The RSA Team
The sustainable regeneration of the former Royal Small Arms factory and the continuing success of the RSA Island Centre has been possible because a focussed team of local business men freely gave their time and made it happen.
Gary Walker started his career at British Aerospace and then moved to IBM before he founded Data Connection with six colleagues, a software company based in Enfield. Since its inception he has been chairman of RSA Island Village and has led the team which created the RSA Island Centre. He also chairs the RSA Trust. In Enfield, he is a board member of the Local Strategic Partnership, a director of Enterprise Enfield and a board member of the Enfield City Leaning Centres. He is Chairman of North London Business - the agency responsible for Inward Investment and Business Retention in North London. At Enfield Island Village, he founded the Enfield Island Youth and Community Trust - a charity dedicated to providing opportunities for young people. Gary is a director of Lee Valley Estates - a local property company and founded Gammaland with Michael Polledri and Martin Jewell - a company which provides accommodation to housing associations.
Michael Polledri began his career by working as an articled clerk and then as a chartered accountant for KPMG. After running his own private practice, Michael moved into the area of commercial property. He later established Lee Valley Estates, an umbrella organisation incorporating several different estate management companies with commercial property interests. He has served as its chairman for over twenty years. Lee Valley Estates supports several charities and not-for-profit projects in Enfield, Haringey and Waltham Forrest. He is a director of Enterprise Enfield and North London Business and a trustee of the RSA Trust. As a director of RSA Island Village Ltd, Michael is continually involved in the development and maintenance of the RSA Island Centre.
Martin Jewell's background lies in planning and development, and he has worked as a town planner for a number of London Local Authorities, reaching the post of Borough Planning officer in the London Borough of Enfield. In 1997, he became a director of Fairview Estates Housing. Martin is now a self-employed planning consultant, a director of RSA Island Village Ltd, a trustee of the RSA Trust and a director of Chase Green Developments Ltd and Gammaland Ltd.
Mike Wehrmann began his career in banking in North London and the West End. He was greatly interested in local small businesses and became his bank's nominee on the Enterprise Enfield Board. Upon taking early retirement, he remained on the board and is now a Director. He helped to form the RSA Island Village Ltd and, through his own business; The Enterprise Consultancy, was able to provide much of the demanding resources needed to create the RSA Island Centre and has continuing involvement as a Trustee of RSA Trust.