The Environment Trust's board is made up of a diverse range of skills and experience to ensure that all areas of our work are well supported. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please link to our Jobs page to check if there are any vacancies.


John is a retired career civil servant and has several years experience working in local government.

He has been active in local charity issues for a number of years and was a Director of Social Enterprise Richmond. John is currently a trustee of Richmond Health Voices and a member of the Healthwatch committee. He is treasurer of the Marble Hill Society.

"Environment Trust is a great organisation which has people participation at its heart. It is constantly looking for new ways to do things and broaden its reach. I look forward to supporting it achieve its goals

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Gary Butler is widely recognized for his extensive knowledge of both historic building techniques and timber frame construction.

He has worked in the heritage sector for over 35 years and is one of the founding directors of Butler Hegarty Architects, an architectural practice that specializes in works to listed buildings. He is an RIBA (SCA) and AABC accredited Specialist Conservation Architect. His recent work includes the award-winning repair and conversion of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner's House in Twickenham.

Over the past 25 years, alongside his work in practice, Gary has remained actively involved in architectural education and lectures widely on historic building conservation issues.


Saima has over twenty years of experience in strategy, business growth, and financial leadership in global consumer goods, pharmaceutical, and logistics corporates. She started her career with an MBA, later adding ACMA and change management qualifications. Currently she is managing partner of a renewable energy and plant based solutions investment outfit. She also overseas an urban organic farming project supporting mental health charities.
Hugely passionate about "Circular Economy" which is driven by growing environmental awareness, she feels  Environment Trust does invaluable work connecting people with nature and heritage. 

"Having local urban engagement with nature, culture, and heritage plays an important role in giving us mindful fulfilling lives helping our journey of moving away from choices that feed into global environmental issues."


Dr Ann Hagell is Research Lead at the Association for Young People’s Health, and a local Twickenham resident who feels passionately about the importance of community and the local environment.

Ann is a chartered psychologist with a specific interest in young people and in securing them a positive future. She has published widely on social policy and adolescent wellbeing. 

As well as her interest in young people she brings extensive experience of governance in the charity sector.

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Rachel Owen is a communications consultant specialising in engineering, technology and sustainability, and a business mentor to SMEs and start-ups. Rachel recently studied for an MSc in Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Aston Business School before moving moved back to London in 2017. Rachel is a Chartered PR Practitioner and an Associate at Sustainability West Midlands.

“I am following my passion to explore big ideas in the world of sustainable development, production and consumption.”

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Esther Robinson Wild is an Historic Environment Consultant with an extensive background in built heritage. She has experience of working on a wide range of projects in all areas of the historic environment including listed buildings, historic buildings and places, conservation areas and archaeology, as well as impact funding.  Esther has a MA in the Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York where she is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). She also provides CPD training on good practice in the historic environment in planning-led contexts on behalf of CIfA. Esther is passionate advocate of heritage and its many benefits to society and well-being.


Koy trained as an ecologist. Most recently he was Chief Executive of Children in Crisis, building schools and training teachers and social workers in countries in conflict such as Afghanistan. He was Friends of the Earth’s tropical rainforest campaigner and played a key role in fusing human rights and environmental approaches. Koy has provided high level UN and government advice at the International Institute for Environment and Development and managed a large humanitarian and human rights team at ActionAid International. He headed the largest urban cycling movement in the world, the London Cycling Campaign and was an Evening Standard top 1000 people. He has served for many years on a variety of national and international charity Boards. He lives in Twickenham and swims in the Thames.

“A lifetime of global environment and human rights work has taught me that saving and regenerating the local places that we love is one of our most worthwhile and enriching challenges”.