Our
Trustees

Our Trustees

Kinetika Bloco has an dynamic board of trustees that is instrumental in making sure that Kinetika Bloco does everything it sets out to do and does it well. The diverse board is made up of people passionate about what the Bloco. We proudly present, our champions, our board of trustees.

Colonel David Hopley OBE RM (Retd) MAC

Co-chairperson of the Board

David is a leadership, management and business consultant, executive coach and mentor, with over 45 years experience gained from working in both the financial services industry and, more broadly, from a 30–year military career in the Royal Marine Commandos and UK  Special Forces. His passion for leadership and coaching is what connected him with us in 2011 when he facilitated out Leadership Programme. He designs and facilitates our programme now.

Nicholai La Barrie

Co-chairperson of the Board

Nicholai is a theatre and film director is an Artistic Associate at Lyric Hammersmith and has been a MOBO Fellow. Nicholai has worked with us since 2006, joining us on our venture into the world of storytelling. “I am so honoured to be Co-Chairperson of the board of trustees of Kinetika Bloco, it is unique in its ability to create a community and a family of some of the most talented young musicians in South London. I am so proud of the work we do.”

Catherine Boyd

Trustee

Catherine is the Arts and Events Manager for Tower Hamlets Council and has worked in the arts and events sector for over 20 years. Catherine is committed to making culture available to everyone. In 2001, whilst working for the Thames Festival, she helped us to set up our first ever summer school at the Bargehouse and then in 2014, joined our board.

Laura Murden

Trustee

Laura has been has been supporting KB for almost 10 years, is part of the marketing and fundraising volunteer team and joined the board of trustees this year, 2021. Laura brings skills from the commercial business world having worked for a variety of technology and music companies.

Yolanda Mercy

Trustee

Yolanda is Kinetika Bloco Alumni. She’s a London based Writer and Performer for stage, screen and audio who works worldwide. She was named Artist to Watch by the British Council, part of the BBC Writersroom and her writing has featured in Huffington Post. Yolanda is a published author and as of this year, 2021, she’s a KB trustee and thrilled to be back.

Helen Firminger

Trustee

Helen joined as trustee this year, 2021. Helen is is a parent in Tulse Hill, who is immensely grateful for Bloco’s support to her teenage son through summer school, Thursday nights, and all through the lockdown. Helen is an ecologist and a professional consultant and fundraiser for charities and local authorities.

Charles Worth

Trustee

Charles is a lawyer with experience in law firms and in-house. He is head of Business Law at ICAEW and runs its Charity Committee of expert volunteers. He believes in the power of the arts to improve lives and joined the board of Kinetika Bloco in 2016.

Kathryn Ogunbona

Trustee

Melanie Christodoulou

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Ruth Tompsett

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Tikhoze Banda

Trustee

Katherine Goulding

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