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 is 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”.

EMILY THORNBERRY MP

Elected MP for Islington South & Finsbury. Emily is Shadow Foreign Secretary and has served in a variety of front bench roles, holding the government to account over climate change.

Trustees

Dr Halima Begum (Chair)

Halima was Vice President of global education at the LEGO Foundation. Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, her 20-year career spans international work and education.Her activism has focused on anti-racism, co-founding Tower Hamlets Women Unite Against Racism.

Eilish Kavanagh

Eilish is a qualified accountant with a Masters in Environment, Society & Policy. She has held many senior management roles, including Friends of the Earth.and sits on the Boards of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, the Schools Energy Cooperative, and the National Park City Foundation.

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.

PascalE Palmer

Pascale has more than 20 years’ communications experience, including national newspaper journalism, trainer for the British Council in India, and media/comms lead for international development NGOs, specialising in climate change and environment. Pascale is now senior media advisor to the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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.

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.

Maddy Evans, Local Food Coordinator

Maddy has lived in London for 10+ years working on social and environmental justice projects. She’s a keen gardener, walker, and advocate for the wellbeing benefits of nature.

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.  

 

 

Roshini Thamotheram, Campaigns Coordinator

Roshini has a passion for social justice.Having been a classroom teacher, outdoor educator and activist with marginalised groups, she is currently doing a MSc in Race, Culture and Media.

Shaira Begum, Soil Sisters Coordinator

Shaira is environmental educator working in schools, city farms, nature reserves and community gardens. Living in East London all her life, she’s keen to support urban communities discover nature, take ownership of local green spaces and become change makers.

Clyo Parecchini, LiveWell Coordinator

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.

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.

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 also has worked in horticulture and garden design. She helps organise Wen Forum events and runs our social media platforms.

Alia Zaman, Operations coordinator

Alia has 20+ years experience in third sector management. Having worked internationally in America, UAE, and Asia in women’s projects. Alia loves the outdoors and its positive effects on wellbeing.

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).

AUDE RISPAIL, Live Well Tutor

Aude has worked as a chef and been involved in various environmental and community projects as a cookery class teacher, helping others learn how to prepare healthy and affordable recipes, promoting a seasonal, organic and plant based diet.

Shaheda Aziz, Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Shaheda is a community gardener, specialising in Bangladeshi vegetables.Happiest when working with nature and people, she’s a trained Early Years Teacher and puts living and eating well at the heart of her work.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Marta Stencel

Marta graduated in International Development from Utrecht University. Interested in environmental justice issues in urban settings. In her free time, she wages battles with walls and holds in climbing gyms.

Chloe Johnston

Chloe is passionate about the Earth and feminism.Having worked in PR, Chloe helps with the PR side of Wen’s campaigns.

Alys Owen

Alys recently graduated from University of Leeds where she focused on Feminist Geography research. She has been helping with our Environmenstrual campaign.

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.

Julie Yip

Julie studied at the Royal College of Art and is passionate about art, horticulture, food and community-building. She works as a coordinator of a refugee stories and supper club, and as an educator, artist and gardener.

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.

Mathilde degoul

Mathilde started volunteering while finishing her master’s degree in gender studies in Belgium. She supports various projects including events, membership, green baby campaign and Environmenstrual campaign.

SIOBHAN O’CONNOR

Siobbhan recently completed her Masters in Global Health and Development at UCL and has conducted research about homelessness and food poverty. Siobhan is  become passionate about social justice, the environment and gender.