ambassadors

JUDY LING WONG CBE  Honorary Chair and former director of Black Environment Network (BEN), Judy has an international reputation as a pioneer in the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, and is a founding trustee of the Greater London National Park City initiative.

JUDY LING WONG CBE
Honorary Chair and former director of Black Environment Network (BEN), Judy has an international reputation as a pioneer in the field of multi-cultural participation in the built and natural environment. Judy is a major voice on policy towards social inclusion, and is a founding trustee of the Greater London National Park City initiative.

CAROLINE LUCAS MP  Green Party Co-Leader and 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.

CAROLINE LUCAS MP
Green Party Co-Leader and 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  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. In June 2015, Juliet was appointed to the Natural Environment Research Council and was also awarded the OBE for services to renewables in 2013.

JULIET DAVENPORT
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. In June 2015, Juliet was appointed to the Natural Environment Research Council and was also awarded the OBE for services to renewables in 2013.

MARIA ADEBOWALE-SCHWARTE  Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is a city and urban place strategist. She's an advocate for inclusive and collaborative placemaking that creates thriving neighbourhoods, culture, green spaces, local economies and better lives.

MARIA ADEBOWALE-SCHWARTE
Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is a city and urban place strategist. She's an advocate for inclusive and collaborative placemaking that creates thriving neighbourhoods, culture, green spaces, local economies and better lives.




PENNEY POYZER  Penney runs Foodshare, fresh food banks in Nottingham, an award winning project that sets up educational food growing spaces in primary schools, universities and other locations. Prior to this Penney found fame as a presenter fronting the BBC's eco living series "No waste like home".

PENNEY POYZER
Penney runs Foodshare, fresh food banks in Nottingham, an award winning project that sets up educational food growing spaces in primary schools, universities and other locations. Prior to this Penney found fame as a presenter fronting the BBC's eco living series "No waste like home".

EMILY THORNBERRY MP  Elected Member of Parliament 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, the NHS and social care, human rights and the legal system, and defence and security policy.

EMILY THORNBERRY MP
Elected Member of Parliament 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, the NHS and social care, human rights and the legal system, and defence and security policy.

trustees

DR HALIMA BEGUM Chair  Halima is the former Vice President of global education at the LEGO Foundation. Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, Halima has a 20-year career in international work and education, with Action Aid, the British government’s Department for International Development DFID, the British Council, and now with UNICEF. In Tower Hamlets her activism has focused on anti-racism, she was a co-founder of Tower Hamlets Women Unite Against Racism which was set up in 1994 to stop the British National Party's influence in Tower Hamlets. She holds a PhD on the role of women in the redevelopment of Spitalfields.

DR HALIMA BEGUM
Chair

Halima is the former Vice President of global education at the LEGO Foundation. Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, Halima has a 20-year career in international work and education, with Action Aid, the British government’s Department for International Development DFID, the British Council, and now with UNICEF. In Tower Hamlets her activism has focused on anti-racism, she was a co-founder of Tower Hamlets Women Unite Against Racism which was set up in 1994 to stop the British National Party's influence in Tower Hamlets. She holds a PhD on the role of women in the redevelopment of Spitalfields.



HILARY VICK  Hilary founded Nappy Ever After, a not-for-profit nappy laundry service and information centre in 2003. She also manages Real Nappies for London.

HILARY VICK
Hilary founded Nappy Ever After, a not-for-profit nappy laundry service and information centre in 2003. She also manages Real Nappies for London.

TRACEY PRITCHARD  Tracey has over 25 years’ experience leading fundraising and supporter experience. She currently heads up the team at Friends of the Earth. Tracey has a degree in Biological Sciences and majored in Pollution, Ecology and Conservation

TRACEY PRITCHARD
Tracey has over 25 years’ experience leading fundraising and supporter experience. She currently heads up the team at Friends of the Earth. Tracey has a degree in Biological Sciences and majored in Pollution, Ecology and Conservation

EILISH KAVANAGH Treasurer  Eilish is Director of People, Culture & Inclusion at Friends of the Earth, and is a Chartered Management Accountant. She has a Masters in Environment, Society and Policy.

EILISH KAVANAGH
Treasurer

Eilish is Director of People, Culture & Inclusion at Friends of the Earth, and is a Chartered Management Accountant. She has a Masters in Environment, Society and Policy.

STAFF and VOLUNTEER TEAM

KATE METCALF Co-director   Kate has 20 years' experience delivering participatory training, developing community networks and project management. She has worked in international development organisations promoting gender equality in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

KATE METCALF
Co-director

Kate has 20 years' experience delivering participatory training, developing community networks and project management. She has worked in international development organisations promoting gender equality in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

JULIA MINNEAR Co-director   Julia studied Environment, Politics & Globalisation at King’s College London before joining WEN in 2009. She also manages London Environmental Educators' Forum (LEEF).

JULIA MINNEAR
Co-director

Julia studied Environment, Politics & Globalisation at King’s College London before joining WEN in 2009. She also manages London Environmental Educators' Forum (LEEF).

BETH SUMMERS Co-director   Beth is a project manager with a love of nature and a passion for positive mental health. She has lived, worked and studied in East London since 2005, after spending years working in East Africa.

BETH SUMMERS
Co-director

Beth is a project manager with a love of nature and a passion for positive mental health. She has lived, worked and studied in East London since 2005, after spending years working in East Africa.

MADDY EVANS Local Food Project Coordinator   Maddy has been living and working in London for over ten years, working as a coordinator for social and environmental justice projects. She is a keen gardener, walker, and advocate for the wellbeing benefits of being outdoors.

MADDY EVANS
Local Food Project Coordinator

Maddy has been living and working in London for over ten years, working as a coordinator for social and environmental justice projects. She is a keen gardener, walker, and advocate for the wellbeing benefits of being outdoors.

ROSHINI THAMOTHERAM    Campaigns Project Coordinator   Roshini is a Campaigns project coordinator with a passion for social justice. She has been living and working in London for over ten years, working as a classroom teacher and outdoor educator with marginalised groups.

ROSHINI THAMOTHERAM

Campaigns Project Coordinator

Roshini is a Campaigns project coordinator with a passion for social justice. She has been living and working in London for over ten years, working as a classroom teacher and outdoor educator with marginalised groups.



NATASHA PIETTE-BASHEER Environmenstrual Campaign Coordinator   Natasha is passionate about menstrual activism and has previously worked for international NGOs and women's health organisations such as Plan International USA and Endometriosis UK. She is also the part-time Coordinator of the Gender & Development Network (GADN).

NATASHA PIETTE-BASHEER
Environmenstrual Campaign Coordinator

Natasha is passionate about menstrual activism and has previously worked for international NGOs and women's health organisations such as Plan International USA and Endometriosis UK. She is also the part-time Coordinator of the Gender & Development Network (GADN).

HEIDI RINGSHAW Communications Coordinator   Heidi's experience encompasses marketing, social media & event planning.

HEIDI RINGSHAW
Communications Coordinator

Heidi's experience encompasses marketing, social media & event planning.

THEA IOANNOU Project Officer   Thea graduated from the University of Brighton, having read Environment and Media Studies. She is currently working with WEN to update the membership system.

THEA IOANNOU
Project Officer

Thea graduated from the University of Brighton, having read Environment and Media Studies. She is currently working with WEN to update the membership system.

BRIAN DEXTER Finance Coordinator

BRIAN DEXTER
Finance Coordinator

FAYSAL AHMED IT Coordinator   Faysal studied Engineering with specialisation in Computer Network at Brunel University before joining WEN in 2008.

FAYSAL AHMED
IT Coordinator

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

CLYO PARECCHINI Live Well Project Coordinator   Clyo has an artistic background and a strong passion for gardening, 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.

CLYO PARECCHINI
Live Well Project Coordinator

Clyo has an artistic background and a strong passion for gardening, 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.

AUDE RISPAIL Live Well Cooking Tutor

AUDE RISPAIL
Live Well Cooking Tutor

GLENDA TREW Community Garden Outreach   One of Glenda’s main interests is growing foods from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia on her allotment in Lewisham. She is also trustee for Phytology @ Bethnal Green Nature reserve, an artist & community led project exploring the use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban ecosystems.

GLENDA TREW
Community Garden Outreach

One of Glenda’s main interests is growing foods from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia on her allotment in Lewisham. She is also trustee for Phytology @ Bethnal Green Nature reserve, an artist & community led project exploring the use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban ecosystems.

BERNADETTE KENNEDY   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener & Engagement Lead at St Leonard’s Priory   Bernadett has worked for many years in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol issues, and homelessness. She later pursued her passion for gardening, and combined it with her therapeutic skills. In recent years Bernadette’s work has been about reclaiming and transforming small spaces into community gardens. She is also a mum to an amazing daughter, who inspires her each and every day!

BERNADETTE KENNEDY
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener & Engagement Lead at St Leonard’s Priory

Bernadett has worked for many years in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol issues, and homelessness. She later pursued her passion for gardening, and combined it with her therapeutic skills. In recent years Bernadette’s work has been about reclaiming and transforming small spaces into community gardens. She is also a mum to an amazing daughter, who inspires her each and every day!

SHAHEDA AZIZ    Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Shaheda trained as a Gardener working at a busy city farm, specialising in Bangladeshi vegetables. She is most happy where there is an equilibrium between nature and humans. She also qualified as an Early Years Teacher and has worked in many Tower Hamlets schools in various capacities, though her teaching of living and eating well has always been at the heart of what she does.

SHAHEDA AZIZ

Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Shaheda trained as a Gardener working at a busy city farm, specialising in Bangladeshi vegetables. She is most happy where there is an equilibrium between nature and humans. She also qualified as an Early Years Teacher and has worked in many Tower Hamlets schools in various capacities, though her teaching of living and eating well has always been at the heart of what she does.

Hannah Leigh-Mackie   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Hannah Leigh-Mackie
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

MARIA PAPOUI   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Maria has been working at the Thrive Battersea Park project as a Horticultural Therapist for 5 years. Prior to this, Maria worked on many community greening projects across North London and co-founded the social enterprise The Green Firm CIC.

MARIA PAPOUI
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Maria has been working at the Thrive Battersea Park project as a Horticultural Therapist for 5 years. Prior to this, Maria worked on many community greening projects across North London and co-founded the social enterprise The Green Firm CIC.

SHAIRA BEGUM   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Shaira has over 6 years of experience of working in environmental education, schools and community development projects. Having worked in city farms, nature reserves and community gardens across London, Shaira enjoys sharing first hand nature discoveries with communities. Having lived in East London all her life she is keen to support communities in urban areas to take ownership of their local green spaces, and support them in becoming change makers.

SHAIRA BEGUM
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Shaira has over 6 years of experience of working in environmental education, schools and community development projects. Having worked in city farms, nature reserves and community gardens across London, Shaira enjoys sharing first hand nature discoveries with communities. Having lived in East London all her life she is keen to support communities in urban areas to take ownership of their local green spaces, and support them in becoming change makers.

KLAUDIJA ALASAUSKAITE    Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer   Klaudija works 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.

KLAUDIJA ALASAUSKAITE
Soil Sisters Garden Volunteer

Klaudija works 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.

SIMONE DUE RASMUSSEN   Soil Sisters Volunteer   Simone is currently studying a Masters in Gender, Sexuality & Society. She is passionate about environment, gender and sexuality on a personal and political level, and enjoys trekking. Along with volunteering, Simone is working together with the Soil Sisters programme in relation to her studies.

SIMONE DUE RASMUSSEN
Soil Sisters Volunteer

Simone is currently studying a Masters in Gender, Sexuality & Society. She is passionate about environment, gender and sexuality on a personal and political level, and enjoys trekking. Along with volunteering, Simone is working together with the Soil Sisters programme in relation to her studies.

ALEXIA SHAKOS    Act Local & Soil Sisters Volunteer

ALEXIA SHAKOS
Act Local & Soil Sisters Volunteer

DORJE KHANDRO DAWID WEN Scotland   Dorje Khandro is passionate about emotionally-sensitive education for girls and women around menstruation and the environment. Previously a midwife, she has lots of experience working with women's groups and facilitated the all-women community song project 'Songs From The Red Tent', the profits of which are currently going to WEN.

DORJE KHANDRO DAWID
WEN Scotland

Dorje Khandro is passionate about emotionally-sensitive education for girls and women around menstruation and the environment. Previously a midwife, she has lots of experience working with women's groups and facilitated the all-women community song project 'Songs From The Red Tent', the profits of which are currently going to WEN.

PARVEEN TALWAR  WEN Birmingham   Parveen is a nutritional therapist specialising in women's health. She is particularly interested in food growing projects and is our Birmingham representative for WEN.

PARVEEN TALWAR
WEN Birmingham

Parveen is a nutritional therapist specialising in women's health. She is particularly interested in food growing projects and is our Birmingham representative for WEN.

 
 
 
 

Advisers

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Helen Lynn

Health adviser
Helen was WEN's dedicated health campaign coordinator for 12 years. She is a founding member of the Alliance for Cancer Prevention and the No More Breast Cancer Campaign, and sits on the international advisory board of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF).