Our Team

We have a small, but dedicated team of staff that are based in Kennington Park and Ruskin Park in Lambeth, London. It’s our enthusiasm, passion and commitment for our cause that enables the charity to plant trees in the ground, create social cohesion and beautify our cities.

Senior Management Team

Andrew CollinsFinance and Administration Director

Andrew is the charity’s Finance & Administration Director, and has enjoyed working at Trees for Cities for over 15 years.

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Lydia DavisDesign Director

Lydia joined Trees for Cities over 12 years ago after completing a BSc Hons in Landscape and Garden Design at Writtle College. She joined the team as a Horticultural Assistant, working on the ground through the seasons to develop her practical experience and understanding of trees and plants.

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Kate SheldonDevelopment Director

As Development Director, Kate is responsible for developing our work programmes. Kate and her team work closely with landowners and partners, and raise funds through grants and corporate partnerships.

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David ElliottChief Executive

David joined as Chief Executive in January 2016. He has worked in the non-profit sector for over a decade for a number of international organisations, originally running landmine clearance and post-conflict recovery programmes across Africa and Asia. Prior to this he was a management consultant for Accenture.

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Our volunteers also play a crucial role at Trees for Cities. Many have worked with us to plant trees for a considerable period of time, contributing invaluable time and passion to the organisation.

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We, like every other UK charity, are governed by a group of trustees who make up our Board. Trustees are required to retire every three years and may offer themselves for reappointment for a further period of three years.

Anant Shah

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Selena Gray

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James Bevan

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Chris Harper

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Janine Hawkins

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Graham Simmonds

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Leslie Bacon, Melvin Benn, Dame Hilary Blume, Jeremy Coller, Chris Collins, Sir John Egan, Leo Hambro, Richard Hammond, Simon Jenkins, Alistair McGowan, Jamie Oliver, Lord Rogers of Riverside, Jon Snow and Sophie Warre.

Sophie Warre

Jon Snow

Lord Rogers of Riverside

Jamie Oliver

Alistair McGowan

Simon Jenkins

Richard Hammond

Leo Hambro

Sir John Egan

Chris Collins

Jeremy Coller

Dame Hilary Blume

Melvin Benn

Leslie Bacon


Below is a list of our current vacancies. Our vacancies are also listed on www.environmentjob.co.uk.

Having worked for John Lewis Insurance for 9 years I really wanted to experience working in a completely different environment; somewhere where I could make a difference. I also wanted to work for an environmental charity as I think they can often get overlooked by health, humanitarian and children’s charities. I chose Trees for Cities as I believe the work they are doing is fantastic, and so relevant and important on our increasingly urban planet. It has been lovely to know my time has been put to good use, helping the busy M&C team. I really enjoyed my time at Trees for Cities and for anyone looking to gain some marketing knowledge, help a worthy cause and have a bit of fun, I would strongly recommend you donate your time to Trees for Cities!

Lauren Bidmead, Trees for Cities Secondment, 2016