How we are managed

Membership
The Lenton Centre is a membership organisation. Our members are at the heart of everything we do. Members have their say on how we are managed. They can attend our Annual General Meetings, have their say on important issues and vote during board member elections. To find out more about becoming a member please email: admin@thelentoncentre.org.uk

Board of Trustees
The Lenton Centre is managed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are members of the organisation and volunteer their time. The board are responsible for setting the strategic direction of the centre and are supported by a part time Chief Executive. The board meets at least 10 times a year, and they also have additional advisers and staff representatives on hand to help throughout the year. To find out more about becoming a Board member please email: admin@thelentoncentre.org.uk

Our Trustees

Megan Smith grew up in Doncaster before studying medicine in Manchester and working as a Paediatrician. She initially came to Nottingham to work as a consultant at the QMC before taking a big shift in career in 2012 to become the Vicar of Lenton and a chaplain to the University of Nottingham.

Community development has always been close to her heart, especially in inner-city areas, and she’s been volunteering in various projects for over 25 years.

She joined the TLC board in 2014 at the time of the merger of the Dunkirk & Lenton Partnership Forum (having previously been a trustee of the DPLF) and brought with her a greal deal of experience in safeguarding, community partnerships and strategic development, mediation training and conflict resolution.

She loves the vibrant mix of people from different backgrounds that make up the community of Lenton, even though this comes with its challenges. Her current role sees her working within schools and with families, children, students and older people.

When not working she loves being out and about on a bike, baking bread and gardening.

Her hope for the Lenton Centre is that it can develop its full potential for being a hub of activity in the community where many different people can thrive and work together to make Lenton the best place in Nottingham to live.

Pavlos Kotsonis is the local councillor representing Lenton and Wollaton East for Nottingham City Council. He is a mathematics graduate from Glasgow university, a Chinese language speaker with language studies in Nankai university in Tianjin, China and a student of political economy and development with a masters from Birmingham University.

Pavlos is a firm believer in equitable development and equal opportunity and spends most of his time doing community work. He is proud to be part of The Lenton Centre, a social enterprise that constitutes an asset for the people of Nottingham.

Dr Latifimran Jalil is an academic who has lived in Lenton for over 36 years. As a child, he attended Lenton Primary school, several local youth groups and even learnt to swim at The Lenton Centre.

When the building was threatened with closure in 2004, Latifimran was there protesting against its closure.

Latifimran joined the current board of trustees in 2018 having already been a trustee of the Lenton and Dunkirk partnership forum. He is also a trustee of two other charities in Nottingham, The AL ZAHRA Foundation (since 2009) and Al-Hurraya (since 2017.)

Tom grew up in Arnold, Nottingham and has worked within the sport and leisure sector for 11 years. He started his career as a lifeguard and gradually worked his way up to management level where he was responsible for the running of several venues. His most recent job was at the Nottingham National Ice Centre & Motorpoint Arena as the Operations & Training Manager.

Tom knows an awful lot about building operations, including HR and Health & Safety. Due to his extensive knowledge in this area, he was recently awarded a Technical Membership of Institution of Occupational Safety certificate from The British Safety Council.

Tom is also a qualified instructor who teaches a wide range of courses including First Aid, Safeguarding, First Aid for Mental Health, Health & Safety & many more. He feels that there is no such thing as a problem; things are more of a challenge that simply haven’t been met. He is a motived person and loves seeing a project grow from beginning to end.