Gordon Scorer - Chief Executive
Gordon joined London Wildlife Trust in June 2015, following a very successful career at IBM where he gained extensive leadership experience across a wide range of business sectors.
Gordon will be leading the Trust as we embark on an ambitious programme of expansion and growth, helping deliver some of our key projects through to 2020, including new wetlands reserves and new visitor facilities at Gunnersbury Triangle and Camley Street Natural Park.
He will also be taking a key role in securing the support and resources we require to meet our objectives of making London a wilder place.
Mathew Frith - Director of Conservation
Mathew is an urban ecologist with 27 years’ experience of land management policy and practice in nature conservation with voluntary organisations, public bodies and Government agencies, such as the London Ecology Unit, English Nature and Peabody.
He has managed nature reserves, and developed policies to advocate the protection and creation of green infrastructure. He joined the London Wildlife Trust as a member in 1988, first started working for the organisation in 1989, and served as a Trustee from 2002-09.
Mathew’s principal role is the oversight of the Trust’s nature reserves and conservation policy, liaison, campaigns and advocacy in respect of key issues for nature conservation in London, for example Biodiversity Action Plans, species and habitats, Living Landscapes, Wildlife Sites, green infrastructure, parks & open spaces, planning and regeneration, river catchment planning and climate change. He is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management and a Green Flag Award judge.
Leah McNally - Director of Projects and Visitor Engagement
Leah joined the Trust in 2007 and has a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of community engagement, outdoor learning and volunteering within the context of urban nature conservation. Her experience is wide-ranging and spans the arts, play, parks and conservation sectors.
For London Wildlife Trust Leah now oversees the development of major projects and the development of the Trust’s visitor operations. This includes oversight of our staffed nature reserves: Camley Street Natural Park, Woodberry Wetlands, Walthamstow Wetlands (opening 2017), Centre for Wildlife Gardening, Sydenham Hill Wood, Gunnersbury Triangle and Crane Park Island.
Leah oversees a team of approximately 20 people and is also responsible for overseeing strategic areas centered around people engagement (outdoor learning, volunteering and community engagement) and has significantly increased on-the-ground project delivery during her time at the Trust.
Richard Grindle - Chief Operating Officer
Richard joined the Trust in 2014 after 12 years in the international aid sector, including five years overseas working for The HALO Trust; then four years in London, as Head of Region for Merlin, and latterly as Director of Operations with Development Media International.
Richard is responsible for the Trust’s management systems, including business planning, property, and the coordination of financial, HR and IT services.
David Mooney - Director of Development
David has 10 years' experience and a strong reputation in the urban nature conservation sector. Listed in the Evening Standard as one of London’s 1000 most influential people, David has expertise in developing strong partnerships across the public, private and charity sectors transforming London's open spaces for people and wildlife.
David recently led on the development and delivery of both Woodberry Wetlands and Walthamstow Wetlands, two of the largest wetlands programmes in London in the last 20 years. As Director of Development, David now leads London Wildlife Trust’s consultancy work, membership and major donor programmes and leads on the development of the Trust’s large-scale natural heritage and habitat restoration projects across London
David began his career as a science teacher in north London before moving to London Wildlife Trust to develop outdoor education and outreach programmes in East London.
David Lindo, naturalist, writer and broadcaster, joined London Wildlife Trust in June 2016 as the Trust’s first ambassador. David will help to promote the Trust’s work across London, sharing the Trust’s vision of a London that is alive with nature, where everyone can experience and enjoy wildlife.
David has been fascinated by wildlife and nature since childhood and is seldom seen without his trademark binoculars, one eye to the sky as he scans for wild birds. Known as the Urban Birder, David was brought up around Wembley and is now a regular television presenter, always happy to share his knowledge and enthusiasm with a wider audience. He is a familiar figure on Wormwood Scrubs, his favourite ‘patch’ for spotting the capital’s birdlife. theurbanbirder.com
Olivier Award winner Alison Steadman joined the Trust as an ambassador in November 2016. Well known as an actress, Alison is also a wildlife enthusiast and nature documentary TV presenter, with a passion for the wild.
Alison’s love of nature started as a child in a small Liverpool back garden, and she fully supports the work of the Trust in engaging urban children with nature and wildlife. She is keen to ensure as much of London remains natural as possible, as she says: “It’s really important we keep our garden species. These big housing developments can be really unfriendly to nature and we need to do more to keep our green spaces.”
Award-winning author Tom Holland joined the Trust as an ambassador in March 2017 and is proof that an interest in nature and wildlife can be sparked at any age, at any time. The historian moved to London in his early 20s, and it was this change that brought about his interest in the natural world. “Being in the city and seeing foxes and suddenly becoming intensely aware of the wildlife around me made me realise what I had missed in the countryside. You think of all the obstacles to wildlife there are in London, and yet it is all around us.”
Tom is the author of acclaimed works of history such as Persian Fire and Rubicon, and has written for the Evening Standard on the need to protect London’s dwindling hedgehog population. His favourite London species are the hedgehog and the sparrow; “I find it upsetting their numbers have declined so much. Sparrows are the spirit of London’s wildlife.”
Elaine Sullivan - Chair
Elaine became Chair of the London Wildlife Trust in May 2014. She has had a long time passion for wildlife and feels fortunate to have always had the possibility to easily experience and appreciate nature, from growing up in Lancashire running freely through the countryside, and then throughout her life including in London. Elaine has also been active in promoting sustainability, including as Chair of London Ecology Centre and, on a secondment, establishing and leading Business in the Environment as part of Business in the Community.
Elaine is currently a partner at Manchester Square Partners where she advises senior leaders acting as a sounding board and mentor. She also leads MSP’s initiatives to position female executives to realise their potential in executive committee and executive director roles, as well as to support them in seeking non-executive director roles in other organisations.
Elaine has a wealth of business experience, spanning senior industry leadership roles, including Chief Operating Officer for Global Banking at Deutsche Bank, where she also chaired the annual Women in European Business conference; and earlier, as Global Head of Financial Markets at IBM. She has lived and worked in the UK, New York and Paris and graduated with a degree in French and Maths from the University of Birmingham.
Elaine also has a sustainable small holding in Devon, where she first became a member of The Wildlife Trust. She has a small vineyard, and has created a haven for wildlife, including water voles, badgers, and the Cirl Bunting, as well as her rescued Dartmoor ponies, alpacas, sheep and ducks!
Stuart Wetherly - Honoury Treasurer
Stuart is the Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary for Capital & Regional plc, a listed real estate company specialising in community shopping centres including ‘The Mall’ centres in Walthamstow and Wood Green.
Previous to this Stuart was a Director in Deloitte’s Audit practice where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked with a variety of clients encompassing large global listed businesses, private companies, not for profit organisations and charitable trusts. Stuart graduated with a degree in Economics and Statistics from University College London.
Previously a keen traveller and photographer, Stuart’s spare time is now more localised and he enjoys spending time with his two young children exploring the local wildlife and nature sites around his home in south west London.
Paul Wood - Honorary Secretary
Paul runs an internet design and marketing business. He brings this expertise and many years of entrepreneurial experience to the Trust. Deeply interested in natural history since childhood, Paul aims to help the Trust shape our urban environment to enhance how we all experience the natural world. Paul lives in Islington and works in Southwark, and was elected to the Board in 2011 and Honorary Secretary in 2012.
Ruth is an independent consultant with over twenty years’ experience in charity management and governance, including at the Campaign for National Parks, where she was responsible for policy, campaigning, research, Parliamentary and public affairs. She has an excellent knowledge of public policy making with particularly expertise in landscape, land use and sustainability issues.
As a consultant she has undertaken projects for the public and not-for-profit sectors, including for Natural England, National Park Authorities, the Ramblers, the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. She is currently Vice Chair of the Defra Civil Society Advisory Board, Trustee of the Campaign for Better Transport and Lay Member on the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants and she lives in South East London.
Iona Joy is Head of Charity Effectiveness for New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), the charity think tank and consultancy, where she has worked for over a decade. At NPC she has published research reports on myriad topics ranging from mental health to social investment, and analysed over 50 charities. Her current role oversees NPC’s strategy consulting for charities—each year NPC works with 10-20 charities on strategic challenges. For instance, she helped to incubate Synchronicity Earth, a new foundation dedicated to supporting environmental causes, and recently worked with East London Business Alliance on its strategy. She also oversees NPC’s programme on trusteeship, which revolves around a trusteeship seminar series that has been going for several years.
Iona previously worked for the Commonwealth Development Corporation (as was), which included a stint in Uganda managing a venture capital portfolio. Her career began in 1987 as a merchant banker. She was a trustee of The Funding Network between 2006 and 2010. Iona is passionate about wildlife, currently serving on The Wildlife Trusts’ Success Measures Task and Finish Group, and attempting to create a biodiversity haven in a patch of bog near the home she shares with her partner just outside Shaftesbury.
Dianne works with small businesses in her role as a business consultant and has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years, in technical and managerial roles. Dianne brings a wide range of skills and experience to the board including staff recruitment and management, employment law, planning, marketing, financial management and health and safety.
Dianne has been a member of London Wildlife Trust and has volunteered with us for over ten years. She is currently the Chairman of the Barnet Borough Group. Dianne takes part in many of the borough group’s activities and campaigns. Dianne previously served as a trustee from 2005-2012 and Honorary Secretary from 2008 to 2012. Dianne is currently studying Environmental Management (Countryside and protected area management) at Birkbeck, University of London.
Richard is a biology graduate although his career was in social work (latterly in adult social care). He was involved in the education of social work students and facilitated learning groups for newly qualified workers. Throughout his working life he has maintained an interest in the natural world, as a keen walker and explorer of the countryside and green spaces and as a conservation volunteer.
Richard has been a member of London Wildlife Trust for many years. Since retiring from social work he has been devoting several days each week volunteering on our reserves, mainly in the south region. He has many years voluntary experience of practical conservation, with BTCV (now TCV) and the National Trust as well as with London Wildlife Trust.
He has a good general knowledge of wildlife habitats - in particular woodlands and grasslands - and would like to gain more experience of the monitoring and surveying of species and habitats.
Helen has worked with the London Wildlife Trust over the past five years in her previous position as Head of Corporate Responsibility with Thames Water, with responsibility for biodiversity and community investment. She has supported the Trust in our projects at Stoke Newington East Reservoir and Walthamstow Wetlands.
In her 36 years at Thames Water she has undertaken various roles and developed a broad skill set, with experience in both financial and management accounting. She has operational experience from running five of the large London sewage works, and commercial experience from running the connections business (an almost stand-alone company within Thames Water).
Helen was also a Director at WSUP (Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor) for 18 months and oversaw the WaterAid fundraising activities in Thames, raising over £2m in four years. Helen describes herself as a hands on, practical and pragmatic individual who enjoys problem solving and getting stuck in.
She is a School Governor and Trustee of a local secondary school’s Trust Fund and is currently going through the recruitment process hoping to become a magistrate. In her spare time she enjoys walking and swimming and has recently taken up both cycling and birdwatching.
Mike was elected onto the Board in 2011. Mike was Economic Development Officer at Wandsworth Council from 1989 to 2012, where he managed sizeable budgets and staff to make Wandsworth a strong and healthy community. Promoting volunteering in the borough was also part of his remit. Mike’s role has given him a good understanding of sources of funds, lobbying and influencing government, PR, media and communications.
Over the years, Mike has gained a wide range of experience as a director/trustee of a number of different voluntary organisations, as well as being an active conservation practitioner and campaigner with two environmental organisations in Cornwall and West Yorkshire. He is also Chair of Capital Enterprise and Chair of Customer First UK.
Dr John Tweddle
John is an ecologist with more than 15 years' professional experience at the Natural History Museum (NHM) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is passionate about increasing public engagement with nature and developing new, shared understanding of the UK's flora and fauna.
John is Head of the NHM's Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, a facility that aims to further the appreciation, study and understanding of UK natural history. The Centre's work ranges from answering public wildlife identification enquiries, to provision of identification training and resources, large-scale public events, citizen science and research into conservation-relevant aspects of UK biodiversity.
He has previously worked on the OPAL citizen science programme, NBN UK Species Inventory, Millennium Seedbank Project (ex-situ conservation) and as a consultant palaeoecolgist.
John's experience spans these areas, with emphasis on supporting people to develop their natural history skills and wider connection with nature, and partnership working. He has extensive strategic planning and grant-writing experience and research interests in the impacts of environmental change on the UK's biodiversity (past, present and future) and citizen science.