The Roman Road Trust has a volunteer Board of Non-Executive Directors. The Board oversees the work of the management team, offers advice on direction and strategy, and ensures that the organisation is meeting its legal and reporting obligations.

Board of Directors



Holly Stout is a local resident and barrister.  She is a member of 11KBW chambers and specialises in public, education and employment law.  She regularly advises and acts for a wide range of public authorities as well as individuals and companies.  She was previously Chair of the Board of English Pocket Opera Company, a charity which brings musical opportunities to 20,000 children a year.


Bridget Taylor has recently retired from her role as Head of Relationship Management at Aviva Investors where she looked after large, institutional clients, principally defined benefit pension schemes. Bridget is a local resident and also volunteers at Bow Arts Trust.

Finance Director

Photograph of Roman Road Trust Finance Director Chris Worthington

Originally from Birmingham, Chris Worthington is a local resident and has lived in Tower Hamlets for the last 10 years. Chris works for a finance institution in the city, helping to manage business and technology change. Chris is also a governor at a primary school in Stepney, and chairs the school’s Finance committee.

Membership & Comms Dir

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We are looking for someone to join the board to lead on our membership and communications.

Planning & Development Dir.

Sarah Allan architect and director at Roman Road TrustSarah Allan is an architect, urban designer and project manager with 20 years experience supporting public, private and voluntary sector clients delivering high quality cultural and residential projects, from masterplans to individual buildings. Allan is a member of Hackney Council’s design review panel, a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert and a committee member for the National Community Land Trust Network funding panel.

Commerical Director

Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan is a local resident and CEO of Big Cat Group, comprising of two agencies; We are the Fair Ltd, a large scale event production and We are Placemaking, which deliverscurated programmes in public realm space for some of the UK’s largest land owners. He brings with him 20 years of experience from the world of events, licensing, food & beverage and commerce and has a passion for entrepreneurship.

Civic Engagement Director

Irene de Lorenzis, director of Roman Road Trust

Local resident engaged in several local initiatives, de Lorenzis is Director of Client Services and member of M-Brain’s management team, with overall responsibility for UK & Middle East clients. She has extensive experience in serving clients with bespoke solutions comprising technologies combined with human led strategic analysis. A native Italian speaker and fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Dir of Architecture

Photograph of Eddie Blake, Director of Architecture and Public Realm, Roman Road Trust

Eddie Blake is an architect. He currently practices at Sam Jacob Studio, and teaches architecture at the Bartlett, UCL. Previously, Eddie worked at Sauerbruch Hutton, and was part of Studio Weave. He has worked internationally for V&A, Uni. of Chicago, and Croydon Council, and exhibited at the 2016 Venice Biennale with Sam Jacob Studio. Eddie writes about architecture for magazines including Icon, Architects’ Journal and Vice.

Advisory Board


Torange Khonsari, Civic University

Torange Khonsari

Founder of Public Works and architecture tutor at The Cass School of Art and Architecture, Tonrange Khonsari is a pioneer of grassroots-led masterplanning. She has worked with multiple local authorities on major community development projects and has successfully bid for significant community development funds.


Chief   Executive  Officer

Tabitha Stapely

Tabitha Stapely is a local resident and digital consultant. Prior to founding communications agency, Social Streets CIC, Tabitha worked at Hearst Digital UK developing their digital products. Tabitha started her career as a print journalist with spells at Conde Nast, The Telegraph Group and IPC before switching to digital in 2000.

Community Engagement 

Neba Sere is an architectural designer and graduate of Central Saint Martins. She previously worked at Studio Weave and Citymine(d) and is now a co-founder of WUH Architecture, a design collective that seeks to create interactive and socially-engaged art and architecture installations. She is also part of the Architecture Foundation’s Young Trustees. Neba is passionate about the intersection of building with community involvement and currently works with Build Up Foundation as a Youth Construction Leader.

Events & Communications

Rosie Vincent is a local resident who graduated from Queen Mary University in 2017 with a BA Hons in Drama. Towards the end of her degree Rosie became focused on urban studies and the urban body. She facilitates drama workshops at Half Moon Children’s Theatre alongside delivering Dramatic Maths classes to local primary school children. Originally from Suffolk, many of Rosie’s family members have their own businesses giving her a genuine passion for smaller high streets, independent shops, and local markets.

Want to join our team?

We are looking for directors to join our board who will help Roman Road Trust bring about positive social and economic change to Roman Road and the community it serves.