EnCaf Speakers Panel

Here is a list of speakers available to schools, college and other organisations. During Covid many of these will be able to speak online so let us know if you want a speaker and we will put you in contact.

Adrija Biswas

Ardija is a survivor of 2001 and was there when two passenger planes were flown into the towers, ultimately bringing them down killing over 3,000.

Now holding a high position in an International Bank Ardija has found her inspiration in fighting for women’s rights across the globe. She is the “Ambassador of Peace” bestowed by the Universal Peace Federation United Nations. 

Ardija was also crowned as Mrs India UK Platinum 2019 in a Beauty Pageant.

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David Flint

Author of two books and many reports on IT and related issues. Since retirement he has played an increasingly active part in the Green Party including standing for the local Council and for Parliament and contributing to various publications.

David  is a founding member of EnCaf and knowledgeable on carbon emissions and how to monitor them.

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Maggie Brookes

Maggie Brookes is an ex-journalist and BBC historical documentary producer turned poet and novelist. In her fiction and poetry she often tells stories about injustice and the tenacity of women.

 

Her five poetry collections range across time and place, love and death – with a healthy smattering of humour. Maggie's first novel has just been published - "The Prisoner's Wife."

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Georgia Elliot Smith

Georgia Elliott-Smith is an Extinction Rebellion activist and environmental engineer. She lives in Enfield with her husband & two kids. An environmental engineer and UNESCO Special Envoy for Youth & the Environment, She enjoys gin & tonic, attending XR protests and bothering MPs for justice. Georgia has taken the Government to court over the Edmonton Incinerator on the grounds that it breaches the Paris accord on climate change.

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Lindsay Rawlings

Lindsay Rawlings is a Councillor on the London Borough of Enfield and is the Shadow Spokesperson for Environment. Lindsay can speak about the workings of the Council  and their responsibilities over the Environment and Climate Change.

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Enfield RoadWatch

Enfield RoadWatch has campaigned for protecting the Green Belt which was created to protect the countryside as a vital economic resource for food security and soil protection as well as a resource available to us all. They will offer speakers to those interested. 

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Vicki Pite

Vicki Pite was Councillor in the London Borough of Enfield and has had many years experience of local government. She is also interested in climate change and believes that local government can play an important part in tackling climate change.

Vicki was the Councillor who introduced the motion to Enfield Council that the Council should declare a climate emergency and after three efforts she was successful.

 

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Elaine Graham Leigh

Elaine Graham-Leigh is a political campaigner, with a particular interest in climate change and a medieval historian who also writes science fiction. She is a member of Counterfire and has written widely for www.counterfire.org on a range of political issues.

Elaine has just had her latest book published - "Marx And The Climate Crisis

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Emma Rigby

Emma Rigby successfully started the largest social network in  Enfield - Lyds or Love Your Doorstep. She has also initaited a volunteer project on community safety and also and equally impressive one to help those in need during the Covid crisis. She is now working with others to socially map community activity in Enfield. Emma has become deeply knowledgeable about community engagement.

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Zoey Cooper

Zoey has wide experience in marketing and has always been interested in the environment but it was not until she joined an XR demonstration on Waterloo Bridge that she began to fully realise the seriousness of climate change. And as she says,

Zoey now realises that if we do not take action now and not in a few years time then humankind could well be heading for extinction - the Sixth Extinction of life that our planet has known in its history.

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Amanda is founder of JUST ONE Tree. After 20 years as a freelance producer, working with some of the world’s biggest brands, Amanda made an unexpected career change because of the climate emergency, and was inspired to take positive action.

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Catriona Leggatt

Catriona is a local spokesperson for The Women's Equality Party - a feminist political party set up in the United Kingdom in 2015.The party's mission statement opens with: "Equality for women isn't a women's issue. When women fulfil their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole population and a society at ease with itself

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Nicolas Kee Mew

Nicolas Kee Mew is the Manager of Elsyng House Care Home in Enfield. He is the Winner of The Dementia care Inspiring Leader (National Dementia Care Awards) 2017 and a qualified Dementia Care Mapper from Bradford University.

 

Nicholas has given many presentations and some for the Kings Fund. Elsyng House. He is a member of the EnCaf Network and believes it important to include care homes in EnCaf as climate change will almost certainly disproportionately affect elderly people

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Charles Appleby

Charles Appleby is one of the founders of N0CO2 which is part of the International NGO Saving Our Planet, Its mission is to inspire, energize and enable the entire community of humans to work together to save the planet, and to convince World Leaders to make the fight against climate change their number one priority.

 

He believes action by people and businesses worldwide is essential

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Melanie Smith

Melanie is a United Reformed Church Minister in Enfield.  Two of her churches have achieved Bronze ‘Eco Church’ status - the third is looking to set up a community garden.  Her passion for the environment is life-long and she does her best to practice what she, literally, preaches!  

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Francis Sealey

Francis Sealey was a Producer and Executive Producer for many years working for both the BBC Open University and the Community Programmes Unit. He has been active in politics and community action for most of his life, being a Parliamentary Candidate in 1974 and founder and activist in a number of social & community networks. In 2007 he founded GlobalNet21 to get people to engage in the big issues facing us. He is a founding member of EnCaf

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Kim Lumley

Kim  has been active in the Friends of Broomfield Park that very much recognises the value and importance of our parks to the local and wider environment, for the enjoyment, health and well-being of our communities and in helping ameliorate the adverse effects of climate change.

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Lynda was a drama teacher for many years in schools and Pupil Referral Units. She created Acting Out, a therapeutic drama project working with vulnerable children using creative drama and story. With Islington Virtual School, she trained foster carers and became a foster carer thus gaining insight into the needs of vulnerable Looked After young people. She is now the Artistic Director of Tottenham Theatre - a community-based theatre project. Lynda is also active in the Enfield Against Racism campaign

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