Our Board of Trustees meet quarterly to help shape our work. They have a wealth of experience from different industries to help us shape our work caring for rivers and helping communities become involved to understand the challenges they face and learn how to look after them.
Michael Hamilton, chairman
Michael became chairman of the trustees in 2015, after several years on the board. Following university in Canada and then Oxford, Michael pursued a career in international banking and infrastructure finance in the city. At present, he chairs a charity that has restored a water pumping station in London and another that is restoring a heritage railway. He also chairs a charity helping young women on the edge of the criminal justice system into self-employment or further education. Previously he chaired the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Trust. Michael has a great love of walking and recently completed an extensive walk to Santiago de Compostela with two of his children.
Martin oversaw the development of the £4.2billion Thames Tideway Tunnel while he was CEO of Thames Water (2009-2016). Previously he was an executive director at Macquarie, responsible for utility investments across Europe. His long track record in the water industry has encompassed senior roles at South East Water and Southern Water. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators. Joined the board in June 2017.
Howard has 40 years’ experience in the field of environmental management. He recently retired from the Environment Agency where he was Director of Operations. This role covered the management of the rivers in South East England. He has been a trustee since 2010.
Anthony Denton, Company Secretary
Tony joined the Board in January 2012 and is now Company Secretary. He is a retired former employee of Thames Water. He has a great deal of community politics and communities experience.
Tanya Ferry is the Head of Environment in the Planning and Environment Department at the Port of London Authority and advises on the coordination and implementation of the PLA’s environmental work, statutory protection and improvements throughout the tidal River Thames. She has worked at the Port of London for eight years and has worked on the Thames for over seventeen in previous Environment Agency roles.
Yvette de Garis
Yvette has a wealth of experience working in the water sector. She engages people through her passion and enthusiasm and brings a wealth of experience in environmental and regulatory impact projects. She is currently working as head of environmental engagement at Thames Water.
Charles is a senior asset manager of The Crown Estate in the offshore wind section. He brings a wealth of experience through his background of 20 years in the agricultural, marine and renewable energy sector. As a qualified chartered surveyor, his core skills are in property and natural resources. Charles is passionate about helping the charity expand its position more permanently in East London and increasing diversity in the charity and among its volunteers.
Andrew became a trustee in July 2020 and is an elected member of the City of London Corporation, serving on its Policy & Resources Committee. A resident of Lewisham, he has been a regular trolley trawler on the River Pool. Andrew is a member of the Salters Livery Company, who host Festivals of Chemistry where young people seek solutions to today’s challenges. With a background in investment management he brings a financial focus to organisations he is involved with, most recently the City of London Academies Trust.
Simon is the London Area Director for the Environment Agency, working with key partners on issues ranging from future flood resilience and environmental regulation to water quality and the security of long term water supply. He has 25 years’ experience in the environmental sector. Simon has led the EA’s input into the multi-agency groups managing the response and recovery from widespread flooding in Southern and Eastern England. Joined in October 2017.
Until recently Louise led the Environment (International) practice at the global law firm Hogan Lovells. She is widely recognised as a leading lawyer on environmental, social, and health and safety issues.
The chief executive of the Port of London Authority, Robin has worked in the environment, transport and related fields for more than 25 years. Joining the civil service in 1994, Robin worked on policies as wide ranging as water quality, London transport, urban regeneration and biodiversity. In his last role as a director in Defra, he led work to create the Canal & River Trust and set up the UK’s adapting to climate change programme. Joined the board in September 2014.
Darren became a trustee in 2020 and is associate director for ESG (Major Projects Advisory) at KPMG UK. He has more than 20 years’ experience working in the environmental sustainability management and corporate social responsibility space within the infrastructure sector. He has worked on a range of projects, including Thames Tideway Tunnel, London 2012 Olympic Park and Village, HS2, Channel Tunnel Rail Link and restoration initiatives such as St Pancras International Station and St Martins in the Field.