Board of Trustees

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The work of The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) is overseen by the Board of Trustees. All major decisions for  TEP are made by the board.

Chris Baines – Honorary President

Chris Baines trained as a landscape architect. He is one of the UK’s leading independent environmentalists and an award winning writer and broadcaster. He is best known as a champion of nature in cities and of wildlife gardening. He is self-employed and works as an adviser to central and local government and to a number of corporate clients in the water, financial management and urban regeneration industries.

Chris Baines currently chairs the stakeholder advisory panels for ecological mitigation of the Thames Tideway Tunnel and the National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision. He also advises developer Lendlease on green infrastructure aspects of urban regeneration in the elephant and Castle. He is an adviser to the international Green Pilgrimage Network and he chairs the Wyre Forest Landscape Partnership in the West Midlands.

Chris is Honorary President of The Thames Estuary Partnership, the Essex Wildlife Trust and the Sustainable Building Association (AECB), a Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management.

Chair: Roland Grzybek, CH2M
Roland has worked in the flood and coastal risk management sector for 40 years and is currently the flood, coast and environment director for CH2M HILL. His experience includes feasibility, design and construction of flood alleviation schemes in the United Kingdom and selected countries in Europe.

He has worked on all of London’s non-tidal rivers as well as the tidal Thames defences which includes being project director for the Thames Barrier. A Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), he is also sits on the ICE Expert Water Panel.

Anusha Shah, CH2M
Anusha is head of Stakeholder Engagement and Consents at CH2M.

Martin Garside, Corporate Affairs, Port of London Authority
Martin Garside works at the Port of London Authority in the corporate affairs department. Martin joined the PLA in 2001, and has been closely involved across a broad range of public communication, political and media issues concerning the tidal Thames.Martin has a masters degree in maritime policy from the Greenwich Maritime Institute.

Dr James Paskins,  University College London (UCL)
James Paskins works for the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) at University College London. Major research projects include the UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities, the UCL London Agenda and the development of the UCL Environment Research Domain.

James facilitates cross-disciplinary research that addresses complex issues that relate to the environment and urban sustainability, including transport, energy, health, water, resources and green spaces. He graduated from the University of Westminster in 2000 with a first class degree in Psychology, and went on to complete a PhD at UCL.

Angela Gorman, Environment Agency
Angela coordinates work across The tidal Thames catchment, aiming to deliver the Water Framework Directive, from Environment Agency teams and external delivery bodies. Project managing a variety of environmental partnership projects for the London Team.

Steve Gilbert, RSPB
Steve is a qualified solicitor who worked in both public and private practice. His interest in environmental issues prompted a change in career and he now works as a Conservation Programme Manager for the RSPB in South East England.

His work on the Thames includes a six month secondment with the Port of London Authority and the management of the RSPB’s Greater Thames Futurescape programme. 

John Meehan, Environmental Project Officer, Essex County Council
John is a specialist in landscape, green infrastructure, coastal issues, climate change and energy. He is the Environment Manager for Essex County Council. He believes that green spaces are for people which is reflected in his work on opening up new green spaces in South Essex which include over 1000 hectares of new forest areas and 2000 hectares of marshland.

Recently John has led the Thames Estuary path project creating a 29 mile path link the marshes, the estuary and 6 train stations. As an effective fundraiser, John has raised more the £23 million for environmental projects in Essex from government, the EU, Lottery and charitable trusts.

Nigel Challis, The Corporation of London
Nigel has been a KMPG partner and director for 40 years. Currently he is a Common Councillor at City of London Corporation and a member of the Ethics and Integrity Committee at University of Oxford. Nigel has an MA in economics from Emmanuel College Cambridge. Nigel is chair of the TEP Finance Committee.

Jonathan Westlake, Environmental Quality Investment Lead, Thames Water
Jonathan is currently Environmental Regulation Manager at Thames Water. He has worked on the Thames Tideway Strategic Study, wastewater regulation, water resource planning, environmental benefit assessment, and the Water Framework Directive implementation before taking on the role of Environmental Regulation Manager. Part of this role includes leading Thames Water’s environmental investment proposals included the company’s five-year Business Plan.

Adam Wallace, Natural England
Adam is Natural England’s Strategic Partnership Manager for the Thames Valley Team covering London, Surrey, Berks, Bucks and Oxons.  Adam has worked in the Environment sector for over 20 years. He has worked with Peterborough City Council, the Wildlife Trust and the National Trust at Wicken Fen.

He became a Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) adviser in Surrey and Hants in the before joining the Countryside Agency to work on National Park designations (South Downs/New Forest) and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) policy.

Phil Stride, Tideway
Phil Stride is Strategic Projects Director at Tideway, the new company created to finance and deliver the Thames Tideway Tunnel. He has been working on the project for over eight years.He is a civil engineer by trade and has a wealth of experience managing both wastewater and clean water projects.

He was head of the project for many years and was responsible for the project obtaining a Development Consent Order. It remains the largest planning application ever submitted in the UK. He previously worked for Thames Water for 41 years and has held a number of senior manager positions in both engineering and operations. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Penelope McNeile, Independent
Penelope is currently a consultant raising finance for a major entertainment resort as well as helping charities with fundraising and support development. She previously led business development for a number of professional bodies, most recently the Institution of Civil Engineers. Before that she worked in three London universities in marketing roles.

She has an MBA with distinction from Cass Business School and a first degree from Cambridge. Her early career was in book publishing.

Victor Freeney, Independent
As a civil engineer and water infrastructure expert, Victor has delivered a variety of large and complex infrastructure projects both in the UK and overseas.

Victor spent 12 years with Thames Water where he was responsible for delivering construction projects as well as managing their government relations and their customer engagement and research programme. This involved working proactively with more than 100 local authorities in the region and managing relationships with over 150 MPs and MEPs.