Meet Our Team

Meet the Forest Recycling Project Team. Together we deliver the full range of our organisation’s activities.

Alison

Chief Executive

Alison Griffin joined FRP in November 2019 as Chief Executive. With a background in voluntary sector management and development, and extensive fundraising and business development experience, Alison has been bringing FRP forward, expanding its scope and outreach. She is responsible for the management and strategy of the charity, and reports to the Board of Trustees.

Gosia

Retail & Operations Manager

Gosia originally joined FRP in 2019 and after a couple of years moved abroad but returned in 2023 to take the position of the Retail & Operations Manager. As the title suggests, she looks after everything retail-related and deals with reclaimed paint operations. Her professional background is in media and translation but her passion for sustainability and circular economy brought her eventually to FRP.

Greg

Green Champions Project Coordinator/Carpentry Mentor

Greg originally studied cabinet making, modern and traditional finishing and worked and taught as Antique Restorer/French Polisher for about 20 years, before obtaining an Environmental Science degree and becoming a science teacher. His passion for sustainability, connection with the natural world and the knack for improvising solutions and fixing things led him to FRP where he enjoys mentoring volunteers and doing everything carpentry-related.

Penny

Fabric Mentor

Penny joined the FRP team in November 2022, though she has been involved as a volunteer, supporter and collaborator for a number of years. She brings extensive experience in leading community sewing and creative workshops and is responsible for delivering Green Champions volunteering sessions in fabrics.

Les

Driver and Paint Mixer

FRP's longest serving team member, Les spent many years in the past as a driver and owner of a car garage. At FRP he leads on paint collections and is doing all the van driving. He is also a key member of the warehouse team, mixing reclaimed paint and serving customers.
(photo credit: Joanne Segars)

Clive

Paint Mixer and Retailer

As an experienced painter-decorator with a passion for finding treasures in thrift stores, Clive is the perfect fit for FRP, where he works at the warehouse, serving customers, mixing paint and organising our stock. He is also a key member of the team that delivers FRP's special projects such as Give&Takes and preloved toys distribution.

Em

Retail Assistant and Green Champions Mentor

After spending over 20 years working in healthcare and support work, Em joined the FRP staff team in January 2021, having been a volunteer and supporter over several years. She is the lead team member in our shop in Walthamstow but works also in the warehouse and, being a trained carpenter herself, mentors carpentry Green Champions volunteers.

Tasnim

Tool Library Coordinator

Tasnim leads the volunteer and sessional worker team at the FRP Walthamstow Tool Library on Priory Court.

Joanna

Green Champions Administrator

Joanna joined the FRP team in August 2022, having been a volunteer and supporter of FRP, as well as a talented jewellery maker. Joanna leads on the administration and comms for the Green Champions programme.

Anita

Fabric Retail Coordinator

After spending many years in corporate project management, Anita opted for a change and joined the FRP team in October 2022 to work in our shop in Walthamstow. As a crafter with a keen eye for quality textiles, she is our Fabric Retail Coordinator, leading on fabric donations and sales.

Nilesh

Finance Officer

After spending many years at FRP in a variety of jobs: from a volunteer, to a warehouse worker, to the Operations Manager, and obtaining qualifications in accounting and a degree in Environmental Management in the meantime, Nilesh now looks after FRP's financial administration.

Meet Our Trustees

Meet our fantastic board of trustees, who are responsible for overall governance of our organisation.

Mona

Mona Vakil joined the FRP Board in 2018 and is a member of the local community having grown up in the area. She is a Chartered Accountant with experience in Business Partnering and Financial Accounting with leading Global Financial Services Companies. She has participated in corporate volunteering schemes over the past few years and given her interest in sustainability issues she was attracted to the potential of making a difference at FRP, and in particular the link between the social impact in the community and the environmental impact. Mona is also a keen advocate of diversity in the workplace and has co-chaired Women’s Diversity committees at two of the organisations she has worked for. FRP's treasurer for several years, she is now Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Tom

Tom Fox joined the FRP Board in 2017. Tom has a policy background and worked for several years in the social entrepreneurship sector as Head of Policy for UnLtd. He more recently joined the civil service and works for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He lives locally and was interested in getting involved in FRP because of its integrated social and environmental mission, and its ambition to deliver this mission through a sustainable business model.

Véronique

Véronique Jochum joined the FRP Board in 2021. She is a social research consultant with 20 years’ experience of conducting research in the voluntary sector. Prior to freelancing, Véronique was Head of Research at NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and much of her research has been on volunteering and social action. She lives in Walthamstow and has been involved in a range of local charities and community groups as a volunteer and trustee.

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Ben

Ben Ingram joined the FRP Board in 2021 shortly after moving to the local area. He has a background in product design and now works as an Innovation Consultant, helping organisations around the world shape future product and service offerings. As a lover of DIY and all things making, FRP was a natural fit. Ben is passionate about maximising on the reuse of materials and making sustainable choices accessible to everyone in the community.

Jon

Jon Emmett joined the FRP board in 2021. He is an environmental manager with 15 years’ experience of helping organisations to become more sustainable. He lives locally, and joined FRP after being inspired by their work to help the community while improving the environment and growing the green economy.

Liz the trustee

Liz

Liz joined the Board of FRP as Trustee and Treasurer in November 2023. With 20 years of experience in the social sector, Liz is a specialist in small charity resilience and the founder of Embrace Finance, a social enterprise dedicated to working with leaders to build financial resilience. She is also the co-founder of the Small Charity Friendly Collective, a multidisciplinary group of specialists supporting small charities. Liz's professional background includes extensive work in capacity building for small organisations. She was drawn to FRP due to its commitment to social and environmental justice, as well as its enterprising approach to driving social change. Liz is a professional member of the Institute of Accounting and Bookkeeping and a fellow of the RSA.

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