Siji Alonge

Thames View resident since 1994

Resident Steering Group Member of Thames Ward Community Project and Member of the TWCP Skills & Enterprise Citizen Action Group

Siji works as a Technology and Systems Architect. He builds systems for banks and is responsible for change management and the agile delivery of software, taking big changes that clients want and breaking them down into much smaller sprints for his teams to work towards on a fortnightly basis. He excels at modelling complex information quickly, capturing things in an “as is” and “to be” state and then looking to bridge the gap between the two. 

He follows the same approach in regards to his work in Thames Ward, utilising his knowledge of the area “as it is” from the perspective of a long-established local resident and contrasting that with a rough picture of what it could look like in 5 to 10 years. He is passionate about giving local young people who live here now the support they need to build on their skills to start their own businesses. So far he has delivered 56 Business Workshops to young people aged between 16-30 in the Sue Bramley Centre as founder of the House of Hundred initiative. 

Siji’s goal for Thames Ward is to ensure longstanding Thames Ward residents are not “left behind” or displaced by the development taking place but instead are able to gain confidence and acquire skills that make them more prosperous and employable, focusing particularly upon young people.