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Ian Comfort


Ian is an educationalist and lawyer. He started his career as a maths teacher and youth worker. He has extensive experience in the management and direction of education services gained as a local authority director of education, chief executive of a large  academy trust and an adviser, nationally and internationally, on education infrastructure and reform.

As a lawyer, he specialises in regulatory law and currently chairs professional conduct tribunals for a range of occupations including doctors, nurses, therapists, psychologists, and accountants.  In 2019, he was appointed by the HM Queen as a Commissioner for the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Alongside his professional practice, Ian is actively involved in direct work with children, young people and communities. He has been involved with Ebony Steelband for over 25 years  He chairs the Carnival Village Trust, a national portfolio organisation for the Arts Council responsible for the Tabernacle arts centre in Notting Hill and also the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival.

David Curtis


Dave Curtis is a former Arts & Events Manager and Service Group Manager for the London Borough of Newham (now retired).


Before that he was the Programme Manager at the Tabernacle in the heart of the Notting Hill Carnival neighbourhood. He has been involved with Ebony and carnival arts for over 40 years.

Lynda Rosenior-Patten


Lynda has worked in the Creative Industries for over 30 years and in North Kensington since 2007 where she established several local projects and organisations including the Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Festival and Portobello Pavilion where she is a member of the steering committee.


Lynda has been on the board at Ebony Steel Band since 2014 and in 2016 she founded Maestro7 Creative Management Consultancy where she delivers training in Business Enterprise and provides services in Strategic Management, Fundraising, Project Development and Management. Before that she was Head of Culture and Partnerships at Westway Trust where among other things she implemented the first ever Creative Apprenticeship Programme in the borough. 

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