The Bay Trust Team

The Bay Trust has a board of eight trustees and employs around thirty 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

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

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

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

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 Steve on 2014

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

Jane Ivor Jones

Jane Ivor Jones

Events Manager

Jane joined the team as our dedicated event manager in 2013. She has over fifteen years of experience in the wedding industry.

Contact Jane on 2003

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

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Head of House

Carol cooks for our school groups who come for residential stays to Rippledown House and also bakes cakes for our tea room.

Contact Carol on 2015

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 Chris on 2012

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.

Chester Bradshaw

Chester Bradshaw

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 also maintains The Pines Garden.

Comms & Admin

Jerome Dutton

Jerome Dutton

Communications & Admin 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