About

Read about the organisation here: Welcome to The Cambridge Commons.

What’s in a name: Why are we called “The Cambridge Commons”?

TCC members are primarily from Cambridge or the surrounding area and share a common passion for social justice.

The founders came together in 2014 inspired by the work of the Equality Trust with the primary ambitions of improving understanding of economic inequality as an issue and finding real ways to combat it in our local community.

Membership is diverse.  All are encouraged to contribute but how they do so (and how much) is a matter for them.  Brief notes of some present and past members are given below to illustrate this variety.

George Weyman (serving Chair)

George is employed by the Red Cross, and a recent fellow of the Clore leadership programme.

Kimon Roussopoulos (serving Treasurer)

Kimon has worked for over 15 years in the Cambridge area as an engineering manager, analyst and consultant, and in other senior positions including at board level.  Prior to this he had an academic career in Cambridge, Bristol and Switzerland.

Terry Macalister

Terry was until recently the energy editor of the Guardian. He is an award-winning journalist, author of a book on the Arctic and a former Press Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He previously worked at the Independent, London Evening Standard and the Sydney Morning Herald. Terry also created the punk fanzine Bored Stiff, was a trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery and an elected London borough councillor.

Alastair Breward

Alastair recently retired from ten years as the COO of Amadeus Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm. Prior to that Alastair was a partner in London law firm Taylor Wessing.  He is currently writing a book on the psychology behind attitudes to inequality.  He is also leading TCC’s programme imagine2027, which has its own website here.

Henry Tam
henry_tamHenry  is an expert on the development of inclusive communities; author of academic books and dystopian novels; lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the WEA; speaker on democracy at events from Strasbourg to Washington; and the UK
Government’s Head of Civil Renewal (2003-2010). More information can be found at ‘Henry Tam: Words & Politics’.

deborah_padfieldDeborah Padfield
Deborah has worked for many years as a Citizens Advice Bureau general adviser, benefits caseworker and supervisor. She formerly lived and worked in the London Borough of Newham. She also has experience of personally managing mental health problems and of working with others in the same situation. Her publications include articles on OpenDemocracy and in the Journal of Mental Health Law.

 

Stuart Weir
stuart_weirStuart was editor of the New Statesman (1987-91) and from there founded Charter 88, a movement for democratic reform. As director of Democratic Audit (1991-2002), he wrote a series of books and reports and has been a consultant for International IDEA (contributing to some two dozen democratic audits) and to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He is now policy vice-chair at Unlock Democracy and is a past Chair of TCC.

mark_pageMark Page
Mark was born (at the old Rosie maternity hospital on Mill Road) and brought up in Cambridge. His eclectic working life has included electrical engineering, music performance and teaching, school science teaching and software development. He is now a lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an internet technology consultant. He lives in the constituency of South East Cambridgeshire.

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