judy ling wong cbe

Judy was director of Black Environment Network (BEN) and is a pioneer of multicultural participation in built and natural environment policy and was a founding trustee of Greater London National Park City. 

Caroline lucas mp

Green Party MP for Brighton & Hove, Caroline Lucas is a shining example of what women in power can do for the environment. She has supported Wen for 10 years.


Founder and CEO of Good Energy, one of the UK’s first entirely renewable electricity supplier and generator companies. A pioneer in her field, Juliet is an inspiring leader in a male dominated field.


Maria is a city and urban place strategist. She advocates for inclusive and collaborative placemaking that creates thriving neighbourhoods and better lives.


Penney runs Foodshare, fresh food banks in Nottingham, an award winning project that sets up educational food growing spaces. Prior to this Penney found fame as presenter of BBC’s eco living series “No waste like home”.


Hirra Khan Adeogun

Hirra is a diversity and inclusion researcher at Versiti, extensively explored British Muslim identities and is a Fellow of the Muslim Institute. Previously at Amnesty International UK, Hirra is passionate about sustainable futures, social justice, human rights and community cohesion.

Momtaz Lic


Momtaz is the founder of a Leaders in Community (LiC), a youth charity based in Tower Hamlets. She has 15 years’ experience of working in the charity sector, empowering young people in leadership and governance. Momtaz has a Masters in Communication and Society from Goldsmiths University.

Estelle Dehon


Estelle is a leading public law barrister, called to the Bar in 2006. Her practice focuses on environmental law and human rights. She advises on net-zero development and has acted for NGOs and community groups opposing fracking, coal mining, oil drilling and airport expansion. She is a trustee of the UK Environmental Law Network.

Tracey Pritchard

Tracey has 25+ years’ experience leading fundraising and supporter experience. She is Executive Director of Engagement at Prostate UK and formally headed up Fundraising at Friends of the Earth.

Isabel Bull, Trustee Wen


Isabel is an Account Manager at political advisory consultancy Hanbury Strategy. There, she advises clients on policy and regulation, with a special interest in sustainability and net zero. Isabel has a political background, having helped develop policy for Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP’s deputy leadership campaign for the Labour Party. She’s previously served on the UK’s National Executive Committee for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. 
Jenna Norman, Trustee Wen


Jenna is an intersectional feminist campaigner and writer with a background in communications, public affairs and research. She has worked on a range of issues including a gender equal economy, the equalities impact of Brexit and the climate crisis and, girls’ rights, as well as in a range of settings including large and small charities, campaign groups and, a busy MPs office.


Charlotte oversees the commissioning of women’s health and sexual health research for the Department of Health and Social Care. Previously, she worked for charities both internationally and domestically supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, leading a team who created accessible online sex education and establishing a cycling advocacy group in Boston, USA. 


Kate Metcalf, Co-Director

Kate is an expert in participatory training, developing community networks and project management.A Wen stalwart for over 10 years, she previously worked in international development promoting gender equality globally.

Beth Summers, Co-Director

Co-Director, therapeutic gardener, and Tower Hamlets super fan. Beth has 15+ years in charity sector, studied at SOAS and has a keen interest in psychoanalysis.



Julia has worked in environmental organisations for 15 years and is a former Co-Director at Wen. She believes in the power of using feminist and participatory principles to achieve social and environmental justice.


Roshini Thamotheram, Campaigns PROJECT Coordinator

Roshini has a passion for social justice. Having been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator and activist with marginalised groups, she recently completed a MA in Race, Media and Social Justice at Goldsmiths University.

Helen Lynn, environmenstrual campaign manager & Health adviser

Helen was Wen’s Health Campaign Coordinator, helped found the Alliance for Cancer Prevention and No More Breast Cancer Campaign. Helen sits on the advisory board of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF).





Rebecca has a Fine Arts background and has worked in Production and Education. She loves living in Tower Hamlets and enjoying all the pockets of green amongst the city. 

Shaheda Aziz, Limborough Hub Food Coordinator & Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Shaheda trained as an Early Years Teacher, then later as a community gardener at a local city urban farm. Happiest when working with nature, growing food, centered around well-being and positive living.



Elle is passionate about inclusive climate action, and believes in the unique power of food to bring people together. She has worked in the charity sector 7 years, managing a wide range of environmental projects.
Han - Wen


Han values the power of community organising and has previously worked at universities, environment charities and both youth and student led campaign networks. Han is currently learning about food growing infrastructure in London suburbs.

Julie yip - Green and Grow Coordinator, Wen

Julie yip, local food coordinator

Julie studied Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art before training in teaching and horticulture. Julie has worked as a coordinator of a refugee supper community project, a gardener greening urban spaces for better mental health and a food-growing educator in several community gardens, working widely from schools to sheltered living for the elderly.


Sajna is a researcher on our Food Stories Tower Hamlets project. She has 25 years’ experience working with different communities in Tower Hamlets, including 10 years working for Tower Hamlet’s Women’s Aid as a Bangladeshi Women’s Domestic Violence outreach worker. Alongside Wen, she volunteers at a food bank that run by East End Homes.


Shazna is a researcher on our Food Stories Tower Hamlets project. She has 26 years’ experience of the Tower Hamlets community in various organisations in paid and voluntary positions. In addition to Wen, she works in a local school during lunchtimes and volunteers for a community cycling group. She grows her own cultural vegetables and loves researching food cultures with communities.

glenda trew, garden outreach

Glenda has supported on over 20 community garden projects with Wen.  She delivers hands on community food growing workshops, specialising on non traditional  UK crops and is a master composter.

Maria Papoui, Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Maria is a Horticultural Therapist at Thrive Battersea Park.She has supported many community greening projects across North London and co-founded The Green Firm CIC.

Bernadette Kennedy, Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener 

Bernadette combines her background working in mental health and homelessness services with her passion for gardening to reclaim and transform neglected spaces into community gardens. 

Alice Walker - from Real Nappies for London (RNfL)

alice walker, rnfl Coordinator

Alice joined Real Nappies for London in October 2010. She is keen to help more boroughs reduce single-use nappy waste and is happy to discuss bespoke incentives and rewards including helping parents promote real nappies in their boroughs.

Jennifer Weeks from Real Nappies For London (RNFL)

jennifer weeks, project assistant, rnfl

Jenny joined Real Nappies for London in March 2020. Having used reusable nappies as a mum, she is eager to help other parents get started and is happy to share all her tips from parent to parent.


Combining Equalities and Climate Change, Zarina has been working in the environmental sector for over 10 years. Zarina was recently named as one of the top 30 influential women in environment by BBC’s Women’s Hour.

Faysal Ahmed, IT Coordinator

Faysal studied Engineering with specialisation in Computer Network at Brunel University before joining Wen in 2008.

Brian Dexter, Finance Coordinator

Brian has 20+ years working in financial leadership while also volunteering tirelessly in his east London community for grassroots responses to poverty and distress. He has three grown up children.

Heidi Ringshaw, Communications MANAGER

Heidi’s experience encompasses marketing, social media & event planning. She’s also worked in garden design and horticulture. 


LINDA TAI, interim head of operations

Linda worked in the health and community sectors for a number of years. She is interested in sustainable communities and co-founded Sunny Jar Eco Hub CIC.



Dorje is passionate about emotionally-sensitive education for girls and women around menstruation and the environment. Previously a midwife, she facilitates the all-women community song project ‘Songs From The Red Tent’, the profits of which are currently going to Wen.

Siham Bortcosh

Siham has volunteered on Wen’s gardening and therapeutic horticulture projects since 2014. Chartered Accountant by day and with a degree in horticulture, Siham is a dedicated food grower. She loves the diversity of communities Wen works with and the kindness that can infuse community relationships.


Louise is researching sustainable solutions to period poverty as part of her masters in environmental governance at The University of Manchester. She writes the Wen feminism and climate justice blog series.

Tolani Moibi

Tolani pursued her passion for botanical wellness to create Rukai: a natural brand dedicated to healing challenged skin.Now studying Organic skincare, she encourages people to feed their bodies with goodness to blossom and be truly healthy.

Klaudija Alasauskaite

Klaudija worked at the urban tree planting charity Trees for Cities as their London Development Manager. She’s passionate about enriching nature in cities and loves cycling, gardening and camping. Klaudija has studied and worked in London since 2008.

Emilie Tenbroek

Emilie Tenbroek

Emilie studies English and History at the University of Durham, where her interest is the interactions between gender, race, and mental illness. She is involved in environmental justice, intersectional feminist, and student welfare groups. When she’s not reading, she enjoys walks, climbing, and vegan baking.


Mel has been volunteering with Wen since the start of 2021, gathering information for the Tower Hamlets Food Partnership’s Sustainable Food Places award bid. She works  for the Newham Renewal Programme, a multi-project community centre based in Manor Park, where she manages volunteer recruitment and support for its foodbank, telephone befriending and digital inclusion projects.

franki appleton

Franki is an intersectional eco-feminist with a background in Public Affairs, advising charities, campaigns, Government, and Councils. She has a passion for reproductive and environmental justice and works to break down barriers that cause inequality and inaction on climate change. She also frequently litter picks to stem the tide of plastics entering our waters.

Nina Jeffs

nina jeffs

Nina hails from Aotearoa New Zealand and researches climate change policies that promote gender equality at Chatham House. She has worked on the intersection of climate change, human rights and gender equality at UN Women and the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the youth-led climate justice organisation Generation Zero Aotearoa.