Alderman David Graves is a nominative representative of the Corporation of London, joining the Board of Governors in 2010. He is a member of the Foundation’s Finance and General Purposes Committee.
In early 2019 we spoke with Alderman Graves about his involvement with the Foundation since 2010
What is your role at Cripplegate Foundation and what motivated you to get involved?
I am nominated by the City of London Corporation and my City Ward of Cripplegate (of which I am the Alderman) is next door to Islington. It also gave its name to the Foundation when it was formed more than 500 years ago.
Tell us a bit about your past experience.
I worked in law as a practitioner and as a Magistrate and saw inequality from close-up. Likewise the contrast between a wealthy and growing City and poorer fringes, including parts of Islington. Helping to continue the 500 year tradition of reducing inequalities was for me a wonderful challenge.
Do you have a favourite project you’ve visited, or a favourite part of Islington or the Cripplegate Ward?
I live in the Barbican and love the concrete grand design but I also love the diversity to be found in Islington in terms of the people and the wonderful landscapes including so many different styles of architecture. There is a great deal to admire.