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.

Suzanna Maas, Cemetery Park Officer

Suzanna joined in June 2019 and leads groups of conservation volunteers, including the local community, and corporate volunteers on CSR days providing an important source of income. Suzanna brings wildlife identification skills and social history knowledge gained with the RSPB and the Churches Conservation Trust, plus a wealth of experience from working in visitor experience and volunteer management at the Natural History Museum and The Conservation Volunteers.

Claire Slack, Heritage Officer

Claire joined the team in September 2020. Claire’s role is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes working to put together a Conservation Management Plan to help us better understand the heritage value of the cemetery park and how we can make the most of the site over the coming years. You will also find her leading tours, dealing with grave enquiries and telling anyone who will listen about the wonderful history of our cemetery park. Claire has previously worked in the charity sector in a variety of management, fundraising and events roles and is also studying for her Doctorate in Heritage.

Key volunteers

a photo of Stephen Moss, a white man with grey hair in his 60s. Stephen is smiling and wearing a white shirt with small blue leaf print.

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.

Toby Sibley, interim Chair

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.

Louise Robinson, trustee

Louise became a trustee in 2021, and 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.

selfie photo of Jasmina

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.

Sally Randall, Trustee

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fran Humber, fundraiser

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.

Sigrid Werner, Trustee

Sigrid has lived in Tower Hamlets since 1998 and got to know about the Friends when she came to work at educational charity Setpoint London East in 2001. 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.

Former volunteers

Dr P, chief mouser

Dr P could often be found around the Soanes Centre, pretending to be lost. He is not lost – he has multiple homes, and has been known to use the pseudonym Crumpet. He will tolerate being stroked and sometimes even being picked up, but would much rather have a treat… possibly too many treats… he now wears a collar that says ‘DO NOT FEED’.
P moved to the outer wilds of Muswell Hill in 2021, where no doubt he’s making new friends.

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.