Our Team

Social Spider Community News comprises a diverse and talented team of local journalists and other staff involved in producing our five local news publications. Below is a full list of our staff team and an introduction to their roles.

David Floyd

David Floyd

Publisher – Social Spider Community News, Co-director – Social Spider CIC

David has been co-director of Social Spider CIC since it was founded in 2003 and was the first editor of Waltham Forest Echo when it launched in 2014. He continues as publisher for all Social Spider Community News titles and is currently interim editor of Barnet Post, an online-only publication.

David has been working in engaged journalism for two decades having become editor of the award-winning youth magazine, Exposure, after leaving school in 1999. David was also publisher of Social Spider’s own mental health magazine One in Four between 2007 and 2014, when the magazine closed.

Drawing on his experiences as a social enterprise publisher, David has written about social enterprise and social innovation for a range of publications including The Guardian, Third Sector magazine and Pioneers Post.

 

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Co-director – Social Spider CIC

Mark Brown has been development director of Social Spider CIC since 2006. He conceived and edited Social Spider’s national mental health magazine One in Four, written by people with mental health difficulties for people with mental health difficulties between 2007-2014 when the publication closed.  In 2018 Mark was founding writer in residence with The Centre for Mental Health. When not working on development of Social Spider’s titles he provides strategic support to mental health charities and projects and regularly writes and speaks on mental health and digital health technology.

James Cracknell

James Cracknell

Editor-in-chief – Social Spider Community News, Editor – Enfield Dispatch

James joined Social Spider in 2015, initially as a part-time editor of Waltham Forest Echo. He became a full-time member of staff as editor-in-chief in 2018 upon the launch of Enfield Dispatch, a publication he continues to edit. James is an experienced journalist and previously worked as a reporter for newspapers including South London Press and Uxbridge Gazette. As editor-in-chief, James ensures all Social Spider publications maintain high editorial standards and helps to forge new journalism partnerships with outside organisations.

Klaudia Kiss

Klaudia Kiss

Head of Advertising and Membership – Social Spider Community News

Klaudia joined Social Spider in June 2019 to co-ordinate advertising strategy across all publications. Her role is critical to ensuring the financial sustainability of our newspapers. She has over ten years of experience in private sector sales and marketing and has overseen a doubling of trading income since joining the organisation. Klaudia is also a key person in working together with other community news publications, like our recent consultancy work with Newham Voices and West Leeds Dispatch. Her academic background is in communication and media sciences, specialising in marketing and cultural industries. Klaudia also has a passion for radio and presented a London-based live online radio show for four years.

Jonathan Duncan

Jonathan Duncan

Head of Design – Social Spider Community News

Jonathan joined Social Spider in 2015, initially as designer of Waltham Forest Echo. He has since led on the design of all five of our news publications and continues to design each edition of every publication, as well as working on other Social Spider projects.

Penny Dampier

Penny Dampier

EC1 Echo manager

Penny joined Social Spider in 2018 and has held a number of different responsibilities in that time. She previously managed our various membership schemes, plus much of our distribution and social media. She is now the manager for EC1 Echo, helping to grow the publication and build new community partnerships in Clerkenwell.

Miriam Balanescu

Miriam Balanescu

Editor - Haringey Community Press

Miriam became the editor of Haringey Community Press in January 2023 after previously working as the assistant editor of a local publication in Cambridge. As a freelance Miriam has also written for BBC Culture, The Economist and The New Statesman. Miriam has close ties to the borough after growing up in the Finsbury Park area of Haringey.

Marco Marcelline

Marco Marcelline

Editor - Waltham Forest Echo

Marco became the editor of Waltham Forest Echo in July 2023 after previously writing for Vice, PCMag and Reader’s Digest. He has a master’s degree in investigative journalism from City University London and grew up in Newham, often spending time in Leytonstone in his youth.

Grace Howarth

Grace Howarth

BBC Local Democracy Reporter

Grace covers the London boroughs of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey as part of the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS). She started working for Social Spider in 2023 having previously worked for The Nursing Times and Property Week.

Josh Mellor

Josh Mellor

BBC Local Democracy Reporter

Josh covers the London boroughs of Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest as part of the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS). He began working for Social Spider soon after we won the LDRS contract in 2021. Josh has previously worked for MyLondon and Court News UK.

Olivia Opara

Olivia Opara

Tottenham Community Reporter

Olivia joined Social Spider in May 2022 as a community reporter for Tottenham, as part of the Community News Project being led by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in partnership with social media giant, Meta. Olivia grew up in Tottenham and has previously written for Pioneers Post, a social enterprise magazine; Metro Online Opinion; Exposure, a youth magazine. Olivia is currently undertaking her NCTJ Level 5 Diploma.

Maia Wolf

Maia Wolf

Advertising sales manager

Maia joined Social Spider in February 2022 to assist Klaudia in managing the expanding advertising department. She currently manages the advertising for Haringey Community Press and handles all licence adverts for our publications as well as working with one of our partner publications, West Leeds Dispatch. Maia’s academic background is in English literature, music and theatre studies. Maia was previously a performing musician and has a passion for reading.