Our Team

Heather Hilburn | Executive Director

heather.hilburn@ucl.ac.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855

Amy Pryor | Technical Director

Amy forged her career in marine and estuarine ecology and biology, fisheries and conservation. She has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Aquatic Science. She started her career monitoring deep sea fisheries in the North East Atlantic and in the South Atlantic for MRAG Ltd, a UK consultancy.

Amy has co-ordinated global projects for the Zoological Society of London. She conducted stakeholder engagement and socio-economic assessment for the University of Kent’s Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zone Project for South East England.

Amy is skilled at project design and delivery, stakeholder engagement, research and conservation.  Her interest in fisheries and community resource management are well catered for at TEP where she manages water quality and river health projects.

Contact Amy about the North Thames FLAG, River Basin Management Planning, Coastal Partnership Network, green infrastructure and intertidal habitat, flood defence, water quality, fisheries and biodiversity.

a.pryor@ucl.ac.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855

Wanda Bodnar | Greater Thames Estuary Fish Migration Roadmap, Project Officer

Wanda is a marine and lacustrine scientist with a wide range of experience working in academic and industrial environments.

She holds a master’s degree in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management and worked as a research assistant at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ), and as a marine environmental consultant in offshore and coastal waters. In the latter position, she gained experience in developing and implementing marine mammal mitigation plans according to government and industrial regulations. In 2016 she became accredited as a Registered Marine Scientist by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

In her role as a Project Officer, she relies on her working knowledge of GIS desktop software, spatial web development, spatial analysis, database management and data visualisation.

Visit the project page to find out more about the Greater Thames Estuary Fish Migration Roadmap. 


w.bodnar@ucl.ac.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855

Anna Patel | NTFLAG Project Animator


Anna is a Marine Ecologist with a BSc in Ecology and an MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management.

Anna has a strong interest in sustainability and has worked and volunteered with several organisations involved with the Thames Estuary; monitoring biodiversity and in environmental education. She has previous experience of developing fisheries projects which she has taken to her role with Thames Estuary Partnership as Fisheries Animator of the North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group. This European funded scheme is based around the Port of Leigh-on-Sea, in Southend-on-Sea where Anna is based.


anna@culturalengine.org.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855

Julia Lanoue | Greater Thames Data Officer


Julia is a computational ecologist with a BSc in Environmental Science and an MRes in Computational Methods in Ecology & Evolution.

She has a passion for finding the intersection between sustainability, ecology, and data science. Her work focuses on quantifying the ways in which the physical environment influence biological processes in aquatic environments.

Currently, Julia is working on a project to collect and analyse environmental and biological data across the Thames to identify patterns and relationships over time.


j.lanoue@ucl.ac.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855

Eve Sanders | Thames Citizen Fish Officer

Eve is a marine scientist with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography. 

For her undergraduate thesis she worked closely with the Marine Biological Association, her research focusing on biofouling by non-native species in estuaries. She has since volunteered with several estuarine focused organisations including South Devon AONB, where she gained experience in the establishment of estuarine biosecurity plans and pollution prevention.

Delivering marine outreach events made up a large part of her volunteering experiences and has since inspired Eve to go into the development of Citizen Science events.

As a Project Officer, Eve is developing a sustainable long-term monitoring programme for the tidal Thames, engaging both students and citizen scientists in the process and raising public awareness of the wildlife of the Thames.

eve.sanders@ucl.ac.uk | Tel. 020 7679 8855