Trustees and Staff


Ordinary trustee, elected by members

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.


Joint Vice Chair

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.


Nominated by RIBA

Faye is the Managing Director at Burrell Foley Fischer Architects with 20 years experience working on sensitive conservation projects, from alterations to the creative reuse of historic buildings. She is a dedicated Specialist Conservation Architect and Project Lead, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Historic Building Conservation from the Architectural Association. Faye also acts as a mentor for the RIBA conservation accreditation scheme and is a visiting lecturer. She is one of our newest Trustees having joined the Trust in 2021.


Joint Vice Chair

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.


Ordinary trustee, elected by members

Jim, who is an architect, was born and has lived all his life in London. He attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture and was one of the founder members of the Covent Garden Community Association back in 1970 and the Secretary of the Covent Garden Area Trust when first established in 1986.

Jim still practises architecture and his firm, Monahan Blythen Hopkins, specialises in the restoration of historic buildings and theatres including the Apollo, Lyric, Garrick, Vaudeville and Duchess theatres.

Jim lectures at a variety of architectural schools and firmly believes that architects have a vital role to play in addressing issues such as global warming and social and economic inequalities. 


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.



Ordinary trustee, elected by members

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.


Nominated by Westminster City Council (Conservative Party)

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.


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.


Nominated by Westminster City Council (Labour Party)

Jessica is a strategy, communications and advocacy specialist and has lectured at universities around the UK on human rights, and disaster risk reduction. She has also written about foreign affairs, international development and cross-government working.

Jessica also represents Westminster’s West End ward and was nominated as a CGAT trustee in May 2022.


Ordinary trustee, elected by 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.


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.


Trust Administrator

Alana joined the Trust as its Administrator in July 2019 and brings with her many years’ experience from the local government and charity sectors. Alana has always enjoyed delving into history and this aspect of the role especially appeals to her, along with the chance to see firsthand how Covent Garden’s history has been preserved over the years, and how the area will continue to develop in line with modern day demands.