Our team

At the heart of Habitats & Heritage is a small but dedicated team of staff and volunteers. Get to know the team and how they make our work possible.

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Colin Cooper
Chief Executive

Colin is responsible for delivery of the charity’s work, its staff and external relationships accountable to the board. After working 16 years in the sector, he brings a wealth of experience in strategy development, managing partnerships, organisational development and achieving lasting impact. He has a Master’s Degree in Charity Management.

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Diana Cano
Communications Officer

Diana oversees communications for Habitats & Heritage, manages the social media accounts, website, and keeps our What’s On up to date. She also supports groups in our network to develop their digital skills and assists them with newsletters, websites, social media content and crowdfunding.

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Ed Stannard
Community Development Officer

Ed is an experienced business development, fundraising and project management professional with experience in both private and not-for-profit sectors. Ed is responsible for supporting and training groups in the Habitats & Heritage network in areas including fundraising, governance, strategy and project management. He is Co-Chair of the London Museum of Water & Steam.

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Emily Lunn
Heritage Project Manager

Emily is the Heritage Project Manager at Habitats & Heritage. She loves the fact that south and west London has been shaped over the centuries by the people who have lived and worked in the area – from Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace to Amelia Earhart who landed in Hanworth Air Park, Hounslow, in 1932.

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Fran Batt
Nature Conservation Manager

Fran is the Nature Conservation Manager for Habitats & Heritage. She is passionate about protecting the environment and improving habitats. She believes it is particularly important to engage and educate communities to help them make a difference to their environment at a local level and, impacting on a global scale.

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Lucia Pekarova
Events Officer

Lucia is Events Officer at Habitats & Heritage. She delivers a whole range of fundraising events to inspire and engage our local community. Lucia enjoys the challenges that come with each event but most of all loves doing something meaningful, knowing the money we raise will improve the local nature and heritage she enjoys so much.

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Stephen James
Finance Officer

Stephen has worked on environmental and heritage projects in south and west London for six years. A self-confessed nature lover, Stephen is passionate about the conservation of our natural spaces and the fascinating historic buildings that Habitats & Heritage cares for. He is continually amazed by the inspiration and commitment from all the people whose work and ideas sustain the charity.

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Susan Chappell
Energy Services Coordinator

Susan has a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections to the voluntary sector and groups in Richmond Borough. Susan coordinates our energy efficiency service and its volunteers – they seek to help clients save energy and reduce CO2 emission, working with homes, community buildings and schools.

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Vicky Phillips
Business Manager

Vicky qualified as a solicitor, working as an environmental lawyer for public sector bodies, and as in-house lawyer for a solar power company, before moving into the charity sector in 2011. She has been trustee of a number of charities including Friends of the Earth and SolarAid and enjoys gardening, walking and history.

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