Project Steering Group

To get us to the point of the final strategy, Sufina, our previous Head of Strategic Review, convened a Project Steering Group made up of the following people:


Alvin Carpio – Public Affairs Officer, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Alvin currently works with governments, businesses, and civil society to address poverty. He also advises governments and international corporations on policy, leadership, and social impact. Alvin was recently selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Singularity University Impact Fellow, looking at how global governance must respond to the fourth industrial revolution. As a community organiser, he previously led the Citizens’ Inquiry into the Tottenham Riots in response to the riots that shook Britain in 2011, and also ran soup kitchens for the homeless.

He is a former board member of the UpRising Leadership Programme which develops young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and in 2014 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to research how leaders from all sectors are addressing social exclusion across the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a master’s degree in social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

When asked why London is important to him, Alvin commented: “My mother came to England when she was 19, working as a chambermaid cleaning hotels in search for a better life for her family. She raised my sister and I in London: A city which ingrained in me the value and importance of openness, diversity, and community; a city that gave me a world-class education, and; a city that is full of constant change, wonder, and opportunity. The City Bridge Trust has helped so many people in its history, and that is why I’m proud to be a part of the review, to ensure that our home city continues to thrive in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and transforms the lives of the most disadvantaged.”


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David Farnsworth – Director, City Bridge Trust

David trained in the City as a lawyer, and practised as a solicitor.  He then spent 12 years leading teams in the voluntary sector, including heading up the central London office of the Immigration Advisory Service and being CEO of Welsh Refugee Council.

Having spent 5 years directing the Refugee Programme at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, he also ran a consultancy working with leading charitable trusts and foundations committed to social justice.

David has been Director and Chief Grants Officer of City Bridge Trust since 2013.

David commented: “London has always been at the heart of my personal and professional life. It is a city I am passionate about and I celebrate its diversity and its creative energy. I am also determined that it should be a city for all Londoners and we need to work together to address some of the acute challenges to enable London to be a city where everyone can thrive.”



Bharat Mehta – Chief Executive, Trust for London

Prior to taking up his post at Trust for London, Bharat was Chief Executive of the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (renamed RETHINK). He has also worked for the Medical Research Council; the National Council for Voluntary Organisations; and the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

He is a board member of a number of organisations including: Home Group, one of the largest registered social landlords in the country; London Funders and the Social Justice and Human Rights Centre Ltd.

In the recent past, he has served as a board member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust. He has also served on numerous government and civil society commissions and advisory groups.

Bharat said: “London is important to me as I have lived and worked in London for nearly 40 years. I love its diversity, vibrancy and the fact it is such an exciting city.”



David Warner – Director, London Funders

Prior to joining London Funder in September 2013, David has worked for almost 30 years in the charity sector. Previous roles include Chief Executive of a national animal rescue and rehoming charity; a period working as an Independent Consultant working with funders and funded charities in London. He also spent much of his career working in homelessness and supported housing, including time working in direct access hostels, as a Regional Director at Stonham Housing Association, and 5 years as Director of Homeless Network (the umbrella body for homelessness charities in London).

Over the last 30 years David has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles, including being a trustee and treasurer at LVSC, and Chair of the Revolving Doors Agency. David is currently Chair of Engines Orchestra and a trustee of Toynbee Hall.

David commented: “London is the greatest city in the world, and has some of the most difficult challenges to overcome. My role at London Funders provides a unique opportunity & privilege to use the knowledge, skills, expertise and networks I have developed over 30 years to support collaborative action to meet the needs of Londoners.”


The Project Steering Group will be convened by Head of Strategic Review, Sufina Ahmad.


Sufina Ahmad – Head of Strategic Review, City Bridge Trust (on secondment from Big Lottery Fund)

Sufina joined City Bridge Trust on a year-long secondment from the Big Lottery Fund in August 2016, where she worked as a Policy and Learning Manager within their England Local Team.

Sufina also works as a freelance BBC Children in Need grants assessor, and she currently volunteers as a trustee and a buddy for two different learning disability charities based in Islington.

Prior to joining the Big Lottery Fund, Sufina had held a variety of service delivery and business development roles within not-for-profits, charities and housing associations.  She worked mainly with adults with learning disabilities and associated conditions and older people.

Sufina commented: “I’ve lived in London for six years now, and throughout my time here, I have seen first-hand the vital role that civil society plays in ensuring that London remains the greatest city in the world. I am really excited by the opportunity we have to use City Bridge Trust’s size, independence and its unique position at the locus of the private, public and voluntary sectors, to find creative responses to the issues that matter most to Londoners.”