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 conservation and rewilding projects in the Scotland, Colin moved into environmental consultancy before beginning work on Hampstead Heath. 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!

Colin has overseen a period of transition and growth for Heath Hands and our wider programmes across the open spaces. He worked closely with the RSPB to develop the Wild about Hampstead Heath project and expanded our partnerships with the City of London Corporation, English Heritage and local stakeholder groups. Securing external grant funding has allowed the launch of new volunteer programmes, community engagement projects and expanded the impact of our work. Colin is passionate about improving accessibility to our green spaces and giving everybody a chance to get involved in nature conservation.

Project Coordinator - Karin Oleinikova

Karin began working at Heath Hands in 2017 as our first Project Assistant, having previously volunteered in our office. A keen singer and traveller, she has been able to combine her interests in community engagement and nature conservation in the role. In 2020 Karin was promoted to become Heath Hands' Project Coordinator.

Karin helps manage our various volunteer programmes, and has been busy developing our fundraising efforts and communications. She has particular responsibility for our Community Heath project, which supports local groups and people of all backgrounds and abilities to get involved on our green spaces.

Project Assistant - Rory Dimond

Rory joined us in early 2019, having previously worked for Buglife and Friends of the Earth. A passionate wildlife enthusiast, Rory has a wealth of experience and expertise about insects, pollinators and other invertebrates.

Rory helps coordinate our wildlife interpretation and wildlife monitoring programmes - which have been developing in exciting new areas over the last few years. A passionate communicator on nature conservation Rory delivers numerous workshops and guided walks on a variety of topics throughout the year.


Assistant Ranger - Joanne Maddox

Jo began training as our first Ranger during Autumn 2019. A hugely dedicated nature enthusiast, she is a passionate conservationist and wildlife champion.

As our Assistant Ranger Jo has been helping lead conservation and habitat-management sessions, alongside working with forest schools, corporate and community groups and helping to launch the new youth volunteering programme in Spring 2020. If that's not enough Jo will be heavily involved in delivering our wildlife monitoring programmes.