Our Mission

The SE5 Forum works to improve Camberwell for the benefit of all members of our diverse community. We are a voluntary group of board members working closely with our supporters and the community. SE5 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 organisations. 


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 & strategy for Camberwell

The SE5 Forum consulted 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 focusing on Business, Transport and Identity. We are now finalising our Strategy for 2021-24 focusing on Business, Transport and Identity and a new Environment theme. 


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 are 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.

 SE5 Forum draws up a Strategy & Action Plan after consultation with the public focusing on Business, Transport and Identity.

 The Transport Group continues its popular campaign to support re-opening Camberwell train station and reduce air pollution

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

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

 Camberwell Banners went up, 2 Camberwell murals were unveiled and the Identity Group continues work on Camberwell’s new brand designs. 

 SE5 Forum supports the local community during the Covid crisis by sharing vital information and resources on website, newsletters and social media.

 The Business and Identity groups with Camberwell Society and Camberwell Arts work on supporting local businesses during Covid and develop Love Local Campaign, new website Camberwell.life & Travel Guide to Camberwell.

 The Transport Group holds a stakeholder event with Network Rail on the re-opening of Camberwell train station.

Meet the Board

Sophy Tayler

Sophy Tayler Chair


Sophy has lived and brought up her family in Camberwell, 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 her focus areas for SE5 forum.


Barbara Pattinson

Barbara Pattinson


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.

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.

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.

Nigel Brissett

Nigel Brissett


Nigel is a surveyor and has worked on a number of development and regeneration projects in London. He is CEO of Xian Capital and a Director of Black Enterprise Forum Ltd. His passion is to see growth and development in south east London, and he is concerned about issues relating to youth education, poor housing job creation in the area. As a new SE5 Forum board member in 2020, Nigel is looking to identify and explore new ideas surrounding development opportunities, regeneration and job creation.

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


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

Lauren Johnson-Ginn

Lauren Johnson-Ginn


Lauren joined the SE5 Forum Board in 2020 as a near-lifelong local resident and is keen to be involved in projects and initiatives to improve the local area for the benefit of the community, especially for young people. Lauren has a decade of editorial and marketing experience and will bring essential skills of marketing, digital, event and business outreach.

Toby Holland

Toby Holland


Toby joined the SE5 Forum Board in 2020 and has lived in Camberwell for three years. Before joining, he was already an active supporter of the SE5 Forum with his involvement in local campaigns such as applying for an Asset of Community Value for The Bear Pub. He is a data scientist and brings much-needed experience of supporting organisations with management and analysis of membership and survey data. 

Joanna Large

Joanna Large


Joanna has been resident in Camberwell for more than 20 years with two children at local schools. She is founder of the campaign to save and develop the Cold War dated Camberwell Bunker site into a local asset and organised a relay marathon to raise more than £3k for a food bank. She hopes to develop this into the Great Camberwell Run to raise money for Camberwell charities. Joanna has been a nurse at King’s College Hospital for more than 15 years but also has a background in the arts and is keen to support Camberwell’s unique artistic energy.   

Will Reeves

Will Reeves


Will has re-joined the SE5 Forum bringing his passion for and extensive experience to focus on environment and transport issues locally –  especially air pollution and reducing emissions around SE5, working with the councils to install more electric vehicle charging points and promoting the good work companies in SE5 are doing to reduce emissions, such as the two bus garages.