The Grove Park Group Committee
Rob King, Chair
After living in Chiswick for six years, and with the perspective of a young family living within Grove Park, I decided it was time to get involved in helping to maintain and develop Grove Park as a community. Since joining the GPG in 2020, I have worked with committee members to help refocus the discussion, introduce fresh ideas and provide support as we tackle relevant local issues. Through taking the Chair role in June 2021 this provides a continued opportunity to develop the GPG over the longer term and help to better serve our members.
Treasurer & Membership Secretary
Hugh has lived with his family in Grove Park since 2008 and has always been struck by its friendly and close-knit community. He has many years of experience in both non-profit and for-profit enterprises and is passionate about supporting community wellbeing and cohesion. Hugh brings his considerable experience to supporting the committee in the role of treasurer and is pleased to be able to engage more and give back to our local community. Hugh has a car, but is a keen cyclist (and member of the Chiswick Cycling Club), and is interested in the environmental challenges facing us today. He will be looking for ways to sensitively and collaboratively achieve this in Grove Park, and to support community cohesion, health and wellbeing.
I have lived in Grove Park with my family since 2009 and joined the GPG committee in 2022. I work as an Outdoor Instructor and Forest School Leader and love being in nature. I have found Grove Park a friendly and happy place to live, especially having The Thames and Chiswick House within its area. I am enjoying supporting the local community here by serving on the GPG committee, helping to maintain and develop the area for the benefit of all the residents.
I joined the committee in 2018. After living in Grove Park for over 40 years I realised there were so many people living here in this wonderful enclave of Chiswick that I had not yet met. So, as well as being curious about the serious issues of the GPG and the excellent work they were doing, I wanted to get involved in organising opportunities for our local community members to meet one another. We have done this successfully with local history talks, summer parties and Christmas drinks, and have several opportunities coming up which I will be helping to coordinate.
I have lived in Grove Park with our family since moving back to London from the US in 2009, and have loved living in this community. After over 20 years working in a large multinational company, I now run a global consulting business for leaders and organisations. As part of the Committee, I have focused on the Group’s response to the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhood, trying to understand the views of the community as a whole and to create solutions that work for everyone and the environment. I hope to also focus on how we can expand access to buses, bikes, and other means of getting about, and do so safely and inclusively. I love gardening and am passionate about how we can use plants and trees in a built environment to support wildlife and create beauty and wellbeing.
Jacky Taylor, Secretary
I joined the GPG in 2011 & took on the role of Secretary in 2013. I have lived in Grove Park for almost 40 years. My children grew up here & my grandchildren attend Strand on the Green primary school. My main interests in the GPG are to maintain the individual character of Grove Park & to promote a sense of community among the residents.
I have been a Grove Park resident since 1981. After originally joining CHARA (Chiswick House Area Residents Association) this was eventually disbanded, and I was delighted when the GPG was re-formed, and became a member. I subsequently joined the GPG committee and now, being semi retired, want to devote more time to help nurture the great community spirit we have here in Grove Park. I also look forward to helping to coordinate GPG’s member events.
I have lived in Grove Park for 17 years, near the river where I may often be seen walking my dog. I was a governor at Strand on the Green Infants for three years. I was a Senior Civil Servant for 30 years, working in various departments including Defence and the Cabinet Office, while the bulk of my time was spent in Education (the last six years as Chief Executive of a government agency with a billion pound turnover). Since taking early retirement I have worked as a consultant and part-time lecturer, and hope to bring some of the skills I have acquired over the years working on behalf of Grove Park residents. I have taken responsibility for Communications & Membership, with lots of opportunities to improve the GPG already underway.