Who We Are

John Eversley

John Eversley is an expert in the field of public policy and management and the theory and practice of community development. His experience spans the voluntary sector, higher education and Director level posts in the NHS and local government.  He began his working life in Northern Ireland as youth worker and social researcher during the Troubles in the early 1970s. He spent most of the next four decades working in London in variety of community work, policymaking and management roles. In 2014, he relocated back to Northern Ireland where he is involved in teaching, policy development and community work.

John is managing  director of two community interest companies: ppre which works mostly in London and Macroscopia in Northern Ireland. He teaches leadership, management and policymaking at Queen’s University Belfast, particularly with postgraduate Sustainable Development students. He is an associate of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Leadership Centre

John was Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences and Humanities at London Metropolitan University, where he taught research skills, community development and other topics.

He has also taught postgraduates Public Health at City and South Bank Universities and Healthcare Management to MBA students at Brunel.

He has also taught the history of health and health care in the UK  at the College of Global Studies, Arcadia University in London.

He is an Honorary Member of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

Alice Bigelow

Alice has worked for over 30 years in the statutory and voluntary sectors.  She was involved in establishing a number of community organisations in Tower Hamlets, and for ten years, worked for Tower Hamlets Council.

Since 1991, Alice has been a freelance consultant, trainer and project manager.  She spent 8 years as the Vice Chair of Governors of a Primary School in the East End. Alice has personal experience of the management of a number of community organisations.

Projects have included the development of a number of major capital building schemes, with a special emphasis on the environment, developing partnership working in regeneration and housing programmes, the implementation of Community Care, and production of arts and community strategies.

She is an experienced field worker and has carried out research and evaluation of regeneration and community development programmes.  The majority of her work has involved enabling people to participate in major programmes and projects and has included extensive consultation with communities to ensure that developments and services meet their needs, as well as direct capacity building work with large and small community organisations.

As well as running an independent consultancy service, Alice spent ten years working part time as a Senior Lecturer in Housing and Regeneration for London Metropolitan University, running successful undergraduate and postgraduate modules in community development, researching communities and project management.

Sara Hoskins

Sara has over 30 years’ experience of developing and running community and arts projects within inner city communities. Her experience in voluntary sector projects in Bristol and Leicester specifically involved developing and implementing creative projects with marginalised young people. On returning to London, she ran a community arts workshop working with communities in Bethnal Green and then moved into a role as Arts Development Officer for London Borough of Tower Hamlets. While working for the council, she supported many arts projects and organised several large-scale festivals.

Since becoming a freelance consultant in 1998, Sara has worked with many community organisations. She has also worked for various housing associations over the past 18 years helping them to ensure the full engagement of their residents and has taken responsibility for managing projects on various housing development schemes. She has worked on consultation projects for The Royal Parks, Horniman Gardens and Transport for London and has undertaken evaluations of programmes run by The Royal Parks, the RSPB and the City of London.

Currently she is working with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces to help deliver capital improvements to parks in the borough, undertaking consultation and engagement with communities to inform those improvements.

Sara has experience in developing creative approaches to gather feedback from people, who are often overlooked and have traditionally had less opportunity to influence decisions made about their environments and the quality of their experience, these have included people from London’s diverse communities of all ages and abilities.

Eamonn Burke-Duggan

Eamonn is a teacher of photography

Camden Summer University Photography

Camden Summer University Great Ormond Street Photography Project

Julie Boulting-Hodge

Julie manages  the money and has done for most of ppre’s existence. She  is an FCCA qualified accountant with complementary governance and administrative experience.  She has worked mainly with health, social care, welfare and environmental Third Sector organisations.   

Ceri Butler

Ceri Butler has twenty years experience as a lecturer and researcher. She started her career working in central government before moving into research and policy consultancy advising central and local government, professional and membership organisations and local community organisations in the field of health services research and community development. In particular, she specialises in undertaking research into complex interventions in the health sector and has spent the last nineteen years researching the integration of international and refugee health professionals into employment in the UK NHS.

For the last fifteen years, Ceri has worked in medical schools in London and the South East of England delivering teaching on medical education, evidence based practice and research methods. She has expertise in the design and delivery of Postgraduate Taught programmes in blended and distance learning environments, the supervision of postgraduate research projects and research ethics.