Dawn Ayling
Head of HR and Business Services

“I’ve been a keen gardener since my early 20’s… and have for years studied and grown plants and vegetables and even did a short course in garden design.”

About Dawn

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I started at LtL in January 2003!

My role involves a huge amount of multi tasking; from recruiting and supporting staff and managers with HR issues; policy writing and overseeing data protection, to looking after the Trusts offices and IT. Whilst my role with LtL has evolved over time my initial appointment included supporting the trustees at board meetings, something I enjoy and have continued to do for over 15 years.

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?


I’m your typical jack of all trades. Because I love learning I’m always studying something and have so far clocked up French, Garden Design, Haircutting, Dressmaking and I’ve qualifications in Interior Design, IT teaching and training, HR, and Management & Leadership. Hmm, what next?


I’ve had a varied career working with organisations including BMW and Hampshire Constabulary. When working part time I would volunteer my skills to support local groups such as the local pre-schools, the local school and a community development project. I joined the steering group for a youth centre project working with councillors, health and social services and local residents to fundraise and project manage the building of the community/youth centre providing a central space for different community groups.


I’ve been a keen gardener since my early 20’s (my first home came with a 120ft garden – and an Encyclopaedia of Gardening) and have for years studied and grown plants and vegetables and even did a short course in garden design.

Dawn’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

My best day with LtL was probably the first day at our new/current office. Being the second move in two years meant the clutter was cleared, the office was shiny and new and organised, hot desking meant tidy desks – and staff were excited, looking forward to the future and happy to be settled after a long period of uncertainty.

Why a pair of wellies?

I’m always in them – either gardening, walking our dog in the woods, at a festival, or packing them in our caravan for our next trip to a quiet haven.

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