A Welcome from the Chair of the Trust
The Twickenham Riverside Trust was founded in 2011 with the primary purpose of preserving, protecting and improving for the benefit of the public, the riverside and its environs in Twickenham, and other areas as the Trustees might decide.
To date, much of work of the Trust has been focused on has been on the land now called the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, which the Trust holds on a 125 year lease. This land, which was formally the site of Twickenham Swimming Pool, has been fought about since 1981 after the pool was shut for repairs and never reopened.
The Trust is passionate in its belief that Twickenham Riverside is a hidden gem of space that can and should be used, by not only Twickenham residents, but also by visitors from far and wide. We hope to work alongside Richmond Council in making that belief a reality, with the re-provisioning of the Diamond Jubilee Gardens within their plans for the Embankment.
We believe that with the correct strategic thought and execution, the Twickenham Riverside can help our town become an even more vibrant community whose use and enjoyment of the river, improves our physical and mental health and improves our town.
Our Trustees are an eclectic group of Twickenham residents, from architects, to lawyers, to event organisers to business consultants and more.
If you have any thoughts on how we can help open up the Riverside to the public, or you would like to help us with fundraising or organising events in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens area, please do not hesitate to contact us at
Our Charitable Objectives
To preserve, protect and improve, for the benefit of the public, the riverside and its environs at Twickenham in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, and such other areas as the Trustees may from time to time decide
To provide facilities there for public recreation and community activities
To advance the education of the public in the history and environment of the area
Each year, the Trust also publishes an Annual Report, which also includes a Trustees' Report.
See below for:
Trustees' Report 2020 (Annual Report in process of being filed)
Diamond Jubilee Gardens
The land between the River Thames, King Street, Water Lane and Wharf Lane was purchased in 1924 by the Twickenham Urban District Council with the sanction of, and a loan from, the Ministry of Health. This was for the purpose of providing public walks and pleasure grounds. Richmond House, which was on part of the site, was demolished in 1928 and some land was sold for commercial properties in 1929. In 1937 the King Street Parade shops and flats, with a service road at the rear, were built.
An open air swimming pool was opened in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of George V. It was closed for repairs in 1981 and never reopened. The pool site lay derelict until 2005 when the Jubilee Gardens, which included a café and playground, was built on part of the site.
On 24th June 2012 the Jubilee Gardens, now renamed the Diamond Jubilee Gardens, was opened to the public by HRH Princess Alexandra at an event organised by the Twickenham Riverside Trust and Richmond Council and sponsored by the Rugby Football Union.
The Diamond Jubilee Gardens is the outcome of over 25 years of campaigning by a coalition of local groups to ensure that this riverside location was reinstated as a public open space for the whole community.
The Gardens have a popular children's playground, a café serving light refreshments, two boules courts where tuition can be arranged, and plenty of seating. There is entertainment too, with a variety of events scheduled throughout the year.
Hugh Brasher (Chair)
Event Director of some of the largest mass participation events in the UK including the London Marathon and RideLondon. Previously owner of Sweatshop, a chain of specialist running shops which he built from one store to 43 over a period of 30 years.
Former chief executive of the UK shipping industry’s trade association, with extensive experience of national and international policy-making and government relations, Mark is more recently the co-owner of a small family artisan chocolate business, including exporting to Switzerland. Locally, he is former Chair of the ETNA Community Centre and of the St Margarets Fair.
Martin Cox is a practising solicitor in the City. He loves being outside and is a member of a local cycle club, often heading into the Surrey Hills or out west following the Thames. He recently moved to the area with his young family, returning to the riverside of his forebears (one of his relatives was the Teddington lock-keeper in the late 1800s).
Works with the world's largest consulting firm, specialising in outsourcing services and project management. Ted is also a keen musician who enjoys organising performances and events in the Diamond Jubilee Gardens.
Executive Director of Digital, Marketing and Communications at Sport England, Ali leads teams which deliver campaigns like This Girl Can and is heavily involved in work that helps keep people involved in sport and physical activity. Ali has worked in communications across government, including as a spokesperson for the Prime Minister, as well as with organisations such as the BBC. She started her career as a journalist in Ireland.
With a degree in Journalism and an MA in Investigative Journalism, Janine is particularly interested in open democracy and is currently undertaking a PhD in Public History at St Mary’s University. She also is committed to raising awareness of environmental issues and has been involved in fundraising for local charities. She enjoys being active on and around the river with her young family.
A former children’s book publisher and television producer, Celia has been active in the voluntary sector for the past 15 years in London and New York, to include fundraising and event planning. Currently a volunteer at the Twickenham Museum and the Eel Pie Island Museum.
Sam Kamleh is an Architect and Director of Architecture WK Ltd since 2003, graduating from the RCA, followed 10 years later by an MBA from Imperial College. She was a member of the RIBA’s Chartered Practice and Disciplinary Committees and ran The Architect’s Gallery in Teddington for 10 years. Sam is also a member of Richmond Borough’s Design Panel and of the Strawberry Hill Residents’ Association.
Luke has organised a wide range of events from immersive cinema shows in London to a festival in the Sahara desert. Currently co-founder and co-CEO of Malhemy Ltd building a portfolio of forward thinking food and drink brands, Luke loves messing about in boats and would love to help get more people out enjoying the river.
Currently undertaking an MSc Psychology of Education at UCL's Institute of Education, Kasia was most recently EMEIA Brand, Marketing and Communications Lead at EY, having started off in law. Competent in six languages, three of which she speaks fluently, she is a former director of the London Rollergirls, and is a current Governor of Meadlands Primary School. Encouraging enjoyment and use of Twickenham riverside is close to her and her young family's heart.
A chartered architect experienced in leading design teams to deliver large, innovative, complex projects including the New British Library, airport developments and award- winning university buildings. Past board director for an international architectural practice and past National Chairman of the Association Women in Property. Also a qualified business coach.
Head of Community and Partnerships at Richmond Council. Matt is the Council’s lead on engagement, strategic partnerships, community and voluntary sector relationships, is the commissioner for both Citizens Advice Richmond and Richmond Council for Voluntary Services, and a Non-Executive Director on the Achieving for Children (AfC) Board. Previously a Policy Team Leader at the Department of Community and Local Government (now MHCLG), and a consultant for the Improvement and Development Agency.