Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust is a registered charity, managed by a Board of Trustees. There is also a wholly-owned trading subsidiary, Highgate Cemetery Limited.
The Lord Palumbo of Walbrook
Adam Cooke has been a trustee since 2013 and was appointed as Chair in 2017. He qualified as a solicitor and until 2017 was a partner of the global law firm DLA Piper where he specialised in intellectual property. In 2017 Adam joined the first cohort of Now Teach and spent a year training as a science teacher in challenging schools in London.
Adam's interests include the history and conservation of buildings as well as natural history and of course law. He is a trustee of another charity, SOS Sahel International UK. It assists marginalised communities, especially nomadic cattle herders and other pastoralists, in Ethiopia and Sudan.
Martin Adeney is an appointed trustee nominated by the Highgate Society in 2017. He is a journalist and broadcaster who has lived in Highgate for 40 years. A former Industrial Editor of the BBC and Vice President of Public Affairs for ICI, Martin is Chair of the charity, The Friends of the Highgate Bowl and a former trustee of the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation.
Committees: Finance, Governance
Doreen Aislabie became a trustee in 2017. She has been a Friend for ten years and volunteers regularly by taking tours, working on monument/landscape clearance and tending war graves. Doreen has worked in occupational health for over 30 years and is a member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
Katy Baldwin is a senior civil servant who has worked at the National Archives, HM Treasury and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Prior to the civil service Katy worked at museums, archives and historic buildings in Derbyshire and studied for a Masters in Cultural Heritage at UCL.
April Cameron was appointed as a trustee in 2015. She was Head of the School of Garden Design and Horticulture at Capel Manor College for some years prior to her retirement in 2013. April has a specific interest in increasing the range of planting in the cemetery in order to improve biodiversity and to manage the planting to preserve the ‘special atmosphere’ of the cemetery.
Committees: Conservation Working Group, Landscape, Pateman Memorial Fund
Charles Essex became a trustee in 2016. He is an FCA chartered accountant and has a financial/business advisory background. He built up his firm Rayner Essex from the beginning to become a successful practice in central London and St Albans with 12 partners and some 75 staff. As its managing partner, Charles had experience with charities, HR and especially assisting clients grow their businesses.
Dr Patricia Hardy was elected as trustee in 2016. She is an art curator, currently working in Newmarket, managing the collections and programming at the recently renovated National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. Pat previously worked at the Museum of London, National Portrait Gallery and National Museums Liverpool as curator, focusing on British eighteenth and nineteenth-century art.
Committee: Conservation Working Group
Nicola Jones was elected as a trustee in 2018. She is a chartered accountant (ACA), with over 25 years’ cross-sector experience in finance, audit and governance. She is currently the Head of Finance at the Museum of London. She is also a qualified project manager, successfully guiding clients through changes to their financial processes and controls.
Lucy Lelliott became a trustee in 2015. As a former Chair of trustees of a national bereavement charity, she has wide-ranging experience of governance issues and charity law. She was a paralegal for 30 years working with solicitors in various areas of law including probate. Now, as a charity adviser, Lucy assists small charities to grow; advising on governance issues and helping to develop legacy fundraising and marketing strategies. She is trained in bereavement and loss counselling and currently volunteers with the Coroner’s Courts Support Service.
Committees: Governance (Chair)
Matt Lewis was elected as a trustee in 2013. He is a chartered accountant, and in 2016 retired from the global accounting firm KPMG where he worked for 30 years, 20 years as a partner. He is also a trustee of the Weald & Downland Museum in Sussex and a governor of Middlesex University.
Committee: Finance (Chair)
Teresa Sladen was elected as a trustee in 2016. She studied sculpture at Camberwell School of Art and later went on to obtain a degree in History of Art and Architecture at London University. She joined the staff of the Victorian Society in 1983 remaining there for 10 years. Since then she has worked as a freelance consultant on historic buildings, carrying out many surveys of historic churches and helping to compile conservation plans for buildings such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and Salisbury Cathedral. A founder member of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust, Teresa compiled a gazetteer of all the mausoleums in England and published this on the web. She is now researching the life of the sculptor Alfred Stevens who is buried in Highgate Cemetery.
Committees: Conservation Working Group, Landscape (Chair)
Eve Wilder became a trustee in 2017. She has a long association with Highgate Cemetery as a volunteer guide and a grave owner. Her background is in History of Design having gained an MA from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art, and she has lectured extensively in Contextual Studies. Eve has also worked in interior design and has project-managed the restoration of listed properties. She supports the North London Hospice and has collaborated with them on major fund-raising projects.
Committee: Events (Chair)
Dr Tye Blackshaw was appointed as a Protector in 2016. She is an art historian with degrees in medieval and Victorian architecture. She sits on the Highgate Society Council and is a member of its Planning Group, which works to protect the Conservation Area. Tye contributed to The Story of the Highgate Society and was one of the authors of the Highgate Modern Homes exhibition. She has also written for Pevsner’s Buildings of England series and The Victoria County History.
Richard Morris has been a Protector since 2014. He became a member of FOHC in 1993 when he helped as a volunteer with ticket sales and guided tours. Richard served as a trustee of FOHC from 1994 until 2009, and then again, after a year’s break, for a further three years until 2013. He is a chartered accountant.
Philip Williams was appointed as a Protector in 2017. He is an artist/painter with a studio based in the local area. He has lived in Highgate for more than 20 years. Prior to concentrating on his artistic practice, Philip worked for many years in the finance industry in the UK and Asia. He is also a Board member of a major housing association, delivering affordable housing in London and the South-East region.
Dr Ian Dungavell FSA AICCM Chief executive [ian(at)highgatecemetery.org]
Justin Bickersteth AICCM Registrar and memorials
Frank Cano Head gardener
Nikki Druce Volunteering manager
Judith Etherton Archivist
Victor Herman Sexton
Sally Kay Bookkeeper
Nick Powell Visitor experience manager
Lucy Thompson Operations manager
and five gardeners!
Directors of the trading company:
Adam Cooke (Chair)
Dr Ian Dungavell