Zack Polanski is a Camden resident and had been going to the Black Cap ever since he moved to London, a decade ago.
Passionate about LGBT and minority issues, he is keen to support in bringing people together to encourage the sense of community which will be needed to see a happy and thriving Black Cap again in Camden.
Through his work both as a counsellor and as a theatre maker, Zack really hopes that his energy and enthusiasm can encourage others to get involved too.
He is a member of the Green Party and Number 3 on the Assembly List 2020 for Barnet & Camden – and within his campaign, is keen to work with other parties in protecting London safe spaces from solely financial interests.
Nigel Harris is the Director of Camden LGBT Forum, a registered charity that supports LGBT people in and around Camden. Camden LGBT Forum supports victims of hate crime, combats bullying in schools and builds resilience and cohesion through its innovative arts, events and social activism. The Black Cap was home to many Forum members and its loss has had a marked effect on their community. Nigel is an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police, a trustee of the London Irish LGBT Network and subject to no objection from the Lord Chancellor, a newly appointed Magistrate.
Camden LGBT Forum
020 7388 5720
Registered Charity 1107855
Ben Walters is a journalist, blogger and programmer who has written about and been involved in London’s cabaret scene for many years. He is concerned by the number of thriving LGBTQ venues that have closed recently as a result of London’s soaring property market and wants to see the Black Cap back at the heart of the community.
Between 2007 and 2009, I lived in New York, writing about subjects such as the Kuchar brothers, Kenneth Anger, John Waters, Ken Jacob, Quentin Crisp and Penny Arcade, as well as Joe E Jeffreys’ Drag Show Video Vérité archival project, for various outlets, including a weekly column on NY film culture for the Guardian and pieces for Time Out New York, the Advocate and the New York Post. In 2008, I took a Masters in arts and culture journalism from Columbia University, New York.
Alex Green (on the left) is an entertainer-singer, song writer and social entrepreneur. As well as performing he also leads the Social Purpose Group, a consultancy firm that specialises in developing community and social enterprises; through which he has developed and led award winning social enterprises including FareShare, the national food charity, and Surrey Reuse Network.
Chris Clark, Chief Executive, Make Public (makepublic.uk)
Chris is Program Director for The Black Cap Campaign. Chris provides campaign messaging, strategy direction, research, and planning services, to assist maximise awareness and community and financial support for the Campaign.
A seasoned campaign, he has worked successfully in the finance industry to win back most or all investor funds from the failed Arch cru (Campaigners v FCA and Capita), and Arck LLP funds, (Campaigners v Arck and Yorkshire Bank). Chris and his teams’ campaigning work wins support in Parliament and coverage in the mainstream media. Chris also works with a political campaign in the Middle East, which has saved a number of lives, and resulted in 15 British-resident Iranian citizens being moved from an Iranian regime controlled prison camp in Baghdad, and flown back to the UK.
Chris came to the Campaign from outside having no prior connection to pub or community. He read about the closure in the Evening Standard by amoral developers, saw this as unjust attack on a valued community and on London life, and resolved to do something about it.
Divorced with three children, Chris lives in Ruislip Middlesex, and cites meeting friends, photography, and music, amongst his favourite leisure activities.
With best wishes