Peter Brooke was the Member of Parliament for the Cities of London and Westminster from 1977 to 2001 and during that time held many ministerial positions. As Secretary of State for National Heritage he used Thomas Neale's 1694 Lottery Box as part of the launch event for the National Lottery. As an MP, Peter always took a great interest in Covent Garden, giving much support to The Seven Dials Trust and to other amenity groups in the area. He has a long-standing interest in architecture and conservation.
The Rt. Hon. Frank Dobson PC
Frank Dobson served as Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras from 1979 to his retirement in 2015. Before that, he was Leader of Camden Council. He and his wife Dr. Janet Dobson have lived in Bloomsbury for many years, where they brought up their children. Frank was both the first Leader of the Council and the first constituency MP to live in the south of the borough. His knowledge of Camden's part of London's West End is reflected in his tireless interest in our area. Frank has given much support to the work of the Seven Dials Trust, informed by his interest in historic buildings and architecture.
Sir Terry Farrell CBE RIBA FRSA FCSD MRTPI
Terry Farrell is one of the UK's leading architects, well known for his many projects throughout the UK and, indeed, the entire globe. Terry's involvement in Seven Dials began with the restoration of the Comyn Ching Triangle, which stands as one of Covent Garden's landmark restoration and new-build scheme. Best described in Terry's own words, "The Comyn Ching Triangle, with much of Covent Garden, was planned to be demolished in the 1970s. Then the Triangle became part of Covent Garden's wonderful regeneration story. My involvement as architect for this urban block lasted over ten years. The public space in the middle links together restoration and new buildings: shops, offices, interior and exterior details. It is still one of the best things I've been involved with."
Christina Smith OBE
Christina moved into Covent Garden in 1962 and became politicised (in a bi-partisan sense) when the area was proposed for demolition – a time when most of the founder trustees met and some appeared at the 1971 Public Inquiry. Her shops and other ventures – Neal Street East, the Tea House and Smith’s Galleries – were famous throughout London. Christina was a member of the Covent Garden Forum together with David Bieda and Janet Cole-Brooman and is a founder trustee of the Seven Dials Trust and a founder member of the Covent Garden Community Association. She is a trustee of the Covent Garden Area Trust. Christina is on the Council of the Architectural Association and the Development Board of the Donmar Theatre. She is also a long-standing director of the Ambassadors Theatre Group and a sponsor and supporter of many other organisations. As the proprietor of Smith’s Restaurant , Christina sponsored many events for the Trust, including the reception for HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and Prince Claus on the unveiling of the Sundial Pillar.