Our trustees

Find out more about the Habitats & Heritage board and the vital role they play in the organisation.

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Dr Ann Hagell
Chair of Trustees

Ann 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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Gary Butler

Gary 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 specialises in works to listed buildings.  He is widely recognised for his extensive knowledge of both historic building techniques and timber frame construction and recent work includes the award-winning repair and conversion of Sandycombe Lodge, Turner’s House in Twickenham.

Adam Tyson

Originally from the South West, Adam is a heritage professional with more than a decade of experience in the sector. Having started his career at English Heritage, he has spent the last eight years working for The National Lottery Heritage Fund where he currently manages public affairs and policy in London and the South of England.

Dr Sharon Willoughby

Sharon moved from Melbourne, Australia, to Twickenham in 2017.  She has an academic background in ecological science and environmental history and over twenty years’ experience working in placemaking and community engagement in botanic gardens.  Sharon is currently the Head of Interpretation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Sharon is interested in the ways that communities can work together, as part of the natural world, to create habitats for us all.

Zoë Lawrence

Zoë is a governance professional in the education sector.  She has an MBA and a postgraduate corporate governance qualification.  Zoë spent 20 years in central government leading policy development and secretariats to national boards, following which she moved to the education sector, with a focus on making a difference to the lives of young people from under privileged backgrounds.  Zoë has a passion for nature and conservation, being keen to preserve and promote green spaces in Southwest London, and create momentum on climate change and sustainable energy use.  She also has a fascination for catacombs, burial grounds and mausolea in the UK and across Europe.

Georgina Creighton
Georgina Creighton

Georgina is a marketing and communications professional, with a background with charities, brands and companies, now working on engagement and impact on Climate Change and Sustainability for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. She has an MSc in Sustainability and responsibility, focussing on creating positive behavioural change around environmental challenges. A Twickenham resident of nearly twenty years, she joined Habitats & Heritage in 2022 and is passionate about preserving our environment for our local community.

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Steve Houchin

Following a career in general contracting Steve started an academic career over twenty years ago.   He has taught on both surveying and engineering courses and he has developed and led undergraduate and postgraduate courses in building conservation.  He is currently teaching at the Building Crafts College in Stratford, East London, a college which specialises in stone and timber crafts.  He believes that an underlying understanding and appreciation of the materials which comprise buildings is essential to inform their continued sustainable use.

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