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
Co-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.

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.

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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.

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Rachel Owen

Rachel is a communications professional turned business advisor, non-executive director and angel investor in circular economy and green technology start-ups. She has an MSc in Strategic Sustainability and is a Chartered Practitioner member of the CIPR. She joined the Board of Environment Trust (now Habitats & Heritage) in 2018.

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Saima Habib
Trustee / Treasurer

Saima is Managing Partner of a renewable-energy and plant-based solutions investment outfit, an MBA & ACMA and a huge proponent of Circular Economy. She has over twenty years of strategy and financial leadership experience at global corporates. Her passion project is an urban organic flower farming business supporting environment and community.

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.

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