A steering group has been guiding and developing CR7Culture since a larger meeting in early September 2017 set out an agenda for a Thornton Heath Arts Vision. This in turn came out of a question time format event during Thornton Heath Arts Week.Membership is as follows:

Michael Balamwezi
Michael is a ‘creative activist’ and poet who works in local government and specialises in contract management. Michael is from ‘Up North’ and has lived in South London for the past 30 years, the last 10 of which have been in Thornton Heath.

Emmanuelle Waeckerle
Emmanuelle is a socially engaged artist and academic working with voice, language and experimental music. She has lived in South London for twenty years and Thornton Heath for the past four.

John Lawlor
John has taken part in various events and activities in central Croydon including the creation of the Croydon Arts Network; he has been involved with community arts and action in Thornton Heath since 2014. John is a mindfulness enthusiast with interests in well-being, community and (inter-)faith.

Paulette Long
Born in South London and a part of theCR7 community for the past 12 years, Paulette Long OBE has worked in the music industry for 32 years specialising in music publishing and is also an active advocate for diversity in that sector.

Chetna Kapacee
Chetna has over 18 years experience working in the creative and non profit sectors, working on a variety of projects nationally and internationally. Specialising in strategic development, events and marketing in the arts and education. She was once a judge for Croydon’s Got Talent and has been a CR7 resident for 14+ years.

Andrea Perry