A Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles 'Inky' Stephens of the Stephens' Ink Company.

Trustees & Patron

A Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of Stephens House & Gardens

Our Trustees

Khalid Ghani

Khalid is the owner and manager of Ellis’s estate agency in Finchley. He has been a keen supporter of the Trust for some years, and was elected to the Trust Board in 2013. Apart from his managerial and property advice, Khalid is helping us develop our links with the local business community.

John Lancaster

John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has wide experience of Government, commerce and industry. John was co-opted to the Board of AHET in November 2010, and elected as a Trustee in 2012. John is also a director of Avenue House Services, and a regular volunteer.

Andy Savage

Andy is a railway civil engineer, and Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, which awards grants for listed railway buildings. He also has considerable experience in fund raising, and in voluntary work. Andy became a Trustee and Chairman in the spring of 2011, and since then has led the recovery of the Trust’s business position, and its application for grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Michael Conradi

Mike is a partner at an international law firm, and also a trustee of Leap Confronting Conflict. Mike and his family use Avenue House on a daily basis, and he joined the Trust in 2012, strengthening our legal and business skills.

Julian Trevelyan

Julian is a Chartered Accountant with over 22 years’ experience in the City. Julian and his family regularly use the grounds, and are regular volunteer helpers. In April 2013 the Board co-opted Julian as its Treasurer, and he was elected to Board that autumn. He is currently working with our management to introduce a computerised accountancy package.

Alison Dean

Alison is a former IT professional in the Banking and Educational sectors who has retrained as a horticulturalist and is now a professional gardener. Alison leads the Bothy Garden volunteers and is a regular volunteer in the grounds and at other events. She is also a member of the Friends committee.

Alessandra Alonso

Alessandra is a local resident with a long standing association to the trust through volunteering in the house and gardens. Alessadra is a senior professional in education, tourism and hospitality, she was appointed to the board in November 2014.

Philip Rubenstein

Philip is a marketing and communications professional who has worked in a range of roles across the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He has served as a trustee for a number of charities over the past 20 years. Philip is a regular volunteer at the house and gardens and was co-opted to the Board of AHET in December 2016. 

Our Patron

Henry Edmunds

Henry Edmunds, Patron of the Avenue House Estate Trust, is the great-grandson of Henry Stephens.

Henry lives at, and manages, the Cholderton Estate, on the border between Hampshire and Wiltshire: this was Stephens’ country home, which he acquired soon after Avenue House, and developed along with it, and according to the same principles. Stephens left the Cholderton Estate to his grandson, Lewis Edmunds, who managed it from 1918 to 1975, when Henry, Lewis’s son, inherited it. Despite inheritance tax, the Cholderton Estate still comprises about 2,500 acres, about half its original size. 

Henry has had a lifelong interest in natural history and he has been able to put this into practice in managing the Estate so modern farming methods co-exist with protecting habitats and conserving plants and wildlife. Henry has maintained and protected much of what makes Cholderton special, including the Hampshire Down sheep and Cleveland Bay horses which were introduced by Stephens.

Henry’s work has been recognised both professionally and in society at large. He is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, won the 2012 RSPB / Daily Telegraph 'Nature of Farming Award', and was also one of three finalists in Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards the same year.

The Trust is delighted that Henry and his children maintain the link between the Stephens family and the Avenue House Estate Trust.

Home of 'Inky' Stephens

17 East End Road,
Finchley, London N3 3QE
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