The Team

The Team

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Volunteers Team along with the help of 20 Volunteer Supervisors and the Rangers Team manage over around 700 Volunteers throughout the entire expanse of the Park.


Paul Roper - Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager


Direct: 01992 709845 Mobile: 07917 647552

Before joining the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority Paul worked for Royal Mail for 20 years half of it in operations and half of it in human resources. In operations he ran the Paddington Depot and for HR he undertook management and leadership development, specialist training and performance and capability management. On leaving Royal Mail with voluntary redundancy in 2004 he worked for the RSPB for a year before joining the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as Volunteers Manager. He implemented the current volunteers programme and successfully gained the Investors in Volunteers accreditation for the Authority. In 2008 he was seconded to a project management role to manage the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the restoration of Myddelton House Gardens. Managing the restoration project from inception through to launch in 2011 and returning to the current post of Volunteers and Community Engagement Manager in 2013.

Outside of work he is a keen ornithologist and has held a bird ringing permit for over 30 years. Currently working on gulls using landfill sites in Essex he likes to specialise in poorly studied species. Other interests include football, rugby and squash he also describes himself as a hobby cyclist and walker.


Jessica Whitehead - Volunteers Officer


Direct: 01992 709867 Mobile: 07909 000 326

Jessica joined Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in May 2014. She has had a great deal of experience volunteering herself whilst at university and after she graduated in 2008. Examples of the organisations she has volunteered for include TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and Essex Wildlife Trust. Before joining the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in May 2014 she was an administrator and bursar for an environmental education charity called the Field Studies Council at Epping Forest Field Centre. She decided to take on the role of Volunteers Officer as Lee Valley is a place that is very close to her heart and enjoys working with volunteers.



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