Director | Strategy development Executive Working Group
I qualified as a Level III practitioner in 2014 and set up Branching Out Forest Schools delivering Forest School to schools and organisations in and around Liverpool. I have worked with nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, excluded teenagers and currently work with boys with emotional and behavioural challenges. I’m consequently really interested in the ‘emotional intelligence’ side to our work. In my ‘down time,’ I love time with my family or walking with friends – be they human or canine.
Director | National Conference Director Representative
After 29 and a half years of voluntary youth work, Primary and Early Years teaching, latterly leading Forest School training for Oxfordshire Forest School Service as part of the County Council team at Hill End Centre I left the public sector to set up a social enterprise. ‘Where The Fruit Is’ has the vision to engage, enable and equip educators, vulnerable teenagers and disenfranchised families through inspirational training in the outdoors. I am excited at this new opportunity to build effective connections and collaborations at a national level, working to create a growing, influential Forest School movement, providing a ‘grassroots’ voice for children, young people, families and outdoor educators within an increasingly ‘formal’ education system.
Director | Secretary | Research Portfolio
I’m an independent FS leader working on the Isle of Wight. I established my own FS company in February 2010. I’m level 3 Forest and Beach School qualified, as well as a Beach School trainer. Previously, I was a behaviour and emotional management therapist with the prison service. When I heard about FS I knew this was a way to help young people avoid social and educational pitfalls which may bring them into the prison system.
Director | Deputy Chair | Marketing & Social Media Portfolio
I am a Forest School Practitioner (Level 3) working with urban children in Portsmouth to reconnect primary school children with the natural world. I am a biologist by training and discovered Forest School while on a career breaking looking after my son. I set up Eco Urban Ranger in 2010 and work on a weekly basis with a number of schools. I first started volunteering for the FSA as part of working through the Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning programme. Following this experience, I decided to formalize my contribution to the FSA. I grew up with a love of the natural world.
Director | Chair | Guidance and Bulletin Portfolio
Over the past 15 years, I have been a practitioner and Forest School trainer. As an active member of the Forest School community, I have been involved in setting up Forest School networks in Herefordshire, Bradford and in Cumbria where I’m currently based. Having worked in the voluntary sector, local authority, schools, and early-years settings as well as my current work as a freelancer I have the first-hand experience of the different ways Forest School can positively impact on the lives of children and young people and the adults who work with them.
Director | Local Groups Portfolio
I believe that Forest School is a powerful way of helping people of all ages to find their place in nature and reconnect to their ancient ancestral heritage. If we, the Forest School community, work cooperatively and creatively we can empower the people we work with to choose happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyles. I have always loved playing in nature and originally trained as an ecologist. Early in my career, I realised that it was more fun to have other people to play with outside and ended up working in the outdoor learning industry for the last 13 years. Since 2008 I have mainly worked as a freelance Forest School trainer and have coordinated the Forest School strategy for Norfolk Local Authority.
Director | Acting Treasurer | National & International Portfolio
I passionately believe in working in a Forest School way with so-called ‘disaffected’ teenagers and I now manage the teenage programmes run at my centre in Worcestershire for those young people where the indoor school learning environment does not meet their needs – Forest School is helping them realise their own talents and gain a qualification! I manage and deliver the training programme run by the centre, which includes Forest School training. When Forest school came along it combined perfectly a previous vocation/passion of woodland management & education. I like nothing more than paddling the rivers on the Welsh borders, occasionally hanging out in a hammock while watching deer and spinning a yarn around the fire.
Director | Member Engagement Portfolio