Meet the team


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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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.

Debbie Cohen

Debbie owns and runs a local HR Consultancy Streetwise HR, based in Bournemouth. She has over 25 year’s experience in Human Resources with a wide range of various industry specific knowledge. Outside of working hours she is actively involved in running a local junior parkrun event and spends lots of her time with her four dogs.


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.


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). Mark, and his colleague Stuart Clark, led on the development and fundraising for the fantastic Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and was also responsible for introducing the cattle which help to manage our heathland.


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.

Andy Matthew

Andy Matthew
Andy is a local veterinary surgeon with a passion for all creatures great and small that extends well beyond his clinics!  Using local wildlife as his inspiration, Andy created Natterjacks, a busy veterinary practice with bases in both Bournemouth and Poole.  Andy is famously enthusiastic about the area he grew up in and is keen to get local people as excited as he is by the opportunities that our abundant green spaces offer for both people and our wild critters.  As well as being both a beer and a bird nerd, Andy enjoys spending time on the water, is a keen runner and lifelong supporter of AFC Bournemouth.


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


Cathi Farrer – Chief Executive Officer
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.

Peter Holloway

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.


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.

Stephen Concar – Nature Recovery Manager
graduated in horticulture and has been landscaping since then, having fun constructing just about anything possible. He’s also turned his hand to mixed farming, building parks from scratch in public spaces, working with the National Trust, and mentoring student apprentices. However, the coast has been calling Steve and his family for a while now and they have made the move down to Dorset after falling in love with all it has to offer. Steve thinks it’s pretty cool to have found a job that will enhance Dorset’s flora and fauna.

Rebecca Briley – Project & Communications Officer
Beccy joined The Parks Foundation team to support our pioneering Future Parks project. Beccy has worked in the charity sector for more than ten years and she brings a love of wildlife and the great outdoors to her role. In her spare time, you can usually find Beccy walking her dog with a coffee in her hand, doing yoga, or kayaking. Her dog enjoys kayaking too!

Our Parks Activators

Josh Clarke

Josh Clarke
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.

Anna Devine
As a former teacher, Anna is passionate about connecting with people and promoting play (for all ages!). She believes our green spaces are crucial to building sustainable communities and combating the climate crisis. She has worked on a permaculture farm in Colombia and the ASPIRE project in Boscombe, helping communities improve their health and wellbeing. In her spare time, she’ll be slacklining, doing acro-yoga or sea swimming.

Melina McCheyne

Melinda McCheyne 
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.

Daniel McLaughlin 
Daniel loves educating the next generation and instilling in them a love of wildlife and the importance of conservation. He can’t wait to improve our urban spaces for wildlife through habitat creation; getting the local community involved at every stage of the process. You’ll find him around our parks and green spaces taking wildlife photography, climbing and eating good food!

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