Committee

At the Annual General Meeting on 18 March 2019, 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 35 years.

Clyde Whittaker (Treasurer) 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.

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 first-hand experience in many aspects of planning in Camden, extending over more than 10 years. He has changed Camden’s basement policies to better protect residents and he wrote the Neighbourhood Plan policies on basements. Oliver has also successfully challenged planning applications, planning appeals, party-wall awards and residential arbitration procedures in Hampstead, and developed Grade-1 listed residential buildings in Hertfordshire. He has prior construction equipment experience in the building industry in Europe, the USA and Japan, and has patented concrete construction joints.
 
Marcos Gold is the newly-appointed manager of the Hampstead Village Business Improvement District (BID). He grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to the US to pursue a degree in Political Science and Sociology at Arizona State University, where he graduated with honours. He then spent three years working at the UK Parliament for David Lidington MP. Marcos then transitioned into consultancy at Four Public Affairs where he advised clients including Business Improvement Districts.
    
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.

Nicola Sinclair 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 fulltime mum to two children, both of whom attend Hampstead schools. 

 

 

Ex-officio members
 
Cllr Marcus Boyland (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Oliver Cooper (Hampstead Town)
Cllr Maria Higson (Hampstead Town)
Cllr Jenny Mulholland (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Henry Newman (Frognal and Fitzjohns)
Cllr Andrew Parkinson (Frognal and Fitzjohns)
Cllr Larraine Revah (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Gio Spinella (Frognal and Fitzjohns)
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
Peter Kohl attorney
Sowmya Parthasarathy architect
Richard Price solicitor
Redmond Szell

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