Rotating Chair, The chair of the Barnet Society is currently rotating between the committee members until such time as a permanent chair is elected.
Robin Bishop, Planning and Environment Lead
I’ve lived in Barnet for 25 years. As an architect, I specialised in education and community buildings, and taught architecture and its history for many years. Now retired, I’m an active member of the Victorian & 20th Century Societies, and still passionate about good design and the environment.
Nicholas Jones, Vice Chair
We moved to Granville Road, High Barnet, in 1973 and have been in the same house ever since. Our son went to Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School and our daughter was a pupil at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School. I am a long-standing member of the Barnet Society and was chair of the committee for three years. As a life-time journalist (I was a BBC industrial and political correspondent for 30 years) my main input to the society is to write news stories and commentaries for the website and newsletter.
I have lived in Barnet for 35 years, firstly in East Barnet and later in New Barnet, having moved here from north Devon. I studied Transport Planning at university and worked for many years in the transport industry, including some time with British Rail. I’m therefore very interested in all aspects of public transport and advise the Society on how changes may affect travelling around the area.
On moving to Barnet in 2010 from Hampstead Garden Suburb, where I’d spent 4 years as the Residents Association’s planning lead, I took over that role at the Barnet Society from David Lee until Robin arrived 3 years later on his white charger. More recently, I answered the call for Treasurer. I also provide other support services to the Society while my strong interest in the preservation and enhancement of Chipping Barnet remains undimmed.
Kim Ambridge, Membership Secretary
I have lived in Barnet for 33 years. I am a CIMA qualified accountant and have worked in a variety of industries from oil to housing. I now work for myself, with a company, helping people save money on what they already buy as well as supporting environmental initiatives and green tariffs to help us all do our bit for the planet. I am a beekeeper with a couple of hives in my garden. I find this hobby fascinating, yet calming and am fortunate to have very understanding neighbours – bribed with honey of course! I enjoy the green open spaces and am becoming more aware of the flowers and trees in bloom through the year that may attract bees.
I took on the role of membership secretary in 2020 and am keen to promote membership and help raise awareness of local issues as well as promoting all good things happening in Barnet. I joined when there was a vacancy and I had some time available - nature has a way of filling a vacuum though and I have since become a very busy bee.
Eamonn Rafferty, Newsletter Editor
We moved to High Barnet in late 2006 and have never looked back. It's a great place to live and we have enjoyed our time here immensely. I can't think of living anywhere else. I was a sub-editor for nearly 40 years and an occasional writer on social and political affairs as well. I worked on nearly all the 'Fleet Street' nationals, spending 10 years at the Daily Telegraph and 18 years at the Financial Times. I edit the newsletter, which comes out about four times a year. I'm always in the market for a story about the many facets of life in High Barnet.
Frances Wilson, Minutes Secretary
I’ve lived in Barnet for 50 years. I am a retired Housing Manager responsible for managing social housing in London. I am passionate about social housing and the environment. I currently take the Minutes of the Society , organise the delivery of the Newsletters and represent the Society on the Barnet Rights of Way Group.
We viewed our house twenty one years ago and immediately fell in love with it and it’s perfect location. Our son could walk to school, our daughter to college, my husband to the station and me, I could walk to Waitrose and across green fields . Amazing! Having trained as a psychotherapist and having a background in retail, commerce and the high street, I soon became involved in local issues and a Barnet Society Committee member including for a period, Vice Chair. I established Love Barnet which I continue to promote and have three gorgeous grandsons.
Susan Skedd, Social Media
I am a Hertfordshire girl and so feel very much at home living in New Barnet. I work as a freelance historian and heritage consultant and volunteer as festival director of Barnet Medieval Festival. It is a privilege to be part of the Barnet Society and I am keen to widen our use of social media to share its important work with fellow residents of Barnet.
John Hay, Honorary Secretary
John is a Purchasing and Procurement professional who has lived in Barnet all his life. He has been a Churchwarden of St Mark's Church in Barnet Vale for a number of years and involved with the Chipping Barnet Team Ministry as a result. In October 2016 he took up the position of Membership Secretary until his term of office ended in June 2020. John was elected as Honorary Secretary of the Society in July 2021
Simon Watson, Website Maintainer
My wife and I moved to Barnet, on a slight whim in 2016. Needless to say we have not looked back. I love the local community feel, the green spaces, the history - while at the same time appreciating the challenges we face in terms of housing, facilities and looking to the future. Coming from a technical background helping with the website seemed a natural way for me to give something back.
I was born in Hadley Wood and have lived in Barnet for 40 years. I'm director of a landscape architecture consultancy and project manager with a specialist furniture company. I stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Barnet Council at the last election and am also a Governor with the JJBS.
My love for our trees, woods and greenspaces got me involved with the Barnet Society and I am currently involved with trying to get Tudor Park Pavilion building re-used, possibly as a Café for our community.
Chipping Barnet is a beautiful green environment with a wonderful community with an amazing heritage. We need to work together to protect our green spaces, improve transport integration and enable a coherent working, shopping and living environment, so it continues to be a relevant residential and commercial place for the future.