Anna Pollard

Barking Riverside resident since 2019

Steering Group Member of Thames Ward Community Project and Member of the TWCP Health & Wellbeing Citizen Action Group

Anna is a Church Leader establishing a new Church of England community in Thames Ward. ‘Church at Barking Riverside’ is a member of Barking & Dagenham Citizens (part of TELCO Citizens/CitizensUK) and has already hosted community meals (following the Barking Riverside fire), Easter Egg Hunt’s and Community Carols at Christmas. Until 2018 Anna worked in funding for community engagement projects in science and health selecting, advising and supporting projects nationally and internationally. Prior to this she worked in the NHS and studied Human Genetics and Ethics.


She is passionate about every person in the community being empowered to be all that they are made to be and having the support to flourish where they are. Through the Church she is creating and supporting small and large spaces where people can get together, make friends, get to know Jesus and encourage each other spiritually.


Anna’s goal for Thames Ward is to see it thriving, and for the growth and ambition for the area to include both those already in the community and those yet to join in an integrated way. For it to be a place where those in places of power and little power demonstrate it is possible for whole areas to be structured to facilitate the flourishing of every person. A place where diversity is embraced and celebrated and where the physical, mental and spiritual health of everyone is supported.