Professor ALAN GILLETT, OBE, DSc, MA, FRICS was born and bred in Ealing. He went to kindergarten at Harvington School, and by 1999 was Chairman of the Governors there.
After Cambridge University, where he was a member of the Footlights Club and official cartoonist to the University paper ‘Varsity’, Alan Gillett carried on the family business as a chartered surveyor. He retired in 1995 as Senior Partner of Kemsley, Whiteley & Ferris, followed by a long period as the Chairman of Ealing Hospital NHS Trust.
Alan is well known in Ealing as the founder of the Friends of St. Mary’s, Perivale, which he set up as an Arts and Music Centre twenty-three years ago. He performs regularly as an entertainer both at St. Mary’s, the Burnham Society and the Pyramus and Thisbe Club, where he has written and sung over 250 songs on property matters (usually party walls, hence the name of the club) with his fellow surveyor, John Anstey.
Alan also specialises in ‘Living History’ performances at St. Mary‘s, with impersonations of Chaucer, Dickens, Shakespeare, Dr. Johnson, Tennyson and Betjeman – and he is no stranger to orchestral narration with the Ealing Symphony Orchestra, previous performances having included Eric Coates’s The Three Bears, The Steadfast Tin Soldier by Keith Amos, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.