Community leader, Yashar Ismailoglu has had varied career but since moving to London more than 30 years ago he has worked tirelessly for the Turkish and Kurdish community in Hackney.
From custard to custody, Hackney local Leila Deen tells Etan Smallman why the environment is no laughing matter - and why she's happy to be basking in the limelight.
An improbably fashionable girl prances through the door, beret in hand. "Hot chocolate, please," she breathes, leaning a 1970s bicycle and basket against dozens of others. This is Broadway Market's Lock 7 cafe, where cyclists are free to park their bikes indoors while they have a coffee.