Meet the team

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At The Parks Foundation we all have one thing in common – we love our parks and open spaces! Our mission is to support, enhance and protect our parks for existing and future generations to come.

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Trustees

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Roger Brown
Roger is a very keen cyclist and is deeply embedded in promoting active lifestyles and healthy living having worked as the Director for Leisure at Bournemouth Borough Council for over 37 years.

He has now retired from the role but heads up Active Dorset which are a community interest company committed to raising the level of participation in sport and physical activity across Dorset and looks forward to helping ensure our parks and open spaces continue to play a significant role in our natural, social and economic environment of the town.

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Mark Cribb
Mark is the creator and Managing Director of the Urban Guild: the Urban Beach boutique hotel, the Urban Reef restaurant on the prom facing the sea at Boscombe Pier, Urban Renaissance Cafe in Russell Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

Mark had spent six years away from Dorset in senior management positions in the hospitality and leisure industry in London, before returning to start work on his Urban vision.

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Mark Holloway
Mark is wild about wildlife and our natural environment. He’s a well-known figure having been a Hengistbury Head ranger since the Iron Age (Or at least for the last 30 years). Him and a colleague, Stuart Clark, led on the development and fund raising of the fantastic new Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and was also responsible for introducing our cattle which help to manage the heathland.

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Mark Kiteley
Mark is the foundation’s legal guardian being a director of Rawlins Davy Solicitors and Mediators, one of Bournemouth’s oldest law firms.  Specialising in regulation and compliance, he has a wealth of knowledge in the legal arena and from 29th April 2019 takes the role of President of the Bournemouth and District Law Society.  He moved to Bournemouth from the Midlands 15 years ago and still pinches himself every morning that he lives this close to our wonderful parks and beaches.

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Michael Rowland
In his day job Michael is Strategic Lead for Greenspaces and Conservation with BCP Council and has worked for the Parks team for over ten years. He’s a great believer in outdoor education and has vast experience in countryside access development in both Dorset and East Sussex. In his spare time he volunteers with the National Trust and lives locally in Queens Park enjoying bringing up three children with his wife Louise. He actively enjoys playing sport, a spot of gardening and really wild places.

John Taylor

John Taylor
John moved to Dorset two years ago but has had family connections in the area since childhood. He is a qualified accountant who worked in local government finance for over 35 years. His last job before retirement was Head of Finance at a unitary council in Berkshire. He has had a strong interest in wildlife all his life and is a member of the RSPB and the RHS. John is a keen photographer and is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Jacky Thorne

Jacky Thorne
Jacky is a professional writer and communicator and heads up her own copywriting and editing company – Wordsmith Services – as well as being Development Manager for Dorchester Arts Centre; and working extensively on projects boosting Dorset’s cultural tourism.  She worked for many years for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and also for Bournemouth’s National Coastal Tourism Academy as its Visitor Experience Manager.

Our staff

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Cathi Farrer – Foundation Manager
Cathi manages the day-to-day running of the foundation doing anything from fundraising, marketing, project management, finance to volunteer coordination. Having previously worked in Bournemouth University’s marketing department she brings a wealth of marketing experience to the team.

Passionate about all things sport, Cathi plays touch rugby for England (albeit the masters team!) and enjoys Crossfit.

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Peter Holloway – Parks in Mind Project Leader
Peter leads our Parks in Mind project – delivering nature conservation, arts and wellbeing activities in Bournemouth’s parks to benefit the people taking part. Peter comes from a nature conservation background, employed for many years managing nature reserves in the conurbation. As part of this work, he has always tried to find ways to involve communities in the care of their local open spaces. As well as his interest in wildlife and people, Peter has keen interest in the arts and is a long-standing supporter of his local football team, AFC Bournemouth. Up the cherries!

Carole Carter

Carole Carter – Cafe Manager
Carole manages our Winton Park Cafe in Winton Recreation Ground. Carole has worked in hospitality for over thirty years. When you visit the cafe you are guaranteed a warm welcome and a friendly smile. In her spare time Carole enjoys walking and swimming and also loves spending time with her family and friends.

 

Lisa Avisoa

Lisa Avisoa – Visitor Centre Coordinator
Lisa joined the team in autumn 2019 and is managing the fantastic volunteers who run the café and Visitor Centre at Kingfisher Barn. With a varied background in visitor experience and wildlife conservation, she will bring energy and education to the visitor centre and the events we offer. Lisa enjoys travelling and has worked in different parts of the world. She has 2 young children who keep her busy in her spare time.

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Anne Maton – Fundraising Manager
Anne has worked in various roles within the charity sector for more than twenty years, including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Help for Heroes. Having grown up on her parent’s local plant nursery, she brings a love of wildlife and the outdoors to our charity as well as her vast fundraising experience. When not working, expect to find Anne in her greenhouse or in the wilds of southern Africa.

Melina McCheyne

Melinda McCheyne – Parks Activator Melinda has worked in the arts and community arts for over twenty years, more recently working for Poole Museum where she created a large engagement programme for the Sea Music Project. She loves meeting new people, gardening, walking and being outdoors so is the perfect person to engage our community in healthy and inspiring activities in our parks. Her favourite place to be is at our community veggie beds with a cup of tea in one hand, a trowel in the other and chatting away with our volunteers.

Josh Clarke

Josh Clarke – Parks Activator Josh’s role is to engage local communities with the Pilot Parks scheme through conservation, health & wellbeing and sporting activities. He’s a passionate conservationist and sees green spaces as opportunities to increase biodiversity and educate people about the importance of nature. Josh comes from a nature conservation background; in his previous post in New Zealand he delivered habitat management tasks, working with community groups. When he’s not at work you might find him in the New Forest looking for birds or out in the ocean trying (and failing) to catch waves.

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