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 coordinator 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 – 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 the healthcare, management education and publishing sectors. Following her retirement as chief executive of the Lymphoma Association she has undertaken a number of voluntary roles including 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

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

John Sadler
Campaigns and Planning

Tim Fountaine
Office and Accounts Administrator

Lucy Farrell

Volunteer – publications and content consultant

Volunteer – social media specialist

Volunteer – website strategist

Volunteer – Membership coordinator

Sarah Ahern
Volunteer coordinator

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.