Meet the Team

Our team is based in our office at the Dairy, Kenwood House, and works at locations across Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood.

Our team is based in our office at the Dairy, Kenwood House, and works at locations across Hampstead Heath and Highgate Wood

Projects and Volunteer Manager - Colin Houston

Colin joined Heath Hands as our Projects and Volunteer Manager in 2015. Having begun his career on rewilding projects in the north of Scotland, Colin moved into environmental consultancy before realising that the daily commute couldn't compete with the alternative through Hampstead Heath. Colin has overseen a period of growth at Heath Hands, working to develop our strategic partnerships, launch new programmes, secure our first external grants and enhance the impact of our work. Originally from the West of Scotland he is a keen climber and hillwalker and tries to get up to the Highlands whenever the chance arises.

Project Assistant - Karin Oleinikova

Karin began working at Heath Hands in 2017, having previously volunteered as an Office Assistant. She manages our Community Heath project, supporting local people of all backgrounds into volunteering and leading on our work with local schools, charities, community associations and other organisations. A keen singer and traveller, Karin organises our Community Heath festival, leads on our social media influencing and generally keeps Heath Hands running.

Project Assistant - Rory Dimond

Rory is our newest member of staff, having joined in February 2019 to oversee the exciting development of our Wildlife Monitoring and wildlife interpretation programmes. He coordinates the Wild about Hampstead Heath project and has been leading workshops on a range of ecological topics. A passionate wildlife enthusiast, Rory has a wealth of experience and expertise on insects and other invertebrates, especially pollinators.

Assistant Ranger - Joanne Maddox

One of our long-standing volunteers, Jo, joined us in October 2019 as our first Assistant Ranger, a post created to give volunteers the opportunity to gain paid experience in the conservation sector and to help run our outdoor sessions with a range of audiences. Jo has been running habitat-management sessions and shadowing members of the Heath's ranger team to build her experience of leading conservation sessions.