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Rivendell Building, Bangor University Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RQ
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Meet the Team
The people that help Wild Elements excel!
Wild Elements could not run without its team of staff, subcontractors and volunteers and the skills and experience they bring to they organisation. The team comprises of a bunch of highly qualified, versatile people who possess an abundance of qualifications and knowledge of ecology, environment, conservation, horticulture, agriculture, STEM subjects and outdoor learning.
Director and Founder of Wild Elements
Tom is one of the co-founders of Wild Elements and his passion for the organisation and its work is his biggest driver. Tom oversees the team, activities and projects, though his love of the outdoors and the front-line means he takes every opportunity to deliver training and employability sessions, education programmes, CPD, Forest Schools and community events. It is not unusual for Tom to return to the office covered in mud, especially after playschemes or holiday clubs! Tom also leads on long-term projects and the development of Wild Elements’ sites.
Tom is a trustee of Forest School Wales, the Chair of Outdoor Learning Wales Network Gwynedd and a member of Llais y Goedwig, Outdoor Learning Wales Network Ynys Môn and Outdoor Learning Trainer Networks Wales.
Director and Founder
Phil is another original co-founder of Wild Elements, and shares the same passion for nature, the outdoors and the woods as the other Directors. Phil helps to oversee the organisation, organisational development, strategic direction and business planning. Phil is extremely knowledgeable regarding plants, trees and animal species, and enjoys the hands-on environmental work.
Katy loves the outdoors and nature. Katy started with Wild Elements since 2014 and is now one of the Wild Elements Directors, helping to oversee the organisation, organisational development, strategic direction and business planning. Katy is also instrumental in helping Wild Elements expand partnership working and environmental projects.
Dan established a C.I.C in 2015 with the aim of developing community orientated Well-being projects throughout North Wales. Sharing a similar ethos and many of the same values, he has worked with Wild Elements since 2016 developing a Horticulture for Well-being project at Rivendell.
In 2019, over a pint of Guinness, Tom invited Dan to become a Wild Elements Director. Dan now helps to oversee the organisation, organisational development, strategic direction and business planning. He has many years of experience implementing and delivering training projects and works closely with both public and private sector organisations to develop relationships for Wild Elements and has helped build a shed or two.
Vicky joined Wild Elements in 2017 in response to an online appeal for Wild Elements Directors. Vicky helps to oversee the organisation, organisational development, strategic direction and business planning. She also works closely with local primary and secondary schools to develop relationships with Wild Elements. Vicky strongly supports education programmes, particularly science, which she loves.
Site Maintenance, Administration and Gardening Volunteer
Alex joined the team in March 2019 to gain work experience and support his college application. Alex is extremely hands-on, he loves the practical work and does a bit of everything, both inside and outside! Alex also helps with STEM education sessions and events.
Permaculturalist, Arts and Crafts.
Alison, a self-employed gardener and freelance Forest Gardener, has known about Wild Elements since its origin and helps with many organisational activities and events. Alison is trained in land management practical skills and has worked with adult education in the community. Alison is interested in Forest Schools, Environmental projects, Edible Gardens and creative design.
Session Leader and Site Development
Andy has worked with Wild Elements for several years and finds Wild Elements interesting and enjoyable. Andy is a professional mentor and delivers training and employability programmes, Job Club , environmental projects and garden/allotment projects.
He also teaches joinery, specialises in art and helps to develop Wild Elements’ sites.
Marketing and Communications Volunteer
Anwen helps largely with marketing and Welsh communications, writing social media posts and translations. Anwen also supports Wild Elements’ Welsh learners to develop their language skills.
Events and Activities Assistant
Cerys works across several areas of Wild Elements, delivering education sessions, woodland birthdays, community engagement events and activities for children and families. Cerys is also creative, a huge driver of sessions for home-schooled families and works on Wild Elements’ accredited qualifications.
Claudia’s background is in libraries, education, marketing and business development and a family hotel business. Claudia has been helping with the overhaul of Wild Elements and is instrumental in developing projects, partnerships, strategic direction and marketing. Claudia also helps Tom to oversee and manage the Wild Elements team and the day-to-day running of the organisation.
Education Officer specialising in STEM subjects
Dawn began volunteering for Wild Elements in 2015, and now works for the organisation. Dawn is the brainchild behind several of Wild Elements’ curricular STEM programmes and leads Beach Schools and school/community science clubs. Dawn also delivers training programmes, woodland birthdays, community events and activities for children and families.
Events and Activities Assistant
Emily volunteered for Wild Elements. Emily now works for Wild Elements on STEM programmes, Forest Schools, community events, training and Woodland Birthdays. Emily worked for the Environment Agency in environmental management, specialising in agriculture and water quality. She later worked for Plymouth University supporting undergraduates in laboratory and field work skills and delivering STEM outreach projects before moving back to Wales in 2018.
Volunteer Admin and Editing Assistant
Denise has a background in Agricultural Zoology and Regulatory Toxicology. Denise worked for DEFRA for most of her career, latterly as a scientific policy writer. As a retired lady of leisure, Denise volunteers for Wild Elements as Admin and Editing Assistant, mainly editing articles and marketing communications which she enjoys.
Events and Activities Assistant
Grace came to Wild Elements as an intern in 2017 and worked across many areas of the business before starting work for the organisation in summer 2018. Grace continues to work across many areas of the business, though is great with children, arts and crafts, community events and outdoor activities. Grace also leads for Maesgeirchen Brownies and loves working with children.
Education and Training
Gregg started working with Wild Elements in 2018 delivering training courses to young people. Gregg has a broad knowledge of conservation and environmental sciences, with his PhD thesis focusing on wetland ecology and wastewater treatment, of which he is a HUGE FAN (Gregg asked for capitals!). As an active member of his local community group, Gregg is an advocate of community cohesion and loves bringing people together and breaking down barriers. He is extremely hands-on and would love a wetland site of his own.
Office and Administration Volunteer
Hayley started volunteering with Wild Elements in November 2018 through the Gwynedd OPUS programme. Hayley is a huge fan of nature, adores animals and loves to immerse herself in Treborth Botanic Garden’s woodlands. Hayley mostly helps in the office, keeping statistics, entering data, researching projects and helping with day-to-day admin. She also helps to maintain the Wild Elements garden at Rivendell.
Blacksmith, Bushcraft and Training
Jay started working with Wild Elements in 2018 delivering training and crafts activities such as metalwork and ironwork. Jay is a huge fan of forests, his forge and bushcraft, and is a practical, hands-on woodworker. Jay’s products are also on sale in the Wild Elements shop.
Marketing and Support Officer
Jenn began volunteering with Wild Elements in 2017 and now works for the organisation. Jenn is a behind the scenes bod, handling marketing and communications, projects, events, bookings and admin. Jenn is creative, a keen supporter of the arts, and has some fantastic ideas for projects. She also leads Wild Elements’ volunteers and has recently started undertaking business development activities.
Playgroup Leader, Events and Trainer
Kirsty, another versatile team member, joined Wild Elements in 2018. Kirsty loves being in the outdoors, is widely experienced in project and event delivery and is a qualified trainer and nursery teacher. Kirsty is currently leading the new Nature’s Playgroup, developing projects and sessions to increase engagement and often leads sessions for children in care and care leavers. She is also artistic and creative, and an advocate for the arts.
Kris started volunteering for Wild Elements in 2018, carrying out various environmental tasks and helping to create products for the Wild Elements shop. Kris is interested in ecology, conservation and the environment, and loves being outside in any weather. Kris also enjoys working with people with additional learning needs.
Lisa has worked with Wild Elements for several years on environmental projects and delivering Wild Elements’ training programmes. Lisa loves the outdoors and nature and is a food growing specialist and permaculturalist with a keen and active interest in pollinators and beekeeping. Lisa often runs Job Club and maintains Wild Elements’ food gardens.
Events and Activities Assistant
Lowri joined Wild Elements as a volunteer in 2018 and delivered activities across all areas of the business. Lowri recently started working with Wild Elements, handling office admin as well as delivering on the front line. Science is Lowri’s speciality, and she leads Welsh language STEM programmes and sessions. She is also extremely organised!
Environmental Projects and Forest School
Melissa has worked with Wild Elements for several years carrying out environmental projects, conservation activities, garden developments and school engagements. Melissa also delivers woodland birthdays, Forest Schools and leads Welsh language Forest School sessions.
Site Maintenance and Volunteer
Mitch has been volunteering with Wild Elements for several years and has worked across many areas of the business. He helps with the site maintenance and office tasks as well as events and the Secret Garden, though he mostly helps with where ever needed. Mitch is very hands-on and organised, and is also a wiz with computers, so he’s great when we have a technical glitch!
Community and Schools Engagement Officer
Neil joined Wild Elements in 2017 and leads corporate offerings and CPD, playschemes, projects, STEM programmes and outdoor education, Forest Schools and gardening clubs. Neil loves ecology and is a huge supporter of outdoor and alternative education. Neil has a fabulous sense of humour, which is often commented upon in Wild Elements’ surveys.
Bushcraft Demonstrator, Activities, Events and Training
Rheon began volunteering with Wild Elements in May 2014 and now works with the organisation attending shows, teaching archery, helping with practical site tasks and playschemes and supporting employability and training sessions. Rheon is also one of our most experienced and knowledgeable bushcrafters and leads Wild Elements’ Bushcraft Bites sessions.
Site Maintenance and Business Development Volunteer
Robin has been a senior manager within the nuclear power industry, having held the post of Environment, Health, Safety and Security Manager at a number of the UK’s nuclear licensed sites before retiring. Robin joined Wild Elements in 2018 as a volunteer to keep him busy. Robin helps with practical site maintenance and development, writing funding bids, and, as a biologist and qualified secondary school teacher, Robin also supports the development of STEM programmes.
Events, Activities and Admin Assistant
Tansy joined Wild Elements as a volunteer for outdoor learning programmes and Forest Schools after finishing university in 2016. As a result, and with Wild Elements’ support, Tansy undertook a Master’s degree in Education Practitioners focusing on education and Forest Schools, which she has recently completed. Tansy now works across all areas of the business – she is equally at home with financial admin as she is delivering children’s holiday clubs, Woodland Birthdays and training!