As announced previously, Ian McInnes will be standing down as Chair after 13 years and Colin Niven, the Society’s President is also standing down after ten years. Kenneth Wolfe (vice chairman), Sue Badman (secretary) will also be standing down from their current roles.

David Roberts (chair of the Planning and Architecture Group), Bernard Nurse (chair of the Local History Group), Angela Wilkes (chair of the Wildlife Sub-committee) and Adrian Hill will also not be seeking re-election.

At the AGM Dr Kenneth Wolfe will be proposed as the Society’s President.

At the AGM the following people will be proposed as members of the Executive Committee. All have been put forward unopposed:

  • James Thompson - Chair (new)
  • Sue Badman - Vice Chair (new)
  • Heather Stubbs - Secretary (new)
  • Sharon O’Connor - Media Co-ordinator (new)
  • Penny Stern - Planning & Architecture Group Chair (new)
  • Ian McInnes - Local History Group Chair (new)
  • Russell Lloyd - Treasurer (reappointment)
  • Diana McInnes - Membership Secretary (reappointment)
  • Brian Green - Journal Editor (reappointment)
  • Harry Winter - Travel and Environment Group Chair (reappointment)
  • Patsy Bramble - Licensing Sub-Committee Chair (reappointment)
  • Jeremy Prescott - Garden Group Chair (reappointment)
  • David Beamish - Trees Sub-Committee Chair (reappointment)

Wildlife Sub-Committee. Chair Angela Wilkes has stood down from the sub-committee. Peter Roseveare took over as Chair on 7th September 2021. He will join the Society Executive Committee as a co-opted member until the elections at the AGM 2022.

James Thompson, the proposed new chairman is well-known locally and his supporting statement is below.

I have been a resident of Dulwich since 2001 and a member of the Society since 2013 and I am keen to further the aims and objects of the Society.

I play an active role in local affairs. My current activities in the voluntary sector comprise being chair of the Stradella and Springfield Residents' Association (Stradella Road, Winterbrook Road and parts of Burbage Road and Half Moon Lane) where I have been in post since 2018. I am also an amenity society member of the Advisory Committee of The Dulwich Estate Scheme of Management, having been appointed earlier this year, and the honorary examiner of the accounts of the Dulwich Festival since last year.

My professional background is as a Chartered Accountant, initially working in professional practice and then as a merchant banker. More recently towards the end of my career, I was a company director serving mainly as a Chief Financial Officer for growth phase companies which were privately owned, venture capital backed or quoted.

My wife works locally in a primary school as bursar and we have three children all of whom attended local foundation schools.

Heather Stubbs - Nominee for the role of Secretary of The Dulwich Society

I have lived in Dulwich since 1988. Having only recently joined The Dulwich Society, I am greatly impressed by the valuable work it does in improving amenities for local residents and would like to become much more involved.
I have been a Friend of Dulwich Picture Gallery for 15 years and was elected Secretary of the Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2019, also acting as a member of the sub-committee which oversaw the merger of the Friends' Charity with the Picture Gallery. I am a member of the new Friends Advisory Panel at the Gallery and continue to organise events for Friends.
My professional background is in Further Education, as a Psychology Lecturer and Vice Principal. In the later part of my career, I worked as Human Resources Director in the Probation, Further Education and Cultural Exchange Sectors. During this time I chaired and acted as Secretary for many committees and was a Pension Scheme Trustee.
After a career in BT, my husband worked for 10 years as a Senior Lecturer at Greenwich University. We have two grown-up daughters who attended local schools and one of whom works as a Senior Psychotherapist for the South London and Maudsley Trust.