The Committee

The Norwood Planning Assembly officers and committee are elected annually.  Members of the community are welcome to put themselves forwards for election.

The officers of the Norwood Planning Assembly, as elected at the AGM on 14th November 2018 are:

Tom Venables

Tom settled in West Norwood in 2014 after spending a decade living in various corners of London. Tom is a chartered town planner and has worked on many masterplans around the world. He is passionate about great placemaking that puts people before cars, and believes a locally produced neighbourhood plan will help Norwood to thrive for years to come.


Graham Pycock

Graham is the Vice-chairman.  He initiated the campaign for neighbourhood planning in 2014 and has carried out much of the development of NPA, including establishing agreed boundaries and obtaining “designation” from Lambeth Council in 2017.

Living and working in the area for over 50 years and bringing up a family in Norwood, Graham has an insight into how Norwood has changed.  He brings an informed commitment to Norwood’s future.  Graham served for three separate terms as a Conservative councillor, uniquely representing each of Norwood’s three council wards in turn.  Local roles have included; service as an “Ofsted” governor, chairing Kingswood Primary School governors; chairing the Upper Norwood Joint Library Committee; and chairing the council’s former Norwood Area Committee.

Graham believes that local planning by local people can be crucial in engaging young people in their own neighbourhood, promoting a sense of community and encouraging their understanding of Norwood’s history.  Graham is keen to promote Norwood’s economic success, attracting inward investment so as to increase employment and raise the local skills base.  Critically, NPA should bring out the best in Norwood people, enabling us to shape Norwood’s future for ourselves. 



Nick Foster

Whilst it is true that for most of the last 20 years that I have lived and worked in West Norwood, the area has been largely forgotten by Lambeth Council, there is no doubt that latterly there have been welcome infrastructure enhancements and a huge upsurge in community interest and involvement in local affairs.  With a background in property and finance, through Norwood Planning Assembly I hope I can help provide further impetus to the regeneration of the area for the benefit of all stakeholders.  


Kate aan de Wiel

I have lived on one side or the other of Thurlow Park Road since 1972 and have watched  the area

change in character over the years. I know it so well and love it too, and feel that all of us who live

here should have a say in what happens to our  patch  of South London.


Noshir Patel

Noshir Patel has lived in Norwood for the last 40 years. He trained originally as a research neuroscientist and subsequently worked as a manager in the NHS.  He is currently retired and enjoys living in Norwood and would like to help make it a more lively and thriving community. He is currently involved in several local groups and amenity societies including the Norwood Forum and the Friends of Brockwell Park.


Steering Committee

Anne Crane

Anne Crane has lived in the area for the past fourteen years with connections going back a quarter of a century through a local school which both her daughters attended and of which she remains a governor. She is a chartered town planner currently working for Transport for London but who started her career in the Lambeth Planning department. Anne is the Planning Lead for the Norwood Action Group and is active in her street Residents’ Association. She wants to make Norwood an even better place in which to live, work, shop and spend leisure time – and to protect what is good and try to prevent what could be harmful to the area. She believes that the Norwood Planning Assembly is an important means by which these objectives can be achieved but only if all Norwoodians work together.


Steering Committee

Mark Fairhurst

Mark has been a West Norwood resident for over 11 years, has a partner who works locally in mental health and education, and a daughter who was educated at Dunraven school.

Establishing an architectural practice in Southwark in 2002, he has extensive experience in commercial and residential developments.

Mark has worked with local businesses and liaised with Regeneris during the Masterplanning Refresh study. He supported local councillors to develop their understanding of the wider social impact of the underutilised commercial area, and hopes the NPA can help instigate meaningful change in local planning.  

Steering Committee / Task Group Convenor

Andre Burgess

Andre has lived in West Norwood for 12 years and became involved in NAG and the NPA at the end of 2015. Now working for the National Physical laboratory, he previously worked in the Green Energy sector and firmly believes that Norwood could and should have access to cleaner and cheaper energy.   He lives with his partner and three children and cannot now imagine having lived anywhere else in London.

Steering Committee

Sunil de Sayrah

Sunil has lived in West Norwood since 2010 and is involved with a number of local groups.  He is Chair of the Norwood Forum and Streetworks, on the steering committee of the Norwood Planning Assembly and a driver for Feast and Foodbank.  He is also a volunteer with Victim Support and a befriender for Age UK Lambeth.

Steering Committee

Thomas Denhof

Thomas came to West Norwood together with his girlfriend in 2010.
Having worked as an architect for various companies in London since 2004 he set up his architectural practice in 2016 specialising in low-energy construction.
With a keen interest in environmentalism Thomas is chairman of the Open Orchard, involved with community gardening at the Norwood Bzz Garage as well as a campaigner.
Thomas is keen to help the NPA and West Norwood in finding ways to mitigate the severe consequences of climate change.

Steering Committee

Amanda Courtney

I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming weeks and being part of the team. I have lived and worked in South London for over 20 years and am currently invigilating at The Elmgreen School for GCSE's and A Levels. As an Office Manager, I have worked more notably for the International Broadcasting Trust and CAFOD. I welcome any questions or suggestions relating to this aspect of the organisation and aim to lift the administrative burden so volunteer members can focus more on the core demands of NPA.

Organisation and Communications Officer

Please reload