OUR TEAM

HEATHER HILBURN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

In the course of a 25-year career in environment and heritage conservation, Heather has helped to create significant riverside regeneration and cultural sites including the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Tate Modern. As projects director for the Tower of London, she managed this Thames-side World Heritage Site from 2013 to 2019, creating experiences that connected with families across the nation, including the Poppies at the Tower installation.  

 

Heather brings to TEP her expertise in urban regeneration, cultural programming, town planning, land management and green finance. Heather is an Essex Climate Action Commissioner and she sits on the Investment Committee for Access, a blended finance and social investment fund.

AMY PRYOR

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Amy forged her career in marine and estuarine ecology and biology, fisheries and conservation. She has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Aquatic Science. She started her career monitoring deep sea fisheries in the North East Atlantic and in the South Atlantic for MRAG Ltd, a UK consultancy.

Amy has co-ordinated global projects for the Zoological Society of London. She conducted stakeholder engagement and socio-economic assessment for the University of Kent’s Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zone Project for South East England.

Amy is skilled at project design and delivery, stakeholder engagement, research and conservation.  Her interest in fisheries and community resource management are well catered for at TEP where she manages water quality and river health projects.

Contact Amy about the North Thames FLAG, River Basin Management Planning, Coastal Partnership Network, green infrastructure and intertidal habitat, flood defence, water quality, fisheries and biodiversity.

MARYAM ABDALLA

FINANCE MANAGER

WANDA BODNAR

ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER

Originally from Hungary, Wanda is a marine and GIS scientist with a wide range of experience working in academic and industry settings.

She holds a master’s degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (VUB) and worked as a research assistant at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ), and as a marine environmental consultant in offshore and coastal waters. In the latter position, she gained experience in developing and implementing marine mammal mitigation plans according to government and industry regulations. In 2016 she became accredited as a Registered Marine Scientist by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

In her role as an assistant project manager she develops, oversees, and manages the Fish Migration Roadmap project.

In addition, she is also representing TEP at the London Rivers Week Steering Committee, helps create and curate TEP's 'Digital Resources' and ArcGIS content, and collaborates on the Thames Rivers Trust led 'Thames Catchment Community Eels Project'.

OLIVIA SQUIRES

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Olivia manages TEP’s communications outputs, including social media, blog posts and montly newsletters. 

Olivia has recently completed her Marine Geography BSc at Cardiff University, during which she completed an 8-month internship with TEP. 

Despite growing up away from the coast, she has a strong love for all things aquatic. Olivia has a passion for communicating science to the public to encourage changes in attitudes and behaviours towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

As well as managing TEP’s regular communications, Olivia has also assisted with a National Coastal Partnership Network data collection and the ZSL #OneLess initiative researching perceptions of tap water in London.

EVE SANDERS

PROJECT OFFICER

Eve is a marine scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography.

 

For her undergraduate thesis, she worked closely with the Marine Biological Association, her research focusing on biofouling by non-native species in estuaries. She has since volunteered with several estuarine focused organisations including South Devon AONB, where she gained experience in the establishment of estuarine biosecurity plans and pollution prevention.

As our Estuary Edges Officer, Eve is engaging universities and citizen scientists to develop a monitoring programme for fish and plants in the Thames at the ‘Estuary Edges’ sites, advocating for intertidal reedbeds built as part of London’s waterside development and Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems. Her role includes raising public awareness around the wildlife in the Thames.

 

​Eve also coordinates the Thames Litter Forum with the Port of London Authority and co-hosts alongside Thames21, the Your Tidal Thames Catchment Partnership.

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ALICE WATTS

NATIONAL COORDINATOR,

COASTAL PARTNERSHIP NETWORK

Alice is an Urban and Spatial Development Practitioner with an MSc Building and Urban Design in Development from The Bartlett, University College London.

She is interested in people-centred, collaborative approaches to design and development, with an emphasis on creating just and sustainable environments through co-design and management processes. She has worked on development projects both in London and abroad, with experience of developing multi-stakeholder learning networks in the context of collective settlement upgrading in Yangon, Myanmar.

As the National Coordinator for the Coastal Partnerships Network, she works to strengthen the network, seeking to offer increased opportunities for learning, collaboration and influence on a national level through encouraging an exchange of information and debate between Partnerships and establishing closer links with key coastal stakeholders. Central to this work is embedding the importance of an integrated, cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary approach to coastal management.

 

Alice is also the coordinator for the multi-organisational endeavour Year of the Coast, and co-hosts the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Coastal Communities.