WHO WE ARE

Berny Simcox

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

A former CEO of Environment Trust, a heritage and conservation charity, Berny has a strong operations background.  Berny holds degrees in Animal Management & Wildlife Conservation, and Environmental Sustainable Development. She has published academically on strategies for advancing sustainable development education in schools and lectured on Sustainable Development and Wildlife Management & Conservation. Berny volunteers as a Community Ranger for the Royal Parks, is a mentor at Kingston University and participates annually in the Zoological Society of London’s Eel Citizen Science project.

Julia Ruppert

Co-founder and creative director

Julia has spent nearly three decades working as an arts and wellbeing practitioner within health, culture and education sectors. Her approach focuses on self-efficacy, resilience and growth by combining creative engagement with positive psychology. Maintaining a strong belief in the importance of evidencing and knowledge-sharing, Julia is a published academic and has presented at national and international conferences on her arts for wellbeing research. Julia holds an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), an MA in Art therapy from Goldsmiths University and an Honours BA in Fine Art Studio and English Literature from the University of Toronto.

John Anderson

Non-executive Director

A retired career civil servant, John brings to his role a range of skills arising from several decades of experience working in local government as well as strong interests in community health, welfare and public policy. John contributes his expertise to a range of charitable organisations including roles as Chair of Richmond Health Voices, Chair of Environmental Trust and formerly as Director of Social Enterprise Richmond. John is also a member of the Healthwatch Committee and Treasurer of the Marble Hill Society.

You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside”