The Clitterhouse Farm Project (CFP) was founded in early 2013 by four local residents (Alistair Lambert, Luisa Vallejo, Paulette Singer and Thomas Ball) who live close to Clitterhouse Farm. In May 2015, the four founding members became directors of Our Yard – a company limited by guarantee with charitable aims. They work alongside other committed local residents and an experienced panel of advisors.
Thomas has been a resident of Cricklewood since 2009 and has worked on a variety of grassroots initiatives in Cricklewood. He was a founding member of Creative Cricklewood; is an active member of Cricklewood’s Town Team; he set up Friends of Clitterhouse Playing Fields in 2011 before jointly founding the Clitterhouse Farm Project in 2013. He is currently Head of Partnerships management at WWF-UK, overseeing a portfolio of innovative and award-winning corporate partnerships to tackle climate change and the loss of nature. Prior to WWF, he worked as a consultant sustainability strategist at brand purpose agency, Given London, working with clients to to deliver positive change for people, their communities and the environment. Prior to this he ran his own business for 10 years as a photographer and filmmaker producing environmental and social documentaries for clients around the world – including a photo series on Cricklewood High Street commissioned by the Mayor of London. He has a degree in Natural Science from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Documentary making from University of the Arts London and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. You can follow Thomas on twitter HERE.
Paulette has a background working in the homeless sector and experience of project management, funding acquisition, volunteer co-ordination, training delivery and community engagement with ‘hard to reach’ client groups. She has worked in prisons helping individuals into training and employment. She has successfully delivered on both ESF and Local Government contracts. She is a qualified RHS Horticulturalist, Permaculture gardener and adult trainer. She currently runs ‘Pushbike Gardener’ a sustainable Organic garden design, maintenance and training business. Paulette is a founding member of the not-for-profit workers co-operative ‘Field to Fork’. Increasing access to organic food and promoting organic growing methods are Paulette’s passions. She is a Community Organiser listening to and working directly with individuals and community groups to support volunteering, local enterprise and community engagement. She has been a resident of Clitterhouse Crescent since 2010.
Farm Garden Manager & Outreach Co-ordinator
Patrick has a background in medical parasitology working with disadvantaged communities in Nigeria and then later in UK prison health. He now works as a science teacher at Hammersmith Academy and runs a successful school garden which has expanded rapidly and won a number of awards – including the RHS school gardening team of the year. Patrick is keen to use the garden at Clitterhouse Farm to bring people of all backgrounds together, to build skills and create a safe space for local young people. You can find out more about the farm garden HERE and you can follow Patrick on twitter HERE.
Since Graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1990 Alistair’s practice as a sculptor has developed through numerous public Art commissions to encompass a collaborative creative approach to making permanent and temporary artworks. Over the last twenty years he has worked collaboratively in a wide range of contexts including mainstream and special schools, hospitals, parks and public galleries. He has experience working with a wide range of people and ages: from regeneration teams to hard to reach youth, mothers and infants, teachers and other professionals, young offenders and prison inmates. For ten years he worked for the west London Arts charity ACAVA as buildings manager, finding and converting empty properties to council approved studio complexes with high occupancy levels. In 1999 he helped successfully design and secure £1m lottery funding for a new studio building in London W10. A local resident since 1997 Alistair was secretary of Brent Terrace Residents Association during the initial phases of consultation over BXC. He was commissioned to make artworks for the Cricklewood Millennium Green – engaging three local schools in the process, and continues his commitment as a community artist on various fronts including currently as Chairperson of Creative Cricklewood. In 2012 a school project that Alistair lead over one term was chosen as centre piece for The National Gallery’s Take one Picture Exhibition. The regeneration of the farm is a long-term aim of his and is a logical development of his practice and experience.
Alistair is a co-founder of the Clitterhouse Farm Project. He stood down as co-director in May 2016 but continues as an advisor to the project.
Luisa is an independent planning and built environment research consultant. She qualified as an architect in Colombia where she was involved in consultancy work for the Colombian government on evaluation of urban renewal plans in Bogota and other Colombian cities. Based in London since 1994, she joined the Max Lock Centre, University of Westminster, and worked in DFID funded research projects on good practice in core areas, knowledge transfer and community asset management in India. After completing her Diploma at UCL on Advanced Architectural Studies, she joined Space Syntax as a consultant and was involved in various baseline analysis of urban structure, layout and public spaces and town master plans and was also a 2006 Honorary Research Fellow at The Bartlett, University College London. Since 2007 she has been working independently for the private sector. Luisa is also an active local resident and works voluntarily for her neighbourhood through the Golders Green Estate Action Group. She campaigns against misuse of public realm especially regarding litter, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. She works to raise awareness of local historical assets through liaison with LBB, local residents and businesses. She established a local history group (Memories Group and Time Trackers) with neighbours, to record local people’s memories and explore opportunities to share these through inter-generational projects involving residents and schools. She is secretary of The Golders Green Estate Residents’ Association.
Martin is a chemical engineer by training but has worked for the majority of his career in risk management for various financial institutions. He is also a semi-professional brewer having set up the Cricklewood Brewing Company in 2016, producing a range of commercial beers which have received wide critical acclaim. Martin and his family have lived in the vicinity of Clitterhouse Farm for over 20 years, and as a local activist has campaigned against abuses of fly-tipping, poor road safety and overdevelopment of residential areas. In his role of Treasurer, Martin provides financial oversight and controls for the Clitterhouse Farm Project.
Her career has been in the public healthcare sector as a project manager focused on organisational development following a BSc in Psychology and Zoology at Exeter University. Returning to work after a career break to bring up her daughters, she worked for the Royal Institute of Public Administration running training programmes for public sector staff. She then moved to the King’s Fund on the project team that set-up the Health Quality Service charitable organisation which is now the successful Accreditation and Assurance unit part of CHKS Ltd. Voluntary work includes being a founding member of Kingston Advocacy Group, Chair of Kingston Voluntary Action (CVS) for 10 years. Leaving Surry in 2009 she moved to Cricklewood NW and joined the local residents’ association, particularly the gardening club, and is Secretary of the Cricklewood Improvement Programme.
CEO of Ashford Place (previously Cricklewood Homeless Concern) a highly respected NW London social enterprise charity, with objectives supported by local Residents Associations. Chair of Brent CVS. Actively involved with Irish charities in England. Danny’s strategic vision set up Cricklewood Improvement Programme (CIP), a multi-cultural, multi-faith voluntary group which, with the statutory authorities, delivers responses to local concerns. CIP obtained £1.6 million via London Mayor’s OLF for regeneration. Project-managed by LB Barnet, it is in its final stages with positive feedback from local people. Danny Maher supports Greener Cleaner projects, Creative Cricklewood, Clitterhouse Farm Project and the local business
Most of his career has been in social work and mental health fields. In the last 25 years he has worked in senior management positions, latterly in the homelessness sector as CEO of Ashford Place. He has witnessed the many and great changes occurring in the voluntary and community sector which have been instrumental in his own work in ensuring that his organisation is ‘fit for the purpose’ and that it has the capacity to respond effectively to a changing environment. He is involved in a number of ‘needs’ sectors in Brent e.g. homelessness, health, mental health, unemployment and poverty. Danny is chair of Cricklewood Improvement Programme www.cricklewood.net
Jeremy Rickford is the great grandson of William Richard Keevil who farmed the Clitterhouse Manor Farm between 1873 and 1926. His grandmother was Gladice Georgina Keevil, a prominent Suffragette and renowned public speaker. She was born and grew up at Clitterhouse Farm.
Jeremy Rickford qualified in medicine from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in 1973. After 41 years in the NHS and 26 years as a consultant in anaesthesia and peri-operative medicine he is on the verge of retirement.
Interests have included an in depth history search of the Keevil family back to their roots in Somerset in the 12th century!
The rescue and preservation of Clitterhouse Farm for the benefit of the community is a highly commendable venture. Few “model” farms from this era of Victorian and Edwardian London survive intact. The Keevil family history there spans the close of the 19th century, the Boer War, the scourge of infectious disease, WW1, the horrors of the Somme and the birth of the RAF. That is without mentioning the Beatty Flying School, Handley Page and the Cricklewood testing ground for tanks!
The Farm Team are also working alongside and being advised by an experienced team of consultants and professionals. Most notably, Jess Steele (OBE) of Jericho Road Solutions and Katy Marks of Citizens Design Bureau, both of whom have a wealth of experience helping organisations like CFP succeed and thrive.
CFP is proud to work with the following local organisations.
The Cricklewood Town Team is a partnership local groups and individuals and was set up by Cricklewood residents in 2010.
A steering group is focused on creating a climate of change that encourages local people to take charge of and lead on the development of Cricklewood, making it agreat place to live, work or visit. Cricklewood straddles the junction of three London boroughs and more immediately three wards i.e. Mapesbury (Brent), Childs Hill (Barnet) and Fortune Green (Camden). Consequently it is a challenge to develop a coherent approach for Cricklewood as a neighbourhood or town and, as a result, the area requires attention to make it an attractive place for all.
Cricklewood Town Team plays a lead role in determining the future for Cricklewood in conjunction with relevant bodies such as resident associations, community groups, local businesses, faith groups, community safety agencies, statutory partners such as Barnet, Brent and Camden councils as well as the Community and Voluntary sectors.