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MEET THE TEAM

Diana Sterck

CEO

Diana is a Chartered Marketer with over 20 year's experience working in public/private sector partnerships. She has been Chief Executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce since 2001 and is co-Chair of Merton’s Sustainable Communities and Transport theme group and the Economic Wellbeing Group. She has a passion for supporting local communities working together for a better environment, and is a lover of trees, plants, gardens and all things “green”!

Projects

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Danila Ardé

Operations & Volunteer Manager & Merton Garden Streets Manager

Danila has a strong background in Human Resources and has worked across a wide variety of sectors in senior HR roles, including Banking, Telecoms, University and Schools. She has always been motivated by making a positive impact on people’s lives and the planet and can’t resist growing plants and visiting green spaces.

 
Combining her HR and project management skills along with a passion for plants and community engagement, she found her volunteer work as a Merton Garden Streets Co-ordinator so rewarding she joined Sustainable Merton as the Merton Garden Streets Project Manager in April 2022. A keen gardener with an eye for innovative ways to improve our environment for the benefit of all, she hopes to green up Merton bringing communities together.

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Inger Larsen

Community Gardening Training Coordinator

Inger joined Sustainable Merton in the summer of 2021 and is very happy to be involved with their Community Gardens. With a degree in ‘Management of Natural Recourses’ from the ‘Norwegian University of Life Sciences’ and working as a part-time teaching assistant in a secondary school, she is very keen on everything that grows and how we can thrive and grow together in a sustainable way.

Two of her favourite activities are spending time at her local allotment and riding her bicycle.

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Helen Rountree

Community Fridge Coordinator

Helen started with Sustainable Merton as a volunteer at Phipps Bridge Community Garden digging and growing fruit and veg. She followed the surplus produce to where it was being distributed at Merton's Community Fridge and offered to help out there... 2 years later she's very proud to be involved in the volunteer side with the people who make the project possible. 

 

An English language teacher by training, Helen has been lucky to have the opportunity to work in beautiful places such as Mongolia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Poland and most recently Bangladesh. Now back on home soil and staying put for a while (but still planning some home-based adventures!) she's keen to put the skills she's learnt from her teaching career to good use saving food and giving it to people who need it at The Fridge. 

 

Helen loves knitting, cooking, running and of course, travelling, helped by the greatest love in her life... her VW campervan "Bendy". 

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Ramya Venkataraman

Community Activator, The Wheel

Ramya is a doer and mother who is passionate about finding solutions to the climate challenge and building resilient communities. She worked as a scientist, operations and business development professional in the energy sector and served as the community co-chair of the Merton Climate Action Group in the past year. She hopes that her work will help children inherit a safer and healthier planet.

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Jude King

Community Fridge Manager

Jude has come from 10 years running her own wine business - including hosting tastings and preparing canapés.  She also worked as a project coordinator for LOCOG (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) and has found success in many sectors including plumbing, travel and tourism and social housing.

 

Jude's passions are travel, the great outdoors, food and drink, playing sport (England 40s Hockey squad), and her rescue dog Finn.

 

As one of life's doers, Jude is enjoying getting stuck into the operations of the Community Fridge and can't wait to save more food from waste and help share it with those in need in the borough.  Who knows Merton's first wine tasting with surplus food canapés might be around the corner!

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James Malloy

Project Manager - MOAT Housing Recycling in Pollards Hill

BIO COMING SOON!

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Katie Tubby

Growing Spaces Coordinator

Katie has a long career in the voluntary sector, managing volunteer-involving programmes and various community projects and services. An avid gardener and grower, she went back to school in 2020, to undertake horticultural training with the RHS. Keen to combine her passion for gardening and growing with her professional skills, she joined Sustainable Merton in 2022 as the Growing Spaces Coordinator. She has an interest in the role that community gardening and urban/peri-urban farms can play in tackling issues such as food insecurity and biodiversity loss alongside how gardening can support physical and mental well-being. When not gardening or at the allotment, she enjoys dancing, reading and hiking. 

Communications

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Amy Coyne

Communications Manager

Amy joined Sustainable Merton in 2013 as an office volunteer, and later that year took on the role of Office Administrator. She now works with the team to coordinate the charity's growing communications channels, and is proud to support the volunteers who are the heart of the organisation.

 

Amy enjoys long walks on Merton's commons and wishes to explore more of the UK's beautiful landscapes.

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Mary Hanover

PR & Social Media Consultant

Mary is passionate about helping NGOs and ethical brands expand their reach with PR and social media. She recently joined Sustainable Merton to provide additional support and help launch The Wheel. Previously Mary managed the celebrity & influencer marketing for the World Refill Day annual public awareness campaign and worked at COP26 in Glasgow managing PR for a Youth Climate Summit. She is a Womble in the true sense of the word, having grown up in the middle of Wimbledon Common where, as a child, she used to ride her pony after school every day. More than 40 years on, and she still lives in the same spot on Wimbledon Common with her husband and three children! She is delighted to be working with the team at Sustainable Merton on the array of local projects, helping her own borough achieve a greener, more sustainable future.

Finance

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Bernadette Cook

Finance & Accounts

My role at Sustainable Merton is to manage all the financial functions. I started working with Sustainable Merton in 2021 to help them set up systems and financial processes to manage their growing income and grant funding. This has given me the opportunity to use my experience of developing reporting systems to provide useful Financial Information.

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Linda Lee-White

Finance & Accounts

I joined Sustainable Merton in 2021 to provide essential day to day bookkeeping support working with the Finance Manager to ensure we pay our invoices on time and also make sure we are receiving monies due to us.

 

Trustees

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Ben Cuddon

Chair of Trustees

Ben is a teacher and climate change educator. After studying History (Edinburgh) and then Middle Eastern Studies (Harvard), he did a PGCE at Cambridge University to become a history teacher. He taught in London schools for two years before setting up Climate Ed, a charity delivering specialist climate education to children. He is a trained facilitator with Carbon Conversations, a carbon reduction scheme. He is also a board director of the Surefoot Effect Community Interest Company and a Community Champion with Sustainable Merton.

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Juliet Boyd

Trustee

Juliet is a retired consultant anaesthetist and palliative care doctor. She joined Transition Town Wimbledon in 2009 and became chairman in 2011. This organisation merged with Sustainable Merton in 2013.She campaigns on the links between climate change and health. She coordinates the Wimbledon Churches green group which promotes the Christian responsibility for sustainability.

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Gillian Leigh

Trustee

Gillian is a retired doctor who worked part time while bringing up her twin sons. She started a club for mothers of twins and is author of a self-help book All About Twins. She did voluntary work for Home Start Merton, Sustrans Cycling Campaign and the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons. She has a BA degree in Fine Art and is on the steering group of the Phipps Bridge Community Garden Project.

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Kuziva Punungwe-Mutandiro

Trustee Elect

Kuziva was born in Paris and grew up in France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Austria before coming to London for further education. She completed a BSc degree in Psychology from Goldsmiths University before moving on to the University of Westminster to study Marketing Communications at a MA level. She has a background in fundraising for many charitable organisations including but not limited to Marie Curie, Refugee Council and International Rescue Committee. Kuziva currently works at Mind managing client accounts and assisting many organisations in better supporting the mental health of their staff. She initially found out about Sustainable Merton through becoming a Community Champion, and volunteering with the Community Fridge which she still does to this day.

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Su Stroud

Trustee Elect

Su was born in S. Korea but grew up in Southern California in the US and has been living in SW London for over 13 years and Merton for 8 years. Su has over 30 years of broad experience in HR, Technology and Sales across different sectors and countries. She has worked with 8 start-up/SME companies in the UK, including impact companies in technology, property and professional services. Su is committed to sustainability, especially with recent ongoing experience of working with organisations that aim to make a real difference to the world we live in today and now with Sustainable Merton. She also volunteers at Merton’s Community Fridge and is a Sustainable Merton Waste Warrior picking up litter in and around Wimbledon.

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Ruth Baber

Secretary to Trustees

Ruth took voluntary redundancy from university administration in 2005.  She is on the steering group of the Phipps Bridge Community Garden Project. She has recently completed an MSc in Environmental Management at Birkbeck College.

 

Ruth plays the viola in the Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra.

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Anna Laidler

Trustee Elect

Anna is an HR and Payroll professional with BA in English and MA in Law & Management. Originally from Lithuania, Anna moved to London 14 years ago, 6 of which she has been living in Morden with her family.  Having recently joined the wonderful team of Community Champions at Sustainable Merton, Anna is honoured to have been elected a Trustee of Sustainable Merton, and is hoping to be able to contribute to the charity’s wonderful work by providing insights into employment legislation, payroll & benefits related matters, and continuing her volunteering journey with the charity locally in Merton – every little effort helps to make a difference!

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Alan Maries

Trustee

Alan has a background in construction materials research and environmental management of major road and rail projects, with a particular interest in sustainability. He has lived in Wimbledon for nearly 40 years, and became involved in local issues through membership of local residents’ associations, the Wimbledon Society and the Green Coffee network, using his professional experience in assessing the impacts of local planning developments. He has also participated in launching the Wimbledon Town Neighbourhood Forum, believing strongly in the need for individuals to help shape the future of their immediate localities.

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Alysha Randall

Treasurer Trustee

Alysha is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience.  She is currently working as a Portfolio CFO, working with many small businesses as well as training future Finance Directors.  
She has been campaigning for the environment, saving forests & reducing waste for decades.  Alysha moved to Merton 5 years ago with her family.  She enjoys cycling locally, yoga and cooking.

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Anca Tacu

Trustee Elect

Anca is proud to be a trustee of this wonderful charity, having been a committed Community Champion for over two years. As part of the Sustainable Merton Energy Team, Anca was one of the authors of the ‘Energy Saving Handbook’.

 

Anca brings her expertise from her work in the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and her academic studies. She is particularly interested in the strategic direction and governance of Sustainable Merton. 

Ambassadors

Tom Walsh

Community Ambassador & Founder

Tom was trained in applied biology before becoming a green activist first with the Green Party and then as a co-founder of Sustainable Merton. He has always believed in the vital role we all have in helping to solve the problems of climate change and the role of grassroots organisations like SM reflects this.

 

Tom is married to Wendy and has two grown up children, Ben and Katie.

“Sustainable Merton brings together very passionate individuals. It's exciting to be able to work with the Trustees board to help look after the group that does so much for the local environment and our residents”  

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