Our Team

Meet our fantastic team…

Chief Operating Officer

Cathy Maund

Cathy Maund has been working with the HCGA since its inception over thirty years ago

School and Community Gardener

Zoe Lyall

At HCGA I mainly run sessions for children and adults. The children's sessions are usually in local schools, following curriculum linked topics and also after school clubs, as well as our popular environmental education playschemes. For adults I run the Grow Well project and sessions at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. I love coming up with varied, seasonal activities for our clients.

School and Community Gardener

Ulla Johnson

WFGA apprentice (sponsored by the Open Gardens Scheme)

Ita Cormack

School and Farm Gardener

Kirsten Carter

I began working for HCGA as an apprentice gardener in 2017 and since then have assisted with a wide range of projects and activities, with people of all ages and abilities. These days I mostly work at Phoenix Farm, assisting the site manager in maintaining the garden and caring for the animals. I also work at a couple of local primary schools, gardening with small groups of children, enabling them to spend a little time outdoors and interact with nature.




Evangeline Karn


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School and Community Gardener

Myra Heller

I’ve been working with schools designing environmental and growing gardens for around 15 years now. I also work with all kinds of adults and I’d like to carry on creating that wonder and pleasure in the natural world in the city for as many people as possible for as long possible.

School and Community Gardener

Katy Jack

I currently teach in three primary schools where I give the pupils knowledge and the experience of nature, wildlife and food growing. I was previously a Primary School Teacher in London for eight years where I gained valuable experience and knowledge of the Primary National Curriculum which allows me to adapt my gardening lessons and teaching style to suit many different learners' abilities.

School and Community Gardener

Deb Culmer

I am a former SEN teacher now working as a school and community gardener, predominantly with children and adults with special needs. My main passion is for food growing and teaching children where their food comes from.

School and Community Gardener

Rosemary Creeser

I started working for HCGA in September 2009 facilitating family gardening sessions at Phoenix School Farm and currently work for the charity as a schools gardener in two primary schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. I’m interested in enabling children and adults to grow their own food, both as valuable life skill and as a way of building resilience in the food system.

School and Community Gardener

Vanessa Hodder

I have been a teacher for many years, but have taught horticulture for the last 14 years. I work with The Get Out There team to make over and maintain lots of local gardens and do community engagement activities with HBL. Proudest moment – working with the 6th form at Phoenix High School and the HCGA to make a garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show that won a Gold medal in 2016.

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