Covent Garden

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Trustees & Other Staff

Mark Dennis (Chairman)

Mark Dennis (Chairman)

Nominated by the Covent Garden Business Forum

Mark graduated with a Master's degree in Heritage Management from the University of Greenwich and has worked in Estates Policy in the Civil Service and on the management team of a Grade I listed building. He is currently a Museum Curator and has worked in Covent Garden since 1999. A Trustee since 2015.

David Shamash (Vice-chairman)

David Shamash (Vice-chairman)

Ordinary Trustee, elected by the members

David and his wife bought and restored a derelict house in Floral Street in 1977 and he now lives and works there. He went on to found Covent Garden Group Limited, a property development and investment company that specializes in the restoration of listed buildings. They started with two developments in Covent Garden and other completed developments include Millers Wharf, a large warehouse conversion by St Katherine’s Dock with Terry Farrell as architect, and a five-storey Grade I listed house in Great Pulteney Street in Bath. A Trustee from 2004 to 2010, re-elected 2011. He was elected Vice-Chairman in April 2016.

Elizabeth Bax

Ordinary Trustee, elected by the members

Elizabeth has been a resident of Covent Garden for 19 years and is actively involved in the local community. She is a member and Trustee of the Covent Garden Community Association (CGCA), and has served as Hon. Secretary. 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.

Chris Betts RIBA, AABC

Chris Betts RIBA, AABC

Nominated by the Royal Institute of British Architects

Chris studied architecture at both the Birmingham and Brighton Schools of Architecture. He joined Purcell Miller Tritton in 1992 and is now a senior principal. He has worked on a wide range of buildings and is experienced in conservation studies, condition surveys and long-term maintenance programmes for historic buildings. A Trustee since 2007.

David Bieda

David Bieda

Ordinary Trustee, elected by the members

David’s involvement in Covent Garden began as a youth worker when he organised and led a two-week Objection at the 1971 Covent Garden Public Inquiry which helped prevent the area’s wholesale demolition. He was elected onto the Covent Garden Forum of Representatives (1974-1984) which drew up and saw through the new Covent Garden Action Plan and together with the late Grace Cook, he negotiated with the London Residuary Body and others to set up the Trust. He chaired the Trust’s Environment Sub-Committee and was involved in the two Studies (published in 1997 and 2004) arising from it. He also chairs The Seven Dials Trust. A founder Trustee, he served from 1988 to 1994 and was re-elected in 2012.

Joanna Chambers

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.

Hywel David

Hywel David

Nominated by the Royal Opera House

Hywel joined the staff of the Royal Opera House in June 1994. He is currently Corporate Relations Manager based in the ROH Press and Communications department and supporting Chief Executive Alex Beard's communications strategy. From 1995, in the run up to and during the ROH re-development, he was Community Relations Manager during which time he was a member of the Trust. A Trustee since 2011.

Paul Dimoldenberg

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.

Hugh Fowler

Hugh Fowler

Ordinary Trustee, elected by the members

Hugh has spent most of his life working in the restaurant industry and owned restaurants in Covent Garden from 1985 to 2007. More recently as Managing Director of CG Restaurants Ltd he came into contact with the Trust whilst overseeing the regeneration of Tuttons. Hugh retired from CG Restaurants in 2013 and now advises start up leisure businesses. A Trustee since 2013.

Louise Hyams

Louise Hyams

Nominated by Westminster City Council

Louise is one of the three councillors for the St James’ ward which includes Covent Garden and was Lord Mayor of Westminster in 2007-08. She is Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult and Community Services and also serves on the Children and Young People Policy and Scrutiny Committee and the Planning Applications sub-committee. A Trustee since 2007.

Sue Vincent

Nominated by London Borough of Camden

Sue is Councillor for the Holborn and Covent Garden ward and a former deputy leader and cabinet member for Planning, Transport & the Environment for the London Borough of Camden. Since 1989 she has been working in the field of urban design training, partnership building and planning. Sue is also currently a Director of Dragon Hall Trust, an urban oasis for diversionary youth activities in Covent Garden and a Director of the Covent Garden Community Centre at Seven Dials. Sue is a contributing author to the recently published national Design Companion for Planning & Placemaking.

Josephine Weir MBE

Josephine Weir MBE

Nominated by the Covent Garden Community Association

Jo has been a local resident for more than 20 years and is a watercolour artist. She is Chairman of the CGCA, Chairman of the Central Westminster Police Consultative Group, on the board of the Jubilee Sports Hall, a member of the Westminster Amenity Society Forum and is on 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. A Trustee since 1993.

Covent Garden Area Trust
42 Earlham St, The 7 Dials Club, London WC2H 9LA
Tel: 020 7497 9245 | admin@cgareatrust.org.uk
Registered Charity No: 299874. Registered at Companies House, Cardiff. Registered No: 02280893.

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