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Page 4 - HGS Suburb News 135 - Summer 2018
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in conversation with...




                                                             ...Emma Howard



                                                     Daphne Berkovi chats to our new Chair of the RA

                                                                                      more recently a dog – also   Orchard in one of their units   including the recruitment of
                                                                                      male!). We moved to Meadway   and Emma related that she had   more volunteers. She would like
                                                                                      Close in 2004. Our sons    seen at first-hand how brilliant   to see greater involvement from
                                                                                      attended King Alfred School   this has been for her mother as   the local community in areas
                                                                                      where they had a fantastic time   she goes to events at Fellowship   such as some new blood on
                                                                                      – my younger son is doing ‘A’   House several times a week,   Council; increasing our
                                                                                      Levels this year and both my   and loves the easy access to the   membership numbers and
                                                                                      sons hope to go off to     local shops in Temple Fortune   thereby our influence; getting
                                                                                      university this autumn.”   and to public transport,   more people onto our standing
                                                                                         When I asked Emma what   especially the tube at Golders   committees (Events and Trees &
                                                                                      she liked about the Suburb, she   Green and the H2 hopper bus.  Open Spaces in particular).
                                                                                      told me that “most of all I love   Emma endorsed the    Equally Emma explained
                                                                                      the greenness, and the     ideology of Henrietta Barnett    that: “I would like more open
                                                                                      beautiful blossom in the spring   in looking after the full   meetings so that Residents can
                                                                                      time. There is no London   community of people on the   attend on matters of local
                                                                                      suburb that can beat this one   Suburb. She says “This was   interest, e.g. Traffic issues and
                                                                                      from that point of view. Also,   amazingly far-sighted and I   crime; pushing Barnet Council
                                                                                      we are so close to Central   hope we can sustain and retain   for a better refuse service.”
                                                                                      London and that was essential   that in looking after people in   She is also passionate about
                                                                                      for me for work. I think this   our community.”       improving links with local
                                                                                      feels like a small town in the   So how did the new role of   organisations, such as those
                                                                                      countryside, yet we can get   Chair of Hampstead Garden   represented at the recent and
                                                                                      everywhere really quickly,    Suburb Residents Association   very successful Summer Fair on
      I was very fortunate in being able   Grammar School in North   My office was essentially in   and there is lots going on in   transpire? “Well 18 months ago   Central Square, including the
      to secure some time with Emma   Finchley. Thereafter Emma   Brussels, and I also had the   the local area as well as in   I joined the Roads and Traffic   local community library, HGS
      Howard, fitting in with her heavy   studied Politics with German at   opportunity to develop our   Central London.  Committee of the RA. Previously   Archives, HGS Heritage,
      work schedule as the new Chair   Loughborough University.   business in Africa. I travelled to   I feel very lucky to have    I had been a Governor of   Abbeyfield, Fellowship House
      of our Residents Association and   After graduating from   Hamburg and Lucerne a lot in   the Heath Extension on our   Brookland Schools for some   (for whom the RA collects
      hearing about her varied and   University, Emma spent a year   this role so my German came in   doorstep. I walk our dog every   years and was also involved   donations) and Proms at St Jude’s.
      interesting career coupled with   teaching English as a Foreign   useful at last. I retired in 2012    day and love the different parts   with the local Proms at    It was very apparent
      her vision for the HGS community.  Language in Germany near   and now do some freelance   of the Heath and also Big   St Jude’s. I was then asked to   throughout our conversation
                                 Frankfurt. She explained: “I   consulting and property work.”  Wood. In fact, the more time I   join the RA Council standing in   that Emma’s objective to foster
         mma’s early period started   then spent most of my career   So what brought Emma   spend on the Heath, the more    March 2017 and was quickly   a good community atmosphere
      E in the Suburb, where her   working in taxation, initially as   back to the Suburb? “Well I   I appreciate it.   voted onto the Executive   was palpable. Despite being
      parents rented a flat on the top   a VAT Inspector with HM   needed somewhere to rent   “Peter and I also really like   Committee of the RA and then   very new in her role, Emma
      floor of Meadway Court when   Customs & Excise, as was,   short term in late 1989 and a   the feeling of community here.   to Treasurer on a temporary   brings not only a wealth of
      she was born, and Emma     before joining the profession as   flat in Waterlow Court   I sometimes attend St Jude’s or   basis (although I am still doing   experience and enthusiasm but
      recalled that Meadway Court   a VAT consultant.       belonging to a friend of my   the Free Church for services   that too!). So I became   also the enormous energy
      had its own nursery in a      I enjoyed a full and    brother was available. I loved it   and my husband is very   immersed in the RA very quickly   needed to ensure that the tasks
      basement room where “I loved   challenging career with top   there, and that was my first real   involved with Proms at St Jude’s   and realised that the RA was   ahead will be realised.
      going to collect my older sister.”  professional firms in London,   taste of living in the Suburb.   as he heads up their sponsor-  doing good things yet there   We wish her success in her
      The family then moved out to   and spent 17 years as a tax   I then bought a cottage in   ship programme and is a   was scope for improvement.    new position, and if you would
      Mill Hill when Emma was 2½,   partner at BDO Stoy Hayward   Willifield Way in 1992; moved   Trustee. Tomorrow I will be   So, I decided to take up the   like to support Emma and the RA
      the family comprising five   in Baker Street doing senior VAT   on to Corringham Road in   helping out at the Summer Fair   challenge and try to move   by volunteering in any of the wide
      children (three girls, two boys).   roles. In my last four years, I was   1996 by which time I was   on Central Square which is a   things on, becoming Chair in   variety of roles, please contact
         Primary school in Mill Hill   on BDO’s Global Leadership   engaged to my husband, Peter   fantastic community event.”   March 2018.”  her at: rachair@hgs.org.uk or
      was followed by secondary   Team with various responsibilities,  Jenkins. We started a family in   Similarly, in 2012 Emma’s   Emma explained that there   on 8458 3883. She would be
      school at St. Michael’s Convent   which involved a lot of travelling.  1997 and have two sons (plus   mother came to live at The   are some challenges to tackle,   delighted to hear from you


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