Chairpersons – David Gibson is the current chairperson
The Society has been chaired by Leslie Wood, Raymond Harris, Beatrix Lehmann, James Ogilvy-Webb, Marion Harvey, Harley Sherlock, Andrew Bosi and David Gibson.
Andrew has been a resident of Islington since 1978 and a school governor since 1981. Andrew was the past chair of Islington Society from 1999 to 2010, a councillor and a member of the Planning Committee from 1990 to 1998 and a member of the London Forum of Civic Amenities Society, Planning and Transport Committee. Andrew regularly writes about cricket and transport issues.
David is originally from Warrington, Lancashire and came to Islington as a student at University College London. David trained as a modernist architect with James Stirling and Colin St John Wilson. He has a passion for architectural conservation and heads an architectural practice in Islington, established in 1987.
David believes that every building project deserves architecture of the highest quality.
Is fascinated by the uniqueness of Islington and wants to preserve the best of the environment here and improve the remainder. David was vice chairman of the Islington Society between 1995 and 2004 and has been Chairman since 2010.
David represents the Islington Society on the Angel and Nags Head Town Centre Management Groups, he is the chairman of Islington Building Preservation Trust, as well as a member of the principal national building conservation groups and a committee member of the Institute of Conservation Historic Interiors Group.
David has been a member of the Society for at least 30 years and on the committee for the previous 18 months. David has lived in Islington for 40 years and during that time restored a house, brought up a family who could not afford to live in Islington, had a career in the City as an accountant in the Lloyds Insurance market, set up an active residents association and been active in different aspects of Islington life including campaigns to improve the built environment and social conditions and thoroughly enjoys all that Islington has to offer. The only problem is in the lack of snow and mountains.
Frank has been a member of the committee since Marion Harvey’s chairmanship. Frank has on many occasions organised the Society’s annual dinner and is a regular contributor to the Society’s newsletter. Frank has lived in Islington since 1970, originally in Barnsbury and is married to Gill with 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Their daughter Susan lives in Islington with her 3 children.
Peter is the Society’s membership secretary. He has lived in Islington since 1974 and been a member of the Society for more than 20 years. Since 1991 he has lived with his family in Barnsbury and is now retired after a long career in and around the book publishing industry.
James Dunnett is a practising architect who has been a member of the Islington Society committee for about twenty years. He also writes about architecture and combines an interest in the Georgian past (he lives in a Georgian house) with an engagement with the theory and practice of architecture in the twentieth century . This means he is equally concerned with the legacy of the Modern Movement and how that is treated in Islington, in relation, for example, to Ashmount School or the legacy of Lubetkin and Tecton in Finsbury, and with guarding green spaces and the green environment generally.
Mary has been an integral member of the Islington Society since its foundation; one time Secretary now Vice President. Mary was the former Chairman and now President if Islington’s Archaeology and History Society. Mary took an English degree at St Anne’s College, Oxford; has worked with the Council of Industrial Design during the Festival of Britain and is a freelance journalist. Mary has published many booklets on Islington’s history and its first full length history since the mid 19th Century. Mary has also collaborated with the late Ian Lindsay on Inveraray and the Dukes of Argyll and in 2003 published Edinburgh, The Golden Age.
Robert is the Treasurer of the Society and been a member for two years. Robert is a founding partner of Colman Coyle, a solicitors’ practice he started with Howard Colman in Camden Passage in 1984. The firm has grown over the years but is still at the heart of Islington with offices overlooking Islington Green. Robert is also Chairman for the Angel Business Improvement District and a local resident.
Stuart first lived in Islington in the 1960s and returned permanently in 1974. He has been a member of the Islington Society for the past 8 years and a committee member for the last 2 years. Stuart has been Director of Collaborative Learning since 1983 and has worked in London schools over 35 years. Stuart has also been an Ofsted inspector for English/EAL and has taught language and reading development for the Open University.