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BEN OLIVER

Nominated by the Royal Opera House

Ben has been working as Communications Manager at the Royal Opera House since 2016. He has extensive Whitehall experience, having worked previously at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as well as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Cabinet Office. He has managed high profile communications campaigns for the office of the Prime Minister and continues his public affairs liaison work at the Royal Opera House in his current capacity. He became a trustee in July 2018.

CHRIS BETTS RIBA, AABC

Nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects

Chris has worked as a qualified chartered architect for over 35 years, involved primarily with the conservation, repair and adaption of historic and listed buildings within sensitive settings across the UK and abroad. A great deal of his work has also involved peer reviews of fellow architect`s work within the historic building and conservation context. This includes his role as conservation adviser to The Crown Estate on their historic building portfolios at Regent’s Park, Kensington Palace Gardens and the St. James estates. Chris has been a trustee since 2007.

CHRIS MASON

Co-opted by Trustees in January 2019

Chris qualified as an architect in 1975 but soon moved into historic building and conservation area work. From the mid 1980s he migrated to project work on urban renewal schemes and town centre regeneration projects involving historic buildings and conservation work. After working on the Paddington redevelopment, Chris took on the role of Public Realm manager and oversaw the publication of Westminster Way (the Public Realm Manual) and the City’s Tree Strategy. Chris retired from Westminster City Council in 2015 and has been a trustee since January 2019.

ELIZABETH BAX

Elizabeth has been a resident of Covent Garden for 19 years and is actively involved in the local community. She is also a member and Trustee of the Covent Garden Community Association (CGCA). As current Chair of the CGCA’s Planning Sub-Committee she leads the recognised amenity society for Covent Garden in preparing responses to planning applications and liaising with developers on larger developments. Elizabeth has been a CGAT trustee since 2017.

JOANNA CHAMBERS

Nominated by the Royal Town Planning Institute

Joanna has been responsible for a range of master planning and regeneration work in the UK and overseas, and has extensive experience of development projects, working with delivery agencies and community consultation. She has also developed a particular expertise in open space planning and is a CABE Space Enabler. She is a member of the Regional Management Board (RTPI London) and Deputy Representative on the RTPI General Assembly. A trustee since 2009.

JOSEPHINE WEIR MBE

Nominated by the Covent Garden Community Association

Jo is a watercolour artist and has been a local resident of Covent Garden for more than 20 years. She is Chairman of the CGCA and the Central Westminster Police Consultative Group; serves on the board of the Jubilee Sports Hall and is a member of the Westminster Amenity Society Forum and the Soho Society Executive committee. Jo was awarded the MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for services to the community in London and has been a trustee since 1993.

MARK SHEARER, RICS

Nominated by Westminster City Council

Mark is a councillor for St James’s ward in Westminster, which includes Covent Garden. He was nominated as a trustee by Westminster City Council in February 2019.

PAUL DIMOLDENBERG

Nominated by Westminster City Council

Paul is Councillor for the Queen’s Park ward and has been a Westminster resident since 1973. An expert in public relations with over 20 years of experience, he founded Quatro Public Relations in 2007 and is Chairman of the company. He is a qualified Town Planner and a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. A trustee of the Speakers Corner Trust since 2007, he joined Covent Garden Area Trust as a trustee in 2017.

PAUL VELLUET, RIBA, HIBC

Ordinary trustee elected by the members

Qualifying as a chartered architect in 1975, Paul Velluet has worked primarily in the field of building conservation, including ten years as Regional Architect and Assistant Regional Director for English Heritage. His involvement with the conservation and development of Covent Garden began in 1978 on his appointment as the City Council’s Principal Conservation and Urban Design Officer for the south area of Westminster. Paul served as a nominated trustee between 1992 and 2004 and as an elected trustee between 2005 and 2010. He returned as a co-opted trustee in July, 2018.

PETER SCUTT

Trustee

Peter Scutt was an officer with the Greater London Council when he first joined its Covent Garden Team in 1981. He was involved with the management of Covent Garden Market from that time, through its subsequent ownership by Guardian Properties; developing its Apple Market and the programme of street theatre up until 1999. He joined Land Securities in 2001 to assist with the development of shopping centres including the award winning Whitefriars scheme in Canterbury and is now employed by Savills to manage that centre. A member of the Trust since 1999.

RANJIT SINGH

Nominated by Camden Council

Cllr Ranjit Singh is the Labour Councillor for Cantelowes Ward in the London Borough of Camden was nominated as a Trustee in October 2019.

TERRY ST.CLAIR

Ordinary trustee, elected by members

Terry St.Clair has been a professional musician for over forty years. He has been involved with Covent Garden since 1982 as a performer and a member of the Street Performers Association and the Covent Garden Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel. Terry was active in the mapping out of performance pitches on the East Piazza and James Street in collaboration with Westminster City Council. His music has been used in major films and he has written and published several articles and songs on the history of Covent Garden. Terry has been a member of the Trust since 2012 and a trustee since November 2018.

ALANA RHODEN

Alana joined the Trust as its Administrator in July 2019 and brings with her many years’ experience from the local government and charity sectors. She has always enjoyed delving into history and this aspect of the role especially appeals to her, along with the chance to work with a group who are responsible for the preservation of such a historically significant area.