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  Founding Director of leading social enterprise and think tank Living Space Project, Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is a specialist in urban place making and green space, and an advocate for inclusive and collaborative decision making.

MARIA ADEBOWALE- SCHWARTE
Founding Director of leading social enterprise and think tank Living Space Project, Maria Adebowale-Schwarte is a specialist in urban place making and green space, and an advocate for inclusive and collaborative decision making.

  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  Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, Halima has a 16-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.

DR HALIMA BEGUM
Chair

Born in Bangladesh and brought up in Tower Hamlets, Halima has a 16-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.

  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.

  HEATHER MILLEN Secretary  Heather is a Waste Education Officer for Tower Hamlets. She also sits on the Management Committee for environmental education charity ecoACTIVE.

HEATHER MILLEN
Secretary

Heather is a Waste Education Officer for Tower Hamlets. She also sits on the Management Committee for environmental education charity ecoACTIVE.

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.

  FRAN BERNHARDT Tower Hamlets Food Partnership Coordinator   Fran is a passionate advocate for sustainable food – she teaches plant-based community cookery, organises good food events and works to tackle junk food advertising. She’s also a keen cyclist and recently cycled the length of the UK..

FRAN BERNHARDT
Tower Hamlets Food Partnership Coordinator

Fran is a passionate advocate for sustainable food – she teaches plant-based community cookery, organises good food events and works to tackle junk food advertising. She’s also a keen cyclist and recently cycled the length of the UK..

  NATASHA BASHEER Environmenstrual Campaign Coordinator   Natasha is a Masters student at Goldsmiths focusing on gender inequalities and development. She is passionate about menstrual activism and has previously worked for human rights/women's health charities such as Plan USA and Endometriosis UK.

NATASHA BASHEER
Environmenstrual Campaign Coordinator

Natasha is a Masters student at Goldsmiths focusing on gender inequalities and development. She is passionate about menstrual activism and has previously worked for human rights/women's health charities such as Plan USA and Endometriosis UK.

  HEIDI RINGSHAW Communications Coordinator   Heidi's experience encompasses marketing, social media & event planning. As a busy mum with two daughters, she has also set up a successful business with a leading organic health and wellbeing organisation.

HEIDI RINGSHAW
Communications Coordinator

Heidi's experience encompasses marketing, social media & event planning. As a busy mum with two daughters, she has also set up a successful business with a leading organic health and wellbeing organisation.

  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 PARECCHINI
Live Well Project Coordinator

  SORAYA SHRI-PATHMAN   Air Quality Project Coordinator   Soraya recently completed an MSc in Global Population Health at the London School of Economics and Political Science after working in international development in Sri Lanka and Canada. Her work centers on ecological and community costs of development and intervention, while seeking to harness the potential for radical environmental change.

SORAYA SHRI-PATHMAN
Air Quality Project Coordinator

Soraya recently completed an MSc in Global Population Health at the London School of Economics and Political Science after working in international development in Sri Lanka and Canada. Her work centers on ecological and community costs of development and intervention, while seeking to harness the potential for radical environmental change.

  SOFIA KNOWLES Volunteer Communications Officer   Sofia recently completed a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King's College. She is currently working on branding for WEN.

SOFIA KNOWLES
Volunteer Communications Officer

Sofia recently completed a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation at King's College. She is currently working on branding for WEN.

  SHAKIRA BRAXTON Local Food Policy Researcher   Shakira is completing her Master’s in Human Rights and International Relations. She joined WEN as she saw it as the perfect organization to combine her passion for equity and justice of marginalized communities and environmentalism, particularly drawn to WEN’s commitment to intersectionality and the environment. Shakira has worked previously in sustainability and food education in higher education and is committed to utilizing her efforts to influence policy.

SHAKIRA BRAXTON
Local Food Policy Researcher

Shakira is completing her Master’s in Human Rights and International Relations. She joined WEN as she saw it as the perfect organization to combine her passion for equity and justice of marginalized communities and environmentalism, particularly drawn to WEN’s commitment to intersectionality and the environment. Shakira has worked previously in sustainability and food education in higher education and is committed to utilizing her efforts to influence policy.

  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 and 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 and 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!

  Hannah Leigh-Mackie   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Hannah Leigh-Mackie
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

  NATALIE SZAREK   Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   Natalie is thrilled to combine her passion for gender justice with her love of growing food and flowers. Following several years working and volunteering in the women's sector, Natalie moved to London and got involved in community gardening. She has worked in the urban food sector for seven years including at Forest Farm Peace Garden, Community Food Growers Network, and founded Audacious Veg CIC in 2015

NATALIE SZAREK
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

Natalie is thrilled to combine her passion for gender justice with her love of growing food and flowers. Following several years working and volunteering in the women's sector, Natalie moved to London and got involved in community gardening. She has worked in the urban food sector for seven years including at Forest Farm Peace Garden, Community Food Growers Network, and founded Audacious Veg CIC in 2015

  KATHERINE JACKSON Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener   With a background in disability and mental health services Katherine retrained in horticulture and has over ten years experience working in East London community gardens encouraging nature to work its magic improving health and well-being.

KATHERINE JACKSON
Soil Sisters Therapeutic Gardener

With a background in disability and mental health services Katherine retrained in horticulture and has over ten years experience working in East London community gardens encouraging nature to work its magic improving health and well-being.

  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.

  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.

  SUSANNA EPLING   Soil Sisters Garden    Susanna completed her Masters in Public Health, Maternal Child Health and has a passion for mental health and community building. She is an active volunteer with the Soil Sisters therapeutic gardening project.

SUSANNA EPLING
Soil Sisters Garden

Susanna completed her Masters in Public Health, Maternal Child Health and has a passion for mental health and community building. She is an active volunteer with the Soil Sisters therapeutic gardening project.

  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.

  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.

 
 

Advisers

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Michelle Arellano

Climate change adviser
Michelle has a MSc in Environment and Development from LSE.  She have worked in the government sector in Ecuador and Latin America, and has represented Ecuador before the United Nations, UNASUR and CELAC.

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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).