About us


The North Cambridge Community Partnership’s (NCCP) ultimate objective is to act as an umbrella organisation, bringing together all community groups and agencies in North Cambridge. The mission is to improve the education and living standards of the local community by improving facilities, encourage self-help and involvement and Increase community spirit, which can act as campaigning voice for the whole area.

We support diversity and promote inclusion for everyone in our community.

Ricardo Arbelaez

Ricardo is a secondary school teacher with 10 years of experience in the educational sector and with over 15 years’ experience in the private and commercial sector. Prior to his teaching career, Ricardo worked for Tribal Education & Technology as production director. He had the opportunity to be involved in the Inclusion in the Creative Industry (iCi) project run in conjunction with Slough Council and the Slough Youth Project, as part of the government regeneration project. The main objective of the project was to help young adults within the town’s ethnically diverse community to find jobs within the creative industry.

Ricardo has an MSC in Computer Science from Middlesex University and a Master in Education from Cambridge University. He has been living in the North Cambridge Community for more than 15 years and has been involved in community work for longer than 18 years, during this time he founded the ‘Apple Resident Association’ and acted as chair to help planning activities to improve the education and living conditions of the community in Laxton Way in Cambridge. A great achievement was the elimination of rubbish dumping and a reduction in vandalism and antisocial behaviour. Ricardo was also a member of the Harambee Centre as part of the management committee. The objective of this was to provide information, advice, education and training on global development and environmental issues.

Ricardo is the chairperson of the NCCP and he hopes that with his skills and experience and as part as an experienced and well-qualified team, they will be able to contribute to the mission and objectives of the organisation and to make a difference in the community.

Golzar Zandi

Golzar is MSc graduated in Urban and Regional Planning from Teheran where she ran her own urban planning company together with her husband. Their focus was on creating affordable housing and running projects of community benefit. Moving to Cambridge, she volunteered to join the NCCP management committee. Very quickly we found out that she was a very proactive and hard-working member of the group, and she effectively started building relationships with other community groups and creating new opportunities. Soon, she became our first paid Project Manager and has grown the NCCP on all fronts, finding grant funding, growing connections, and identifying and supporting local needs.

Because of her tireless efforts and passion for working in north Cambridge, the profile of the NCCP has been raised, with 7 times the social media following and a large, active management committee. The North Cambridge Community Partnership is now a fixture of the North Cambridge community.

Now, Golzar has moved into a planning role with the local council, but continues to be on the management committee.

Andrej Dethlefsen

Andrej is a professional marketer and video producer, with a passion for community. He is a digital marketing expert with hands on experience.

With a background in education and video, Andrej has built his own business Mediamerge together with his wife Isabelle, creating education resources used by thousands of schools, Ofsted, and leading universities to improve the standards of teaching and learning in the UK and beyond. He also works as a marketing consultant for large tech companies, running large scale marketing campaigns and devising strategy, with a particular focus on video.

He worked closely with Ricardo as a volunteer and committee member to establish the NCCP, creating the brand, mission, social channels, website and communications. He was fundamental in building awareness of the North Cambridge Community Partnership, representing the organisation in radio and newspaper interviews, and helping promote events and activities. Andrej is also a passionate cook, and established the much loved Cook Fresh workshops which demonstrate how to cook healthily, low cost meals. He was also instrumental in employing the NCCP’s first official employee, bringing consistency and a central point of contact for the organisation.

Andrej is now a consultant in Marketing and Fundraising, bringing a wealth of commercial experience to the organisation.

Emanuela Carinci

Emanuela started playing volleyball at just 8 yrs old and later went on to become a professional player with the Italian National League. During this time she gained a wealth of anatomy and physiology knowledge through being surrounded physio teams, and strength and conditioning coaches.

After taking courses in sports massage, taping, soft tissue release, stretching, and high intensity training she joined the physio team working in different in rehab clinics. Always keen to develop further, Emanuela went on to do a International Relations Degree at the University of Rome.

When she moved to the UK, Emanuela decided to take a hiatus from sports and worked in event management for a number of years for Hotel Du Vin and The House Collection where she was in charge of running events.  

In 2017, Emanuela qualified as Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, and achieved qualifications in sports therapy, postural dysfunctions, chronic pain and sports injuries, and has since started her own business, right here in Cambridge.

At the NCCP she brings together her wealth of experience and passion for community. Emanuela is managing facilities, and will play an instrumentral role in contributing to the organisations mission of promoting health and wellbeing.

Nivedita Bhaumik (Nita)

She has an MBA in Information Technology and has lived in Cambridge for over 13 years with her family. She has a very social and friendly personality and has hosted several international events working in schools and universities. She has a Degree in Fine Arts and a diploma in interior design and digital marketing. Has also a passion for cooking, gardening, upcycling, fitness and travelling.

She is optimistic, innovative, entrepreneurial and deeply committed to community engagement and has years of experience in the education, arts, and culture fields.

Before she joined NCCP she had more than 15 years of experience working in different business development/management roles in the education and corporate sectors – planning marketing operations, running fund-raising campaigns, event management, overseeing content and coordinating logistics by leveraging various industries’ backgrounds and meeting deadlines.

Nita is well-coordinated and conscientious about following through with all objectives and achieving client goals, looking to further her career in community project management and development. She would like to use her passion to handle different projects, especially running gardening clubs, arts, and crafts classes, yoga sessions, cooking workshops, running upcycling fashion designing projects and many more…. with local communities helping us to make a happier society!

Janis Ford

Janis has lived in Cambridge all her adult life, working for the County Council and a local Health Centre. She has raised her family here, her children attended local schools, thus she knows Cambridge very well. She has always been a private person, yet at the same time is a very creative person and it was through her love of photography that she joined the NCCP as photographer; a role which she cherishes and massively enjoys. She has met some very inspiring and interesting people through the NCCP and has recently become the ‘in-house’ editor for both the newsletter and webpage and has written a few articles herself.
She also writes and performs her poetry at the ‘open-mike’ nights, (Covid allowing), she also writes stories and articles. She has had a few poems and some books published too. She loves ‘the arts’ and has organised ‘spiritual’ groups in the past, facilitating rites and services to this very day. Her spiritual journey is that of ‘Craft’ and is a very important aspect of her life. Info on her path, her poetry and photography can all be found on her webpages, together with what she is up to these days.
She feels very lucky to have been given this wonderful opportunity by the NCCP, and to be an integral part of her local community where she hopes to be able to bring her creativity and writing skills to the organisation.

Jane Kiddle

Bio coming soon! 



To get in touch by email talk@nccp.org.uk

North Cambridge Community Partnership

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