Meet The Conservators

David Devons - Chairman (Elected)

A Putney resident for 41 years and a Commons Conservator since 1994, David was Chairman of the Conservators from 2002 to 2010 and has been Vice-Chairman since then; he walks or jogs on the Common almost every day. David developed his love for the countryside walking in the Lake District and in the Alps. He is a founder member and Secretary of the Victoria Drive Conservation Area Residents' Association, a member of the Putney Society, the Wimbledon Society and also a Wandsworth Tree Warden. David is a keen cyclist and is a member of the London Cycling Campaign. As a Patent Attorney, now retired, his scientific and legal training has enable him to provide a valuable contribution to the vital issues affecting the Commons, frequently of a legal nature. David firmly believes that management of the Commons should be independent and free from party politics. To this end, he is committed to working within the Wimbledon and Putney Common Act 1871 to keep the Commons "uninclosed and unbuilt on" for the enjoyment of present and future users.

Andrew Simon - Vice-Chairman (Elected)

Retired Solicitor living in Wimbledon and previously in Putney for 38 years. I have walked, run and watched birds on the Commons in all seasons and weathers. The Commons face more challenges now than for many years past. My legal experience and background with charities and in business would assist in confronting these issues. I am a trustee of several charities, a member of the Putney Society's Executive Committee and of many other bodies in Wimbledon and Putney and elsewhere in London. I am also a steward at the Windmill Museum. I want the Commons kept independent, free of party political control, and open to the widest balance of recreational uses. We must safeguard the abundant flora and wildlife for future generations to enjoy, as we and earlier generations have done.

John Horrocks (Elected)

A Putney resident since 1953, John now lives in Roehampton Village and has been a Conservator since 1982 and was Chairman from 1997 to 2000. A graduate in Estate Management, John recently retired after a long career as a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Town Planner. John has been an executive member of the Putney Society since 1968 and is also a member of Wandsworth Council's Conservation Areas Advisory Committee as well as being trained as a Tree Warden.

Jenny Evanson (Elected)

Jenny has lived near Wimbledon Common for over 20 years has used it regularly as a walker, runner and cyclist so understands the different needs of specific groups. She is a member of Windmilers running club, though not so active recently due to the arrival of her baby son. She understands how precious our open space is and how important it is to protect it from commercial pressures, crime and also the dominance of any one group, which can intimidate others and impede their pleasure. Jenny has a Cranfield MBA and has broad business skills with specialism in marketing and communications, which will compliment those of other Conservators, who are historically strong in law and planning. Her career has been in magazine publishing, including being an elected trustee of a major pension fund and also being elected to run the staff council of a blue chip media company so is used to committees and to working within budgetary constraints, both key to being an effective Conservator. Her priorities are safety, litter/cleanliness, the preservation of the Commons as they are, and encouraging the engagement of community responsibility amongst all Commons users. 

Robin Touquet (Elected)

Robin has lived in Inner Park Road since 1985, bringing up two children with his wife Liz.

His philosophy for the Commons is to maintain them for varied recreation and exercise, especially for local people, to encourage health and happiness; facilitating mutual respect for wide-ranging usage, preventing abuse especially when to the detriment of others. He has many happy associations with the Commons from running (Wimbledon Windmilers), to providing medical cover for Rugby (playing fields), to being a pre-registration houseman at Putney Hospital (then part of Westminster Hospital) 1971-2. Safety is important to him both feeling safe when out on the Commons, and keeping the Commons safe from development. He has just retired as Professor of Emergency Medicine (Accident & Emergency), St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, W2 (Imperial College); and now works one day a week at Kingston/Queen Mary's Roehampton Hospitals.

Sir Ian Andrews - Appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence

Sir Ian Andrews retired from the Ministry of Defence in 2009 after more than thirty years, most recently as the Second Permanent Secretary. During that time, his appointments have included Chief Executive of the Defence Estates Agency in which capacity he was responsible for the custodianship and management of all defence land and property, including many sensitive areas of lowland heath similar to the Commons.  He has also championed sustainable development across Whitehall . Ian is a resident of Wimbledon and frequently walks the Common with his family. 

Derek Frampton - Appointed by the Home Secretary

Derek has lived near Wimbledon Common for twenty five years and previously near Putney Common. He has been a local magistrate since 1981 and is the Chairman of the Residents' Association of West Wimbledon (RAWW). Since its inception in 2006 he has chaired the Village Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel, and is a member of the Wimbledon Society. As a child he cycled across the Hampshire Downs, chalk streams and New Forest in search of birds and butterflies. Now, having retired as deputy Principal of a large inner London college, after a career in education, he and his wife are regular explorers of the Commons. As a Conservator appointed in 2009 he hopes to contribute to strengthening the biodiversity of the Commons, and protecting their flora and fauna for the benefit of all. 

Dr Ros Taylor - Appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment

Ros worked at Kingston University for 39 years as a lecturer in ecology and conservation and was course leader for environmental and sustainability degree programmes.  In that context she made many visits to Wimbledon and Putney Commons bringing volunteer groups for heathland management and running field classes and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation studies on a range of ecological issues.  As a long-term Surrey resident she has extensive knowledge of Surrey and London's open space areas; their geology, land-use history and present day uses.  Latterly, she championed the development of Kingston University's engagement with sustainability leading to the establishment of the University's Sustainability Hub.  Ros has published widely on related themes and was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4's environmental discussion programme, Home Planet.  She has now retired from full-time work but retains links with the university and continues to undertake some writing and teaching activities.