Our Mission

The SE5 Forum works to improve Camberwell for the benefit of all members of our diverse community. The Forum was set up to be the eyes, ears and voice of the community, to see and understand what is happening within the area, to listen to concerns and raise them with the relevant organizations.


The SE5 Forum works with a number of partners in the local community to gather views and deliver improvements. Find out more about our partners here.

New Vision for Camberwell

The SE5 Forum has been taking the views of Camberwell people to find out what people like about Camberwell and what they want to change. We worked on a new Vision for Camberwell to capture and share those views. The Vision set out the areas that people wanted to focus on for the next 3 years. This fed into our Strategy & Action Plan 2018-21.

Our Story in Years

 After consulting Camberwell people we set up SE5 Forum and hosted the Camberwell ‘Jigsaw’ Event to gather information about “What’s Good, Bad, Missing in Camberwell”.

 Set up the Camberwell Leisure Centre Working Party which led to the refurbishment of the Leisure Centre.

 Held Beijing Olympics Handover Event on Camberwell Green which attracted 2000 visitors.

 In response to concerns expressed by consultants at King’s College Hospital A&E we hosted a Knife Crime Symposium.

 Joined Lambeth Forum Network which provides much needed core funding.

 Led the campaign to save the South London Line.

 Launched Camberwell Artists Network with an event showcasing local creative industries.

 Launched Camberwell Business Network (CBN).

Vision for Camberwell published.

 Supported the creation of Camberwell Green Farmers Market.

 Creation of Camberwell Community Choir.

 One year to Go Olympic Event on Camberwell Green.

 Launched Friends of Camberwell Green.

Secured Cleaner, Greener Safer Funding for Lomond Grove Green Link from Camberwell Green to Burgess park.

 Following the 2011 riots CBN was awarded £50K from Community Restoration Fund for work with businesses and the community.

 Supported Early Years Groups in celebrating the Olympic Torch visit to Camberwell.


 First Camberwell Palace of Variety.

 Free Film Festival.

 Camberwell Food and Drink Festival.

 Scare Concert.

 “Meet the Candidates” Event – Camberwell people met local election councillor hopefuls.

 Successful submission to the High Street Challenge for Camberwell Business Improvement District (BID) feasibility study.

We concentrated on forwarding the Camberwell Business Improvement District.

 Building links between Southwark and Lambeth friends of libraries and green spaces group.

Successful Bid to register the Nag’s Head PH as an Asset of Community Value.

We concentrated on forwarding the Camberwell Business Improvement District.

 After public consultations, we drew up an ambitious Vision for Camberwell, concentrating on what people wanted to see over the next three years.

Further moves were made towards setting up a Camberwell business network.

 Nominated Community Group of the Year in the Southwark Stars Awards by Community Southwark.

 The transport group raised its campaign to support the re-opening of Camberwell train station.

We drew up our Strategy & Action Plan after consultation with the public focusing on Business, Transport and Identity.

 The transport group continued its campaign to support the re-opening of Camberwell train station and to reduce air pollution.

 Our Camberwell Identity Group successfully crowdfunded for Camberwell Banners and launched the Camberwell brand designs at the AGM in October.

 The business group held a range of successful business networking events.

 The Camberwell Banners were installed and the Identity Group continue to work on further projects to enhance Camberwell with the new brand designs. 

 The board support the local community during the Covid crisis by sharing vital information and resources, especially for the vulnerable, on website and social media.

 The business group continues to work on how to support local businesses during and post-Covid and is sharing information on website and social media.

 The transport group held a stakeholder event with Network Rail on the re-opening of Camberwell train station.


Meet the Board

Barbara Pattinson

Barbara Pattinson Chair SE5 Forum


Barbara has been active in SE5 Forum from the beginning. Recognitions include a Southwark Civic Award, 2010 Volunteer Centre Southwark Active Citizen and Keib Thomas Community Activist of the Year. She is patron of Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers and a Kings College Hospital Foundation Trust Governor.

Craig Stansfield

Craig Stansfield Vice Chair


Craig leads on the development and implementation of the SE5 Forum’s A New Vision for Camberwell, which guides what the Forum seeks to achieve, both in partnership with other organizations and directly. He also leads on the SE5 Forum’s efforts to improve sustainable transport to and within Camberwell.


Stephen Shemilt

Stephen Shemilt


Steve has worked at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience in Camberwell since 2000, and is currently the Institute’s Operations Officer. Steve represents the Institute and King’s College London on the SE5 Forum. Although he has now moved out of the area, he retains a keen interest in supporting the local community here.

Sophy Tayler

Sophy Tayler Vice Chair


I’ve lived and brought up my family in this corner of London, whilst holding down jobs in IT, and healthcare. Looking for ways of improving our parks, and transport, and including all parts of the community in making Camberwell a better place. These are my focus areas for SE5 forum.

Marie Staunton

Marie Staunton Secretary


Marie is Secretary of SE5 Forum and also leads on Camberwell identity. She is a key member of the Camberwell Identity group, which is made up of SE5 Forum, Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society, as well as other volunteer experts. Marie has extensive CEO, board and chairing skills in the voluntary and non-profit sector.  


Andy Murray

Andy Murray Treasurer


Andy is an accountant and brings his considerable financial skills to the SE5 Forum board. 

Simon J Taylor

Simon J Taylor


Simon J Taylor is the SE5 Forum Arts lead and is also involved in the business group.


Christine Coleman

Christine Coleman


Christine is a local resident with links to the Camberwell Society. Christine is involved in the Identity Group and takes a lead on organising the SE5 Forum market stall and merchandise.


Johannes Wolff

Johannes Wolff


Johannes moved to Camberwell in 2013 with his family and is loving the vibe and feel of the neighbourhood. He has worked for the public sector in Canada, the EU and the UK, and now looks forward to getting engaged locally.



John Frankland

John Frankland


John has been involved in community safety since 1986 and has chaired the Herne Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel since 2005. He is also a member of the Coldharbour Panel and the Lambeth SNP Chairs Group. John works with three Lambeth area forums and is a school   governor. John is SE5 Forum Deputy Lambeth Rep.

Mastoor Khan

Mastoor Khan


Master is actively involved in the Camberwell Identity group and establishing links with local faith groups.