Ian Parkes

"The most exciting thing about Barking and Dagenham Giving is the people, the market and Billy Bragg!"

What is your relationship to Barking & Dagenham?

A convert – I’m completely bought in to the concept of making sure no-one is left behind by all the amazing developments.

What have been the challenges and triumphs of your role?
We were told that Barking and Dagenham would be one of the most difficult boroughs in which establish a local giving scheme – it’s nice to prove them wrong.
What are your ambitions for the borough?

Further building the self-belief and confidence of the residents – this is a great place and more people should know about it.

What role does the community have in realising that ambition?

The most important role. Every borough has a character and B&D is all about participation by everyone.

Ian Parkes


Ian is the Chief Executive of East London Business Alliance (ELBA). In addition to being a driven, positive and committed Chair, Ian also brings a vast network of corporates to support residents and organisations in the borough.