Committee

At the Annual General Meeting on 3 March 2016, the following were elected members of the committee for the next year. 

Janine Griffis (Chair) has a professional background in public relations and has lived in Hampstead since 1992. Active in a number of local organisations, she has been chair of the Pilgrim's to Willoughby Residents Association since 2001 and chaired the Camden Community Police Consultative Group for seven years.

David Castle (Vice-chair) is an architect, now retired, who has lived in the area most of his life. He chairs the Planning Subcommitee of the Heath & Hampstead Society. 

Stephen Taylor (Secretary) first came to Hampstead as a student at what was then Westfield College. He was married in Hampstead Town Hall, and has since lived and worked around the world. In 2001 he returned to Hampstead, where he writes software for a living.

Alex Nicoll (Communications) is a writer and editor. He was a journalist at the Financial Times and Reuters, and a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has lived in Hampstead for 30 years.

Stuart Flude (Treasurer) manages The Armoury, a charitable trust gym opposite the Royal Free Hospital. With a Sports Science degree, he has worked in a 20-year career for Fitness First, Esporta and David Lloyd Leisure, fulfilling his passion for helping people to become healthier. Working for the Jubilee Hall charitable trust, he is able to expand this help to a broader audience and in particular to grow a feeling of community within the gym itself.

Linda Chung has a background in HR and business development. The majority of her professional career was dedicated to international executive search and selection but her interests are also in public service, particularly the health sector. She has served on the boards of several health authorities and latterly for a large health trust. She has considerable voluntary and charitable interests, and works with several local and national charities. Linda was a Camden Councillor in 2008–14, when she held the Shadow Culture and Environment Portfolio.

Oliver Froment has extensive knowledge of the construction industry accumulated over two decades of experience in Europe, the USA and Japan. He has patented concrete expansion joints and run a company manufacturing concrete vibrating equipment and construction safety equipment sold all over the world. Over the last five years he has accumulated first hand knowledge of basement construction issues in Hampstead and Camden. 
Vicki Harding has been an NHS physiotherapist all her working life and has lived in and around Hampstead since 1975. She has volunteered with Heath Hands since its formation, taking part in their Ancient Tree Survey of the Heath. She joined The Heath & Hampstead Society Planning Subcommittee as Tree Officer 7 years ago. She has an interest in the veteran trees within Hampstead town, the interaction of water, Hampstead’s geology, trees and building work, in sustainability, and in protecting trees erroneously blamed and condemned by the subsidence industry.

Andrew Haslam-Jones has been assisting the Forum over the past year in connection with its constitution and other matters. He lives in Hampstead and is a solicitor and a partner in a niche law firm in the City of London.

Sowmya Parthasarathy is an architect and urban designer. She has lived and worked in New Delhi, San Francisco, New York, as well as London, and Hampstead tops her list of special places. She is also a New End mum and conveniently lives with her family on Streatley Place.

Fiona Reeve is a graphic designer who has run her own business since 2003. Having grown up in Australia, she moved to Hampstead over ten years ago. She takes a keen interest in local planning issues and is Secretary of the Sandy Road and The Village Residents’ Association. She is also a long-standing member of The Heath & Hampstead Society.

Melissa Remus Elliot is Headmistress of Heathside School.

Nicola Sinclair (co-opted on 4 May 2016) has lived in NW3 for about 20 years, apart from a short period living in New York City. She has been involved in the Downshire Hill Residents Association since moving into the road. Nicola has a background in banking and psychoanalysis. Formerly a Director at ING and before that JPMorgan, she is currently a full time mum to two children, both of whom attend Hampstead schools. 

Ben van Bruggen is an urban planner, with a background in urban design and town planning. He has worked for government, public and private sector and now runs his own consultancy. He has lived in Hampstead for 15 years and is passionate about making places better for people.

Clyde Whittaker spent 20 years in the IT industry, latterly as a board director in the finance sector, and has lived in Hampstead for 13 years. His specific interests are housing quality, traffic and the street environment. A member of the Georgian Group, he belongs to Hampstead’s bell-ringing team and is a Vice President of Epsom Hospital Radio.

 

Ex-officio members
 
Cllr Siobhan Baillie (Frognal & Fitzjohns)
Cllr Theo Blackwell (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Oliver Cooper (Hampstead Town)
Cllr Tom Currie (Hampstead Town)
Cllr Maeve McCormack (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Larraine Revah (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Stephen Stark (Hampstead Town)
 
Advisers to the Committee
 
Carissa Bub
Dr Michael de Freitas Chartered Geologist, Emeritus Reader of Engineering Geology, Imperial College
Andrew Dismore London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
Renata Giacobazzi Giacobazzi’s
Martin Humphery HACAC
Peter Kohl attorney
Andrew Parkinson planning barrister 
Richard Price solicitor
Kimry Schlacter town planner
Redmond Szell

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