Staff team

UKELA operates as a virtual organisation, with no main offices or overheads.  All our team work on a part-time basis from home. Meet them below.  If you would like to get in touch with any of us, please contact us by email


Gareth de Graaff

Gareth is our Executive Director. He is responsible for all aspects of running the organisation, working in close liaison with the trustee board. Gareth is based near Exeter.  

Pippa Heggie

Pippa, our Membership Development Manager, joined UKELA in 2022. Her responsibilities include administering the membership and finance processes in support of the Executive Director and supporting UKELA's volunteer and member networks. Pippa is based in Hampshire.

Louise Hotchkiss

Louise is our Communications Coordinator. Her responsibilities include providing support to the Executive Director and other members of staff on events, project work and communications with trustees and members. She also oversees our social media and weekly newsletter. Louise is based in Surrey.

Paul Stookes

Paul is our Policy and Law Adviser. He has been a UKELA member since 2005. His main responsibilities are to support the working parties and Governance & Devolution Group to ensure that they engage proactively and effectively in the development of environmental law.

Roseanna Peppiatt

Roseanna, our Group Coordinator, supports the working parties and Governance and Devolution Group (GDG), ensuring consistency of activities, and that the output from the groups is shared across the broader UKELA membership.