Kenneth Greenway, Cemetery Park Manager
Ken began working for the Friends in September 2002. Now the manager of the Cemetery Park, he works with the Friends, volunteers, the local council, visitors to the Cemetery Park and many more to conserve, protect and develop the site for the community. He loves how the Cemetery Park has become a focus of interest and enjoyment to the community that surrounds him and takes an enormous amount of satisfaction from the way wildlife and people have responded so overwhelmingly positively to the efforts of the Friends and volunteers. You’ll often find Ken, litter picking, delivering Forest School, or running our very popular foraging tours & bat walks.
Suzanna, Cemetery Park Officer
Suzanna manages conservation volunteers, including large groups of corporate volunteers and local regulars. They are also involved in giving walks and talks on social history and birdlife. They bring wildlife identification skills and social history knowledge gained with the Natural History Museum and the Churches Conservation Trust. They have also worked in visitor experience and volunteer management at the RSPB and The Conservation Volunteers.
Michelle Lindson, Community Development Coordinator
Michelle began working for the Friends in July 2018 as the Community Development Coordinator. A large part of her role will be to lead the ‘Nature and Us’ Community Cohesion project, funded by Tower Hamlets council, which aims to get community together through nature. Michelle comes from a background working in zoos delivering conservation education, alongside a spot of zoo keeping. She has also worked as a field researcher in Africa studying spotted hyenas, her favourite animal.
Trustees and key volunteers
Fran Humber, Chairperson
Worked as a Conservation Director for the charity Blue Ventures. Fran was responsible for overseeing their conservation programmes and partnerships in Madagascar, Belize, Comoros, Mozambique and Timor-Leste. Fran brings an immense amount of experience and wisdom from the charity sector, as well as a deep understanding of what is necessary to secure a bright future for the Friends and the Cemetery Park.
Terry Lyle, Vice Chairperson
Terry was for 22 years Environmental Education Officer of a local charity, working with schools and community groups to enrich parks, school grounds and community gardens for biodiversity and education. Terry is a general naturalist, and has helped make the Cemetery Park exceptionally rich in wildflowers and butterflies.
Justin Leslie, Trustee
Justin is a lawyer working for the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, where he is responsible for drafting new laws, and working on changes to existing legislation. He is a local resident who also enjoys running the bar at our annual Shuffle Festival.
Helen is a local resident who has been involved with the Friends since January 2016. Publishing director at Penguin Press, she commissions a wide range of non-fiction with a particular interest in ecology, and has worked with George Monbiot, James Rebanks, Colin Tudge and Eric Schlosser. In her role as a Trustee she brings to bear her expertise in communications, public engagement and strategic planning.
Marilyn Baltutis, Trustee
Marilyn is a local resident who has enjoyed the cemetery for over 30 years, and is now particularly involved in interpreting its history. She brings a wealth of experience as a primary school teacher, conservation volunteer and Scout leader.
Sigrid Werner, Trustee
Sigrid has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1998 and got to know about the Friends when she came to work at Setpoint London East in 2001, and is an important link between the two charities. A local historian in her spare time, she is also a committee member of the East London History Society, treasurer of the Friends of St. George’s German Lutheran Church, Aldgate and a member of the Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum.
Mike Keith, Trustee
Mike has been a trustee since 2015, he is also a trustee for Setpoint London East, an educational charity based in the Cemetery Park. Following a career in marketing and sales, he founded three small businesses – in Consultancy, Software and Recruitment. Now Chairman of the Hertfordshire Region of the Lord’s Taverners, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, he also volunteers for the Prince’s Trust as a Business Mentor.
Stewart Rayment, Walter Gray Honorary Trustee
Stewart Rayment moved to Tower Hamlets in 1982 and discovered the Cemetery Park shortly after. He was a councillor from 1986-1994 and initiated the policies which led to the development of the Cemetery Park after the Borough acquired it from the GLC, including the building of the Soanes Centre and the designation of Scrapyard Meadows & the Ackroyd Drive Green Link as Metropolitan Open Space. He was fortunate in having the Friends to work alongside in this. As chair, he was involved in the Friends obtaining charitable status and forming a limited company. Stewart works in intellectual properties – mainly trade marks, and moved to Hastings in 2010, but still conducts history walks from time to time. He has designed a walk linking each of the Magnificent Seven.
Angela Silvester, Office Volunteer
Angela provides invaluable support in the Friends office, with databases and financial controls. She is a trained Legal Secretary who also brings experience in University administration from her years working for Barts and The London medical school.
Sally Randall, HR Volunteer
Sally has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1999. As a consultant in Occupational Medicine she advises on health and disability in working populations, employment law and HR issues for a range of organisations. She is also an experienced senior manager and mentor. Walking through the Cemetery Park is her favourite way to unwind.
Toby Sibley, Trustee
Toby has lived in Tower Hamlets since 2004 and has loved visiting the Cemetery Park ever since. Toby works as a project manager and consultant in the City with a focus on running IT and regulatory projects. He has an MBA and a MSc in Software Engineering. Toby enjoys the diversity and breadth of activity in the Cemetery Park finding something new every time he visits.
Rowland McCready, Conservation Volunteer
Roly is a stalwart of keeping the Cemetery Park safe, clean and tidy, especially when the paid staff take leave. He brings horticulture and conservation experience from his time with pioneering social project and FOTHCP partner Grounded Ecotherapy.
Dr P, cat
Dr P can often be found around the Soanes Centre. He will tolerate being stroked and sometimes even being picked up, but would much rather get a treat. This is why he now wears a collar that says ‘DO NOT FEED’.