Toby Brown has been the Trust Chairman since 2013. Toby and The Earl’s Courtiers have produced four Shakespeare Comedies in local garden squares and venues, playing to thousands of local residents. The 2016 children’s production Alice in Wonderland raised over £6000 for charity and this year’s Wizard of Oz performance is expected to be equally popular. He is also responsible for countless smaller plays in St Cuthbert’s Church and The Troubadour Cafe. He has also hosted many local outdoor Jazz parties and, a big summer favourite, Film Nights in Nevern Square.
Jennifer Ware, Honorary Secretary, is one the Trust’s founder members, has lived in Earl’s Court for most of her life and, for 25 years, ran a hotel here. She has very strong family connections to – and passion for – the arts and is a tireless local community activist.
Freddy Gibbs, Treasurer, is a retired director of The Americas for Lloyd’s Banking Group. He has lived in eight different countries – his two children were born in The Bahamas and Panama. He enjoys walking and golf.
Keith Mortimer Clancy has been responsible for over 40 Literary events for the Earl’s Court Festival. Founder Member of UK charity Great Women Speak Out, Director of the Family Mosaic Housing Association, Trustee of the FM Community Foundation and one of the organisers for the SGI Earl’s Court Buddhist movement, running monthly discussions on life and happiness. His big dream for Earl’s Court is for it to be “the sexiest, coolest and kindest area in London.”
Diane Parnell has lived and worked in RBKC for 51 years and was one of the founder members of our Trust. Having run a Guide Unit in Kensington for 32 years, she is still Guiding Division Commissioner for Kensington & Chelsea and regularly ropes in her Guide Unit to help raise funds for the ECCT.
Simon Brooks has lived with his family in Earl’s Court for 22 years – 15 of those also working in the area. He’s an advertising Copywriter/Creative Director who’s created campaigns for scores of brands and still works freelance for several London agencies. He is passionate – or more accurately, obsessive – about music, movies, books and theatre (and coffee).