The Chair – Clare Loops

Clare is a strategic planner, working in local councils, including in Greenwich, since 2004.  She is a trained architect, leading a team specialising in conservation, planning and urban design.

Clare has lived in Charlton since 1997, working and raising a family here, including serving as governor at her children’s primary school.

Passionate about the Charlton community and area, Clare stood for election of Charlton ward in the local council elections in 2018 as a Green Party candidate.  Although not successful, from this experience she developed strong friendships with other Charlton residents and this led to her involvement in creating a neighbourhood forum for the area.

Vice Chair – Yann Leclercq

Yann is a professional town planner, member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and urban designer, with experience encompassing work in the UK, France, Nigeria, Angola, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Cote d’Ivoire, the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Yann’s expertise is in leading the delivery of strategic and large-scale masterplans, which includes development frameworks, strategic plans, supplementary planning documents, design codes, regeneration frameworks, area action plans, etc.

Yann is a member of the Urban Design Group executive committee and is on the South West design panel.

Secretary – Brenda Taggart

Brenda’s background is in education having been a teacher, leader and university academic/researcher.  She has lived in Charlton since 1986 and is proud to be an active member of the Charlton community.

As a long serving member of Charlton Residents’ Association (CCRA see she became interested in planning through joining their Planning Action Group.

Brenda has been a part of ‘Charlton Together’ since its inception and fully supports the actions it has taken to make Charlton a thriving and vibrant area to live and work in.  Brenda believes Charlton has fantastic community spirit and is a place where good development is embraced with a mind to preserving important cultural and historic heritage.

Treasurer – Helen Brown

Helen, a resident of Charlton for over 38 years, is originally from Yorkshire.

Helen is a Landscape Architect, textile designer, and community and environmental activist.

Helen sees establishing the Neighbourhood Forum as an important step on the road for the Charlton community to build and write its own neighbourhood plan. Helen believes this will give the community a stronger influence over future decisions and plans for the locality.