Committee

The following were elected to the committee at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

Alex Nicoll (Chair) 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 38 years. 

Stephen Taylor (Vice Chair) 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. He was chair of Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum from 2020 until 2022.

Janine Griffis 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. She was chair of Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum from its foundation in 2014 until 2020.

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.

David Castle is an architect, now retired, who has lived in the area most of his life. He chairs the Planning Subcommittee of the Heath & Hampstead Society and was Vice Chair of Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum from 2014 to 2020.

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.
    
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 is a member of the Heath & Hampstead Society's Planning Subcommittee, as Tree Officer.  She has an interest in Hampstead's veteran trees, in the interaction of water, in Hampstead’s geology, trees and building work, in sustainability, and in protecting trees erroneously blamed and condemned for causing subsidence.

Andrew Haslam-Jones is a partner in a niche commercial law firm. He is chair of the Town subcommittee of the Heath & Hampstead Society.

Sean Lask is a property investor and developer.

Elena Moynihan is a business analyst and project manager. She has lived in Hampstead for 30 years. Her children attended local schools and she is active in local charities. (Resigned from committee May 2022)

Glen Robinson is a semi-retired architect and environmentalist living in Hampstead and who, until 2015, had an architectural practice based in Belsize Park for over 25 years. The practice specialised predominantly in community architecture, social housing and heritage projects.

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. 

Guy Wingate has lived in Hampstead for over 50 years and is the fourth generation of his family to have done so. He is passionate about preserving and protecting the Village and led the campaign to save The Old White Bear pub from residential development in 2014. He is also a Trustee of Hampstead Community Action, the charity that oversees the running of the Hampstead Community Centre and Community Market. Educated locally at New End and UCS, his career in media included being a key member of the original team that created London’s Kiss FM. As well as radio, he has also worked extensively in music, television and cinema.

The following are ex-officio members, not subject to election at the AGM

Cllr Marcus Boyland (Gospel Oak)
Cllr Adrian Cohen (Hampstead Town)
Cllr Jenny Mulholland (Gospel Oak)
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
 
Dr Michael de Freitas Chartered Geologist, Emeritus Reader of Engineering Geology, Imperial College
Anne Clarke AM London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden
Peter Kohl attorney
Sowmya Parthasarathy architect
Richard Price solicitor
Redmond Szell