The Team

Here are some of the people who work at Bore Place.  We also have great support from teams of tutors and volunteers. In total the voluntary and paid working community comprises approximately 90 people.

I joined the team at Bore Place in May 2017 as Farm Manager. I am a third generation farmer from New Zealand with 17 years' experience in dairy and a passion for herd health and pasture management.

My focus on the farm is two-fold: ensuring we are at the forefront of innovation in sustainability, and that the cows are happy, healthy and producing top-quality organic milk.

I have been working at Bore Place since January 2012 in a number of different roles. As Education, Events and Office Coordinator, I organise school day and residential visits to Bore Place and coordinate our programme of public courses and events, as well as managing the administrative support for the office.

Becky is an experienced special needs teacher, and one of the lead tutors at our Saturday and Holiday Club which is specifically designed for young people with additional needs.

I joined Bore Place as Director in January 2015 to lead the organisation in working towards its mission to inspire sustainable living, learning and working.

From an early age, environmental issues and an interest in the wider world has defined who I am and the choices I have made about my own life and career. 

Aged 16 I was fortunate to gain a scholarship to attend the United World College of the Atlantic, the founding college of the global education movement and the International Baccalaureate. Environmental issues became a passion which lead to an Environmental Sciences degree at the University of East Anglia and a varied career predominantly with an environmental focus. My roles have included Senior Manager in local government, Executive Director of an environmental charity in London, Defra Advisor and University Lecturer and Researcher. These roles have involved working in the areas of sustainability, environment, waste/resource management, as well as supporting vulnerable people. My challenge now is to use my experience and knowledge, to work with colleagues and partners, to deliver and develop the inspiring organisation that is Bore Place.

I started working at Bore Place in 2012 after 25 years of teaching in both the primary and secondary sector. Having a B.Sc. Hons. in Environmental Science has meant that, as a member of the education team, I am able to develop and share my passion for environmental education (especially pond dipping!)

I joined Bore Place in September 2019. I trained firstly as a Conductor (specialist in Conductive Education) and secondly a specialist teacher for children with SEN, and I’ve worked across a range of school settings including the charity and public sectors. I also recently worked for a year in a refugee camp in Greece where I ran a school that was based in the camp, and this experience has been invaluable to me both professionally and personally.

I have a strong belief that everyone has the ability to learn and progress, given the correct amount of support and time to embed skills and experiences. I am a devoted professional and strive to ensure that all learning is purposeful and that all young people have opportunities to share their opinions. I firmly believe that education is about the whole personality, not just academic activities. My aim within a session is that every young person feels valued, respected and secure, and then the activities become a source of happiness and learning.

I have a keen eye for identifying areas that can be improved for wheelchair users especially, with regard to access and opportunities for them to be as independent as possible. I also have a lot of experience working with young people who are non-verbal, and I try to ensure that communication can be two way, that their voices are heard, and they can independently share ideas with the group through a range of alternative communication pathways such as Makaton/signing, symbols or high-tech communication devices. 

Being brought up in the gorgeous Kent countryside as part of a farming family, I have a strong passion for nature and getting young people outside and engaging with the most beautifully sensory environment. It is key for future generations that we educate young people about reducing the impact we have on our natural world and helping them access interests in the natural world.

My role is to help host our guests to ensure they have an enjoyable, comfortable stay. We endevour to use environmentally friendly products and natural alternatives to harsh chemicals to minimise our impact on the environment.

Having been fortunate enough to spend the last 20 years developing commercial ventures for charities, I love working and being at Bore Place . Entrepreneurialism for social and environmental ends is where my heart lies. I’ve had a varied career, including being a tutor and course leader for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, setting up social enterprises for Community Links and running Product Development at the Charities Aid Foundation.

I now run Free Rage Glamping, a glamping business at Bore Place, and project manage the visitor facilities programme here. I am also co-founding a start-up that enables charities to collect donations from contactless bank cards -

I’m married with two children, and love spending time outside as a family – camping, canoeing, cycling, walking, or just having a picnic. I briefly served as a trustee in 2017, before leaving the board, so that I could set-up Free Range Glamping.

Having taught in mainstream schools for 35 years, embracing  creativity, I decided to branched out to freelance work, delivering Arts Award and creative workshops across the South East.  I initially volunteered at Bore Place as a gardener last year and the wonderful atmosphere meant, when asked to deliver Arts Award, I jumped at the opportunity. I am a glass artist and when not delivering workshops, I am in my studio developing my passion for colour, pattern and texture through glass.

I am the contract dairy farmer, working in partnership with Bore Place to build a successful dairy farm which integrates with the other enterprises on the site.

I have been an organic dairy farmer near Haywards Heath in West Sussex for the last 11 years, having previously worked in sales and marketing roles in London. My passion is to enhance the triple bottom line of dairy farming - social, environmental and financial. By working with Bore Place we can build on the work done at home, with school visits and other special interest groups, to build a picture for the our customers of where their food comes from. The bedrock of organic farming is in the soil and the biodiversity of the farm. I love to build diversity into everything we grow in order to benefit the farm ecology.

Dave joined the Farm team in autumn 2017...more info coming soon...

I started at Bore Place in April 1982 when Neil and Jenifer Wates, founders of the Commonwork Trust, owned the site. I was employed by them as an Assistant Farm Fitter and I worked on the research and development of the, then new, methane digester. I carried out plant growth trials and formulated the mixes for the compost range "Supernatural" which was produced at Bore Place as a bi-product from the methane digester.

From 2001 I have been responsible for maintenance of the whole site at Bore Place, including our renewable energy installations.

I joined Bore Place in August 2019 as a Sustainable Development Intern, in addition to my role as a housekeeper. I have recently completed a Masters degree at Schumacher College in ‘Economics for Transition’, and I am particularly interested in how regenerative agriculture can contribute to the transition to a more resilient economy and society.

My background is working in the media, in roles ranging from PR, social media management, radio and video production to sponsorship. I joined Bore Place in April 2017 and as a keen champion of eating organically and locally, as well as being committed to sustainable living, I am enjoying the opportunity to help develop the reach and marketing position of an organisation which shares many of my personal values.

I first became involved with Bore Place in 2011 through the Education department's link with school gardens, one of which I led at the time. I joined the education team soon after, drawing on years of arts and amateur gardening experience. Beyond Bore Place, I am also a Level 3 Forest School leader, which draws together all my outdoor passions and lends itself well to the work we do here.

My primary focus at The Organic Cakery is to take care of the environment whilst producing your beautiful wedding cake. I only use ethically, fair-trade and organically sourced produce of the very highest quality, which either comes from the Bore Place estate or the very local area.

I have a background in teaching Art and Design in secondary schools -  6 years in the UK in schools in Milton Keynes and Reading and then 3 years in Kampala, Uganda. I joined Bore Place in 2007, based in Maidstone at the organisation's global education project called Kent and the Wider World. In 2009 the global, sustainability and environmental strands of our education programme joined and we now work together at Bore Place. 

My role at here is largely teaching, both school groups and adult groups. I work with a wide variety of themes from farming and global issues to sustainability, cooking and crafting. Please contact me if you would like to know more about what we can provide for your school within our school visits programme.

I joined Bore Place in 2008. I manage all accounting functions for the whole of the organisation, including payroll, cash flow management and preparation of management and financial accounts. I also have responsibility for day to day maintenance of our IT network.

Prior to joining Bore Place, after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant I worked in various industries at all levels, including Finance Director of a major subsidiary of a large construction group.

Outside of work I enjoy all sports and having previously played cricket at a reasonable level (!) I have now moved into being all round dogsbody for an enthusistaic duo involved in equestrian eventing.

I started my working life as a voluntary conservationist for Trees for Kent, and began volunteering at Bore Place in the early 1990s.  I subsequently took over running the Green Wood Workshop here and also set up my own business in 1998.  As well as running courses at the Green Wood Workshop, I also make and sell baskets, living willow work, continuous fencing and hurdles.  I'm also a tree surgeon and am currently responsible for maintaining the woods at Bore Place. I am primarily a traditional craftsman, using the "underwood” or “coppice-wood” not only to make a living and promote the health and viability of our woodlands but to spread knowledge and enthusiasm for a traditional rural skill.

I joined Bore Place in September 2014. I am passionate about education, especially when educating young people towards becoming global active citizens. I studied Social Policy and Sociology at university alongside working as a detached youth worker in Essex and have been fortunate enough to continue my career working on youth empowerment and active citizenship projects in Eastern Europe, Australia and the UK.

In Eastern Europe I set up a youth volunteering network to assist young people to find pathways out of long term unemployment. I returned to the UK in 2000 and worked for the Institute for Citizenship developing projects and educational resources to assist teachers in delivering the new Citizenship Curriculum in schools and FE institutions. In Australia in 2005 I worked on a youth leadership project with vulnerable 15-19 year olds with the aim of building confidence, life and work skills.

I look forward to developing the existing education programmes and engaging with a wider community of schools, community groups and partners so we can share the work we do and further learn from each other.

I began working at Bore Place in 2016 helping to run the Saturday and Holiday Club sessions for young people with additional needs. I have worked in education for 18 years within primary, secondary and adult education. I find the setting at Bore Place can open up a whole new world of experiences for our students and young people.

Liz is a member of the housekeeping team, using eco products to maintain the cleanliness of our facilities, and looking after our visitors during their stay.

I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 and since then have been working toward a career in conservation with an interest in environmental education. I joined Bore Place in November 2018 as an Environmental Education/Management intern in addition to becoming part of the amazing housekeeping team. During my internship I have learned about the importance of organic farming and have considerable appreciation for Bore Place’s view on sustainability. I am especially enjoying passing on this knowledge to the school groups who visit, getting them outside of the classroom and exploring the farm and wildlife around them in this beautiful and unique environment.

I joined the team here at Bore Place in September 2017 as Facilities Coordinator. My love of facilities management started in January 2006 working for a large American finance company. Since then I have worked for various large banks and law firms - the change from the corporate environment to working at Bore Place has been a very pleasant and peaceful one. The focus of my role here is whole site management incorporating health and safety, project management and maintenance of our beautiful buildings. Always having had a keen interest in sustainable living and the great outdoors, I am excited to be part of Bore Place and its future growth.

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I first joined at Bore Place in 1997 to work, part-time, with the Education Team, to share my experience in outdoor natural history teaching with primary and secondary students.  I have always been passionate about wildlife, and have worked for Kent Wildlife Trust in outdoor education, and at other Field Centres.  I have also been involved, for over 30 years, as a volunteer helping to manage wildlife habitats, and leading conservation tasks. I am a licensed 'bat advisor', involved in amphibian monitoring, and with husband Peter, involved in a project to monitor and help barn owls.

Mandy is a member of the housekeeping team, using eco products to maintain the cleanliness of our facilities, and looking after our visitors during their stay.

I have been working in a lead role for the Saturday and Holiday Club for young people with additional needs. You can find more info about the club here.

I joined Bore Place in June 2006. I left college with a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture in 1977. Since then I have milked and managed a number of dairy herds mainly in Shropshire.

I have had two breaks from practical farming when I have worked for a milking machine company and also as a breeding advisor for a national cattle breeding company. I am particularly interested in cow breeding, genetic improvement and I enjoy working with our veterinary and agricultural students.

I joined the Bore Place team in November 2017 as the Organic Market Gardener. I have been working in the world of organic vegetables all my life. I started by cooking with veg in a vegan restaurant and later moved onto becoming a market trader in organic fruit and veg in the Netherlands for 10 years. By doing courses and placements I acquired the skills to grow and I found work in the south of England as head grower for 2 seasons. In 2005 I rented a farm near Hastings and I have been growing organic vegetables since then. Bore Place has offered me the opportunity to mould the Market Garden into a commercially viable business that also offers young adults facing challenges a place to grow and learn.

Michelle is a member of the housekeeping team, using eco products to launder our linens and towels.

I joined Bore Place in 2011 as a volunteer gardener, working in the organic vegetable gardens with the Grow to Grow team. I spent 2 years working there, helping to produce and harvest the organic veg for use in the Bore Place kitchens and to sell to local businesses.

In 2013 I went to nearby West Kent College in Tonbridge to do a catering course for a year before returning to Bore Place as an Apprentice Chef. I've since been Commis Chef, and I'm now Sous Chef and am still enjoying learning new techniques and skills, and cooking with lots of different ingredients including produce from our own gardens.

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I joined Bore Place in September 2017 in the role of Head Chef and Sustainable Food Coordinator. I started my culinary training back in 2011 at Kent College whilst working at a restaurant in Limpsfield, Surrey. After achieving my NVQ level 3 I moved to the Castle Inn in Chiddingstone and then on to the Nuffield Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. My most recent Head Chef position prior to moving to Bore Place was at Fenwick’s Terrace Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells.

The food I like to cook is largely based around what is seasonal, and to be able to cook using the organic produce grown yards away here in our Market Garden is incredible. I like to ensure the meals are healthy, hearty and, most importantly, tasty for all our guests here.

I joined Bore Place in July 2015, as Manager for Health and Wellbeing Progammes.  I am working on the Grow to Grow project and the Reaching Out Reaching In (RORI) programme which began in Autumn 2015 and is funded from the Big Lottery. Both projects are working with young people and are centred around our organic market garden.

I come from a background of working with young people for many years, in many different roles, from managing a team in Thanet for Connexions, working with Youth Offending Services, to being a Trustee of a charity for young people.

Working at Bore Place is an amazing opportunity.  I am looking forward to taking the offer that we are making for young people forward, and to bringing new groups and individuals along so we can share this wonderful place with them.

After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 2013, I worked in the heritage industry until starting at Bore Place in August 2016. My role here as Receptionist, Admin and Marketing Assistant is great as I love meeting people and welcoming them. As Marketing Assistant, I spread the word about Bore Place and let everyone know about what we get up to here. If you call us, you’ll probably speak to me – I’m looking forward to saying hello!

I have been Head Housekeeper at Bore Place since October 2018, but have been part of the team since 2016. My role is to manage the housekeeping team and host our  guests to ensure they have an enjoyable, comfortable stay. We endevour to use environmentally friendly products and natural alternatives to harsh chemicals to minimise our impact on the environment.

I initially joined Bore Place as a volunteer in 2016, and I am now the Venue Events Coordinator.

My career background stems back to working in the design and advertising industry, from client services at advertising agency J Walter-Thompson to financial and operational management at Raymond Loewy Design. My roles gave me invaluable experience and learning to work collaboratively in a team environment. After working in London for 20 years I took a career break to raise three children. Since then I have chaired the Parents Association at Beechwood Sacred Heart School in Tunbridge Wells. Over the past six years I have organised a number of large events, including the Centenary Ball held in the School grounds.

My role at Bore Place is in planning planning large events and working alongside the Venue Manager to improve use of our resources. I love the whole ethos of Bore Place and particularly the invaluable support it offers young people.

I have a key responsibility for coordinating weddings at Bore Place, so please contact me if you would like to discuss or make a wedding booking at our unique venue. Alternatively you can complete an enquiry form and I'll get back to you in person.

I have been working with the Bore Place team since March 2017. A lifelong passion for wildlife and the great outdoors led me to study Environmental Management at Durham University, and my working life has been spent with charities where I have gained 15 years of experience in environmental education from roles with the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in southern India, the Field Studies Council in Suffolk, and the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

I believe that human beings are losing a sense of connection with the natural world that sustains us, at a great cost to both health and wellbeing, and see our role here as helping children and young people find pathways to reconnection that will benefit and enrich their lives.

I joined the housekeeping team in September 2019, helping to ensure the buildings are kept clean and tidy, and to ensure our guests have everything they need during their stay. As well as general housekeeping, I bring experience of corporate events and weddings and I enjoy variety in my work. Every day is different which makes the job interesting. During my induction to Bore Place, I helped move cows up the lane into a different field and I was also lucky enough to see a calf being born - all in a day's work! 

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