David Gibson (Chair)
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 Trillo (Hon Secretary)
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.
Robert Coyle (Hon Treasurer)
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.
Mary Cosh (Vice President)
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.
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.
Andrew is a retired television producer, programme editor and media company executive. He also spent ten years working to develop independent media in the Balkans after the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. He was born in the borough in 1947 and has lived in Tufnell Park since 1984. He is particularly interested in the preservation of Islington’s locally listed buildings and has been closely involved with the “Our Eyes on Islington” project which is reviewing the borough’s local list.
Sarah started in marketing but left to bring up four children and then opened a women’s clothing shop. Ten years ago she started working for her friend Anne Currell (at Currell, the estate agency) as a negotiator, loves the job as she gets to meet some wonderful local people and see some beautiful houses. Her first house was in Hackney in 1984 and she has lived in Islington since 1993.
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.
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.
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.