Our team

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

Dr Helen Brown
Conservation & Interpretation Officer

Helen is the Conservation &Interpretation Officer working on the Burton: Exploring Without Boundaries project. She recently completed her Collaborative Doctoral Award with English Heritage and has an academic specialism in the social and cultural history of English landscape gardens. She is passionate about promoting stories of the everyday and narratives of overlooked communities. She has worked across multiple heritage interpretation projects, curated exhibitions, and produced multi-media heritage content.

Tharik Hussain
Outreach & Education Officer

Tharik is the Outreach & Education Officer for the project, Burton: Exploring without Boundaries. He is an author, travel writer and Muslim heritage specialist with two decades of teaching experience. Tharik is passionate about making heritage more inclusive, relevant and representative, and is the creator of Britain’s first Muslim heritage trails in Woking, Surrey. He is also a fellow specialising in European Muslim heritage at the University of Groningen’s Centre for Religion and Heritage in the Netherlands.

Paul Jennings
Chief Executive

Paul manages our habitats programme, identifying and developing opportunities to engage communities in nature conservation. He is passionate about rewilding the urban environment and helping people to appreciate the beauty and value of our own native species. Drawing on his masters in ecological management and his teaching experience, Paul is determined to engage the next generation as stewards of the urban wild that surrounds them.

Stephen Fielding
Heritage Projects Manager

Stephen manages our heritage programme and previously served as Heritage Projects Officer. He is captivated by the wealth of history contained within London’s buildings and infrastructure – with particular interest in the history of what lies below the surface. This intrigue has led him to undertake substantial research into London’s water supply with focus on efforts to maintain it during the Second World War. Stephen is also a Trustee of the Kempton Great Engines Trust at Kempton Steam Museum.

Caitlin Jones
Burton Project Manager

Caitlin is the Burton Project Manager in our Heritage team, helping to deliver an exciting new National Lottery Heritage Fund project Burton: Exploring without Boundaries. She has a background in buildings archaeology and art history, and is passionate about making heritage accessible and engaging to all. Caitlin is also a Historic Environment Consultant with Robinson Wild Consulting.

Jess Vining
Heritage Projects Officer

Jess is the Heritage Projects Officer in the heritage team at Habitats and Heritage. She has a very varied background in the heritage industry with degrees in History and Archaeology and Heritage Management. She is particularly passionate about engaging the public and working with volunteers. Jess is also a PhD candidate, her project focuses on using digital technology to improve accessibility at heritage sites and museums.

Charlotte Harris
Nature Conservation Officer

Charlotte is the Nature Conservation Officer on the Habitats team. She has a passion for wildlife conservation and for showing people how they can help nature in their local area. She enjoys volunteering in roles covering various aspects of wildlife conservation including education, practical conservation, and wild animal rehabilitation

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Sophia Gregorio
Community Engagement Officer

Sophia is the Community Engagement Officer at Habitats & Heritage, providing support to Friends of Parks groups as well as fostering interconnections amongst different members of the community. With a degree in Human Geography, she is interested in how people engage with nature and is inspired to get more people involved in local environmental work. She also has a strong passion for animals and is keen to get involved in practical conservation projects.

Diana Cano
Communications Officer

Diana oversees communications for the charity. In addition to managing all Habitats & Heritage’s social media accounts, she also keeps our website and especially our What’s On page up to date. Diana can also support groups in our network to develop their digital skills, support them with website creation and maintenance, develop a social media strategy and running crowdfunding campaigns. Do email her to let her know about any local nature or heritage events you want us to help promote.

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Lucia Pekarova
Events Lead

Lucia is Events Lead 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 & Operations Manager

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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Laura Nee
TLS Rewilding Arcadia: Partnership, Outreach and Education Officer

Laura is the TLS Rewilding Arcadia: Partnership, Outreach and Education Officer and although employed by H&H, is seconded full time to work with the Thames Landscape Strategy in their rewilding demonstration project funded by the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The other project partner is the Father Thames Trust.

Freya Ward
Energy Projects Administrator

Freya is the Energy Project Administrator in our Climate programme team, helping to keep our work on track and liaise with clients to arrange home energy visits. She has a background working in the charity sector, including at the Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park as the Education Centre Coordinator.

Clare Morrisroe
Energy Advisor

Clare is a journalist whose writing focuses on the climate crisis, sustainability and easy to achieve cost saving measures around the home. She joins the team as an energy advisor, running energy cafes, presentations and organising home visits to help residents cut their energy usage and bills – and also reduce their carbon footprint.

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