Board of Trustees


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.


Anusha Shah | Chair

The Thames Estuary Partnership appointed Anusha Shah as their new Chair on 15th March 2017.

Anusha works for CH2M as their Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Consents on Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme (TEAM2100) managing the tidal flood defences of the Thames Estuary for the Environment Agency. Anusha is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), specialising in water and environmental engineering with over 18 years of experience in managing and leading projects in the UK and India.


Dr James Paskins 

James Paskins works for the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) at University College London (UCL). 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.


Steve Gilbert

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

John is a specialist in landscape, green infrastructure, coastal issues, climate change and energy. He is the Acting Head of Environment and Flood Management 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.


Jonathan Westlake

Jonathan is currently the Environmental Investment Lead 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

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

Phil Stride is Strategic Projects Director at Tideway, the company created to finance and deliver the Thames Tideway Tunnel. He has a wealth of experience managing both wastewater and clean water projects in the UK and internationally.

Phil was head of the Thames Tideway Tunnel for seven 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 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

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.


Angela Gorman

Angela has worked in the environment sector for almost 20 years, in conservation, regeneration, fundraising and environmental planning. Having joined the Environment Agency (EA) in 2012 she worked across south London and the Thames Estuary as a Catchment Coordinator and supported a range of partners in their efforts to protect and improve river catchments.

Angela now works in the EA’s national Climate Change and Energy team, working internally and with partners such as Defra, supporting their aims to adapt to a changing climate and producing a new National Adaptation Programme for 2018-2023.


Henrika Priest


James Whiteley


Katherine Riggs