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OUR PEOPLE

Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford, Patron

The proud bearer of the name Tavistock from the age of twenty-two until the 13th Duke died in October 2002 - forty years, the Duchess formally reopened the Tavistock Square gardens at a ceremony held in May 2011, stating that as the historic landowners of the square and the surrounding area since 1669, she “would like to be very involved in making the memorial happen”.

Tavistock Memorial Trustee

Philip Nelson, Chair

Originally from Norfolk and an excutive search consultant supporting charities and social enterprises with the appointment of CEOs, Directors, Chairs and Trustees, Philip led the campaign on behalf of the local community to restore the gardens to their former glory after the London Bombings and organised the opening ceremony which was performed by Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford on 21st May 2011.

In 2012, Philip established the 7/7 Memorial Trust and has since organised the first four 7/7 Memorial Lectures, including this years lecture which was the first of two official commerorations to mark the 10th anniversary. Philip also serves as Vice Chair of Best Beginnings, as a Trustee at nearby Coram's Fields, and supports Britain's young musical talent as one of a growing band of Angels at Awards for Young Musicians. 

Tavistock Memorial Trustee

Mark de Rivaz MA MBA FRICS, Trustee

Mark graduated from Cambridge University in Land Economy and has worked for many years in senior roles in the property industry, mostly in central London. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors since 1988, is a Liveryman with The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, a Freeman of the City of London and has a Masters in Business Administration.

In 1992 he was appointed Steward of The Bedford Estates in Bloomsbury. The Bloomsbury Estate has been in the ownership of the Russell family (The Dukes of Bedford) since 1669 and now comprises some 30 acres from the original 112 acres.

Tavistock Square was laid out by the Estate in the 1820s and takes its name from the courtesy title (Marquess of Tavistock) given to the eldest sons of the Dukes of Bedford. In 1950 the freehold of the garden in the Square was conveyed to the then St Pancras Borough Council by way of a gift from the 12th Duke.

Through his long association with Bloomsbury, Mark has established firm relationships with numerous local stakeholders, both public and private, and helps to maintain the important role that the Estate plays in the local community.

Tavistock Memorial Trustee

Philomena Gibbons, Trustee

Philomena Gibbons is Head of Operations at the Wellcome Trust, where she has worked for the past twenty five years, following an early career as an Arts Administrator and Modern Foreign Languages teacher. As part of Philomena's role at the Wellcome Trust she used to be responsible for overseeing the Trust's local community stakeholder strategy, which includes working with local schools, providing opportunities for staff to volunteer in the local community, forging links between the Wellcome Trust's public venue, Wellcome Collection, and the local community, and providing funding for projects that benefit the local community.

It was via this route that Philomena first became involved with the work of the Friends of Tavistock Square, and was invited to become a founder Trustee of the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust.

Grahame Russell, Trustee

The father of Philip Russell, Grahame was a Member of the project board that created the national memorial in Hyde Park and Chairman of the team that created 'The Book of Tributes', a personalised memorial by the families to those who died. He is also a Member of the Board which awards an annual scholarship to a student from Kingston University in the memory of his son.

Professionally, Grahame worked in the computer industry for over 40 years, whilst outside work he has served as Chair of a local Scout Group and he is also a Member of his local Parochial Church Council. He was also a member of the original steering group that was formed in 2011 to secure a new Memorial in Tavistock Square Gardens.

Nicholas Coghill, Trustee

Nicholas, a qualified accountant, has worked in the finance and investment industry for over 20 years and is currently the CEO of City Asset Management, the firm who employed Jamie Gordon who was a passenger on the No.30 bus. Previously Nicholas was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Equity division and Co-Head of the Europe and Middle East region for derivative sales where he built a highly successful team working mostly with wealth management and retail businesses.

Revd. Anne Stevens

Vicar of St.Pancras Church on the Euston Road since July 2012, Anne is a respected and popular local figure who has previously served as a Vicar of St.Michael's, Battersea and as Chaplain of Trinity College, Cambridge, whilst her early career was spent as a civil servant within the Home Office.