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The Kew Society
32 Alexandra Road
Registered Charity number 296591

Executive Committee

Please use the following email addresses to contact the committee members directly.


Caroline Brock

Hon. Treasurer

Mike Adams

Hon. Secretary

Mary Done


Caroline Brock, Martin Taylor and John Oxley


Michael Fletcher (non-committee)


Mary Done


Avril Dalglish


Nick Hutchings (non-committee)

Communications & Marketing


Supporters (non-Committee)

Nicholas Armour, Newsletter

Sue May & Jane Hogan, Events

Greyhound Pub Kew Green who kindly host our monthly meetings


Nick Baird

Portraits of Nick Baird Chief Executive of UKTI

Nick Baird has been Group Corporate Affairs Director of Centrica plc since March 2014.

Before that he had a long and varied career in Government. He was CEO of UK Trade and Investment, Director General in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Ambassador to Turkey. He was a member of the Board of the FCO and of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

He is a non-Executive Director of Nordanglia Education, a member of the Advisory Council of the Sheffield University School of Management, was on the Cole Commission giving advice on exports to the Labour party before the last general election and is a member of the Development Committee of the Prince’s Teaching Institute.

Importantly for us he a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Sir David Durie

Sir David Durie

Sir David Durie and his wife, Sue, have been Kew residents since 1977 when they have not been abroad.

David is a retired public servant, working mainly in the Department of Trade and Industry and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar from 2000-2003 and UK Deputy Ambassador to the European Union from 1991-1995.

He is currently co-chair of Governors at The Queen’s School and is also a Patron of the Kew Community Trust.

Gudrun Edwards

Gudrun Edwards

Gudrun Edwards has lived in Kew with her husband David since 1965. She is a founder and, until this summer, leader of the Kew Sinfonia which was established in 1986. She gives many recitals, performs as a soloist with various orchestras and is a well known music teacher in west London. She is now, with her husband, President of the Kew Sinfonia.

Sir Donald Insall CBE

Donald Insall

Sir Donald Insall (CBE 1995, Kt 2010): Architect-planner.   Bristol family (handmade leather travelware), moved to London Chelsea, has lived in Kew since 1973. Founder and past Chair, now Consultant:  Donald Insall Associates, Architects (Projects have included post-fire restoration of Windsor Castle, and locally restorations of Asgill House, Richmond, Kew Palace, Marianne North Gallery).  Founder-Commissioner, English Heritage (1971).  Awards include EAHY Medal for Restoration of Chevening (1973), “People in Conservation” Award (RICS, 1999) and Europa Nostra Medal of Honour (2000).  Author “Care of Old Buildings Today” (1972); “Living Buildings – Architectural Conservation: Philosophy, Principles & Practice” (2008).  Club:  The Athenæum.  Hobbies:  Places & Buildings, Craftsmanship, Photography, Watercolours, Old cars. Wife Libby:  Piano Teacher, Guide at Kew Gardens (& participant annual Garden Opening at Kew Green). Family:  Son Robert (Scientist Molecular Biology) – Glasgow; Son Christopher (Satellite Communications) – Wimbledon; Daughter Hilary (Cello, Sports-Massage) – Kingston.  Six growing grandchildren.

Baroness Tonge of Kew


Dr Jenny Tonge qualified in medicine from UCL/H in 1964 and worked in the NHS for over 30years, specialising in Women’s Health. She has lived in Kew since 1974 and her children attended local schools.
She was a local councillor for Kew from !981- !990 and the MP for Richmond Park from 1997-2004, when she stood down following the death of her daughter Mary.
She was elevated to the House of Lords in 2005 as Baroness Tonge of Kew!
She is now widowed and has 2 surviving children and 9 grandchildren.
Her main interests in the House of Lords are International Development and the Middle East, and as a consequence she travels extensively.


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Event Information:

  • Fri
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes' tours that have proved very popular. The cost now is £11 for a members' only ticket. (The earlier tours were a trial price)

    This is a ticketed event. The National Archives has confirmed that tours are fully accessible, but do require walking fitness, as it is quite a large building even on the flat! Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

    The tour will visit the repositories and reading rooms and view some original and historic public records. If any tour attendees have a particular area of interest amongst the records held at the archives please let us know at the time of booking. The National Archives has offered to check if there are any original records that can be produced for viewing during the tour.

    To book online for June 16th please click the link here (with fees)

    To download the form to pay by cheque  (without fees) please click here.

    If you have any questions please email Sue May at