It’s what London Waterkeeper is for that is important – rivers in parks that are free of sewage fungus. Homes that send their waste water only to sewage works and clean efficient industry that abides by all environmental laws. Only then will we have thriving rivers that are a boon to London.
No one has the right to pollute our rivers and yet we have normalised pollution and become complacent. The health of the Capital’s rivers is compromised – chronic pollution is a daily problem and the systems to tackle it are not in place.
Theo Thomas, Chief Executive
Theo launched London Waterkeeper in 2014. The organisation uses environmental laws and grassroots advocacy to drive change. Theo grew up in rural Wales, and after university spent five years at BBC Radio Leicester. He made the move to London twenty years ago to take a position at Keep Britain Tidy, before transferring to Thames21, where he spent 12 years as Senior Programme Manager.
Safiya Egeh, River Project Coordinator
Safiya graduated from City University London last summer with a degree in politics. During her time at university, she supported frontline staff at the National Autistic Society. The placement saw her plan engagement projects which boosted morale and team working during the pandemic. Safiya is working on Drain Shame. This aims to highlight the problem and utilise the law to stop the damage being done to rivers by stormwater run-off.
London Waterkeeper’s Trustees
Chair – Dee O’Connell
Dee lives by the River Lea in Hackney, East London. She contacted Theo when he was running “Love the Lea” with Thames21, after noticing how polluted the river was. She started volunteering on the project – testing the water outside her house. When Theo set up London Waterkeeper, Dee supported his vision of an independent voice for London’s rivers and became a founding trustee.
Dee is a keen hiker and has recently qualified as a Lowland Leader with Mountain Training. She is also co-director of The Brokedown Palace, an outdoor lifestyle business with two London shops. They supply sustainable clothing and accessories, as well as zero waste products. One of their brands is Patagonia, who support London Waterkeeper as part of their grants programme for grassroots environmental organisations.
Treasurer – Charles Law
Charles has considerable experience as a Chartered Accountant working with small business units of large commercial organisations across a variety of fields, including FMCG, Paper and Promotional goods. He currently works part-time in the family office of a high net-worth individual.
In his spare time, he has been an assistant scout leader for eight years. This has helped develop his environmental awareness and love of the outdoors, which in turn led him to undertake the role of treasurer and trustee for London Waterkeeper.
Secretary – Chris Jones
Chris is a hydrologist with significant experience of working for major consultancies within the environmental sector. He is a post graduate of the natural sciences, a lifelong environmentalist and defender of the outdoor environment. He likes to observe and explore his surroundings, travel to new locations and immerse himself in other cultures. His professional and personal ambitions have driven him towards caring for the environment which led him to become a trustee of London Waterkeeper.
Sarah Saunders is a winter swimmer at the Kenwood Ladies Pond in Hampstead and met Theo through the Kenwood Ladies Pond Association. Together they organised Thames swims from Richmond on May Day, close to where Sarah grew up, in a time where no-one dreamt of swimming in the Thames. Sarah is a consultant in the photographic industry, working on digital archive projects with museums and organisations. She has documented swimming at the Ladies Pond since 2004 and coordinated the launch of the Ladies Pond Archive at the Bishopsgate Institute. She is passionate about environmental issues, and as a Trustee of London Waterkeeper wants to bring a swimmers voice to the organisation, and help bring about the vision of a ‘Swimmable Thames’.
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