New Executive Director for Thames Estuary Partnership

The Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) has appointed Heather Hilburn as its new Executive Director from 1 April 2019.

We are delighted with the appointment of our new Executive Director Heather Hilburn, who has a wealth of experience in sustainable regeneration and cultural development. Heather has spent the last two decades shaping and improving some of London’s iconic destinations, including the Tower of London, Tate Modern and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She has also provided strategic input into development and regeneration projects in North America, Europe and across the UK.

In her leadership, she works at senior management and board level to champion heritage, improve visitor experience, inclusivity and diversity while ensuring sustainability. She has worked with communities, charitable organisations, the public and private sectors to deliver vision-led change and helped champion iconic events such as the Poppies at the Tower of London.

“Heather’s broad experience makes her a natural appointment as TEP’s new Executive Director,” comments chair of trustees Anusha Shah. “She is excellently placed to help us achieve our ambitious plans and support the sustainable growth of London eastwards along the Thames. I am delighted to welcome her to TEP, and also congratulate the other team members on their new appointments.”

Amy Pryor promoted to Technical Director

Amy Pryor is a marine and estuarine scientist with 20 years’ experience in the broad field of marine and coastal management. In recognition of her expertise and contribution to TEP, Amy Pryor has been promoted to the role of Technical Director from 1 April 2019, after working at TEP for 7 years progressing from a Project Coordinator to Programme Manager. Amy will use her extensive experience and expertise to build on the work to date, working closely with the Executive Director and a passionate team of core and project staff.

Yasmin Boaitey joins as Communications & Events Officer

Yasmin Boaitey has recently joined TEP as Communications & Events Officer. She has previously worked in both fundraising and communications roles within the not for profit sector and most recently worked for the African diaspora developmental organisation AFFORD.

Notes for editors

The Thames Estuary Partnership is an independent charity which exists to improve shared understanding of the river’s needs amongst all key stakeholders. Its members bring together local and port authorities, riverside developers, leisure users, charities and other user groups and agencies to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits for the tidal Thames.
The Thames Estuary Partnership region includes both dense city populations and some of the UK’s most extensive coastal Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The Partnership both provides a forum for debate in its regular networking events, but also independently runs projects to support stakeholders on corporate social responsibility-related issues. It also organises a huge variety of projects relating to maritime or archaeological heritage, flooding, recreational water use, pollution, industry and ancient seascapes that have particular appeal to its stakeholders.

Heather Hilburn is available for interview. For more information or photographs, please contact Yasmin Boaitey (Telephone: 020 3108 5801, Email