Julia has been committed to environmental education for many years, particularly centred around urban organic food growing, supporting schools and community groups of all stripes. For the last few years she has been a Co-director at Women's Environmental Network (WEN) where she's gained valuable experience in charity management. Julia is passionate about London's green spaces, urban environmental education, and community engagement.
Our Board of Trustees
Dr Iain Boulton, Chair
Iain has 16 years’ experience of working in local government within London, with particular specialisations in ecology, greenspace management, planning and development, environmental education and promoting volunteering. Iain is active in a range of environmental and conservation charities. t. He has been an active LEEF member for many years and Chair of our Management Committee (now our Board) since 2010.
Katy Barton BSc, MSc, PGCE, QTS has over a decade of experience working in informal education alongside traditional classroom and lecturing. She has used zoos, parks and the natural world to teach topics ranging from technology, through science, to mathematics. Currently Katy is a National Assessor for zookeepers in addition to working for the education team at Kew Gardens.
Trevor is an experienced environmental educator who has worked in the sector for over 10 years. He has responsibility for the smooth running of the Holland Park Ecology Centre and the development and teaching of the Environmental Education programme. He also established a successful Forest School programme at the centre. He is experienced in organising events, managing volunteer and intern programmes and has a good working knowledge of health and safety issues.
Originally a science teacher, Emily has worked for the last decade in outdoor learning and heritage education. Now working as a consultant, Emily has delivered education projects for several large heritage organisations including Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. At Cambridge University Emily is currently employed as Research Assistant on an EU funded project exploring ‘Tinkering’ as a pedagogical approach for STEM learning.
Michael has been Head of Education at Chelsea Physic Garden (‘London’s oldest outdoor classroom’) since 2003. Michael's main mission is to connect people to nature in creative, fun and memorable ways. He was one of our first LEEF fellows with his fellowship being awarded on 25 March 2014 and he served as Director of Botanic Gardens Education Network from 2005-13.
Catherine has over 20 years’ experience of working with London’s community gardens and their various funding and policy environments. She co-ordinated a London network for 12 years and organised training, advice and events including a large annual community festival. She wrote policy responses on behalf of the network to consultations such as the Mayor’s Biodiversity Strategy, and the complex National Planning Policy Framework, where she had particular insight gained from conducting two successful campaigns against housing development on a community garden.
Anna is a long-term environmental educator with a passion for urban sustainability education and primates! She was LEEF Co-ordinator for seven very successful years from 2008-15 and is currently Eco-Schools Co-ordinator at Keep Britain Tidy. Among her many achievements at LEEF, Anna devised the annual Empty Classroom Day event which has become a fixture of the school calendar in summer term.
Helen is an experienced environmental educator, having worked in the sector for over 17 years at sites across the UK. Helen has worked for the Field Studies Council since 2001, and currently manages FSC London, leading a team of Tutors that deliver courses to schools and community engagement activities at sites across London.
Sarayu is a Community Projects Officer at Groundwork London with many years’ experience project managing and delivering a variety of community and education projects. Sarayu is skilled in high quality community engagement, facilitation and consultation methods as well as developing and maintaining sustainable partnerships. Recent projects include developing interactive and dynamic resources and materials on solar energy and plant classification for Groundwork's Energy Gardens schools programme.