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 2013.

Core Team

Imogen Jenkins

Imogen Jenkins

Organic Gardener and Foodgrower

Imogen joined us in September 2019 and has a background in designing and gardening for private clients, public spaces for 15yrs and  a particular passion for wild plants and medicinal and culinary herbs and anything you can eat.

She started community gardening 6 years ago when she helped to create The Landmark Community in Deal and has recently had the pleasure of working at The Windmill Community Garden in Margate, immersing herself in their food growing project.

John Tutton

John Tutton

Organic Kitchen Gardener

John is an RHS trained and qualified horticulturist who has a working background in gardens in the public, private and charitable sectors before joining the Bay Trust in 2019 . He can be found running our kitchen garden, following his passion for growing vegetables, fruit and anything edible. When not at work, John can be found on his allotment, which he has maintained for 12 years.

Carol Hopkins

Carol Hopkins

Catering Manager

Carol joined  the charity firstly in 1977 when she left college as a newly qualified chef, and worked her way up to domestic bursar looking after the day to day running of Rippledown. She left in 1981 to have a family. Since then she has  gained experience in various areas of catering and was lucky enough to get a degree in International culinary arts and management in London and a teaching certificate at a local university. She was also proud to accept a second-place in the country award at the House of Lords in 2001 for the Lord Oxfuird’s Awards for Excellence.

Her main role is as a catering manager helping to provide home cooked food for visitors and  children who stay at Rippledown on our outdoor learning schools, looking after dietary requirements, allergies and liaising with schools. She also helps to manage catering in the Pines Garden Tearooms and The Pines Calyx catering for parties, weddings, conferences and events.

She is a keen walker and loves gardening in her spare time, growing her own fruit and vegetables on an allotment, sharing the fruit to go in the cakes at the tearooms. Her other interests are reading, various crafts and singing with the local rock choir.

Alex Chambers

Alex Chambers

Administrator Catering and Events Hub

Alex is our helpful and friendly administrator supporting bookings for outdoor learning activities and arranging bookings for conferences, events and other activities.She has worked in many areas of The Bay Trust including the Pines GardenTea Room.

Michelle Spain

Michelle Spain

Head of Catering and Events

Michelle and her team run the Pines Garden Tea Room and Pines Calyx conference centre. They prepare fresh food on a daily basis from organic suppliers or direct from produce grown in the Pines Garden. Receiving excellence awards from TripAdvisor annually, the Pines Garden Tea Room is highly regarded for home made cakes and scones and Sunday lunches and run popular supper clubs for evening dining.

Call 01304 851 737

Spencer Connelly

Spencer Connelly

Outdoor Learning Tutor & Maintenance

Spencer was attracted to join The Bay Trust  because of the amazing work it does with children and young people and the outdoors. As an Outdoor Learning Tutor, He is responsible for keeping the children safe and tutoring them through their residential trip at Rippledown Outdoor Learning Centre. Courses cover all aspects of environmental education and team building which helps the children to develop their confidence, creativity and develop their imagination.

He also helps to support the maintenance of The Bay Trust estate. 

Some of his passions include walking and running as he likes to keep healthy and he also enjoys reading and getting into a good book. He likes cooking as it makes him feel relaxed and mindful.

Lesley Farlow

Lesley Farlow

Housekeeper

Lesley joined  the charity several years ago as housekeeper. Her role is to support housekeeping activities at Rippledown and the Pines Garden Tearooms. She helps  the team to ensure our facilities are ready to accept guests visiting for school residentials as part of our outdoor learning offer, as well as ensuring our services are ready for visitors and outside organisations for a wide variety of events. Her interests outside of work are family and friends. She enjoys walking her dogs and reading.

Sian Lloyd

Sian Lloyd

Lead Outdoor Learning Tutor & Rippledown Site Supervisor

Sian joined the Bay Trust charity in August 2015 part-time and then full time in August 2016 after having had a career in catering for 13 years running her own business and then teaching.  She has been a Primary teacher for over 20 years rising to a position in senior management. Her years of experience working with children from ages 5 to 11 have enabled her to understand why children and their engagement with outdoor education is so important for their mental wellbeing and confidence.

 She is responsible for the delivery of good outdoor education, creating innovative activities and programmes linked to the national schools curriculum.

 Gardening, foraging and engaging with the natural world are her passions.

 

Jamie Fisher

Jamie Fisher

Caretaker/Gardener

Jamie joined The Bay Trust charity in 2017 and is responsible for caretaking the grounds and buildings security at Rippledown Outdoor Learning Centre in Ringwould. His interests are gardening and cycling.

Karon Crane

Karon Crane

Housekeeper

Karon initially joined the charity in 2016. Her main role as housekeeper is to clean the offices at the Pines Garden site and the staff mess room. She also replenishes the floral displays in the offices and the Pines Calyx on a weekly basis.

Her passions include running a sewing group and tending to her family’s allotment. She is currently learning about the best flora to grow and when for arrangements/displays.

Freelance Advisors

Dave Jones

Dave Jones

Recycling and Sustainability Advisor

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

Contact Dave@baytrust.org.uk

Yolanda Levina

Yolanda Levina

Crafter in Residence

Yolanda is a crafter in residence based in the creative arts hub. She runs creative workshops for the public working working with sustainable materials. She has crafted artwork on display in our Pines Cottage. She has a background in business account management.

Contact Yolanda on Ext 2012

Steve Charter

Steve Charter

Permaculture and Education Advisor

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

Contact Steve@baytrust.org.uk

Dr Sarah O'Malley

Dr Sarah O'Malley

Outdoor Learning Research Advisor

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

Contact Sarah@baytrust.org.uk

Kristian Bird

Kristian Bird

Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment Champion

Kristian is seconded 3 days a week from Helionix Designs to manage our sustainable buildings and  internship programme.  Helionix Designs is  the company behind the Pines Clayx.

Contact Kristian on 2005 or Kristian@baytrust.org.uk