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 interns. 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 opportunities call us on 01304 851 737 ext 2003.
Organic Gardener and Foodgrower
I have been designing and gardening for private clients, public spaces for 15yrs and I have a particular passion for wild plants and medicinal and culinary herbs and anything you can eat.
I started community gardening 6 years ago when I helped to create The Landmark Community in Deal and I have recently had the pleasure of working at The Windmill Community Garden in Margate, immersing myself in their food growing project.
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.
I joined the charity firstly in 1977 when I left college as a newly qualified chef, and worked my way up to domestic bursar looking after the day to day running of Rippledown. I left in 1981 to have a family. Since then I have 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. I 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.
My main role is as a catering manager helping to provide home cooked food for the children who stay at Rippledown on our outdoor learning schools, looking after dietary requirements, allergies and liaising with schools. I also help to manage catering in the Pines Garden Tearooms and The Pines Calyx catering for parties, weddings, conferences and events.
I am a keen walker and love gardening in my spare time, growing my own fruit and vegetables on an allotment, sharing the fruit to go in the cakes at the tearooms. My other interests are reading, various crafts and singing with the local rock choir.
Alex is our helpful and friendly administrator supporting bookings for outdoor learning activities and arranging bookings for conferences, events and other activities. Alex has worked in many areas of The Bay Trust including the Tea Room.
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
Outdoor Learning Tutor & Maintenance
When I joined The Bay Trust Charity because of the amazing work it does with children and young people and the outdoors. As an Outdoor Learning Tutor, I am 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.
I also help to support the maintenance of The Bay Trust estate. I am responsible for making sure it is safe for the children and staff and the people who use the facilities.
Some of my passions include walking and running as I like to keep healthy and I also enjoy reading and getting into a good book. I enjoy cooking as it makes me feel relaxed and mindful.
Lead Outdoor Learning Tutor & Site Supervisor
I 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 my own business and then teaching. I have been a Primary teacher for over 20 years rising to a position in senior management. My years of experience working with children from ages 5 to 11 have enabled me to understand why children and their engagement with outdoor education is so important for their mental wellbeing and confidence.
I am responsible for the delivery of good outdoor education, creating innovative activities and programmes linked to the national schools curriculum. Ensure that every child who visits our Outdoor Learning Centre at Rippledown, Steps Bank and Pines Garden, leaves with confidence and new skills is my responsibility. Enabling children to learn and empathise with the animals that inhabit our woodlands, sea and freshwater habitats is very important to me.
Gardening, foraging and engaging with the natural world are my passions.
I initially joined the charity in 2016. My main role is to clean the offices at the Pines Garden site and the staff mess room. I also replenish the floral displays in the offices and the Pines Calyx on a weekly basis.
My passions include running a sewing group and tending to my family’s allotment. I am currently learning about the best flora to grow and when for arrangements/displays.
I joined the charity several years ago as housekeeper. My role is to support housekeeping activities at Rippledown and the Pines Garden Tearooms. I help 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. My interests outside of work are family and friends, I enjoy walking my dogs and reading.
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.
Steve is our permaculture adviser and is working with on on several educational and permaculture projects in The Pines Garden.
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.
Sustainable buildings and infrastructure advisor
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 Calyx