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GLERA Committee

The GLERA Committee is made up of people elected by residents of the estate. They represent you to the City of London and other bodies involved in the estate. 

Meet them below...

Tim Godsmark - Chair of GLERA

Which building do you live in?

Hatfield House

How long have you lived on the Estate?

15 years

Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I live with my wife, Anna, and our three boys. I am an architect running a practice based in Shoreditch Town Hall. I have worked in the area since the late 80s and have always loved the Estate.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?

The design of the flats and the community.

Vernon Ashford

Which building do you live in?
Cullum Welch House

How long have you lived on the Estate?
Just over 20 years

Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I am retired but still take an interest in the City through my Ward Club of which I am a Past Master, my Livery and as a Committee Member of the Three Rooms Club at Lloyd's

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?

Golden Lane is so central, not only for working in the City, but also for enjoying everything that London has to offer.

Bill Clifford

Which building do you live in?
Bowater House

How long have you lived on the Estate?
Eight years

Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I'm retired, and my main interests are the arts. Especially contemporary and experimental music including improv, plus the full range of visual arts.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?

I love living on the Estate and have met lots of interesting people from all walks of life, which is one of its many attractions.

Clem Cecil

Which building do you live in?
Basterfield House

Anne Corbett

Which building do you live in?
Basterfield House

How long have you lived on the Estate?
Since 2007

Tell us a little bit about yourself...

I work part-time in Richard Cloudesley School after decades of full-time work in schools. My last full-time post was as headteacher of Richard Cloudesley School. My interests in life are my extended family in Northern Ireland and any kind of sport or sporting activity. I love playing tennis and for my sins I support Leyton Orient. I have recently got involved with the local Labour Party and would like to spend more time campaigning on local issues.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?

The best thing about the Golden Lane Estate has to be the people - never have I lived in a place in London where people are so friendly, open and downright wonderful.



Dawn Frampton

Which building do you live in?
Cuthbert Harrowing House

How long have you lived on the Estate?
For over 20 years. I started out in Crescent House, then moved to Bowater House and now live in Cuthbert Harrowing.

Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I live with my 2 teenage children and work at the special needs school on Golden Lane. Before that I worked in the City. I was brought up in Holborn and have lived in EC1 all of my life. I spent a lot of my younger years playing/hanging out around GLE as my best friend lived in Basterfield House and I remember the youth club that was on what is now the Barbican wildlife garden.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?
I know a lot of people who live in the area and it is somewhere I feel safe and content. I love having access to all the amenities and I know no different having lived here all my life. All of my family still live local. My children have grown up here and Fortune Park was like a back garden to us when they were young. The sense of community is strong and friendly and people care about where they live.

Charles Humphries
Which building do you live in, and how long have you lived on the Estate?
We moved into Basterfield House ten years ago after living in Islington.

Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I am a director of HEAT; a local architectural practice which specialises in residential projects. In the 1980s I helped found and run a tenant and resident association in the East End where we successfully campaigned at the time to stop our housing block being demolished for redevelopment.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?
What I love about Golden Lane is the amazing, talented and resourceful people who live here. We are incredibly lucky to live in this peaceful secret corner of London.

I meet people visiting the estate who have come from all over the world because it is still a ground-breaking template for modern social housing. They are surprised when they get here at the neglect and lack of care. I joined GLERA to try and help improve our environment and raise the profile of the estate so that it is more valued.

Maria Prior

Which building do you live in?
Crescent House

Fred Scott

Which building do you live in?

Bayer House


Nick Sharp

Which building do you live in?
Hatfield House

How long have you lived on the Estate?
Just over two years

Tell us a little bit about yourself...
I live with my partner Mo, and I work at the Royal Academy of Arts which is an art gallery on Piccadilly. Before that I used to work on the London Olympics in 2012. I love visiting art galleries (even if it feels a bit like a busman's holiday), reading short novels and spending too long on the internet.

What's your favourite thing about living on the Estate?
Never having a terribly long way to get home, and how friendly most people are - it's like a strange little village in the City.

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