns, share their experiences, and collectively find solutions.
With his strong leadership qualities, coupled with his extensive background, Asif is poised to be a formidable advocate for the Peckham business community. Asif’s relentless pursuit of a comprehensive platform for empowered expression is a testament to his unwavering dedication to creating a brighter future for Peckham’s business landscape.Close
Cath is the owner of McDonald and Tomlin Funerals on Rye Lane. She is a seasoned professional with a unique background in legal indemnity underwriting and funeral directing
Her experience in risk assessment and mitigation from the legal and insurance sectors coupled with a compassionate role in the funeral industry, equips her with a holistic understanding of business challenges. She can leverage this dual expertise to foster collaborative problem-solving within the business forum, offering a fresh perspective on risk management, community engagement, and ethical business practices.
Cath is resilient and has qualities that are essential for navigating the ever-evolving business landscape. She wants to elevate the forum and empower local businesses to thrive in a dynamic environment. Working together to create a forum that not only addresses the needs of local businesses but also thrives on diversity, through shared expertise and an inclusive environment.Close
Gloria created Satizfaktion hair salon in 2006, transforming it into a unique establishment that combines a café, hair salon, and art gallery. She is the go-to person for anyone wanting the local lowdown.
She already holds annual “meet and greet” days for residents of the surrounding streets along with regular community groups from King’s Grove book club to lunches for Nunhead-based community projects charity Habitat for Humanity.
Gloria’s café is on the Nunhead Art Trail and showcases work by local artists and friends hanging on the walls.
She is keen to become the chair of the Peckham Business Forum to leverage her community connections, experience and ambitions for the area.Close
Jason is a Peckham resident for over 35 years, moving from Reynolds Road to growing up on the North Peckham Estate.
Jason is a dynamic property professional with almost 20 year’s experience within the property industry. Learning and developing his career at corporate as well as independent agencies, Jason stood out from his peers, achieving and exceeding set targets, alongside other business-related objectives. Subsequently, he quickly progressed to management where he ran several successful offices throughout South East London.
With a desire to create a reputable brand, delivering a professional and first class service, JT Clarke London was launched in 2012 on the Queens Road of Peckham and has now been in operation for 12 years!
Specialising in Residential Sales, Residential Lettings and Property Management a distinctive, eye catching and professional brand was created as a direct result of Jason’s vision, creativity, leadership and drive; boasting significant plans for future growth and expansion throughout London’s capital and beyond.Close
Josephine is a seasoned hairdresser with a 25-year career based in Peckham. With her deep roots and intimate knowledge of the area, she has witnessed the good and bad changes that have taken place.
Her experience as a business owner has given her a unique perspective on needs and wants. Her familiarity enables her to relate to the challenges faced by business on a personal level. With a strong network and longstanding connections within the community, she is well-positioned to advocate for the interests of all businesses.
Her vision for Peckham is clear: to create a welcoming, safe, and vibrant environment that appeals to residents and visitors alike. She knows the importance of a thriving high street, one that provides a positive shopping experience to people of all ages and backgrounds, reflecting the diversity that makes Peckham so special.Close
Leila’s experience as an architect and business owner specialising in retail, hospitality, and residential provides a valuable perspective on the challenges faced by businesses. Her leadership skills make her well-equipped to lead the Peckham Business Forum effectively.
Leila’s passion for supporting and working with local independent businesses in Peckham is an essential benefit. She is keen to understand their challenges and can contribute to creating an environment that fosters their growth and success. Leila’s talent for seeing both the bigger picture and finer details allows her to effectively prioritise the forum’s efforts toward the most pressing issues.
This skill will ensure that the Forum’s activities are impactful and address the needs of the business community.She is committed to giving back and feeling connected to the community, which will ensure that the forum remains focused on the happiness and well-being of business owners in Peckham, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration among forum members.Close
Sophie brings over two decades of experience in the Retail & Hospitality Industries with a background that includes managing start-ups, independent businesses, and holding leadership roles within renowned brands and complex landlord environments across London.
She has also dedicated her time to mentoring, coaching and hosting workshops for small business owners, working with key partners such as Enterprise Nation and local councils, among others.
In 2022 Sophie founded Market & Me, a supportive small business community on a mission to equip business owners and future founders with the necessary tools, confidence, and connections for long-term success. The community focuses on personal and professional development and provides a platform for small business owners to share, learn, and grow, where the ultimate goal is to empower business owners and enable businesses to achieve sustainable success. Sophie is dedicated to supporting the businesses in Peckham. She is passionate about elevating and empowering the incredible and diverse businesses that call Peckham home, leveraging her experience across the private and public sectors.Close