Graham

Graham Cobb

Director

Role at SPCA
I’m the Director, which means I direct.  I provide overall direction.    

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 
Because SPCA is a small organisation,  individuals can make a big difference which always feel nice. Because it’s a community centre, our aim is to make the world a better place and it’s great to get paid for doing nice things.

Outside Interests:
Sport (watching cricket and Aston Villa, taking part in running and cycling), foreign travel (San Francisco and Sri Lanka are my favourite places so far), art-history (check out Caravaggio. His art is good but his morals are not), heritage issues and model making.      

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
“Life of Pi” for the intrigue and “Warhorse” because it really got to me. It made me cry.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
I once spent three weeks cycling round Spain with a pair of underpants on my head. It was very sunny and the airline had lost my hat and a few other things on the way to Spain.

Tosin

Tosin Mosuro

Volunteer

Role at SPCA
I am a volunteer at SPCA.  

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 
SPCA is an organisation that is in the community I live in. I enjoy being a part of the community, contributing and making a difference to people’s lives.

Outside Interests:
I sing with Hillsong London’s Worship Team and was a part of the London Community Gospel Choir.     

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
I love the story of “Finding Nemo” and Selms is great, because the Martin Luther King story means so much to me.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
When I was on Holiday in Nigeria I ran up to a lady thinking that she was my mother, but she wasn’t. She was not too pleased

Elaine

Elaine Taylor

Administration Manager

Role at SPCA
I’m the Administration Manager, this means that I am in charge of the “day to day” running of the centre.

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 
I love to meet people from the community coming into the centre. It is great to hear their stories and to encourage them to get Active, find out where they “fit” in that community and I love to see families coming into the centre taking part in everything going on at SPCA.

Outside Interests:
I love to swim, go to the gym and to walk around London looking at the buildings, art galleries, museums and generally take in all of the history in London. I love to go to Kew Gardens and other gardens, parks in London and to travel to other parts of the country. I also enjoy travelling to other countries, looking at other cultures and most of all tasting the food that is on offer!    

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
 I love Jane Austen, mainly for the history, the stories and the word play between the characters. My favourite is Pride and Prejudice. I love rom-coms and “You’ve got Mail” is my favourite with “2 Weeks Notice” with Sandra Bullock comes a close second. I just love her comic timing.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
The first job that I had was a silver service waitress. I was serving two business men on a working lunch. I had a veal codon bleu on a steel platter and was running to serve it. I stopped suddenly as I came out of the kitchen, the only problem was the veal cordon bleu didn’t and ended up on the floor! I was so scared of the “psycho chef” that I picked it up with the fork and spoon making sure that it was clean and served it to the businessman. Luckily it was in the corner of the room and there was only the 2 men over the other side of the room, they didn’t see anything.

Marion

Marion Devine

Volunteer

Role at SPCA

I’m a volunteer, working mostly in the kitchen. I prepare food for the Soup Group and Sandwich Club, and often help with catering at one-off events such as festivals and AGMs.

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 
I rarely smile but that’s just me and not an indication that  I’m not happy. Volunteering at SPCA and elsewhere is really important to me. It keeps me in touch with people and keeps me mentally and physically active…which is especially important as the years advance.

Outside Interests:
I like music from the 50s and 60s and Elvis used to be my favourite, but I’ve gone off him now…don’t know why. I still like Dean Martin and Glen Campbell.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
My lips are sealed.

Afroditi

Afroditi Avgerinou

Trustee

Role at SPCA
I am a member of the Trustee Board of SPCA.

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 
SPCA is involved with the community of my neighbourhood and for this reason I feel connected with its cause and the people it supports. Being on the board of Trustees I can directly contribute in decision making and help SPCA achieve its mission.

Outside Interests:
I’m not much of a sports person but I really enjoy doing yoga in the evening, after work. I am also a member of my work choir. I love cooking (and eating!), travelling and taking long walks to explore culture, cuisine and attractions even when I’m in the city I live in.

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
Too difficult to choose just one film, as I have a favourite in every genre. Thinking fast, I’ve enjoyed The Intouchables (a French film), 3 Idiots, Inside Man, The Painted Veil, Whatever Works and Love Actually.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
My boyfriend became very sick very soon after one of the first meals I cooked for him in the beginning of our relationship. I was absolutely fine so we couldn’t figure out what it was until a few months later when it happened again. We realised that the common ingredient between the two meals was duck eggs. My boyfriend didn’t know that he was allergic to them until that point and I still have to come up with a decent answer about why I hadn’t bought chicken eggs in the supermarket.

Anne-Cecile Beaupain

Volunteer Administrator

Role at SPCA
I work as a volunteer administrator: I help wherever and whenever I can the SPCA staff in charge of the “day to day” running within the community centre.

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 

I am French and, at first, I wanted to meet people to practise my English speaking, and now I enjoy coming because the staff is very kind, dedicated to their job and to the people who are coming in. The venue is a great place to work too.

And I love Marion’ s soup on Mondays and Wednesdays too!

Outside Interests:
When I am in London, I like to swim and to visit places all around London (buildings, art galleries, museum exhibitions …).  I study Spanish and Italian to be able to understand people from other countries when I am travelling and, of course, I love food.

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
I love sci-fi movies like The Martian, Inception, Minority Report, Apollo 13 or Gravity and all the Luc Besson ‘s movies. I have recently seen Hidden Figures about some major black American women who improved the space conquest in the 70 and enjoyed it.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
As I am not working every day, I have time for cooking lessons here in the UK because I am a mess in the kitchen. For a French woman, I consider it as a kind of a shame.

Cllr Roger

Cllr Roger Robinson

Councillor

Role at SPCA
I am Cllr Roger Robinson and I am one of the three councillors serving this ward- St Pancras & Somers Town Ward- and supporting the work and efficiency of the Centre’s management & the work they do for the benefit of the local community & the Camden borough.  We hold the councillors Friday morning advice surgery weekly at the centre from 10 am till 11 am.

Nigel Spencer

Advisor to the Board of Trustees

Role at SPCA
I am an advisor to the Board of Trustees, which means I help provide feedback and some direction but I do not have an official role.  I am doing this as a representative of the British Library which is one of the larger organisation based in the St Pancras area.

What do you most like about working in the community centre? 

The British Library is keen to build links with the St Pancras Community and to support the really valuable activities that are offered at the Community Centre.  I like being able to work with such a great team of committed and energetic people.   I get a great deal of satisfaction from any practical contribution that I can make which will help the Centre develop.   A highlight was the Festival last summer when I met more many people from the community in one day than in the previous 18 years I have worked in St Pancras.

Outside Interests:
Watching Brighton & Hove Albion, travelling; I particularly enjoy city breaks around Europe.  Cycling when it isn’t too wet, cold, windy etc.   Reading;  Murakami is a favourite.

Favourite Film, Book or Sport:
‘Wings of Desire’ when I am in a cultural mood; great library scene as well.  ‘Withnail and I’ if I want to unwind, although I know every word.  ‘Cinema Paradiso; if I want to exercise my tear ducts.

What is the most embarrassing thing you are prepared to admit on our website?
So many I am tempted to share but, for once, my internal good taste filter appears to be working.