For general enquiries, please contact the main office. For something more specific, please find the relevant office or team member below.
The City of London,
LONDON EC2V 7HH
The City of London,
PO Box 270,
LONDON EC2P 2EJ
Phone: 020 7248 7171
Thames21, The Lock Office, Bow Locks, Navigation Road, London E3 3JY
Tel: 0207 515 3337
For corporate volunteering enquiries telephone the main office number above or contact us via Email.
For environmental education, contact:
Thames21 has a core team of full time staff members, several committed delivery support staff and thousands of public volunteers. Please look down the list and contact the most appropriate person.
Thames21 Chief Executive
Tel: 07976 559778
Debbie joined Thames21 as Chief Executive in June 2005, bringing 15 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Her work with young people’s and educational charities led to a growing interest in broader social inclusion and community development issues. Debbie lives in Putney, and is a keen boater and sailor.
“The great thing about rivers and canals is that they appeal to everyone, regardless of age, background or culture. It is fantastic to see the new friendships formed when people work side by side to improve their local waterway.”
Deputy Chief Executive and Senior Programmes Manager
Tel: 07813 799757
Chris is head of education and training at Thames21. Before joining Thames21, Chris worked as the Education Coordinator at the London Aquarium, and he has worked as a warden on marine wildlife reserves along the coast of Dorset and Cornwall. He is one of the world’s greatest rockpoolers.
Senior Programmes Manager
Tel: 07968 012828
John is head of river improvements at Thames21. He came to Thames21 from the Environment Agency, where he worked for seven years leading river restoration, wetland, and SuDS projects. He may be appeased with offerings of cricket bats and tea.
Head of Volunteering
Tel: 07738 983334
For more than twenty years, Emma has helped communities form volunteer groups, organise events, and connect with key organisations and funders. She was Head of Operations for the Lea Rivers Trust for six years. A native Londoner, she is now ensuring that London’s diverse population is involved in its rivers and waterways.
Tel: 07968 805751
Michael came to Thames21 as River Cray Project Officer in 2011. He has lived near the Cray for more than 18 years, and is a founding member of the Friends of Foots Cray Meadows. Michael is a retired police officer whose other interests include photography, travel, and cooking.
Tel: 07554 402772
Alison has a background in marketing and moved into content development and fundraising at Chatham House where she headed up the conferences programme. She is a founder member of the Pymmes BrookERS, a community group that works with Thames21 to restore the Pymmes and Salmons Brooks. She loves walking London’s rivers and wild swimming and is usually happiest in a kayak.
Vahide Berisha Bazargan
Tel: 07827 240457
Vahide came to Thames21 after volunteering for foreshore clean ups. She has worked for the Carbon Trust and before that at Bateaux London luxury boat cruises on the Thames; so she is happy to be back by the river again. Vahide loves being outdoors, gardening, cooking, crafting and trying to lead a life kind to nature and wildlife while encouraging others to do the same.
The CaBA Catchment Partnerships Team
Dr Lucy Shuker
Catchment Partnerships Team Leader & Brent Catchment Partnership Development Manager
Tel: 07523 512848
Lucy is a Chartered Water Environment Manager (C.WEM, C.Env) with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Assessment, Planning and Managing Urban Rivers, she joined Thames21 in 2017 with over 15 years of experience in WFD policy, aquatic sciences, hydrology and geomorphology, from working with the Environment Agency and water consultancy. Lucy’s ongoing research includes citizen science and natural capital accounting. When not in, on or around water, Lucy will be busy in her London forest garden, or unwinding with yoga and other crafty or musical pursuits.
Jessica van Grootveld
Catchment Partnership Development Officer
Tel: 07849 087833
In 2016 Jessica graduated from Wageningen University with a Master’s degree in International Land and Water Management including Urban Water Management. She has previously worked for VINU, a Dutch project management and consultancy firm, and for the National Association of Water Companies in the Netherlands. She enjoys cooking, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Catchment Partnership Development Officer
Tel: 07557 970812
Natalie has joined Thames21 after travelling around South America. In previous roles she managed catchment scale citizen science projects and river and floodplain restoration projects. She has also worked in environmental education sharing her passion for the environment and freshwater with younger generations. You will often find her running along her local river in Sussex.
Tel: 07557 970812
Billy has worked at Thames21 for seven years, completing a variety of volunteering and river enhancement projects in the Colne, Crane, Brent and Lower Lea Catchments. He holds a CIWEM accredited MSc in Pollution and Monitoring, with an Urban Surface Run-Off specialisation, utilising computational statistical techniques. His hobbies include playing guitar, badminton and ultimate frisbee.
Communications and Campaigns Officer
Tel: 07711 701696
Kirsten has more than 15 years’ experience of journalism and communications. She’s previously worked for London Wildlife Trust, the RSPB, and the Women’s Environmental Network. She has also worked as an environmental educator and is a trained Forest School teacher. She loves nature writing, collaborating with artists and getting covered in mud.
Outdoor Learning Officer
Tel: 07568 133 201
Vicky is the Outdoor Learning Officer for Headstone Manor Park in Harrow. Her Lottery funded role, hosted by Harrow Borough Council, is to engage the community with their waterways and the wildlife in the Park. The role is linked to the HLF & GLA Parks for People landscaping works which will improve local water quality, reduce flash flooding, and create new habitats around the Park. She is passionate about all wildlife and is often gazing skyward for swifts or in the undergrowth for hedgehogs!
Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre Education Officer
Tel: 07711 701694
Deb develops and delivers the fun and interactive education programme to school groups and the local community at the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre in West London. Initially trained as a Geographical Information Systems Analyst in Australia, Deb moved to London and soon discovered her love for working with children in the outdoors.
Tel: 07739 627 665
Whether as an artist, events coordinator or educator, Poppy has always had a focus on bringing people together to learn about the environment around them. Following an MSc in Education for Sustainability she worked freelance with various charities including The Country Trust, SEEd and This is Rubbish. Poppy will still occasionally be spotted dressed as a wonky carrot.
Natural Flood Management Officer
Tel: 07500 842 283
Steve started working with the Environment Agency in South West England on their water quality monitoring programmes, but has followed a route into environmental education over the last few years. A keen surfer and paddler, if he’s not found near water, he’ll be in the mountains somewhere in the world.
Land of the Fanns Project Officer
Lily joined Thames21 after volunteering in her local area on a number of projects. Lily is in the process of completing her masters in freshwater management at Queen Mary University of London. She enjoys painting, baking and is teaching herself to knit.
Thames River Watch Coordinator
Tel: 07585 302623
AJ joined Thames21 in 2015 from the Institute of European Environmental Policy where he worked on biodiversity policy. Interested in grassroots work and urban ecology, AJ delivered the Trout in the Classroom project for the Wandle Trust alongside his policy duties for two years. He plays guitar in a band, these days mostly restricted to friends’ weddings.
Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
In 2018, Toni graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability. She joined Thames21 as the Thames River Watch Volunteer Engagement Coordinator shortly after moving from Cape Town to London. She previously worked as a freshwater ecologist and researcher at the Freshwater Research Centre in South Africa. Toni enjoys hiking, exploring the many parks that London has to offer and caring for her plants.
Tel: 07523 512852
Before Thames21 Ella worked as a Geography Teacher in a diverse secondary school in Hackney, North London and also schools in Brighton and Worthing. She is passionate about Geographical education and getting young people from the inner city out into nature. Ella is also studying for a an MSc in Environment and Sustainability at Birkbeck University.
Brent Rivers and Communities project Officer
Tel: 07824 491166
Carolina is an environmental scientist specialised in freshwater management and river restoration. She works in the areas of research, diagnosis, monitoring and recovery of degraded aquatic environments. In her free time she enjoys practising yoga, bike rides, wild swimming and loves experimenting with companion planting in her garden working out which plants help each other to grow.
River Cray and Thamesmead project officer
Tel: 07500 840596
Clare joined Thames21 in June 2018 as project officer for the River Cray and Thamesmead, working with volunteers and communities to improve their local waterways. Previously, she studied environmental sciences and worked as an ecological consultant for eight years. She also volunteers for the Wandle Trust’s invasive non-native species project and loves walking and exploring the outdoors.
The INTCATCH team
Dr Nathalie Gilbert
INTCATCH Project Manager
Tel: 07711 701695
With a PhD and Masters in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia, Nathalie joined Thames21 as the lab manager. She is now Project Manager for INTCATCH, a multinational project that aims to develop user-friendly water monitoring tools to provide real-time data.
Hogsmill INTCATCH Project Officer and River Pinn and Frays River officer
Tel: 07523 512851
After volunteering for environmental projects in Indonesia and working for the UN in Germany, Caitlin is glad to be returning to the UK to help with her local rivers. Caitlin combines her role as INTCATCH Project Officer for the Hogsmill with being Thames21’s project officer for the River Pinn and Frays River. She enjoys getting out and about to enjoy London’s river walks.
Salmon’s Brook INTCATCH Project Officer
Tel: 07523 512849
Anna joined the charity after a year of volunteering and now she is the INTCATCH project officer in the Salmon’s Brook catchment. She has a degree in environmental science and she is also completing a master’s degree in freshwater management. Unsuprisingly, she likes rivers and frogs and plants.
Citizen Crane Project Officer
Tel: 07554 402727
Paul joined Thames21 in 2016 as the River Pinn Project Officer, having helped found the Friends of the Yeading Brook and River Pinn volunteer group. He is a Chartered Chemist, having worked in Senior Management positions in the Food and Pharmaceutical industries, but has always found time to volunteer. He still volunteers as a Cub Scout Leader.