The Forum Council is elected by members and manages the business of the forum between General Meetings. The sixteen Forum Council Members were all elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Forum on 30 October 2018. The role of Forum Council Member is defined in the Constitution and each shall serve until the next AGM in October 2019. 

A meeting of the forum council in the old parish vestry room.

A meeting of the forum council in the old parish vestry room.

List of Members of the Forum Council  (2018-19)


Headborough (Chairman)

  • David Donoghue (Resident Rep.)

David is a resident and retired public relations officer who had worked for the London Docklands Development Corporation in the 1980s. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Spitalfields Society. David lives near Puma Court.

Vice Chairman

  • Cllr. Tarik Ahmed Khan (Organisation Rep.)

Tarik is a Tower Hamlets councillor and experienced social campaigner in Spitalfields. He manages a locally based football team and youth charity called SOUL.

Vice Chairman

  • Krissie Nicolson

Krissie is director and organiser of the East End Trades Guild; a community of small independent businesses based in and around Spitalfields in who identified the need to work together in mutual interest and for the benefit of their neighbourhood. Krissie is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has an MA in Community Organising.


  • James Frankcom (Resident Rep.)

James a resident who works as a history teacher. In 2014 he was selected to be a Tower Hamlets 'Mayor's Community Champion Coordinator' and has past experience working as an environmental auditor.


  • Charles Gledhill (Resident Rep.)

Charles is a local resident and business operator working as a bookbinder. He is also a trustee of the Spitalfields Historic Buildings' Trust. Charles lives near Fournier Street.

Ordinary Members

  • Tayo Abimbola (Business Rep.)

    Tayo owns an African fabrics shop on Wentworth Street.

  • Toby Brown (Business Rep.)

Toby is the manager of Old Spitalfields Market. He has a very long connection with OSM and working in the Spitalfields area.

  • Cllr. Shad Chowdhury (Resident Rep.)

Shad is a Tower Hamlets councillor for Spitalfields & Banglatown. He is a resident of Folgate Street and a long term resident and community activist in the area.

  • Mirajul Haque (Business Rep.)

Mirajul is a restaurateur owning several restaurant businesses along Brick Lane.

  • Stephanie Mathern (Resident Rep.)

Stephanie is a local resident and a committee member of the Spitalfields Society.

  • Saif Osmani (Organisation Rep.)

    Saif is the founder and lead member of the Bengali East End Heritage Society, a charitable society focused on maintaining Bengali heritage (particularly in the built environment) in the East End.

  • Jon Shapiro (Resident Rep.)

Jon is a retired IT specialist and local resident. He is also Chairman of the Spitalfields & Banglatown Police Ward Panel and Vice-Chair of the Spitalfields Community Group. He lives near Spital Square.

  • Paul Shearer (Resident Rep.)

Paul is a freelance media professional. His varied work career spans acting, TV and Radio comedy writing, animation voice-over, journalism for the FT and the Times as well as corporate communications video consultancy work. He lives near Artillery Lane.

  • Michelle Sinden (Business Rep.)

Michelle represents Spitalfields City Farm. Spitalfields City Farm was originally set up by volunteers in 1978 and is a vital community facility in the neighbourhood.

  • Jonathan Stebbins (Resident Rep.)

Jonathan is a long term resident of Spitalfields Market and is involved with the Spitalfields Market Residents Association.

  • Jason Zeloof (Business Rep.)

    Jason represents the owners of the Old Truman Brewery (Truman Estates). The Old Truman Brewery is a major stakeholder in the local area and home to numerous small businesses.