The STEERING Group

ALAN GYLE CHAIRMAN ...is Vicar of St Paul’s Knightsbridge in Wilton Place and has lived in Belgravia and has served its community for 14 years. After a university career in Aberdeen and Oxford, he was ordained here in London and has worked here or in the South East for the past 23 years, for a time as Minor Canon at Windsor Castle and as Chaplain to Imperial College and The Royal College of Art. In addition to degrees in theology and music, he is a trained organisational consultant and systemic team coach and is in demand locally and nationally to work with teams and groups in the Church, in the Third Sector and in the commercial world to help them function better. A Scotsman by birth, he is a keen musician and concert-goer - and although he loves Belgravia and its community, he escapes as often as possible to his homeland. 

ALAN GYLE
CHAIRMAN

...is Vicar of St Paul’s Knightsbridge in Wilton Place and has lived in Belgravia and has served its community for 14 years. After a university career in Aberdeen and Oxford, he was ordained here in London and has worked here or in the South East for the past 23 years, for a time as Minor Canon at Windsor Castle and as Chaplain to Imperial College and The Royal College of Art. In addition to degrees in theology and music, he is a trained organisational consultant and systemic team coach and is in demand locally and nationally to work with teams and groups in the Church, in the Third Sector and in the commercial world to help them function better. A Scotsman by birth, he is a keen musician and concert-goer - and although he loves Belgravia and its community, he escapes as often as possible to
his homeland. 

RANDA HANNA VICE-CHAIRMAN ...has been active in local planning matters for the last five years, overseeing the complicated Chelsea Barracks planning on behalf of residents as well as being a port of call for residents acting as a liaison with Westminster Council and the Grosvenor. Map Projects are also involved with the community having designed pro-bono both the Parklet on Elizabeth Street and the new Parklet outside Daylesford. Randa served on the Interim Working Group and is vice-chair of the Steering Group of the Belgravia Forum and the chair of its planning committee.

RANDA HANNA
VICE-CHAIRMAN

...has been active in local planning matters for the last five years, overseeing the complicated Chelsea Barracks planning on behalf of residents as well as being a port of call for residents acting as a liaison with Westminster Council and the Grosvenor. Map Projects are also involved with the community having designed pro-bono both the Parklet on Elizabeth Street and the new Parklet outside Daylesford.

Randa served on the Interim Working Group and is vice-chair of the Steering Group of the Belgravia Forum and the chair of its planning committee.

NIGEL HUGHES SECRETARY ...is a Chartered Building Surveyor who joined Grosvenor in 1985 as the area building surveyor for North Belgravia.  He has since held a number of roles, predominantly focused on the London Estate.  In his current role as The Estate Surveyor, Nigel’s principal remit is to ensure that Mayfair and Belgravia continue to thrive as sustainable urban villages in the 21st Century. He has a particular interest in planning and public realm and to that end, has good working relationships with Westminster City Council, Historic England and Transport for London. He has worked with community groups and amenity societies across Belgravia for many years and sees the Forum as an opportunity for enhancing community cohesion.   Nigel is Chairman of the Victoria Business Improvement District, a Director of the Better Buildings Partnership and Secretary of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum. He lives in Kingston Upon Thames and is married with one son.

NIGEL HUGHES
SECRETARY

...is a Chartered Building Surveyor who joined Grosvenor in 1985 as the area building surveyor for North Belgravia.  He has since held a number of roles, predominantly focused on the London Estate. 

In his current role as The Estate Surveyor, Nigel’s principal remit is to ensure that Mayfair and Belgravia continue to thrive as sustainable urban villages in the 21st Century. He has a particular interest in planning and public realm and to that end, has good working relationships with Westminster City Council, Historic England and Transport for London. He has worked with community groups and amenity societies across Belgravia for many years and sees the Forum as an opportunity for enhancing community cohesion.  

Nigel is Chairman of the Victoria Business Improvement District, a Director of the Better Buildings Partnership and Secretary of the Mayfair Neighbourhood Forum. He lives in Kingston Upon Thames and is married with one son.

MARY REGNIER-LEIGH   ...is a solicitor and senior consultant with Child & Child. She has lived and worked in Belgravia for nearly 13 years. She was a member of L B Lambeth for 12 years and sat on many committees including the planning committee. She was a member of the former Inner London Education Authority. She was a member of the Local Government Commission and the former Medical Practices Committee which she chaired for 6 years. She has been a trustee of several charities and was vice-chairman of National Osteoporosis Society. She is a director of Victoria Interchange Group and is involved in local amenity groups. She is keenly interested in local history. She is Chairman of the Group of Belgravia Forum and helped set up its infrastructure. She is now taking part in the community consultation process for Crossrail 2. 

MARY REGNIER-LEIGH
 

...is a solicitor and senior consultant with Child & Child. She has lived and worked in Belgravia for nearly 13 years. She was a member of L B Lambeth for 12 years and sat on many committees including the planning committee. She was a member of the former Inner London Education Authority. She was a member of the Local Government Commission and the former Medical Practices Committee which she chaired for 6 years. She has been a trustee of several charities and was vice-chairman of National Osteoporosis Society. She is a director of Victoria Interchange Group and is involved in local amenity groups. She is keenly interested in local history. She is Chairman of the Group of Belgravia Forum and helped set up its infrastructure. She is now taking part in the community consultation process
for Crossrail 2. 

LUCY ELPHINSTONE TREASURER ...who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge.  Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books.  Her vision is to create an interface between school and the community, preparing young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character and enterprise.  Flexibility, creativity, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, Young Enterprise, Robotics, Mindfulness, Hub Dot networking, Philosophy 4 Children, Place2Be and The Exploration Society.  She strongly encourages students to serve those around them and the School is closely involved in local charities and in service overseas.

LUCY ELPHINSTONE
TREASURER

...who started as Headmistress of Francis Holland School Sloane Square in September 2012, is an English graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge.  Prior to a career in teaching, she worked in publishing, property development and hospitality. As a ghost-writer, she has published six books.  Her vision is to create an interface between school and the community, preparing young women for the challenges of the workplace in the coming decade by creating an environment which develops skills and character and enterprise.  Flexibility, creativity, resilience, optimism and courage are the qualities she believes young women need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Amongst many initiatives, she has brought in the Extended Project Qualification, Young Enterprise, Robotics, Mindfulness, Hub Dot networking, Philosophy 4 Children, Place2Be and The Exploration Society.  She strongly encourages students to serve those around them and the School is closely involved in local charities and in service overseas.

ALASTAIR HUTCHINSON ...left a large firm of solicitors in the West End in 1994, seeking a more hands-on approach. He set up his own practice in Ebury Street and started working for a mix of local residents and local businesses. He has worked with surveyors, valuers, architects, developers, Grosvenor Estate, local councillors and the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. In 2011, he became chairman of the Belgravia Traders Association when Elizabeth Street was being re-developed.  As the works dragged on, he learned how much more can be achieved by working with Grosvenor and the local councillors instead of against them. Looking at Grosvenor’s plans for redevelopment and the proposals for Crossrail 2, he sees we have an opportunity to create something remarkable. He has no doubt that local residents, businesses, planners and Grosvenor can work together as never before, and that the Belgravia Forum can give a lead.

ALASTAIR HUTCHINSON

...left a large firm of solicitors in the West End in 1994, seeking a more hands-on approach. He set up his own practice in Ebury Street and started working for a mix of local residents and local businesses.

He has worked with surveyors, valuers, architects, developers, Grosvenor Estate, local councillors and the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.

In 2011, he became chairman of the Belgravia Traders Association when Elizabeth Street was being re-developed.  As the works dragged on, he learned how much more can be achieved by working with Grosvenor and the local councillors instead of against them.

Looking at Grosvenor’s plans for redevelopment and the proposals for Crossrail 2, he sees we have an opportunity to create something remarkable. He has no doubt that local residents, businesses, planners and Grosvenor can work together as never before, and that the Belgravia Forum can give a lead.

SANDRA WAGG JORDAN ...is a member of the Planning Committee of the Forum, formerly an investment banking executive, Sandra is currently Trustee and Chairman of a Charity involved with young people and the former Chairman of The Friends of Francis Holland. Sandra has lived in Belgravia for almost 20 years and is married with two children.

SANDRA WAGG JORDAN

...is a member of the Planning Committee of the Forum, formerly an investment banking executive, Sandra is currently Trustee and Chairman of a Charity involved with young people and the former Chairman of The Friends of Francis Holland. Sandra has lived in Belgravia for almost 20 years and is married with two children.

 
PAUL DAVIS ...is founding Partner of Paul Davis + Partners, a major UK & International Architects practice with offices in Belgavia, Chelsea & Hong Kong. Particular focus on central London prime residential, Listed Building & Conservation Area projects. Key Clients for over 30 years, Grosvenor, Cadogan, Crown, Sloane Stanley & Portman Estates. Other major long standing clients include Imperial College, Royal Hospital Chelsea, and Brompton & Harefield Hospital Trust. Responsible for over 500 Planning, Listed Building & Conservation Area Consents in Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Key projects :  Duke of York’s Campus in Chelsea including the Saatchi Gallery,  Cadogan Hall , 45 Park Lane, 3-10 Grosvenor Crescent , restoration of Wren Chapel & Great Hall at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Many private houses in Westminster. Architects Journal Practice of the Year & Top Sustainable Practice 2012. Past President of the Association of Consultant Architects. Former RIBA Vice President  & Honorary Librarian.

PAUL DAVIS

...is founding Partner of Paul Davis + Partners, a major UK & International Architects practice with offices in Belgavia, Chelsea & Hong Kong. Particular focus on central London prime residential, Listed Building & Conservation Area projects. Key Clients for over 30 years, Grosvenor, Cadogan, Crown, Sloane Stanley & Portman Estates. Other major long standing clients include Imperial College, Royal Hospital Chelsea, and Brompton & Harefield Hospital Trust. Responsible for over 500 Planning, Listed Building & Conservation Area Consents in Westminster and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Key projects :  Duke of York’s Campus in Chelsea including the Saatchi Gallery,  Cadogan Hall , 45 Park Lane, 3-10 Grosvenor Crescent , restoration of Wren Chapel & Great Hall at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Many private houses in Westminster. Architects Journal Practice of the Year & Top Sustainable Practice 2012. Past President of the Association of Consultant Architects. Former RIBA Vice President  & Honorary Librarian.

JOANNA WOOD ...is a ‘villager’ having lived with her family and worked in Belgravia for over 30 years.   She has a retail shop on Pimlico Road and has been Treasurer & Administrator to the Pimlico Road Association since its inception protecting the interests of local businesses and shopkeepers and helping promote the Design District.     She also is part of the Belgravia Traders Association with property on Elizabeth Street. Joanna Trading is her eponymous Interior Design business employing 20 people working worldwide as well as extensively in Belgravia giving her broad experience in the planning and development of the area. She is a Fellow of the BIID and a member of RIBA. She is dedicated to the future and historic integrity of her ‘village’.

JOANNA WOOD

...is a ‘villager’ having lived with her family and worked in Belgravia for over 30 years.   She has a retail shop on Pimlico Road and has been Treasurer & Administrator to the Pimlico Road Association since its inception protecting the interests of local businesses and shopkeepers and helping promote the Design District.    

She also is part of the Belgravia Traders Association with property on Elizabeth Street. Joanna Trading is her eponymous Interior Design business employing 20 people working worldwide as well as extensively in Belgravia giving her broad experience in the planning and development of the area. She is a Fellow of the BIID and a member of RIBA. She is dedicated to the future and historic integrity of her ‘village’.

 
STEFAN TURNBULL ...began his career with the City of London Corporation and Trafalgar House Group and then spent six years with European & Pacific Limited, where he managed investment and development partnerships with HSBC, Barclays, RBS and the Bank of Scotland.With a strong residential and commercial property development background, Stefan went on to co-found Urban Evolution in 1996, working on residential schemes and commercial portfolios across Central London.In 2005, he set up Cubitt House Limited, a successful hospitality business.  Since then, the Cubitt House business has grown exponentially and now employs over 250 staff across four Central London award winning public houses.Most recently, he has set up a sister company called Open House London Limited - a contemporary dining and drinking hospitality group, with the first Central London venue opening in March 2015. He lives in Belgravia with his wife, Gosia, and their three children.    

STEFAN TURNBULL

...began his career with the City of London Corporation and Trafalgar House Group and then spent six years with European & Pacific Limited, where he managed investment and development partnerships with HSBC, Barclays, RBS and the Bank of Scotland.With a strong residential and commercial property development background, Stefan went on to co-found Urban Evolution in 1996, working on residential schemes and commercial portfolios across Central London.In 2005, he set up Cubitt House Limited, a successful hospitality business.  Since then, the Cubitt House business has grown exponentially and now employs over 250 staff across four Central London award winning public houses.Most recently, he has set up a sister company called Open House London Limited - a contemporary dining and drinking hospitality group, with the first Central London venue opening in March 2015. He lives in Belgravia with his wife, Gosia, and their three children.    

HELENE ORATORE ...has lived in Belgravia for 15 years and has always been involved with numerous local committees. She has dealt with environmental matters ranging from street cleansing, recycling, refuse collection, dog fouling , contractors’  noise and disruption.  In addition she has considerable knowledge of planning regulations for basements and party wall matters.  She works extensively with the Westminster Councillors, Enforcement Officers, Grosvenor, the Safer Neighbourhood team and the Police. She was greatly involved in all the initial meetings for the planning, content and creation of the Forum’s website. She has been an extremely proactive member of the Interim Steering Committee. She was Treasurer and was responsible for managing donations and payments. She attended numerous events to secure third party funding and was successful in negotiating grants for the creation of the website and the production of the Forum’s literature. 

HELENE ORATORE

...has lived in Belgravia for 15 years and has always been involved with numerous local committees. She has dealt with environmental matters ranging from street cleansing, recycling, refuse collection, dog fouling , contractors’  noise and disruption. 

In addition she has considerable knowledge of planning regulations for basements and party wall matters.  She works extensively with the Westminster Councillors, Enforcement Officers, Grosvenor, the Safer
Neighbourhood team and the Police.

She was greatly involved in all the initial meetings for the planning, content and creation of the Forum’s website.

She has been an extremely proactive member of the Interim Steering Committee. She was Treasurer and was responsible for managing donations and payments. She attended numerous events to secure third party funding and was successful in negotiating grants for the creation of the website and the production of the Forum’s literature. 

NICOLA COTTIER ...is the former Head of St Peter’s Eaton Square Church of England Primary School and has been in post for the last five years, although she have been involved in schools in Westminster for twenty years. The families of her pupils either live locally or travel into Belgravia on a daily basis. In this way she is already closely linked to all that goes on in our neighbourhood. she firmly believes that it is important to be part of our local community, determining how our area will adapt and thrive in future.

NICOLA COTTIER

...is the former Head of St Peter’s Eaton Square Church of England Primary School and has been in post for the last five years, although she have been involved in schools in Westminster for twenty years. The families of her pupils either live locally or travel into Belgravia on a daily basis. In this way she is already closely linked to all that goes on in our neighbourhood. she firmly believes that it is important to be part of our local community, determining how our area will adapt and thrive in future.