THE TEAM

Ambassadors

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.

JULIET DAVENPORT OBE

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 ADEBOWALE-SCHWARTE

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

PENNEY POYZER

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”.

Trustees

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.

Estelle Dehon

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.

Hilary Vick

Hilary founded Nappy Ever After, a not-for-profit nappy laundry service and information centre in 2003. She also managed the Real Nappies for London project 2007-2016.

staff

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.

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.

Natasha Piette Basheer, Environmenstrual Coordinator

Natasha is passionate about menstrual activism. She previously coordinated projects and campaigns focussing on women’s rights and health with NGOs like Gender & Development Network (GADN), Plan International USA and Endometriosis UK.

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.
JULIA MINNEAR

JULIA MINNEAR, FEMINIST LEADERSHIP FACILITATOR

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.

 

Jo Wilson,  Food partnership coordinator

Jo believes that food is a tool to improve the health of both people and place. A specialist in developing programmes, building networks and influencing policy, she is committed to shaping a greener, healthier and more equitable city.

Clyo Parecchini, Learning resources & content officer

Clyo is an artist and passionate gardener, recently she has summed her interests up to work in local community projects, supporting Easy London community gardens and promoting healthy food and local products.

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

ELLE MCALL, JUST FACT PROGRAMME MANAGER

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.

JOSHUA VIRASAMI, JUST FACT MOBILISER

Joshua was born in Hounslow and has lived in London his whole life. He has been involved in a number of economic, climate and racial justice projects and continues to play key roles in a number of organisations. He is a passionate chef, feels at home in nature and is deeply committed to collaborative education and community ownership.
Han - Wen

han smith, JUST FACT MOBILISER

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.

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.

Hannah Leigh-Mackie, Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Hannah has been working in community food growing and environmental education for ten years. She is interested in the political power of food sovereignty and community led agroecological horticulture.

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. 

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 Coordinator

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

LINDA TAI, PEOPLE & PLACES coordinator

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.

Helen Lynn, 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).

ZARINA AHMAD, WEN ADVISER

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.

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.
Brynja Herbertsdottir, Real Nappies for London

BRYNJA HERBERTSDOTTIR, project assistant, rnfl

Brynja joined Real Nappies for London in February 2021. Having used reusable nappies for her son she started encouraging local parents to try them out. She’s eager to help families get started and assist them on their reusable nappy journey.

Volunteers

DORJE KHANDRO DAWID, Wen Scotland

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 TURNER

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.

NADIA DEUSKAR

NADIA DEUSKAR

Nadia has a BA in Creative Advertising and a Masters in Creative Advertising Strategy, she is passionate about the environment and social justice. She is currently helping with Wen’s communications channels joining in October 2021. Nadia loves using her skills to help Wen tackle the relevant issues relating to women and the climate.

MEL BERARD 

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.

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.