I started my career in formal horticulture at the Royal Horticultural Society’s School of Horticulture at their garden at Wisely. This was followed by a scholarship to spend a year on Tresco the subtropical island in the Isles of Scilly. More recently I undertook a post graduate diploma in the Conservation of Parks and Gardens at the Architectural Association. Prior to joining HLF I spent the last few decades heading up Local Authority Parks and Greenspace services in three London authorities. These included Croydon, Lambeth and Camden as well as spending several years working for The Royal Parks. I had also served on the Board of Trustees of Greenspace, the national charity that worked to improve parks and green spaces. I also currently sit on the Council of the London Parks and Gardens Trust. In addition I have been a Green Flag Judge for over ten years, assessing the quality and sustainability of London Parks. Between leaving local authority and before joining HLF I undertook a seven month world tour of parks and gardens, visiting over 330 parks in more than 26 destinations. Here I was fortunate to meet up with many park managers with responsibility for some of the world’s finest parks and greenspace. Prior to this trip I was Head of Parks and Greenspace at Camden where I was responsible for a large and diverse team that managed a portfolio of more than 40 parks and open spaces, including historic parks, heritage squares, nature reserves and playgrounds. Many of which had previously been restored with HLF funding. I have also spent several years as chair of my local park friends group beside my home in Brighton, so do have experience of life on the ‘other side’. I have an eclectic range of hobbies including many types of fitness, really enjoy travel and have a fascination with Georgian and Regency decorative arts. I joined HLF in March 2013 as The Parks Policy Adviser. This new role came into being following the downturn in the public sector and parks being deemed high risk and how HLF would want to help and support our grantees after projects complete to protect our investment. My role undertakes post completion monitoring carrying out park inspections that can often follow on with advice and intervention.
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Yesterday we hosted an engaging live chat about archives , with a host of expert guest who have worked with everything from photos and glass plate negatives, to sound recordings, and even seal blubber stove smoke-stained diaries, maps and letters! It was great to hear about the variety of routes... read more
As part of the HLF South East England Team’s focus on LGBT+ Heritage, we welcome Beth Asbury, the project manager for Out in Oxford , to have a chat with us. The Out In Oxford project, based at the Pitt Rivers Museum, created an LGBT+ Heritage Trail across all of the University of Oxford’s... read more
We have compiled a short handout containing top tips for planning and delivering a project focused on, or involving, community archaeology. It covers: The archaeology project life-cycle Types of activities that can be included Rough guide to costs and support needs Important points to consider... read more
HLF recently spoke to Sado Jirde , Director at the Black South West Network (BSWN), about the HLF-supported There IS Black In The Union Jack project (#ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack). Sado, There IS Black In The Union Jack is a film and history project by BSWN which looks at the relationships between... read more