Cllr Joanna Gardner and Cllr Dori Schmetterling
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Cllr Dori Schmetterling
Dori has lived in Pembridge ward since 1984 and was elected to the Council in 2018. Since then he has been a member of the Planning Applications and Licensing Committees, and was Vice-Chair of the latter for a time. In scrutiny he was on the housing committees from May 2018 to May 2022, and currently serves on the Family Services Select Committee. He is one of the Council’s delegated trustees on the board of Citizens Advice Kensington and Chelsea.
In his other life Dori spent most of his time in international business development roles for companies manufacturing technical materials and equipment for the pharmaceutical industry, travelling extensively in the region between the Nile and the Ganges and in Europe.
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Updated November 2022
Cllr Joanna Gardner
Joanna was elected as a councillor for Pembridge in 2022. Having moved to Pembridge in 1991, Joanna lives here with her family who went to primary school locally. A trained solicitor who worked in business for over 10 years, she runs her local residents’ association and has been active in standing up for residents on local planning and licensing matters. Joanna is a member of the Pembridge & Norland Police Ward Panel, where the police and local residents meet to agree local policing priorities and talk about how best to address resident concerns.
Joanna is passionate about reducing waste, reuse and recycling, having been on the board of Western Riverside Waste Authority. She was an elected RBKC councillor until 2016 and served in different roles, from working closely with the police to chairing detailed scrutiny reviews into Portobello Market and the Kensington Leisure Centre. For 10 years she was on the board of the Citizens Advice Bureaux for Kensington and Chelsea and since 2013 has been a trustee of the Clement James Centre in North Kensington.
Joanna loves the vibrancy of Pembridge and is keen to ensure we keep the right balance between residents and business so that the two can co-exist and to enhance the area by clearing up the graffiti and working to tackle antisocial behaviour.