We formed in April 2016 and here are the key people of the CLaN
Caroline - Director
Since being taught to spin my first ball of wool by my Grandma nearly 25 years ago I have had a love of wool ever since which sits alongside the other crafts I also do such sewing, felting, basket weaving and traditional food crafts like cheese making. I have worked in outdoor education for the past 13 years. I ran a plant nursery for several years where I taught adults with disabilities horticulture before having my own children. When I am not involved in CLaN I am a learning support assistant and Thrive practitioner at our wonderful local secondary school. I love seeing people benefit from working in a natural environment and being creative.
Tim - Director
The natural world is my passion and for the majority of my life I have tried to inspire others young and old. Since gaining a degree in Applied Biology I have pursued my lifelong love of botany and found myself teaching children at outdoor centres and ended up running the field studies department at a site in Weymouth. I have also worked with older children whilst at the Field Studies Council. I gained experience in practical land management whilst working as Countryside Ranger in Swindon and then ran a Wellbeing project for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. It was there that I discovered the joys of green woodworking. I have a wide knowledge of wildlife and conservation knowledge and also know how to connect people in community settings.
Andy - Director
Andy is Director of Responsible Stewardship Ltd, a sustainability consultancy that works with organisations to link people and places. Formerly a financial analyst and market strategist, Andy’s was previously Responsible Investment Advisor to Insight Investment and chair of its Global Farmland SRI committee. Andy has also worked on the management team of an international environmental NGO to develop its community strategy. His current work focuses on strategy and organisational development to build sustainable communities especially in rural areas. Andy holds a degree in economics and MSc degrees in sustainable development and environmental management. He is currently engaged in postgraduate research into the anthropology of place.
Emma - Director
For many years Emma taught in a number of inner -city schools in the Midlands, working as a Subject Leader for Art & Design, an Advanced Skills Teacher and an Assistant Head Teacher. More recently she has been working for a local charity supporting young people. Emma has a passion for animals and the outdoors.