Our Board of Trustees

We have 5 trustees, all of whom are passionate about strengthening community wellbeing in Tilbury and southern Thurrock. All currently live, work or have worked in the town and/or surrounding area.

Sarah Bryant headshot Sam Day headshot Ola Kanu headshot Roger Pope headshot


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Sarah Bryant (Chair)

Samantha Day

Ola Kanu (Secretary)

Roger Pope (Treasurer)

Aderemi Shodipe

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Roger has been involved with One Community for many years, originally helping with IT support. He is a first-hand witness to One Community’s achievements over the years, and the benefits it has brought to the local community. Roger lives is the Thurrock area and resided in Tilbury for many years. Alongside his involvement in One Community, he is also the south east organiser to a national charity, and works with disabled people providing IT support in their homes and advising on specialist software for their medical needs. He works full-time as a Maintenance Supervisor in the City of London.

A founder member of One Community Development Trust, Ola became involved in Tilbury and Chadwell through her role in extended services at the Gateway Academy, having previously worked with as coordinator of a healthy living centre in East London, and for Thurrock Council as a Community Cohesion officer. Ola has over 15 years’ experience working in partnership with a range of communities and local organisations, enhancing communications, creating opportunities and supporting needs-led services. Ola brings a firm belief in the power of community spirit, resilience and resourcefulness to forge through difficulty and create a new future, when all pull together as one

Sam has lived in Tilbury all her life. She had a dream to become a teacher which she has now achieved having gained her degree in English Language and Digital Media, then completing her PGCE. Sam now works at Lansdowne Primary Academy as a class teacher. Whilst studying she worked at Asda as a community life champion where her role was to help out in the local community and try to make a difference. This was when she found out about One Community. She began volunteering there and has continued to do so ever since. She brings her knowledge of the local area and the experience she has gained working in this community that she calls home.  

Sarah has always had a passion for community work and helping people. From the age of 5 to 17, she did St John’s Ambulance where she did First Aid cover for public events. She was also a Cadet instructor and an NCO. In addition to working alongside One Community, Sarah was studying for her BSc Degree in Psychology with the Open University. Sarah covered the Olympics 2012 with G4S as a security guard and is currently working in the same role in the Port of Tilbury. She has done fundraising for St Bartholomew’s Hospital – Kenton Ward, which was her ward when she was diagnosed with cancer during childhood.