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The Ealing Village Team

Ealing Village Team Structure

The long term plans, mission and values for Ealing Village, including business and financial planning, ensuring compliance with legislation and guardianship of the freehold and the architecture of the estate, is overseen by a board of directors.


A primary role of Ealing Village directors is to ensure the covenants and obligations of the lease are fulfilled and other legal duties, covered by the Companies Act, health and safety legislation, the Landlord and Tenant Act and Listed Buildings regulations, are fully met.

Shareholding lessees are encouraged to put themselves forward to join the board of directors, or take on other duties to contribute to the running of Ealing Village. Relevant skills to be a director include management experience, directorship of companies, stakeholder engagement, legal background, accountancy and financial skills or knowledge of surveying, buildings and estates management. Other skills and experience are also welcome too.


The board currently meets formally every month and also holds regular project meetings, plans and attends open meetings for shareholders, lessees and residents and also attends the AGM. A minimum of fifteen hours a month is required to draft and read reports and papers and provide support and guidance to the professional team responsible for running Ealing Village.


The work can be fulfilling but it also requires a minimum time input and comes with considerable legal responsibilities. The responsibilities and legal liabilities of an Ealing Village director are the same as they are for a director of any other company. Being voluntary and unpaid does not diminish these responsibilities.


 More information on being a company director can be read at:

The health and safety legal liabilities of company directors are summarised here:



The Ealing Village Limited board (Ealing Village Team) currently consists of up to 11 directors, who need to meet some minimum criteria to be eligible. Directors

  • have to meet the criteria for a director set out in the Companies Act
  • must have no material or undeclared conflicts of interest
  • must be a shareholder in Ealing Village Ltd
  • Must not have an aged service charge debt as identified in the Articles of Association.

Directors are unpaid and receive no benefit in kind or reduction in their service charges for the work they do on behalf of Ealing Village. For further information on becoming a volunteer director please 

Any shareholders wishing to become a director should read the pages on the links above and is encouraged to take the opportunity to meet the current team of directors.


The Ealing Village Team

The Ealing Village Team of directors currently consists of:

Robin Whittaker 

Robin is a television and film music editor. Robin came to Ealing Village in 2007. Robin has been active in the community and amongst several projects, was part of the team that secured funding from TfL for the entrance gates and railings. Robin currently works as the Ealing Village finance director, which involves annual budget forecasting, scrutinising expenditure and income reports and ensuring annual company and service charge accounts are prepared by accountants. Robin is currently researching grant and compensation opportunities for the community to mitigate noise impacts from Hanger Lane and Crossrail.

Mandy Hopkins 

Mandy moved into Ealing Village as an excited first-time buyer twenty-three years ago in 1991.  An ex-editor, report writer, translator and sports project manager, Mandy most recently worked for 12 years for a multi-national car company, running its international events and sponsorship programme. Mandy now works freelance on language and communication projects as well as event organisation. She is a member of the Ealing Cycle Campaign and a founder member of the rides’ programme, as well as Amnesty International and Lifelines.  Mandy organises events and drafts information for lessees, using her communications and organisational skills (as well as her experience as a long-term resident devoted to the estate) for the benefit of Ealing Village.     

 Tom French 

I have been a resident of Ealing Village since 2008 and I couldn’t imagine anywhere better to raise my young family. I am a fully qualified Estate Agent in both Residential Sales and Lettings and work for a well-known independent Estate Agency based in Ealing. I have extensive experience in the valuing, selling and letting of a wide spectrum of properties together with managing the day to day maintenance of more than 100 properties across the borough of Ealing. I am extremely passionate about historic buildings which is what drew me to both Ealing Village and a career in property. I believe that by utilising my knowledge and understanding of the local property market I will be able to assist the board and all the Ealing Village residents in finishing the fantastic job that is currently underway in bringing the Village back to its former glory. My service charge has always been fully paid up and I comply with all other preconditions for board membership. I deeply love Ealing Village and can think of no better thing to do than assist in making it an even better place to live and raise a family. 

Renee Edwards 

I’m a documentary film maker, and have edited broadcast films for thirty years, so am used to meeting deadlines. I’ve lived in Ealing Village since 2001, and owned a buy-to-let flat in London, which I let, managed and maintained for twenty years. I have a children’s media brand in development, and am involved in groups that promote healthy living and community spirit. I co-founded a traditional village fete in Oxfordshire, and we continued expanding this for three years; it’s now established as a major annual event. I have substantial experience organising events, and working within teams. 

Erica Cawood

Erica currently works for a housing association, based in Ealing, which owns and manages over 20,000 properties across West London and the Thames Valley. She works for their central consulting team, providing analytical expertise on a range of strategic projects, typically with a focus on customer insight.Erica studied statistics and business at the University of Cape Town, continuing on to achieve her Masters in operations research. She recently completed her CQI Diploma in quality management and has a background in data analysis, quality control and change management. Erica has lived in Ealing Village since 2013.

Matt Aarons

Having trained as a solicitor, Matt began working in the financial services sector specialising in regulation, compliance and anti-money laundering.  He has worked for some of the largest financial service providers in the world on a wide variety of projects from building a new internet bank, to launching a new insurance business to helping develop the Oyster Card.  He currently runs his own consultancy business.
 Matt is a single parent and has lived in Ealing Village since 2002 with his son, Myles.  He joined the Board of Directors in 2011.
Tim Arpino
Tim is the Managing Director and owner of a property management company and property development company plus Managing Director of two residential letting companies serving clients in the Home Counties. He has recently completed a course in business psychology and a course on Board Standards, promoted by the UK Institute of Directors. Tim previously had a career in the public sector, from the armed services to law enforcement. This culminated in the management of over 50 staff and setting policy for the borough. Tim set up the first residents' website, discussion forum and Twitter feed for Ealing Village. He had been secretary of the Ealing Village Residents’ Association before joining the board. Tim has lived in Ealing Village since 2007.

Tim Lowe

Tim is a Chartered Civil Engineer and qualified Project Management Practitioner who currently works for Siemens, where he is an Account Director responsible for major energy utility clients.  In the past he has worked in commercial, management, business development and project delivery roles in a variety of infrastructure sectors.  He has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southampton, and subsequently achieved a MSc from Birmingham University and a MBA from INSEAD in France.  His past voluntary work has included adult basic education and conservation work, and in recent years he has acted as a mentor for students on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Award scheme.  Tim and his wife live in a listed building in a conservation area, and acquired a flat in Ealing Village in 2013.


Janhavi Dadarkar


Michael Alliston

Michael and his wife have owned a flat in EV since 2011. Michael is a solicitor specializing in corporate tax and works for an international law firm.