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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.

 

 

 

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".

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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. 
 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Sarah McFadden

Sarah works as Operations Manager for Growing Communities - a social enterprise working to transform food and farming through community led trade. Her professional experience covers a blend of both private business and the third sector.

 

 

heather millen

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

 
 
 
 

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.

 



 

 

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

STAFF and VOLUNTEER TEAM

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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).

 

 

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, Social Media and Events Coordinator

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

 

 

 

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Volunteer

Ruby is a graduate in Environmental Science. She is an active volunteer for WEN with a passion for working in the community, especially in relation to women and the environment.

 

 

 

Faysal Ahmed

IT Co-ordinator

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

 

 

 

SICILY FIENNES

Communications Volunteer

Studying Biodiversity and Conservation at UCL, her passions include sea turtle conservation and combating climate change (co-founder of the Climate Collective). By joining WEN, she hopes to advocate for women's rights in a changing climate.

 

THEA IOANNOU

Membership Volunteer

Thea is a recent graduate from the University of Brighton, having read Environment and Media Studies. She is passionate about environmental feminism and the role that the media has in shaping our perception of environmental concerns, sustainable development and gender equality.

 

SHIRLEY ABRANCHES

Finance Volunteer & Healthy Cooking Workshop Facilitator


                                                      

Advisers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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BETH SUMMERS

Co-director & Green Care Project Co-ordinator

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.

 

GLENDA TREW

Community Gardening Workshop Facilitator

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.

 

 

ANNA LAWRENCE

Volunteer WEN Blog Co-ordinator

Anna is a third year Geography student at Cambridge and has been volunteering with WEN since July 2016. She currently helps to manage WEN's online blog.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

MELODY DANIELS

Bookkeeper & Administrator

 

GRACE WAGNER

WEN Chicago

 

SIHAM BORTCOSH

Volunteer Community Gardening Workshop Facilitator

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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).