Putting names to faces and the journeys we’ve made that make us passionate about making London the World’s first National Park City.


The National Park City Foundation (NPCF) is a charity, with current trustees:

Alison Barnes is Chief Executive of the New Forest National Park and joined the Authority in June 2010 from Natural England, where she was Regional Director for London, leading engagement with large regeneration programmes such as for the Olympics, as well as taking organisational lead on landscape and green infrastructure.

Earlier in her career Alison led on local biodiversity policy within Defra and was Head of Advocacy for English Nature, using her expertise on the natural environment in both roles to advise on engaging with local and regional programmes to secure delivery. At English Nature she was responsible for policy engagement across Parliament, Whitehall and Europe, including supporting the passage of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

Alice Roberts is currently Head of Green Space Campaigns at CPRE London. She spent many years at the Local Government Association campaigning on behalf of England’s £5 billion local government environment sector and has also held roles at Defra and delivering Lottery funding. Before that she completed an internship in the EU’s trade directorate and more recently spent two years with the Campaign for Better Transport.

Ben Smith has recently transferred to Arup, having been Aecom’s Director of Sustainable Development, Buildings + Places. He is an environmental consultant with more than 15 years’ experience, gained in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia, specializing in sustainable development, energy strategy, climate change (mitigation and adaptation) and urban resilience. He has a proven track record of winning and delivering successful consultancy projects for a range of public and private sector clients, leading high performance teams and delivering business improvement. Ben’s reputation transcends his formal roles, he is a recognized thought leader, an advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration and a regular spokesperson for the sector.

Beth Collier MA MBACP is a Nature-based Psychotherapist, anthropologist and bushcraft practitioner. For Beth, nature is intrinsic to our emotional wellbeing. She is founder and Director of Wild in the City, working to make nature a meaningful part of everyday life by reintroducing traditional ways of seeing and engaging with nature. She has developed innovative programmes including a Natural Health Service, Outdoor Office™ and Nature Connectors which supports engagement of people from ethnic minorities. Beth provides professional training on the therapeutic use of nature for psychotherapists and outdoor professionals through the Nature Therapy School. She has more than fifteen years research experience in the fields of human rights and psychological health. Her research interests include ethnopsychology exploring cultural attitudes towards nature and the role nature plays in our daily lives and in theorising our relationship with nature from a psychotherapeutic Perspective.

Julian Tollast is Head of Master Planning and Design at Quintain with more than 30 years’ experience, including 17 at Farrells, working on significant and varied development projects has given Julian a great breadth and depth of understanding. Leading projects from both the client and consultant side provides him with the ability to rapidly explore and realise the potential of any opportunity and at any scale, “from District to Doorknob”. Julian’s skills in advocacy and communication built consensus to help secure planning approvals for two of London’s most significant developments and many other projects around the UK. His design and development experience coupled with skills in project leadership, management and construction enable him to help create and deliver added value across the Economic, Social and Environmental spectrum; further enhancing the reputation of the projects, companies and organisations he is associated with.

Mathew Frith is Director of Conservation at London Wildlife Trust with more than 30 years experience and achievement of land management policy and practice in urban nature conservation with voluntary organisations, public bodies and Government agencies, such as the London Ecology Unit, English Nature and Peabody (a housing trust). He has managed nature reserves, and developed policies to advocate the protection, creation and promotion of natural green spaces. He has a particular interest in the relationship between nature and society in towns and cities, which underpins London Wildlife Trust’s work in the face of a rapidly growing capital. His favourite bird is the magpie.

Pat Fitzsimons is Director of the Thames Estuary Partnership, a charity providing a framework for sustainable management of the River Thames. Originally from America, Pat has worked in London for many years heading up charities. She specialises in giving organisations a new lease of life by quickly finding a new way forward. Pat’s background is in business, economics, community development and regeneration. She always has her eye on the bottom line and thrives on developing new partnerships, projects and ideas.

Paul de Zylva (Chair) has devised and led action to protect and improve London’s environment including protecting south London’s open spaces from major road schemes and leading the campaign to save London’s top wildlife haven at Rainham Marshes from being turned into a drive-through service station. Most recently, Paul devised the successful Defend Nature campaign to counter threats to the laws protecting the most precious wild species and habitats in the UK and Europe. Paul also designed and led the award-winning Bee Cause campaign for Friends of the Earth. By catalysing action to reverse the decline of Britain’s 260+ species of bees and other vital pollinators Paul convened a new consensus for action across public, private, scientific and landowning sectors, persuading the UK Government to agree to draw up a National Pollinator Strategy. As a result, similar pollinator action plans have been adopted in Wales, Scotland and All-Ireland. Paul has served all three Mayors of London (Livingstone, Johnson, Khan) as a founding member of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) advising on how to make London a world class sustainable city. Paul chaired the LSDC in the transition from the Livingstone to Johnson Mayoralty and advised on making sustainability central to London’s winning bid to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Tim Webb is an award winning news editor and former broadcast journalist with ITN and commercial radio stations. He has worked with the BBC, DEFRA, news agencies and regeneration specialists. Tim established and managed the UK’s first all-digital radio newsroom for Talk Radio UK and was coordinator for both the London Environmental Educators’ Forum and of London Sustainability Weeks, transforming it into Love London Week. With expertise in sustainability, food and farming, Tim moved from frontline journalism to conservation and community engagement; working with London Wildlife Trust and subsequently the RSPB [Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] in communications and project management.


Special Advisers

The following former trustees also helped to establish the National Park City Foundation (NPCF) and we are pleased that they continue to offer their support and expertise as special advisers:

Dr Steve Head is an invertebrate zoologist and general ecologist with a particular interest in wildlife gardening and helping people at every level to understand the importance of garden wildlife. He was a founder member of the Wildlife Gardening Forum, and managed the Forum and its conferences for several years. Steve was a lecturer and Associate Professor in Oxford, Jamaica and the Sultanate of Oman, where he became Deputy Dean of Science, lecturing in subjects including reef ecology, marine ecology, invertebrate zoology and environmental physiology. He is a former Chief Executive Officer and trustee of several UK environmental charities and was for 8 years a Secretary of State Member of the Exmoor National Park Authority.
Judy Ling Wong CBE is a special adviser to the National Park City Foundation. She is a painter, poet, environmental activist, best known as the Honorary President of the charity Black Environment Network. In 2000, Judy was honoured with an OBE for pioneering ethnic minority environmental participation, and in 2007 a CBE followed, for services to heritage. Judy is a vision caster and a major voice on policy towards social inclusion. Over the years, her contribution has included membership of the DCMS Historic Environment Executive Committee, ODPM Urban Green Spaces Task Force, National Trust Council for England and Wales, Wales Assembly Government Environmental Strategy Reference Group, Scottish Museums Council National Access and Learning Steering Group, and the IUCN/WCPA Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group.
Professor Edward Truch is Director of the National Park Research Centre and a visiting Professor in Management Science at the Lancaster University Management School. He is founder of the Knowledge Management Forum at Henley Business School and an expert in strategic planning, organisational development and technology-led innovation. Edward advises multinational corporations and governments, including the UK Government, on public administration reform and development of knowledge based economies. Research includes the social capital of green spaces and national park governance.


Daniel Raven-Ellison - Campaigner. A self confessed guerrilla geographer, Dan is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer whose work focuses on combining creative exploration, geography and communication to tackle social and environmental challenges. Dan has walked across all of the UK’s national parks and cities, wearing a mood-reading device to create a map depicting calm and inspiring or scary and intimidating places. In two walks across and around the Capital, Dan found no children playing on their own in the parks and woods, and points out that inmates in our prisons are obliged to spend more time outdoors than our primary school aged children do playing and exploring in open public spaces. Dan has climbed the equivalent height of Everest using stairs in London buildings, authored children’s books and completed 125 adventures around the country with his son. He is regularly found delivering talks and keynote speeches on adventure, exploration, play, education, conservation, technology and cities. Declaring London a National Park City is his vision.

Steve Pocock - Community Campaign Coordinator.  Steve has worked most of his career in innovative technology startups surfing several waves as product manager, CTO, and COO. Steve's latest venture is Revolution Consultancy & Design. Its Forward Movement Platform, a technology platform to help people notice and explore their surroundings can be seen in action in TreeTalk a joint project with Paul Wood (TheStreetTree) and CPRE's #GoParksLondon. Steve's expertise in the complex space between teams, individuals, ideas, and technology came from building complex "big data" music, information, entertainment solutions in the US and the UK for Silicon Valley firms and high street names including Vodafone, Sony, Samsung and Sky. He is now applying this experience to his first love: the environment and natural world, looking to help give it a fighting chance. Now Steve can be found coordinating our amazing volunteers, exploring London's wilder corners and running projects bringing #WildflowersForLondoners, Homes for #WildLondoners and launching the first National Park City Fair and Network Forum.

Advisory Board

Adam Guy * Alison Archer * Andrew Denton (Outdoor Industries Association) * Andrew Firman (Carter Lemon Camerons LLP) * Cath Prisk (Outdoor People) * Professor Catherine Nash (School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London) * Chamu Kuppuswamy * Chris Parker (Geovation) * Dave Morris (London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network) * Professor David Goode (UCL, CIEEM, IUCN) * Duncan Tuft (Carter Lemon Camerons LLP) * Geraldine Connell * Heather Ring (Wayward) * Helen Jackson (South Downs National Park Authority) * Professor Dame Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) * Jess Kennedy (ARUP) * Professor Kate Jones (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research) * Katy Hogarth (Moo Canoes) * Councillor Kevin Davis (Kingston Council) * Linda Phillips (Roots and Shoots) * Martin Crabbe (London Sustainable Schools Forum) * Mark Chaudoir (Director) *  Max Farrell (Farrells) * Prof Michael Depledge CBE, DSc, FRSB, FRCP (University of Exeter) * Rob Gray (FORCE) * Sam Parry (Hackney Council) * Sarah Temple (London College of Communication) * Steve Cole (National Housing Federation) * Stuart Brooks (IUCN UK Committee) * Sue Harrington * Tom Lindsay (100 Resilient Cities) * Tracy Firmin (Langdon Park School) * Wendy Holden *

Organisations that have provided time, funding, space or expertise

Our Event Partner: Conway Hall Hall.

AECOM * Can of Worms * Farrells * Friends of Gillespie Park * Geovation Hub * John Muir Trust * Kestrelman Trust * Lancaster University  * London College of Communication * London Wildlife Trust * Mission:Explore * National Parks Research * Now|Comms * The Office of Charlie Peel * Ordnance Survey * The Outdoor People * The Paxton Crystal Palace Reconstruction Project * Project Dirt * Quintain * RSPB London * Salzburg Global Seminar * School of Geography Queen Mary University of London * SHM Foundation * Symprove * UCL – Institute for Global Prosperity * Urban Good *

Crowdfunders who helped to fund the original proposal

* Abigail Mckern * Abigail Woodman * Adam Gray * AECOM * Alan Outten * Alan Stanley * Alex Brooks-Johnson * Alexander Macchini * Alexander Moen * Alistair Young * Amanda Brace * Amanda Coppard * Ana Cristina Inacio * Anders * Andrea Polden * Andree Frieze * Andrew Birkby * Andrew Jones * Anne Knill * Andy Knill Andy Luck * Angela Rouse * Angie Davila * Ania Butler * Anita Gracie * Ann Basu * Anna Fernandes * Anna Kydd * Anna Richards * Anne Keenan * Anthea Masey * Ava Smith * Barbara Griessner * Ben Brace * Ben Connor * Ben Raven * Ben Rogers * Ben Smith * Ben Walker * Bernard White * Beth Scott * Brendan Sterne * Brennan Smith * Carolina Fattori * Caroline Hutchings * Carolyn Heathcote * Cath Prisk * Chaitanya * Charlotte Bownass * Charlotte Regan * Chris Guy * Chris Parker * Chris RomerLee * Christopher Grainger * Christopher Mahon * Claire MoraPescod * Cyrus Massoudi * Daisygreen * Daniel Edelson * Daniel E Farnes * Daniel RavenEllison * Darren * Daubeney Fields Forever * Dave Lukes * Hilary Ellison * David Ellison * Sheila Jones * David Jones * David Creed * David Goodhart * David Hanney * David Rogers * David Williams * Deb Gostling * Deborah Colvin * Deborah Fowler * Diane Wilson * Dlanctin * DME Elizabeth Cook * DME Fanny Jones * Dorota MS * Dr Andreas Liefooghe * Dr Martin Kunz * Dylan Fuller * Edward Drewitt * Eileen Hagger-Street * EImage * Elaine Sloan * Elisabeth Crudgington * Ella Adebowale-Schwarte * Ed Adebowale-Schwarte * Ellen Shearman * Elmstead * Emma Jones * Emma Lloyd * Emma Pettit * Emmanuelle Tandy * Esther Potman * Ewan Laurke * Family Lefevre * Family Steer * Fiona Kindness * Freya Summersgill * Friends of Dog Kennel Hill Wood * Friends of Gillespie Park * Frog Environmental * Gemma Harding * Geoff Covington * George Rayner * Geraldine Curtis * Gerry Kift * Gerry Tissier * Gina Glover * Graeme Eyre * Graeme Hewson * Graeme Maynard * Guy Haslam * Gwenda Owen * Hannah * Hannah Hislop * Hassan Munir * Helen Jackson * Helen Steer * Hilary Ellison * Hugh Barnard * Ian Brenkley * International Garden Photographer of the Year * Ivor G Richards * J and OW Mayo * J L F Shuker * Jackie Reiss * Janet Barnett * Jasia Warren * Jenni Chan * Jessica Davison * Jessica Peace * Jimmy Hall * Jini Reddy * Jo Norcup * Jochem Ermboud Hamoen * Elaine Elkington * John Elkington * Susan Fisher * John Fisher * John Coombs * John Hatto * John Rodgers * John Russell * John Strick Van Linschoten * John Webb * John Wyant * Jonathan Graham * Joris Kemel * Josh Leuner * Judy Ling Wong * Jules Gascoyne * Julia Lockheart * K Brabston * Karin Vermooten * Kate McGoey * Kate Stockdale * Kate Swade * Katie Willis * Ken Banks * Kimberley Pearson * Laurence Arnold * Lillian Henley * Lisa Woynarski * Liz Goold * Liz Stuffins * London Waterkeeper * Lorna Paterson * Lucy Shuker * Lucy Wills * Madi R * Maeve Ryan * Marcella Verdi * Marie Rabouhans * Marina Pacheco * Mark Pearce * Mark Walton * Martin Lugg * Mat Corbett * Matt Brown * Matt Clare * Matt Francis * Matt Gilbert * Matt Guy * Matthew Ryan * Max Farrell * Melanie Collins * Melissa Harrison * Mia DeNardi * Michael Henderson * Mick K * Mickey Boukraa * Mike Priaulx * Molly Rose Butt * Mr Sam Thomas * Mr Steve Pocock * Mrs Ann Smith * Nathan Nelson * Neil Maiden * Neil McCarthy * Nic Vine * Nick Lane * Nick Parker * Nicky Brown * Nicola Frances Rossiter * Oliver and Jennifer Mayo * Operation Centaur * Otto Milligan * Pam Orchard * Paul Hamblin * Paul Lister * Paul Turner * Paul Unett * Pauline * Pennie Hedge * Penny Badowska * Pereen d'Avoine * Pete Nottage * Peter * Peter Cairns * Peter Jenkinson * Peter Jones * Peter Raven * Peter Sellars * Phil Steer * Philip Andrews * Philip Harrison * Pip Thornton * Professor Henrietta Moore * Quintain * R Frayn * Rachel Collier * Rebecca Hill * Rebecca Salter * Rebekah Phillips * Richard Grimshaw * Richard Williams * Rick Blything * Rick Glanvill * Rob Bushby * Rob McBride * Rob Philip * Robert Collier * Robert Ellison * Robert Lingard * Robert McBride * Robster * Elaine Sloan * Roddy Sloan * Roderik Gonggrijp * Rollo Home * Rory Huston * Rose Ades * Rose Heatley * Roy Levien * Ryan Stevenson * Sabine Best * Sam Thomas * Sana Lingorsky * Sandra Vogel * Sarah Carlin * Sasha Morgan * Saskia marsh * Save Lea Marshes * School of Geography * Queen Mary University of London * Sean Miller * Shane * Sharleen Thornley * Sharmin Takin * Simon Strevens * Simon Tompsett * Simon Walton * SIMR * Skotti Hunden * Sophie Manham * St. Athans Hotel * Stephen Middleton * Steph Windsor * Steve Hudson * Susan * Susan Fisher * Susan Palmer * Susan Palmer * Suzanne Miller * Tara Stevens * Terence Michael * The Newton Family * The Paxton Crystal Palace Reconstruction Project * The PinkHat * Thomas Youngman * Tiago Salavessa Ferreira * Tigger Bumble Willis Po * Tim Gill * Tim Hughes * Tim Pettigrew * Tim Webb * Tobias Steed * Toby Osmond * Tom Alexander * Tom Denning * Tom Farrand * Tom Hewitt * Tom MorganJones * Tom Wells * Tony Burton * Tony McDougal * Triks * Valerie Pocock * Vanessa Ross * Vincent Bachofner * Wayne Trevor * Wendy * Wild Donor * Will & Zoe Henley * Will Walker * Willshome * Worldmapper * Urban Nirvana * Zac Goldsmith * Zoe Davies * Zwei

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