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, and visitors to the Cemetery Park to conserve, protect and develop the site. He loves how the Cemetery Park has become a focus of interest and enjoyment to the community and takes great satisfaction from the way wildlife and people have responded so positively to the efforts of the Friends and volunteers. You’ll often find Ken litter picking, delivering Forest School, or running foraging tours and bat walks.

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Richard Nimmo, Cemetery Park Officer

Richard joined in September 2022 and leads groups of conservation volunteers, including the local community, and corporate volunteers on CSR days providing an important source of income. Richard worked for the international marine conservation organisation Blue Ventures for 18 years before joining our team. His experience includes setting up overseas ecotourism operations, volunteer management, health and safety and safeguarding and he completed a qualification in Environmental Conservation and Countryside Management at Capel Manor College in 2021 to retrain and work in the UK conservation sector.

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Jamie Robinson, Heritage Officer

Jamie took history degrees in London and Cambridge, researching myriad topics from medieval pilgrim literature to post-war urban planning. Connecting this work is his interest in how we have shaped, understood, and experienced our built environment throughout history. Returning to Northern Ireland, Jamie worked in the heritage sector, helping to research and protect historic buildings and monuments.

Jamie joined the Friends in April 2024 as our new Heritage Officer.  He will help to preserve our built heritage, highlight the stories of those buried in or associated with the site, and promote the Cemetery Park as a must-see for all enthusiasts of East End and wider London history.

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Aneeta Patel, Admin Officer

Aneeta joined Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in April 2024. In addition to working with the Friends, Aneeta works part-time for a small international development charity in Hackney, has run her own business as a knitting teacher and writer for over 20 years, and runs a not-for-profit, zero waste party kit.

Aneeta is mum to two young boys and lives locally to the Cemetery Park. She is very passionate about community in Tower Hamlets, and is delighted to join the team looking after Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

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Oana Damir, Cemetery Park Ranger

Oana joins the team as a Seasonal Cemetery Park Ranger for a fixed period between April and October 2024.  She is also currently finishing her training in Wildlife and Environment Conservation with Capel Manor College, Enfield.  Alongside the BTEC technical diploma in Countryside Studies, she enjoys collecting all sorts of technical skills, from using chainsaws and other electrical plant cutters, to ecological learning.

She is taking time to expand her repertoire of bird, plant, bee and insect identification, mammal and amphibians surveying, and loves to read about habitat management combined with human de-involvement and rewilding.  Oana spends a lot of time reading ecological and botanical books, and has a lot of book recommendations, fiction and non-fiction related to the above topics.  When she is not leading volunteering groups at the Cemetery Park or undertaking essential park and nature conservation maintenance (which you can join in on Tuesdays!), she weaves landscape-inspired kilim rugs, makes nature-inspired potters, gardens and takes care of her ever-growing collection of houseplants.

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Key volunteers

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Stephen Moss, Patron

Our charity’s patron is naturalist and author Stephen Moss, who is a nature writer, broadcaster and wildlife television producer. Stephen first came across Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park almost a decade ago, when he filmed there for the BBC1 series Britain’s Big Wildlife Revival. He later featured the park in his book Wild Kingdom: Bringing back Britain’s Wildlife, which was nominated for the Wainwright Prize for nature writing.

Louise Robinson, Chair of Trustees

Louise became a trustee in 2021 and was voted in as Chair in September 2022. Louise works in marketing, with spreadsheets, PowerPoints and people. She lives a few streets away from the Cemetery Park, and has a tortoise called Lus, who likes to get stuck, and pick fights with plant pots and the watering can.

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.

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Jasmina Negrini, Trustee

Jasmina became a trustee in 2021. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Bologna and has a career in the financial services industry in London spanning over 20 years. She has worked and studied in five countries across two continents and has travelled extensively. Jasmina has a strong passion for the environment and for leaving things better than she found them. She volunteers within her local community to preserve and protect the environment on land and water and worked on the project to convert wasteland into the Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve in north London, which opened to the public in May 2016. Jasmina has lived in Tower Hamlets for 6 years and consider the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park her very special place in the borough, where she goes to whenever possible, to find an oasis of calmness and to observe and enjoy the changing of the seasons.

Andrew Moffatt, Trustee

Andrew has been working in the charity sector for over 30 years, leading fundraising and communications for various causes, including HIV/AIDS, homelessness, drugs and alcohol, mental health and a range of cancers. Since going freelance 12 years ago, Andrew has worked with many smaller organisations including campaigning groups both in the UK and internationally, supporting them with strategy, cases for support and hands on applications. He has lived in and around Tower Hamlets since 1994, enjoys walking and nature and would like to see more green spaces established throughout the borough.

Deborah Colvin, Trustee

Deborah began life as a farmer and agricultural scientist in Australia before joining the world of education where she was a teacher, school leader and coach. She has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1990 and got to know the cemetery park early on by bringing school groups along for outdoor learning. These days she works in sustainability and is an environmental activist. Deborah tries to be outdoors as much as possible and participates in a variety of citizen science and biodiversity recording projects.

Ruth Bradshaw, Trustee

Ruth has 30 years’ experience in a range of policy influencing and research roles, mainly in the public and voluntary sectors. Since 2012, she has worked for a small environmental charity where she has developed extensive expertise in nature and conservation and related policy areas, such as planning, recreation and public health. Ruth has also been a regular conservation volunteer for over a decade undertaking a range of activities such as woodland management and wildlife surveys. She draws on both her professional expertise and her volunteering experiences to write creative non-fiction which highlights the opportunities for experiencing wildlife in urban areas and the value of places like Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park which provide people with access to ‘everyday nature’.

Terry Lyle, Honorary Trustee

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.

Angela Silvester, Office Volunteer

Angela provides invaluable support in the Friends office. She is a trained Legal Secretary who also brings experience in University administration from her years working for Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Former volunteers

Stewart Rayment, honorary trustee

Stewart helped set up the Friends back in 1990, securing the Service Level Agreement with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He’s since moved out of London but still pops in now and then.