OUR TEAM

HEATHER HILBURN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Heather is a graduate of the Architectural Association, with many years of experience in the design, planning, delivery and financing of cultural places, as well as the conservation of World Heritage sites of significant heritage and environmental value. Heather previously served as Principal Design Advisor for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, including the transformation of the River Lea.

 

Most recently Heather served as the Strategic Project Director for the Tower of London, authoring the "Tower Future Plan," a masterplan to improve visitor experience. Heather currently serves as a non-executive director for boards focussing on the heritage, data technology and finance sectors.

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

PROJECT OFFICER

Wanda is a marine and lacustrine scientist with a wide range of experience working in academic and industrial environments.

She holds a master’s degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management 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 industrial 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 a Project Officer, she relies on her working knowledge of GIS desktop software, spatial web development, spatial analysis, database management and data visualisation.

Visit the project page to find out more about the Greater Thames Estuary Fish Migration Roadmap. 

OLIVIA SQUIRES

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Olivia is the newest member of the team and manages TEP’s communications outputs, having completed an 8-month internship with TEP.

Olivia is currently working towards her university degree in Marine Geography BSc at Cardiff University.

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 in the form of social media, newsletters and blog posts, Olivia has also assisted with a National Coastal Partnership Network data collection and the ZSL #OneLess initiative researching perceptions of tap water.

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.

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.

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