David's connection to Soho began several years ago at the House of St Barnabas where he also holds the position of Chair. He was a founding partner of the Berkeley Partnership where he helped to shape and lead the redevelopment by Marks & Spencer of their Foods business; the creation of the National Lottery Charities Board (forerunner of the Big Lottery Fund), at the time the largest grant-making body in the world; the comprehensive transformation of Liffe, one of the City of London’s principal financial exchanges, from open-outcry to screen-based trading; and the creation by BP of their trading division.
Vice Chair, Chair of Licensing Committee
Executive Committee Member since 2008, Soho resident. Lives and works in Soho
Chair of Planning Committee
Matthew has lived in Soho since 1968 and owned a restaurant there for 26 years. He also built up a successful environmental business, London Recycling, which was sold to a PLC in 2009. Matthew currently chairs the Westminster Citizens’ Advice Licensing Service. He is the deputy chairman of Keep Britain Tidy and chairman of the Conservation Foundation. He is also promoting studies on retrofitting Soho for sustainability with Westminster City Council and Historic England.
Soho Village Fete Coordinator
Will's association with Soho started with working in West End theatres in the early 90's and venturing out after the shows to discover the bars and clubs of soho. Although he grew up mainly in Chichester west Sussex, where he studied drama, he was actually born at UCLH. So it was a bit like coming back to his roots when he moved here permanently 5 years ago. Will finds Soho to be a very friendly welcoming part of London and now wouldn't want to live anywhere else!
Mandana lives and works in Soho. She is the proprietor The Academy Club, a members club that serves the literary community of Soho. A previous Soho Village Fete organiser for many years Mandana continues to provide advice, support and hands on help at our community events.
Daniel Whomes is an entrepreneur with a successful history of building businesses. After living in a variety of locations around the world, Daniel has been based in soho for over 15 years, where he has founded several businesses, including Oyster Partnership, a UK market leading property recruitment company and Berwick Street Records.
Adrian Is a Drummer/Studio owner/Musician and has worked for many established acts including Robbie Williams, Ray Davis, The Selecter, Prince Buster, Roddy Frame, Son of Dave, Data Rock and The Cuban Brothers. He co-founded ‘Wendyhouse Productions’, a recording studio in Shepherds Bush, and in 2012 started ‘Toolshed Music’, a music studio based in Soho specialising in films, TV, adverts and recording artists. Adrian launched Soho Radio in mid 2014 with the aim of highlighting the vibrancy and diversity Soho is famed for by bringing together the best artists, musicians, DJ’s and the generally curious in central London.
Andy has worked in hospitality in Soho for many years. He is the proprietor of The Yard Bar at 57 Rupert Street.
Soho resident. Iona works as freelance photographer including documenting all of our events, campaigns and working closely with Clare Lynch on the Soho Clarion.
Jayne has worked within the cultural industries for the last 15 years across the subsidised and commercial sectors. Currently Head of Client Management (Theatre) for the UK’s largest ticket agent, See Tickets. She was previously Associate Director of Communications for the Producers of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Serious and before that worked successfully as a freelance arts manager for venues, Festivals and producers in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Born and bred in London with a family who owned a small shop in Soho, Jayne was based in Scotland for many years returning to Central London 3 years ago and now both lives and works in Soho.
John works for the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint that house and support homeless young people aged 16-25 in Soho and across London. Centrepoint was founded in 1969 in Soho and continues to be an important part of the Soho community helping disadvantaged and vulnerable young people find a job and a home of their own. John has worked in the voluntary sector for over 15 years and brings charity and fundraising expertise to the work of the Soho Society.
Soho resident. Retired theatre designer.
Leslie Hardcastle OBE
Retired Controller of the British Film Institute, South Bank. A founder member of both The Soho Society and Soho Housing and a Soho Resident.
Honorary Vice President
Nina was born and raised in Soho, she now lives in South London.
Fiona Rhys Jenkins Bailey
Honorary Vice President
Fiona has worked for many years at Kingsway College on Peter Street in Soho.
Revd Simon Buckley
Co-opted Committee Member
Simon is the Rector of St Anne's Church, Dean Street, Soho.
Co-opted Committee Member
Jo is a Covent Garden resident who has been on the board of the Covent Garden Community Association for many years along with many years as a member of the Soho Society committee.