MEET THE COMMITTEE
Charles is a former BBC sports executive, now a self-employed consultant and lecturer across a range of work in media, sport and broadcasting. He’s lived in Southfields for over 20 years, and fully involved in community life as both Governor of a local primary school and Chair of the Southfields Grid Residents’ Association. Living close to Coronations Gardens Charles would like to have its facilities upgraded and extended to be enjoyed by everyone, locals and visitors alike.
Philippa Haslegrave has a background in PR and Journalism.
She has worked with a variety of clients, most notably our Wimbledon neighbours, the All England Lawn Tennis Club. She is the former editor of the Southfields Grid Resident’s Association newsletter, Grid News, and has lived in Southfields for over 10 years.
After looking at countless houses in Southfields, it was the views of Coronation Gardens that made her buy her home in Pirbright Road.
Design & Planning
Ellora runs her own business in interior architecture and planning. She's spent most of her life growing up in Southfields as both a child and now a mum of two.
Ellora would like to see a treasured green space, like Coronation Gardens revived, to better meet the needs of the local community. It’s a forgotten historical garden, that has the potential to become a treasured and happy haven for both families and all local residents.
Wendy Cater has lived at three addresses in the borough for over 40 years and has long served on various committees for the Wandsworth Society.
Wendy is particularly keen on cherishing the open spaces we are so fortunate to have. Coronation Gardens is now ever-present in her eyeline!
Mario has worked at the Treasury for over 15 years and is a resident of Pirbright Road, he and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Southfields for a just about a decade. They love using Coronation Gardens with their two young children (Sebastian 5 and Rosalind 4, both at Sheringdale Primary School).
Mario is a qualified accountant CGMA/ACMA. He loves Southfields because of its community spirit and the many green spaces. For his family, during the recent lockdown, having Coronation Gardens nearby was a total life-saver.
Geoff has lived in Southfields for 23 years, after moving from Clapham. He is keen on all things eco especially buildings, and was a founding member of the Sustainable Development Commission. He has worked in computing and design in the City, and taught at several Universities.
Geoff would like to see more natural, informal and sustainable gardening with edutainment facilities, such as a greenhouse, originally on the site, and ponds designed to improve the ecosystem.
Tara has lived in Southfields for 23 years. She worked as an occupational therapist in local mental health services for 20 years before retraining as a professional gardener.
She currently works as a self-employed gardener using organic methods and soil regeneration practices as well as working part-time for a local mental health charity. Tara is passionate about the power of gardening to transform lives and communities and would like to see local people actively involved in growing a beautiful, productive and biodiverse Coronation Gardens.
Former Vice Chair
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A Graphic Designer by trade, since leaving the BBC Brands team, Susannah supports the local community by giving new local businesses the design tools they need to trade and by organising community events such as book clubs, street parties and easter egg hunts.
Susannah's house backs onto Coronation Gardens and she is keen to improve and make the Gardens a safer, cleaner green space to be proud of in Wandsworth
“Make the space we all use a better one”
As The Friends of Coronation Gardens in liaison with Wandsworth Borough Council and/or its contractors would include:
• Acting as a forum for all residents and users of the Gardens, to raise, discuss and agree any issues regarding any aspect of its use.
• Coming up with suggestions for promoting the Gardens, which may include an annual open day, cultural festivals or other commercial or community events.
• Liaising regularly with Wandsworth Council and its contractor Enable plc about the current state of the Gardens, or any improvements that could be made.
• Subject to agreement and help from Enable, applying for external grants for one-off projects where the current maintenance budget cannot be used.