Profiles for the Officers of the HLSI


Kathy Dallas (President, 2018)

Kathy grew up in Surrey, and has been a member of HLSI for all her 22 years in Highgate. With a background in Fine Art, and wanting to exhibit, her first encounter with HLSI was with Highgate Gallery. Later she sat on the gallery committee, and then chaired it. She has served on the Management Committee, and more recently she has enjoyed being involved in organising the Highgate Debates.

Kathy has practiced and taught interior design, worked as an arts administrator, and founded a local Twins Club. She is a choral singer, gardener, occasional runner, reader – and mother of nearly-grown twin boys. Kathy recently gained an MA from Birkbeck.


Perham Harding (Honorary Treasurer, since 2016)

Perham grew up on the Essex coast and since leaving university has been based in London – the last 25 years in Highgate with his wife and (until relatively recently) his daughters.  His entire career has been in commercial and investment banking, with roles at various times in Frankfurt, New York and Seoul as well as in London.

Now retired, he is active as a dinghy sailor and treasurer of a sailing club on the south coast and enjoys cycling, reading, looking and learning.   Perham was initially attracted to the HLSI by its library; more recently, he has taken language classes and continues to explore the HLSI’s remarkable offering.

Wendy Browning (Honorary Secretary since 2013):

Born and educated in London, Wendy has been a member of the HLSI since 2004.  Now retired, she spent her working life in a variety of administrative roles with organisations in both the private and public sector.

Wendy is a keen supporter of the HLSI education programme and served on the Education Committee between 2008 and 2015.

Her spare time is spent gardening, reading, walking and socialising with friends and family.