Meet trustees, staff and volunteers

Tony Burton CBE, Chairman

Tony has extensive high-level experience as Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund (previously the Big Lottery Fund) and Vice Chair of HS2’s Independent Design Panel.

He is design advisor to the National Infrastructure Commission. He was founder and Chief Executive of Civic Voice, Director of Strategy and External Affairs at the National Trust, and Deputy Director of CPRE.

He is volunteer co-ordinator of Neighbourhood Planners London, a Director of London’s environmental record centre and an active volunteer in his local community, including as Chair of the Wandle Valley Forum and secretary of his local civic society in south London.

Danny Garvey, Vice Chair

Danny worked with BT over a 40-year period until his retirement in 2017.

During his career he held international leadership positions in marketing, strategy and customer service.

Prior to joining CPRE London he was a Director of the Moor Park Estate Conservation Area in north west London where he oversaw local planning activities.

Alena Kalashnikova, Treasurer

Alena is a corporate finance and investment management professional with international experience.

Most recently she has worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers identifying new markets for companies from Russia and Kazakhstan.

She has a strong interest in the environmental challenges faced by city dwellers and lives in central London.

Emma Bould, Trustee

Emma has worked for the Government Office for Science since November 2020.

Before that she was Policy and Partnership Manager with The Alzheimer’s Society. She is a member of Network Rail’s Built Environment Accessibility Panel.

Emma is committed to the public health and wellbeing agenda, and to working with disadvantaged communities.

Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, Trustee

Tara works professionally in the charity sector and has held CEO/Director positions in a number of medium size charities.

She brings strong skills in strategic planning and business development, with a particular focus on strengthening good governance and financial accountability.

Passionate about the protection and promotion of the natural and historic environments, she is also a trustee of the Open Spaces Society. Tara lives in west London.

Catherine Irving-Johnstone, Trustee

Catherine has valuable experience in community, corporate and legacy fundraising and supporter engagement at two leading national charities, Cancer Research UK and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

As a born-and-bred Londoner, Catherine is committed to protecting green space for all in the city and has a particular interest in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Sally Penrose, Honorary Secretary

Sally spent the majority of career in marketing and communication roles in healthcare, management education and publishing.

Following her retirement as chief executive of the Lymphoma Association, she’s undertaken a number of voluntary roles. These include Lay Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Group Analysis where she also served as a member of the Executive Committee and Board representative on the Ethics Committee.

In her spare time, Sally’s interests include sailing, gardening and exploring London’s waterways and parks.

Jon Burke, Trustee

Jon has over 14 years’ experience in local and city government in London including roles with the City of London Corporation, GLA and London Borough of Hackney.

During this time he has become a leader in strategic and practical decarbonisation, green infrastructure planning and delivery, and sustainable local economic development.

He has overseen the delivery of the UK’s leading municipal energy system, land transport, waste, and public realm decarbonisation programmes on behalf of the London Borough of Hackney.

Jon writes on environmental issues and has received extensive coverage in local, national, and online print publications.

Neil Sinden, Director

Before joining CPRE London in 2017, Neil worked as a consultant at Ruskin Land in the Wyre Forest.

He is a trustee of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground, was a trustee of Civic Voice and was previously CPRE’s national Director of Policy and Campaigns.

Neil worked at Common Ground in the 1980s launching an orchard conservation campaign and organising the first national Apple Day in 1990. He lives in east London.

Alice Roberts, Head of Campaigns

Alice joined CPRE London in 2015, having worked at the Local Government Association, Campaign for Better Transport, Defra, the National Lottery and the European Commission.

She has campaigned on parks, street scene, planning, transport, waste and recycling issues.

Alice lives in Hackney where she keeps a parklet and enjoys guerrilla gardening.

She tweets as @ClaptonAlice.

John Sadler, Campaigns and Planning

John has worked in operational, outreach and campaigning roles at environmental NGOs over the past 15 years.

At the Ramblers Association, he managed the Get Walking Keep Walking project in East London. He co-ordinated marine policy and campaigns for Wildlife and Countryside Link. And he was the Humane Society International’s Operations Manager before joining CPRE London in 2021.

John lives in Hampstead, loves walking and is passionate about protecting parks and green spaces in the capital.

Tim Fountaine, Office and Accounts Administrator

Tim had a career in IT in the finance industry for 20 plus years.

Originally from rural Bedfordshire he now lives in Tower Hamlets and has lived in East London enjoying it’s rich and varied green spaces since 1982.

Tim is a keen A to B and leisure cyclist and a strong advocate of the movement to encourage active travel.

Lucy Farrell,

Volunteer, publications and content consultant

Lucy currently works in a research role for a public affairs-led communications consultancy, having completed a masters at LSE in psychology and communication. Before her masters, Lucy spent several years in magazine publishing working across the editorial and commercial teams.

She joined CPRE London in April 2020 to help communicate the charity’s vision to a wider audience and help people discover the nature on their doorsteps. She’s particularly interested in protecting green spaces and in sustainable urban planning to tackle climate change.

Lucy lives in Hackney and enjoys walking along the canal, sitting in Clissold Park and taking a dip in the West Reservoir.

Michael Shilling,

Volunteer, social media specialist

Michael has worked as a professional photographer for the past 20 years.

He runs a studio in Croydon, Memory Gate Photography and the Photo Cafe. Michael is also the creator of London In 360, where he produces daily photo and video content exploring London’s walking routes, street art and green spaces.

His relationship with London has evolved dramatically over the past couple of years.

He says, “The more I’ve explored and the people I’ve met working on a variety of different local community projects has inspired a shift in my career. I know I have lots of catching up to do to fill the gaps in my knowledge of London’s environmental needs but I’m enjoying the ride so far”.

Juno Baker

Volunteer, Content Editor

Juno is a writer and content specialist who’s worked on web projects for universities, think tanks, professional bodies and government agencies over the last couple of decades.

Throughout her adult life she’s dipped in out of green community projects and enjoys guerilla gardening.

Living in South London, she feels very fortunate to have access to the countryside and green spaces on her doorstep – as well as all the fabulousness the capital has to offer.

She loves London and strongly believes in the greening of cities to create a more sustainable future.

By joining CPRE, she hopes to help push forward the agenda to make green space more accessible for all Londoners.

 

Jacynthe Roesch

Volunteer, Events Co-ordinator

Jacynthe is a full-time international development and economics student who loves organising events and activities, something she does a lot at her university in her Environment Officer role.

Before moving to Walthamstow, she was in her hometown, Aberdeen, where she went to an agricultural college to learn about environmental management. This passion for the environment and her experience in organising events was the reason that she wanted to volunteer for CPRE London.

So far she has helped put on a fun canoe litter pick, a couple of guided walks around London and helped with setting up online webinars.

Sarah Ahern
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Sarah has spent the last 20 years working in the travel industry and is currently a Product Manager at Exodus Travels.

Originally from Canada, she has always had a strong interest in nature and wildlife, and is happiest when out exploring the natural world, camera in hand.

She lives in South London.

Fiona Torreno

Volunteer, Website Manager

Fiona is a professional who specialises in digital and has worked in a variety of industries in the UK and internationally. She is passionate about delivering a great experience across digital channels and deploying initiatives to keep users engaged.

She’s well travelled and now lives in East London, where she enjoys a run along the river path, cycling in local parks and discovering more of the architectural beauty London has to offer.

By joining CPRE, Fiona hopes to raise awareness about how to make London a greener place and to make a positive impact on the environment.