The Bay Trust Team

The Bay Trust has a board of eight trustees and employs around forty part time and full time staff. Our team have a wide range of skills with particular focus on outdoor education, hospitiality and catering. We also have a thriving group of volunteers as well as apprentices and inters. Our Patron is Sir Crispin Tickell KCVO GCMG. He is a leading authority on climate change, population and biodiversity.

To find out more about volunteering and work experience oportunities call us on 01304 851 737 ext 2014.

Outdoor learning & school residentials

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Head of House

Carol looks after our school groups who come for residential stays to Rippledown house. She is also an amazing cook! 

Contact Carol on 2015

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Lead Outdoor Tutor

Richard is the Lead Outdoor Learning tutor, delivering all manner of activities from map and compass to pond dipping.

Contact Richard on 2015

Pete Evans

Pete Evans

Outdoor Tutor

Pete is a level three forest school leader, you can find him working on Steps Bank delivering the John Muir award to visiting groups.

Contact Pete on 2015

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Outdoor Tutor

Dave is a forest school leader with years of experience working with groups across kent and a passion for being outdoors.

Contact Dave on 2015

Education, research & support

Kay Pott

Kay Pott

Schools Administrator

Kay has ten years experience of working within the education system. Kay is the main point of contact for all school admin enquiries.

Contact Kay on 2015

Sian Lloyd

Sian Lloyd

Education Advisor

Sian has worked in education for 24 years and is still teaching in mainstream schools. She develops our outdoor learning curriculum.

Contact Sian on 2015

Steve Charter

Steve Charter

Permaculture Advisor

Steve is our permaculture adviser and is working with on on several educational and permaculture projects in The Pines Garden.

Contact Lorem on 2000

Sarah O'Malley

Sarah O'Malley

Research Coordinator

Sarah conducts research into outdoor learing. Her experience is in teaching and developing programmes on environmental topics.

Contact Sarah on 2006

Events & Catering

Simon McGhie

Simon McGhie

Operations Manager

Simon has over 30 years of hospitality and events management experience within successful, quality award winning hotels and restaurants.

Contact Simon on 2001

Jane Ivor-Jones

Jane Ivor-Jones

Events Manager

Jane joined the team as our dedicated event manager in August 2013. Jane has over twenty seven years of experience within the wedding industry.

Ross Oberrieter

Ross Oberrieter

Chef

Ross is our chef. He has been cooking ever since he was a child, learning from his grandmother. He loves to use and promote organic, local food.

Contact Ross on 2016

Michelle Spain

Michelle Spain

Tea Room Manager

Michell and her team work tirelessly to provide an excellent service in the Tea Room. They make fresh food on a daily basis and run popular supper clubs for evening dining.

Call 01304 851 737

Buildings, grounds & maintenance

Yolanda Levina

Yolanda Levina

Facilities Manager

Yolanda is manages all our facilities enquiries and contractors of the Bay Trust Estate. She has a background in business account management.

Contact Yolanda on 2012

Mick Pott MBE

Mick Pott MBE

Project Manager

Mick is responsible for the delivery of key site developments. Mick has 36 years of experience supporting the MOD, NGO’s & the UN.

Contact Mick on 2012

Chris Salisbury

Chris Salisbury

Building Maintenance

Chris Salisbury in charge of The Bay Trust’s buildings maintenance, he is particularly resourceful and is a dab hand at upcycling.

Contact Lorem on 2000

Josh Bartel

Josh Bartel

Woodland Management

Josh Bartel’s knowledge of nature and carpentry combined with his 3D design skills has been a driving force for many projects on Steps Bank.

Contact Lorem on 2000

Chester Bradsaw

Chester Bradsaw

Head Gardener

Chester is a seasoned Gardener with years of experience to his name, he and maintains The Pines Garden.

Contact Chester on 2000

Sean Giles

Sean Giles

Gardener & Food Grower

Sean has years of experience working with permaculture projects, as well as growing food for the Tea Rooms, he looks after The Pines Garden.

Contact Sean on 2012

Finance & HR

Tracy Swinerd

Tracy Swinerd

Finance & HR Manager

Tracy is our accountant and looks after finance and human resources. Tracy qualified as a CIMA accountant. She has twenty years financial experience.

Contact Tracy on 2008

Tracey Manser

Tracey Manser

Finance & HR Assistant

Tracey is the go-to person for all sales ledger enquiries for the whole organisation. She has over 25 years experience in finance and accounting.

Contact Tracey on 2007

Jasper Cook

Jasper Cook

Finance Assistant

Jasper is a full time apprentice for the finance department. He is currently East Kent College Thanet for his AAT Level 2 - Accounting Technician.

Contact Jasper on 2007

Communications & internships

Jerome Dutton

Jerome Dutton

Comms Manager

Jerome co-ordinates all our communications including the design and build of our websites, printed media and social media presence. He is also responsible for the overall comms strategy. 

Contact Jerome on 2014

Bradley Lloyd-Prest

Bradley Lloyd-Prest

Comms Assistant

Bradley creates all our social media content. Brad can be found out and about documenting our work and for online education and promotional material.

Contact Bradley on 2000

Kristian Bird

Kristian Bird

Intern Coordinator

Kristian manages our internship programme and is the host for interns when accommodation is required. He also works for Helionix Designs the company behind the Pines Clayx.

Contact Kristian on 2005

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