Following a degree in ecology Richard worked as a field ecologist before gaining a PhD studying the immunology of Multiple Sclerosis. He worked as a primary teacher and advisor for many years, mostly with Service Children’s Education in schools in Brunei, Cyprus and Germany. In 2008 he trained with LTL as a facilitator and trainer and has been a professional member since, running training and conducting advisory visits. He is also a Forest Schools leader. He believes passionately in the value of real first hand experiences in education and that the best opportunities for these invariably lie outside the four walls of the traditional classroom!
Richard is currently working on a three year study of KS2 children in four schools in Southwark looking at the effect that high quality outdoor experiences have on their learning. In his scarce spare time Richard enjoys playing, collecting and building guitars.
Lewis’s career has taken him up the evolutionary chain from zoo-plankton to primary school children! Now he is at LTL, he has progressed to secondary schools and is spending most of his time delivering our Fruit-full Schools programme!
After spending several years as a marine biologist he moved into environmental education, realising his passion for nature and deep sense of environmental stewardship could be put to good use inspiring young people to care for their world. He initially worked with BTCV where he was involved in the planning and construction of new outdoor facilities and resources for the award-winning Skelton Grange Environment Centre. He also worked on the ‘Sort-it’ waste education project, delivering assemblies and workshops in schools. More recently at the RSPB, he developed, implemented and monitored the field teaching programme for schools at Puffin hotspot Kempton Cliffs Reserve. His work on school orchards lead to his appointment as Project Manager for The London Orchard Project where he also works part time, planting community orchards in the schools, estates and parks of Greater London. If you want to know about fruit-growing in the city, Lewis is your man!
Lewis has travelled extensively and has volunteered his time and expertise to create and deliver environmental education activities for NGOs – including a trip to South America and back without flying to reduce his carbon footprint! He also sits on the steering group of the London Sustainable Schools Forum.
Steve has extensive experience of working with early years settings, primary and secondary schools to transform and use their spaces. Over seven years he has facilitated an extensive range of LTL projects giving him valuable insight into how schools work and what support they need.
Steve brings 14 years solid project management experience working with schools and the community to enhance their environment. He has worked for BTCV (the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) developing and implementing conservation programmes with volunteers and for Groundwork where he led several community regeneration programmes.
Steve places strong emphasis on the participation of children in his projects and has two young children of his own.
Ruth has a wealth of experience in harnessing the natural environment to support children’s learning. Following her PGCE in primary education, Ruth taught in Primary education and then moved to be a community education officer in Kent Wildlife Trust. During her seven years with the Trust, she coordinated over 25,000 children through an education programme and managed award winning projects in youth work and country park development.
Ruth particularly enjoys working with communities in participatory projects. She has a passion for Wildlife Conservation and coordinates Hampshire Wildlife Trust’s Shoresearch programme as a volunteer.
Russell is a Chartered Landscape Architect with wide ranging experience across the private and public sectors on projects ranging in scale from private gardens to major infrastructure schemes. Russell's specialism’s include project management, design, visualisations, construction detailing, contract administration, site supervision and the preparation of landscape maintenance strategies. He now supports schools, Local Authorities and development companies to design inspiring outdoor educational spaces for play and learning. Russell has two young sons and is an active member of their school parent's playground improvement team
Heather has over 30 years of teaching experience with a career that has included responsibility for outdoor learning, eco-schools, enterprise education, parental involvement and nursery management. As Depute Head, Heather led her school to exemplar status for outdoor learning and its school grounds. You can see what her school have achieved in our short film here.
She spent time working for Edinburgh City Council supporting enterprise education across the authority, taking a lead on teacher professional development and project development. Heather is an accomplished metal sculptor and artist, having led many outdoor art projects in school grounds and other public spaces. She has been an LTL accredited advisor for 10 years
A qualified secondary science teacher, Matt has spent 15 years working in residential outdoor centres. A passion for introducing young people and children to real adventures and exploring nature has driven his work in outdoor centres. Matt also taught in a number of schools in Sheffield and Rotherham, honing his classroom management skills and reasons to teach outside whenever possible.
However, outdoor residential work is not well paid, and so Matt took on some house renovations and re-builds. In doing things more sustainably, he set up his own company, selling sustainable building materials.
Matt’s love of the outdoors and people brought him back into outdoor learning, and then to work with GfL. As the resident geek, Matt also looks after much of our social media and GfL newsletter.
He is happiest on his bike, wondering if the path that stops on the map, may actually continue; or in his canoe wondering where the best view is to set up camp with his three boys.
Other familiar faces include our administrative team who work on a wide range of programmes and events, this team consists of Rowena Burt and Renata Pidduck in Winchester and Meg Carroll in Scotland.