The Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Area benefits from a Shadow Steering Group, working towards forming a Neighbourhood Forum and Plan.
Until the Neighbourhood Forum is officially designated by Westminster City Council, and elections take place at a full General Meeting of members, this Shadow Steering Group will oversee activity.
There are 16 members of the Shadow Steering Group. As the Hyde Park and Paddington Neighbourhood Area has been designated a ‘Business Area’ by Westminster City Council, eight people are drawn from the local resident population, and eight from the local business scene.
Dr Allen Zimbler (BA Hons, MBA, PhD (Psychology)) has lived in Hyde Park Square for the last seventeen years and is Interim Chairman of the Hyde Park Estate Association. A former Full Professor of Business Administration at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he has recently retired as an Executive Director of Investec Bank Plc in London. He is Chairman of the Hyde Park Square Garden Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hyde Park Estate Association, where he has held the portfolio of Planning Officer for five years. He is a Governor of Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, and a member of the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table.
Sally Martin has lived with her family in the Hyde Park Estate since 1999, when she was posted to London as Chief Executive of Qantas for the UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa. She chose to remain in the UK at the end of her expatriate tenure and has since become a Non Executive Chairman, Director & Remuneration Chair of FTSE listed and start-up companies. She also advises private equity and investment banks in the UK, Europe & Middle East. Sally is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hyde Park Estate Association with responsibility for the Business Liaison & Transport portfolios and membership of the Planning & Royal Parks sub-committees. She is a Trustee of the Britain-Australia Society Education Trust UK, a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London, The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow (Guild), Tech Advocates London and La Jurade de Saint Emilion.
Bill Quinn, BSc(Econ), MBA has lived on the Hyde Park Estate for 19 years. Most of his past career has been spent in Marketing and General Management in the Electrical and Plastics Industries. He has served on the Committee of the Hyde Park Estate Association as a Licensing Officer and as a representative on the Association of Westminster Amenities Societies. Currently he is the HPEA Hon Treasurer. Bill is also an active member of the Metropolitan Police Services Neighbourhood Ward Panel.
Stephen has been Vicar of St John’s Hyde Park since 2002. Trained in the liberal catholic tradition, he was a curate in the northern town of Grimsby and a Vicar in Tunbridge Wells beforehand. Stephen believes that the church should reflect God’s love and be relevant to modern life. His vision is for St John’s to be the welcoming centre of a thriving community in twenty-first century London.
Sarah Clifford has lived in the Hyde Park Estate for ten years and is a committee member of the HPEA. She is a qualified chartered accountant who was a partner with EY for many years. Her recent focus has been on establishing Marylebone Boys’ School, a Westminster boys’ secondary school opening in Paddington in 2018, of which she is a founder and Chair of Governors.
Bernadette (Bernie) McKernan has lived in the Hyde Park Estate for almost 10 years. She is a qualified chartered accountant who worked in Deloitte Corporate Finance for many years. More recently she has held strategic change roles in the corporate sector. Bernie is also a co-opted member of the finance committee at the Trust for London, an independent charitable foundation which aims to tackle poverty and inequality in London.
Sergio Chiquetto has lived in the Hyde Park Estate for over 20 years and is now in the process of setting up and chairing the Southwick Mews Residents Association. Sergio is a Transport Planning Consultant with 26 years of academic and consultancy experience, having worked for various international engineering companies on numerous transport infrastructure projects for both the public and private sectors.
There is currently a vacancy for a Residential Representative.
Kay Buxton is a chartered planner and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. She began working in Paddington in 1998, after a tenure at Westminster City Council and various planning and community planning roles in London. With a background of 20+ years in urban policy and stakeholder engagement Kay was involved in the setting up one of the first BIDs in London, PaddingtonNow, and London’s 50th BID, Marble Arch London. Kay heads up these BIDs, and the Paddington Partnership, a developer-led collective in the Paddington Opportunity Area. Kay also sits on the Marylebone Forum Steering Group, for Marble Arch London BID, ensuring that the approach to our boundary with Edgware Road is co-ordinated.
As the CEO of European Land and Property Limited, Andrew Scrivener is committed to promoting Merchant Square’s philosophy of connecting people and encouraging work-life balance. Merchant Square is an 11-acre canal-side neighbourhood currently occupied by nearly 4,000 residents, with five bars and restaurants, a Virgin Active Gym and 6,000 people working in the offices of international brands. Andrew is a proven development professional with over 20 years’ experience across all asset classes. Prior to joining European Land, Andrew was MD of development at Grainger PLC, Director of Projects at Multiplex and Head of Projects for MEPC. In his spare time, Andrew is an active member of South Stoke Parish Council where he oversees local planning activities. European Land’s next phases of growth include both residential and office developments within the Merchant Square estate.
Mark McKeown (BA Hons, Post Graduate Certificate in Estate Management and ACII) has been the Residential Asset Manager for the Church Commissioners for the last ten years. The main asset is the Hyde Park Estate and Mark has implemented a number of projects to improve the estate such as the reintroduction of iron railings in Sussex Gardens with planning permission now granted for the three large Squares on the Estate. A new garden has been created behind Coniston Court as part of a wider greening strategy for the area.
Ian Lush has been Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity since December 2014, having previously been Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) for 11 years. Following an MA in music at the University of York, he started his career as a viola-player with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, before eight years as Marketing Director of the Barbican Centre. Ian was then Managing Director of the London Mozart Players from 1995 before joining the AHF. Ian was Lead Governor of Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust from 2012-15 having previously served on its strategy and redevelopment boards. He founded and directed ‘Discovering Places’, one of the major projects of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Alliance from 2005-13.
Will Clayton is the Managing Director of the Gresham Collective and is the PaddingtonNow BID nomination to the Steering Group. As a local businessman, Will wants to improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Paddington and Hyde Park Area on both a residential and business front. Will first moved to Paddington in 2001. In 2009 he began working in the area when he purchased the Pride of Paddington public house, opposite the current Crossrail development. He also operates the Cork & Bottle Wine Bar on Spring Street. Will has been vocal in several local community, charitable and security based projects. He chaired the local Pubwatch committee for several years and since 2014 has chaired the Security Committee for the PaddingtonNow BID. He joined their board of directors in 2012. He is also a qualified professional Private Investigator and runs an investigation, PI training and security consultancy team.
Paul Charalambous owns and operates Stylotel, a 50 bedroom budget boutique hotel and The Sussex Arms, a traditional pub; both located in the heart of Paddington. Paul has grown up for most of his life in the Paddington area and currently lives here. Taking on the family business at an early age, Paul has constantly strived to improve not only his businesses but the area surrounding them. Paul was involved from the beginning in the setting up of the Paddington Now BID and has sat on the Board from the outset, also enjoying the roles of both Chairman and Vice Chairman of the BID, and leading the marketing sub group. Paul’s particular interest in the area is that of achieving improvements to infrastructure and a better marketed Paddington.
Vaughan Smith began his career in the military sector, as Captain in the British Army’s Grenadier Guards, serving in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Germany. During the 1990s Vaughan worked as an award-winning independent cameraman and video news journalist covering wars and conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo and elsewhere. While working in the field he also ran Frontline Television News, an agency he set up to represent the interests of young journalists. The risks that frontline journalists took were great and nine members or former members were killed while working in the field. Vaughan founded the Frontline Club in Norfolk Place, Paddington, in 2003, which is dedicated to their memory. Vaughan, himself, was shot twice but escaped both times with light injuries. He is also the elected chairman of the Frontline Freelance Register, a representative body for 650 international freelance conflict journalists and works as an instructor on journalist safety programmes. Vaughan is the Chairman of the PaddingtonNow BID Board.
Air Commodore (Ret’d) Nigel Beet CBE spent 30 years in the Royal Air Force before joining the Victory Services Club (which is a charity) on Seymour Street as the CEO in September 2014. In his military career, Nigel served at a number of locations in the UK and abroad. He has a long history of supporting his community wherever he has lived. Additionally, he has previously been a Trustee of the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF Association, the RAF Central Fund and St Clement Danes, which is the RAF Church in the Strand. Through his work in the military and his contribution to a number of charities, he was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a CBE in 2013. He enjoys getting involved in the local community at home, including supporting events in the Village Hall and taking part in practical activities, including litter picks. Nigel is a Board Member of Marble Arch BID.
Chris Peers is the BID Manager for PaddingtonNow Business Improvement District and oversees their projects and schemes. These include directing the BID funded Police Team, a free commercial recycling scheme and a range of environmental improvement projects. Chris has been with PaddingtonNow since 2005, coming to them from careers with major Chambers of Commerce.
To contact any members of the Shadow Steering Group, please email HPP@paddingtonnow.co.uk