Your Neighbourhood Talks

Ever wondered what was going on at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, or the wider area, and had a question and didn’t know who to ask?

Your Neighbourhood Talks - COP 26 Net Zero Carbon was held on Tuesday 19 October 2021

This event focused on Zero Carbon living and the potential impacts of Climate Change to the lives of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park communities, business, and organisations. There was a panel discussion and a marketplace running throughout the evening. The marketplace is a great opportunity to talk to representatives from a variety of organisations about their work on the Park and the surrounding area and any plans they may have. This event was an opportunity to connect, share, learn and identify opportunities to collaborate locally to support each other on our journey to a more sustainable future.

The format of the event and the panel discussion was designed to encourage an open conversation on the theme of climate change and sustainable living in relation to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ranging from people with specialist insights and knowledge, to others with a growing interest, awareness, understanding, and wanting to find meaningful ways to engage with the issue.

An overarching theme for the conversation was change, the changes attendees would like to see happen in the context of climate change, and the roles they can play to help realise those changes.

Panel discussion

We enjoyeda lively, challenging, and inspirational debate that explored practical challenges and ambitions as well as personal views and goals for more sustainable living. Our panellists consisted of 6 speakers living or working at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and included representation from students, residents, community organisations, businesses, and institutions.

Panel Members

Kaitlene Koranteng - Chair of Legacy Youth Board
Kaitlene is a London Borough of Hackney and Graduate Trainee at Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre. Kaitlene is Chair of Legacy Youth Board, volunteer for the Young Historians  Project, a youth initiative documenting pivotal and often overlooked historical moments in Black British history, and Sibling (skateboarding Collective), and has an interest in culture and sports.
Kaitlene was Chair of the Legacy Youth Board during the 2019 youth conference hosted celebrating 30 years since the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. I joined the board because I’m excited for the future of east London. I want that future to reflect the faces of the people who have made it what is. That means that it has to be accessible, through affordability and letting people know they are allowed to have a voice in the change that takes place.

James Kaguima - Social entrepreneur & Legacy Youth Board Representative
James Kaguima is a value-driven Social entrepreneur and also works within the FinTech industry. Alongside this he sits on various Youth boards such as the London Legacy Development corporation which maintains the Queen Elizabeth Park and surrounding areas, and he joined The Royal Docks Team, where he contributes to the regeneration & community development projects within the Royal Docks area in London. Additionally, he is an Ambassador for Youth Employment UK, where he helps influence workplaces and policy makers on how to be youth friendly in the decision making in law, ensuring that the voices of young people are heard in the decision-making process.

Alex Russell - Executive Chair, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Development Trust
Alex is Executive Chair of the Hackney Wick and Fish Island Community Development Trust, a socially driven and community-led organisation that seeks to acquire buildings and spaces in the area for the long-term and the benefit of the community. She is a local resident and has lived in Hackney for 17 years. She has 20 years of working in communications and engagement. In previous roles she has led Community Trusts and is now an independent advisor to landlords and authorities across the country on strategies to generate social value from assets and spaces.

Isabel McAllister - Director Responsible Business at Mace
Isabel directs a broad portfolio which includes leadership and delivery of the 2020 Net Zero Carbon strategy and 2026 ESG objectives, and working with Mace clients and partners to help shape and deliver their sustainability programmes.

Ben Coulter - Head of Sustainability - London Legacy Development Corporation
Ben Coulter is Head of Sustainability at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the regeneration agency responsible for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Leading LLDC’s sustainability team, Ben’s role is to achieve sustainability at the heart of the London 2012 Olympic legacy, delivering low carbon, environmentally positive development in LLDC’s new neighbourhoods. Ben has a background consulting on environmental management and sustainable development - now focussing his efforts on the climate emergency.

Professor Kate Jones - Chair of Ecology and Biodiversity Genetics, Evolution & Environment at UCL
Kate Jones is Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity in the Dept. of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, University College London. Prof Jones is a world-leading ecologist whose work focuses on crossing disciplinary boundaries to address critical global challenges, especially at the interface of ecological and human health. She has made key advances in monitoring the status and trends in biodiversity and particularly in modelling and forecasting zoonotic disease outbreaks in humans (Ebola, SARS), breaking down traditional barriers between ecology, climate change and public health to inform global policy. Prof Jones won the Leverhulme Prize for outstanding contributions to Zoology in 2008 and is currently a scientific advisor for several national and international organisations, including the UK Climate Change Committee. Jones is co-leading UCL’s biggest expansion in its history – UCL’s new cross-disciplinary campus in The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opening in 2022, where she will be directing the People and Nature Lab - an environmental solutions hub focused on the links between human and planetary health.

Mick Hill -  Director of Behaviours at Co-Create Panel Introduction
Mick is co-founder of Co.Cre8, an SME that supports projects to flourish through Knowledge, Networks and Behaviours. He is a behavioural specialist who appreciates the power of diversity in creating a self-learning, innovative and resilient culture. He engenders good leadership behaviours and seeks to remove cultural barriers to enable effective networks and knowledge flow. Mick was an operational CEO within a global FTSE 100 group and has worked for the last 20+ years within major, high-profile public & private projects including World Food Programme, Palace of Westminster, HS2, AWE, UCL, Heathrow and Tate Modern. Mick is also one of co-founders of the not-for-profit organisation Ego to Eco


The marketplace was an opportunity for stakeholders to have a ‘stall’ and informally talk to attendees about who they are, what they do, and what their zero carbon ambitions are for their organisation, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond. It offered members of the community the opportunity to engage directly with partners, ask questions, share ideas, and identify opportunities for collaboration or support.

Marketplace stalls

  • Stratford Original BID
  • Library of Things
  • East Wick and Sweetwater
  • Chobham Manor Community Space
  • The Yard
  • Park Champions
  • Newham workplace
  • Sadlers Wells
  • Build East Training Centre
  • London Youth Rowing
  • Makeshift
  • Bikeworks
  • Echo
  • Get Living + Lab E20
  • East Village Community
  • Fair Energy Mark
  • LLDC
  • Ambition Aspire Achieve
  • The Good Growth Hub

Vox Pops

Throughout the evening our Vox Pop team were on hand asking for opinions on the subject of the day. The team have a short audio recording that will help us build a useful record of people’s experiences, thoughts, and opinions. 

Your Neighbourhood Talks info
Your Neighbourhood Talks is our six-monthly resident forum, taking place each March and September and open to everyone – whether you live, work or study in the area. It provides an opportunity to meet with London Legacy Development Corporation, and many other organisations based around the Park, to discuss the impact of their work and find out how you can get involved. If you have questions about construction activity, events, education, training, jobs and other local issues, this is the place to find answers.

Each event is hosted at a different venue around the Park, providing an opportunity to explore some of the businesses and community spaces on your doorstep. Past venues have included London Stadium, the Bobby Moore Academy and Plexal at Here East.

As well as a panel discussion and venue tours, you’ll find the community marketplace at every Your Neighbourhood Talks. The marketplace is a great opportunity to talk to representatives from a variety of organisations about their work on the Park and in the surrounding area, and share your input on any plans they have. The full list of attendees will be posted before each event, but they will usually include the following areas:

  • Housing
  • East Bank
  • Sport and health
  • Education and training
  • Events, community and culture
As event details are confirmed they will be posted here, or you can get in touch with any questions.