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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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