Rock Feilding-Mellen: the Tory councillor forced to resign after Grenfell

Profile: since leaving Kensington and Chelsea, Feilding-Mellen has become the director of ‘psychedelic venture studio’

Rock Feilding-Mellen has run a property development company since 2009, and in 2011, at the age of 32, was promoted to a cabinet position at the Conservative stronghold of Kensington and Chelsea council.

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While in charge of housing and regeneration at Kensington and Chelsea, he was treated to dinners and entertainment by property lobbyists, his register of interests shows. But since the Grenfell fire that forced his resignation, he has developed wider interests.

In January he became the director of a new “psychedelic venture studio” company, according to records at Companies House. It intends “to build and invest in companies devoted to providing safe and wide access to psychedelic medicines”.

Based at his family’s Tudor stately home in Oxfordshire, Beckley Park, Beckley Waves works with the Beckley Foundation, which is “progressing innovative formulations and applications of well-characterised psychedelic agents such as psilocybin” and is designing “new chemical entities” that improve upon existing psychedelics.

His mother, Amanda Feilding, is the chair of its scientific advisory board. Also known as the Countess of Wemyss and March, her interest in alternative medicine led her to drill a hole in her own skull in 1970 to better understand the potential benefits of trepanning.


Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

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