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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.

Vice Presidents

Derek Barratt
Ian Kelly


Liz Fuller

Liz Fuller worked for 19 years as a solicitor at a senior level in the City of London advising on sophisticated financial transactions before leaving to requalify in building conservation. She now works for SAVE Britain's Heritage, the charity campaigning for historic buildings at risk. 


Paul Candler

As a senior civil servant in several Government Departments Paul Candler  has developed extensive strategic and administrative skills, and has a strong track record in particular of overseeing large projects, as a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Oxford University’s Business School.

Simon Edwards

Prior to retirement, Simon Edwards was a director of the property services company, Savills, where he had a long career advising high net worth clients about the best strategies to maximise both capital and income from their property assets. As well as being a tour guide at the Cemetery, Simon is Chair of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, and a trustee of the Lady Gould Charity.

Claire Jebson

Claire Jebson has extensive experience gained in both the commercial and charity sectors. She has experience of taking significant financial decisions, including capital investment opportunities and working with stakeholders with a range of objectives. In addition, she has considerable experience of breaking down complex financial plans into achievable milestones and minimising risk both in the annual plan and large multi-year projects.

Steve Kennard

Steve Kennard an architect with over 35 years’ experience designing, managing and delivering projects, in commercial and public sector environments in a variety of roles, on projects both large and small. His involvement with listed buildings like Battersea Power Station and County Hall has given him great insight into the technical and personal skills necessary to work on iconic buildings and places of historical importance.  The Cemetery is a very special example of this, one that he has grown to love in the 30 years that he has lived in Highgate.

Neil McLaughlin

Neil McLaughlin is an accredited conservation architect with long experience of working at two of the most esteemed conservation architecture practices in the UK. His work almost entirely involves listed buildings including galleries, museums, churches and visitor attractions. 

Stuart Orr

Before retirement in 2016, Stuart worked as Head of Information Management in various large organisations. He has a long-standing interest in history and, following retirement, started volunteering at Highgate. He has since been a very regular tour guide and a member of the Group maintaining War Graves. 

John Robinson

John Robinson has extensive experience as a finance director in commercial professional services firms like BCG and White & Case. Over the last ten years he has worked in the charity sector both as Finance Director and as a Trustee.  He also works as a volunteer mentor for the CIPD, Charity Finance Group and Brunel University. 

Charo Rovira

Charo Rovira has been project curator for major exhibitions at the British Museum and currently works at the Library of the Institute of Classical Studies where she uncovers stories from the past through its archival collections. She has been a tour guide at Highgate since 2018 and her background as an archaeologist included working at sites such as Hadrian's Villa in Rome. 

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith has 40 years of experience as a professional horticulturalist, including teaching at Capel Manor and RHS Wisley, as well as working as Landscape Manager at the Grosvenor London Estate. He is working on a PhD on eighteenth century landscapes. 

David Stanford

David Stanford is an architect who has been involved with the design and delivery of a large number of major projects. He was a founding director of what become one of the country's largest architectural practices. 

Andrew Yeo

Living in Highgate for over forty years and as a volunteer at the Cemetery since 2010, I have a strong sense of the significance of the Cemetery within the local community and am interested in how this relationship can be further developed.  As an accountant  with a background in finance and service industries I have significant experience in the delivery of large projects. 



Dr Ian Dungavell FSA AICCM  Chief Executive [ian(at)]
Frank Cano Head Gardener
Judith Chadbourne FCCA  Head of Finance
Leo Crane Director of Development
Kim Nazarko Volunteering Manager
Judith Etherton Archivist
Victor Herman Sexton
Leighann Heron Project Director
Claire Freston AICCM Registrar and memorials
Sally Kay Bookkeeper
Nick Powell Visitor Experience Manager
Guinevere Short Head of Operations
Kate White Project Director

and five gardeners!

Highgate Cemetery Limited

Directors of the trading company:
Dr Ian Dungavell
Steve Kennard
Lucy Lelliott