Management team

Carley Sefton

Carley comes to LTL from the multi-academy sponsor Oasis Community Learning where she was most recently the Community Hub Manager for Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill which included a school farm as part of its provision.

Carley has a strong track record in communication across a wide range of media including extensive experience in television in a previous post. She also has demonstrable experience in income generation.

Carley says: "I believe that in this digital age the work of Learning Through Landscapes has never been more important, over the past 25 years their vision has changed the face of outdoor learning in the U.K. Through their influence of policy, and focus on improving provision and training the exceptional LTL team have enhanced 100,000's of people's educational experience and I'm honoured to have be appointed their CEO. I have been lucky enough to see first-hand the positive impact of outdoor learning at every age. I hope that this experience, along with my passion for alternative and enhanced education, will allow me to lead LTL into its next chapter while continuing to promote this important sector of education."

Alison Motion, Scotland Director



A qualified primary teacher, Alison has 24 years of education experience in a variety of settings – from teaching, running a research project, managing an out of school care project, and as Education Manager with the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). All of her roles have involved her need to get children outdoors, providing good quality learning opportunities from 3-18 in a practical, hands on basis.

Outside of work she is keen to be outdoors too – walking, biking or helping out with the Duke of Edinburgh award at her children’s high school. An avid reader, books are demolished on a regular basis. Experimenting with recipes also rates highly on her list of things to do with a special focus on great Scottish produce – a definite product of working with farmers in a previous life.

Dawn Ayling, Business Services Manager

Dawn ensures that LTL operates efficiently by overseeing all our support services including governance, administration, ICT and HR.

She is CIPD qualified and has more than 30 years experience providing and managing support and administrative functions for a range of organisations from the police service to BMW. Dawn has also volunteered her services helping with local committees and the development and running of local community projects.

Irina GodfreyIrina Godfrey, Finance Manager

Irina joined the LTL trust in November 2007, working firstly as Finance Officer and then as Finance Project coordinator. In October 2011 she was promoted to Finance Manager.

Irina is responsible for management and budgetary control, financial reporting and compliance of all financial systems within the Trust.

With a teaching degree in Mathematics and a further degree in Finance (including Economics and Accounting) Irina has over sixteen years financial experience. She has achieved success in organisations both in the UK and internationally and is currently continuing her professional development.

Mary Jackson, Projects Manager


Mary has a long association with LTL dating back to the early 1990s when she volunteered for the Trust. Working in various roles between 1996 and 2012 she returned to LTL in 2016. She is currently responsible for overseeing a range of projects where her job is to ensure that they meet the needs of both funders and the people our team of delivery officers work with, whilst also ensuring that projects keep to time and budget.

Mary is a qualified teacher, trainer and Chartered Landscape Architect (Management). She is a co-founder of the International School Grounds Alliance and managed the first of their international conferences in England in 2010.

She is a governor at her local primary school, a volunteer speaker for Christian Aid and also helps churches make the most of their outdoor spaces. She is a Director of Play Leaning Life which is a community interest company that promotes and enables outdoor experiences for children.

Susie Smith, Development Manager


Susie is responsible for our business development and fundraising with a particular focus on grant funding for key projects.

She joins us with broad experience gained through roles spanning fundraising, development, marketing and communications within charitable and educational institutions including The Vegetarian Society, Schumacher College and the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute.

With a personal and professional interest in ecoliteracy, permaculture and education for sustainability, Susie is passionate about the value of transformative educational experiences and time spent in nature to promote deep personal relationships with the environment.

Susie has worked as a TEFL teacher and has recently returned from Spain where she spent two years teaching English to learners from age 4.

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