My most memorable meeting

Tue 24th September 2013, 10:31 am

Sitematch UK is all about forming connections through meetings. This week, we talk to Bernadette Marjoram, Tottenham programme director at the London borough of Harringey, about meeting her icons.

"My most memorable meeting, without comparison, was with Nelson Mandela in Brixton after he was released from prison in South Africa. He was visiting Prince Charles on a visit to Brixton Recreation Centre in 1996.

"I was the chief executive of the regeneration company, Brixton Challenge, and I presented him with a framed print of a local artist's painting of Brixton market. He then signed his book, Long walk to freedom, for me.

"This was followed up by meeting Archbishop Tutu, when he opened the new wing of Lewisham Hospital, where I was a non-executive NHS director of the Acute Trust for a four year period.

"I doubt any subsequent meetings can compare with this special and privileged meeting with President Mandela and Archbishop Tutu - two world towering South African figures of such high standing for peace and reconciliation."


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