The ETNA Team

Vanessa James
Vanessa JamesCentre Director

Vanessa has run the Centre for the last three and a half years, and has enjoyed the challenge of working with the council on the commissioning process to secure the future of ETNA. Vanessa’s background is retail buying in which she worked for several blue chip companies and interior decoration is also her passion so she has enjoyed the challenge of giving ETNA a new lease of life.

Since having her daughter she has enjoyed working in a more local role and getting involved in her neighbourhood and community. She lives in St Margarets with her family.

Sian Morgan
Sian MorganOffice Manager

Sian became ETNA’s Office Manager in May 2018. Previously she worked in Senior Policy roles in Central Government for 17 years and also has a strong background in Charity and Event Management having run local charity, Arts Richmond, for 8 years. She is also a Trustee at the Landmark Arts Centre, in Teddington.

Sian has lived in the borough all her life and has lived in Teddington with her family for the past 20 years. She is a keen gardener and an aspiring glass artist.

Ivana Puchlova
Ivana PuchlovaOffice Assistant

Ivana joined ETNA in January 2019 as an Office Assistant. Her main focus is on the Centre’s invoicing and social media marketing.

Ivana’s background is in the hospitality industry where she has worked in managerial roles for many years. In 2016, she graduated from the CASS Faculty of Arts, Architecture and Design with a BA in Photography. Her photography projects have been exhibited in London galleries and in a solo show in her home land, the Czech Republic.

Ivana has lived in Twickenham for the past 6 years and is a regular volunteer Exhibition Assistant at the Orleans House Gallery and volunteer Event Assistant at the Czech Embassy’s Cultural Centre.

She is also a boards sign-writer, self-publisher and self-curator. In her spare time, she is focusing on her passion for interior design, working on a house renovation project back home.

Jim Russell
Jim RussellCaretaker

Jim has worked at ETNA for 30 years, so if you want to know anything about the centre, ask Jim as he is a font of all knowledge. He’s also as versatile in his abilities as he turns his hand to anything, that means the centre runs efficiently and in an old property this is invaluable. Jim lives in Petersham and can often be seen cycling his bike to work.

Jim is available from 0630 – 1100 at ETNA if you require any assistance.


Sue Howes
Sue HowesChair

Sue has lived in the Twickenham area for nearly 30 years and her four children grew up here, attending local schools and benefiting from being part of a local community. ETNA was always a part of their lives and community, with music, drama and parties taking place there.

Formerly a probation officer and A level teacher, Sue is also a trained counsellor and had her own business making educational DVDs before retiring. She believes strongly in the importance of community and is committed to helping maintain ETNA as a thriving Centre, meeting the needs and requirements of the local population and remaining welcoming and accessible to all.

Susan Chappell
Susan ChappellTrustee
My parents moved to East Twickenham in 1958 and I have lived in the area my whole life attending Chase Bridge Primary and Kneller Schools (now Waldegrave School). I have lived in Teddington, Hampton and Strawberry Hill but, have been back in Twickenham for over 21 years where my children went to school and sixth form.

I was a councillor for Twickenham Riverside for eight years and had responsibility for the voluntary sector organisations across the borough and latterly for children’s services and schools. During my time as a councillor, I worked closely with groups in East Twickenham and have seen the importance of ETNA to the local community.

I am married to Steve, an artist and have two grown up children and I am currently working part-time for SWLEN. I take a keen interest in my local community, being a member of two local organisations, The Twickenham Society and The York House Society of which I am the Hon. Secretary. I have also recently become a Governor Stanley Primary School.

Until earlier this year, I worked in a small nursery and pre-prep in Putney and prior to that for Barclays Bank for almost twenty years, both locally and in the city.

When I get the opportunity, I love researching my family history and gardening.

Ian Fitzgerald
Ian FitzgeraldTreasurer

Ian is a Non Executive Director of a FTSE quoted investment fund and of two smaller companies and a Director of a financial consultancy / advisory business involved with start up and smaller businesses specifically in the FIntech sector.

Prior to setting up the consultancy business Ian was a senior Managing Director and Head of the capital Markets business in a major UK bank, with a career spanning some 30 years in the international capital markets.

A local resident, in East Twickenham for the last 5 years, Ian is a member of the ETVA group and the Schools for East Twickenham initiative. He has a young son and four older children and an association with the area going back to his Grand parents his Grandfather being a senior GP in the Strawberry Hill, Teddington area for over 50 years.

Zerrin Sutcu
Zerrin SutcuTrustee

Zerrin, who grew up in Germany and studied at university in Turkey, lives with her 10 year old daughter in East Twickenham, literally “just around the corner” from the ETNA Community Centre.

She worked as a Training and Development Manager for several years in an international catering company and is now a self-employed Training Consultant and NLP Master. She uses ETNA for her various training groups and also loves to spend her time there with her daughter who takes part in drama classes at ETNA and Piano lessons through ETNA.

Zerrin is interested in all kind of personal development subjects and self-healing methods like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique-Tapping) and Reiki.

When asked “What would you do for a living if you had the chance to start your professional life all over again?” She answers, “No doubt, I would become a trainer again.”

Zerrin is married and has a 22 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. Her major strengths are her interpersonal skills and her curiosity to all kind of new subjects and learning.

Counsellor Geoff Acton
Counsellor Geoff Acton Trustee
Geoff has been a Richmond Councillor for twelve years following a 35 year career in automotive marketing and communications, including Marketing Director of Saab Great Britain. He is now Cabinet Member for Business, Employment and Property and is passionate about our local businesses and community. Other roles include the Arts Executive, Regulatory and Licensing, Pension Committee, supporting the Chamber of Commerce with business mentoring and the Awards programme. He has been a school Governor at Chase Bridge for nine years and was Deputy Mayor in 2008/9 and hopes to be Mayor during this administration’s term!

He is married and has lived in Twickenham for over twenty years and enjoys playing tennis, playing the clarinet, country walking, food and drink and travelling.

Perminder Tamana
Perminder TamanaTrustee

Perminder retired in 2014 when he sold his Deli / Grocery business in East Twickenham, after serving the community for 30 years. He ran the business with his wife Surinder.

Pindi, as he is commonly known, came to UK in 1982 from Kenya with his family. Pindi was a District Agricultural Officer and Provincial Training Officer with Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya for nearly twenty years. He also owned a fifty five acres fruit farm in Mombasa.

Pindi was President Of Rotary Club of Twickenham in 2004/5 and 2010/11. In 2012 he led a Rotary International Group Study Exchange team from UK District 1140 to Rotary District 3080 in North India. He is the founder Chairman of East Twickenham Traders Association, and a founder member of East Twickenham Village Group. Pindi is also a member on many other local Organisations in the Borough, including Twickenham Society, Richmond in Bloom, Patient Participation Group and also represents Twickenham Society on the Community Safety Partnership. He received Richmond Community Award in 2013 for his services to the community.

Pindi held various positions in his native Kenya. He is a Life Governor of Agricultural Society of Kenya and was Chairman of Mombasa International Show from 1976 to 1978 during the time of late President Jomo Kenyatta. He was The National President of Kenya Jaycees (JCI) in 1981 and was the Chief Delegate representing his Country in the World Congress in Berlin.

Pindi played International Hockey for Kenya.

He loves sports and travelling.

Philip G Challinor
Philip G ChallinorTrustee

A real estate strategist, architect, chartered surveyor and serial social entrepreneur, Philip is enthusiastic about helping the East Twickenham Community create an even higher quality place to live, work and enjoy.

With a fundamental belief in the collective power of communities combining to deliver healthier, more resource efficient and a more socially equitable environment, Philip is very honoured to be a ‘rookie’ on the ETNA Board of Trustees.

Philip has two teenage daughters and, sadly, a dementia suffering mother. He would like to facilitate East Twickenham to provide live enhancing resources for both generations.

Other relevant experience includes time serving the various professional bodies that he has been a member of including the following:
· UK President of FIABCI (The international Real Estate Federation)
· Faculty Board Member of the Management Consultancy Faculty at RICS
· Founder Member of the RICS Sustainable Development Commission
· Founder Member of the RICS World Games Commission

Philip has had 30 years of experience with community led groups as an active member of the Council of Management of Corams Fields in Holborn, which provides world-class facilities within a safe haven for children.

Philip was also made a Trustee of the River Regeneration Trust in Bath, where he had previously helped the University deliver a Sports Village as one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.

Philip is also director of FLECS, which is a small but ambitious social enterprise delivering community backed renewable energy solutions.