Who we are

The Concilio team is comprised of politically active members who want to see the development this country needs take place. We also understand the need to ensure that local communities and stakeholders feel they are being engaged with, not just merely spoken to. If you would like to speak to one of the Concilio team, please find our contact details below.

Nick Dines

Nick Dines

Founder & Managing Director

Founder & Managing Director

Nick Dines

Nick is the founder and Managing Director of Concilio. Nick is a political activist of 20 years experience. His career started in 2001 at the Conservative Research Department and has included positions as Head of Press for the Conservatives at the London Assembly, Senior Media Officer at the award winning Westminster City Council Press Office, Director of Communications for the British Chambers of Commerce and Head of Corporate Communications for Travelodge. Nick was a Councillor in the London Borough of Enfield between 2014 and 2018. Outside of work, when Nick is not acting as a taxi driver for his daughter he is a keen runner, raising thousands of pounds a year for charity.

Varinder Bola

Varinder Bola

Programme Manager

Programme Manager

Varinder Bola

Varinder is Programme Manager at Concilio. He is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of some of our largest town planning, residential and transport infrastructure schemes. As a second-term Labour councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge and a member of the planning committee, Varinder has direct experience and knowledge of political issues and their impact on the planning process. In previous roles Varinder worked as a senior aide to a Labour MP through two General Elections, and as a parliamentary officer for a think-tank, forging close relationships with MPs, special advisers and councillors. Outside of work Varinder is a trustee of a peace and security think-tank and patron of a hate crime support service.

Siddo Dwyer

Siddo Dwyer

Head of Engagement

Head of Engagement

Siddo Dwyer

Siddo is Head of Engagement at Concilio. Formerly a constituency-based aide to two Labour MPs and a General Election campaign organiser, he brings his political knowledge and innovative techniques for community engagement to the role. Siddo also holds positions in London Labour’s regional and local structures. In his spare time, Siddo is a Community Panel Member of the Enfield Youth Offending Service, volunteers as a youth worker and supervises young offenders during community service activities.

Vanisha Solanki

Vanisha Solanki

Account Executive

Account Executive

Vanisha Solanki

Vanisha leads on all of Concilio’s research, producing our widely read GLA Newsletter and providing background material for all projects. Vanisha holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Birmingham and is a former Chair of its Labour Students club. Actively involved in the Labour Party, Vanisha has recently been elected as a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge. In her spare time Vanisha has undertaken the Uprising Leadership Programme and is currently undertaking the Fabians Women’s Networking Programme.

Toby Davis

Toby Davis

Account Executive

Account Executive

Toby Davis

Toby is an Account Executive at Concilio, working on a number of projects across London and the Eastern Region. Toby graduated from the University of Southampton in 2017, with a degree in Modern History and Politics. Following University, Toby undertook internships with Conservative MP Bob Blackman, and at global Public Affairs agency, Hume Brophy. Toby also campaigned for Zac Goldsmith to be Mayor of London in 2016. When not working incredibly hard, Toby enjoys watching and playing rugby and football. He is also a bit of a theatre buff, and keen actor with dreams to be on the West End Stage.

Xenia Selefkou

Xenia Selefkou

Office Manager

Office Manager

Xenia Selefkou

Xenia runs Concilio’s ever growing office and delivers all of the events we organise for ourselves or clients. Xenia has over a decade’s experience as an event and office manager, delivering everything from small, private dinners to 500-strong conferences at both the Greater London Authority and the Association of British Insurers. Xenia is a keen runner and is running the upcoming London Parks Half Marathon on behalf of Concilio’s charity partner, SHP.