OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A dedicated team of volunteers
PETER MANTELL

Chairman

Elected Chairman of Southwark Chamber of Commerce in April 2018, Peter is a property solicitor at Anthony Gold Solicitors and has worked in Southwark for over 15 years. More →

YOKO DE SOUZA

Vice Chair

Yoko runs WaterBear Design a brand identity and design consultancy. Having worked for global media corporations, including JCDecaux and Starcom Mediavest. More →

Richard Kalmer
RICHARD KALMAR

Vice Chair

Richard of KALMARs commercial estate agency is the new Chair of the Southwark Chamber of Commerce (the first Chair to have a second term). More →

LES JOHNSON

Vice Chair

Les has been Vice Chair of the Chamber for several years and runs construction consultancy LJPM Ltd, from More London Riverside. More →

Karon Cook

Honorary Treasurer

Karon joined the Chamber in 2017. She has been a Chartered Accountant for 25 years having worked in practice and in investment banking. She is the founder of Infinity Accountants Ltd, an accountancy practice based in Southwark providing financial support and advice to charities. More →

KEN HAYES

Honorary Membership Secretary and Life Member

Ken was Chairman of the Chamber from 1998 to 2000, was made a Life Member in 2001 and has been Honorary Membership Secretary since 2005. More →

EDWARD CREE

Executive Member

Edward is Director of Asset Management for Canada Water at British Land plc with responsibility for running all British Land’s property assets within the 46 acres regeneration project in Southwark. More →

John Steward
Susan Isaacs

Executive Member

Susan has an M.A from Oxford and has been running language courses in the City in French, Spanish, Italian German, and Portuguese, for the past thirty years. More →

WILLIAM HARWOOD

Executive Member

William has worked for the Department of Work and Pensions since 1984 supporting Southwark customers in going back to work. More →

Sonia Sutton

Administrator

Sonia is the Chamber Administrator. For very many years Sonia was Personal Assistant to the Mayor of Southwark. She has a charming, efficient presence, unflappable attitude and a contact list longer than your arm. Sonia manages the administration of the Chamber and is the key contact for new members. More →

Peter Hadfield

Executive Member

Peter is the Business Development manager for London Southbank University.

James Kislingbury

Executive Member

Matt Whiting

Executive Member

Matt has been working as a member of the borough’s local telecoms provider, Creative Telecoms Ltd for the past few years. Deeply connected with his Southwark roots… More →

John Steward
DUNCAN FIELD

Life Member

Duncan is a Life Member of the Chamber. His family established Field and Sons, the boroughs oldest Estate Agents in 1804. More →

John Steward
Cait Wilkinson

Life Member

Cait is a Life Member of the Chamber. Now retired, for many years she ran a financial advice business. She is committed to supporting the objectives of the chamber assists with a variety of projects. More →

Neil Coyle MP

President

Neil is the MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark since 2015. Neil has helped establish several local community organisations, including the Walworth Society and tenants’ associations, to provide greater local voice. More →

Rt Hon. Harriet Harman MP

Vice–President

Harriet has been the Member of Parliament Camberwell and Peckham since 1982. She has served in various Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet positions and, in her role as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, she was twice the acting Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. More →

Lord Roy Kennedy

Vice-President

Roy, Baron Kennedy of Southwark is a Labour politician and was made a life peer in 2010. He was elected Councillor for Newington ward in 1986 and he held a variety of positions on the council including Deputy Leader. More →

John Steward
Catherine Rose

Patron – The Worshipful Mayor of Southwark

Councillor Catherine Rose was elected Mayor in a unique civic celebration at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 21 May 2018, incorporating The Southwark Civic Awards and Annual Meeting of the Council.

Sir Simon Hughes

Patron

Simon has been President of the Chamber since 2013. He has been a member since 1987 and was previously President 1984-1987 and 2004-2007. imon was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2010 to 2014, and from 2013 until 2015 was Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberty. More →

John Steward
Keiron Williams

Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Innovation

He has spent over 20 years working hard to protect and improve local services, including campaigning to make Camberwell’s streets safer, save local emergency services and help residents associations. He works for a national charity focused on tackling inequality.