The farm is overseen and supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees led by Chair,
Rob Ham who is also the H&S Advisor.
His colleagues are:
Jane Wallis, Vice Chair, Insurance Coordinator, Deputy DSL & RDA Trustee; Alison Rasey, Secretary; Paul Simms, Treasurer; Cathy Kavanagh, RDA Trustee & Sarah Creed, RDA Trustee and Farming Advisor.
The day-to-day activities of the farm are overseen by Wendy Self, the Farm Manager.
Wendy, has been at the farm since its humble beginnings at Larkrise Special School in 1987. She is 'Mrs Larkrise' and also set up the RDA group in 2012.
Ashley, our Business Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL), initially joined the farm in 2009 as a volunteer gardener. As well as supporting Wendy and managing the business admin, she has a passion for our chickens and green space.
Suzanne, our 'front of house', Admin and Health and Safety Officer keeps us very well organised. Suzanne's friendly, welcoming approach is much appreciated by all.
Alan, our Finance Officer keeps our accounts perfectly balanced and watchful eye over our overheads....woe betide us if we forget to fill in a petty cash receipt!
Amanda is our Education Coordinator and responsible for client liaison. She is 'mother hen' to our students and clients, about whom she cares passionately.
Lucy, our Stock Lead and student support, started as a volunteer at the 'old farm'. Lucy is a nature enthusiast and enjoys taking our students for nature walks in Biss Woods.
Katie is our Equine Lead and student support. She has a great sense of humour; it's hard work on the equine section but she still manages to make it fun.
Barry, Bobbi and Teresa are our highly skilled Support Workers who provide dedicated support for our students and clients.
Barry is also our 'Mr Fixit', whose list of maintenance jobs is ever increasing!
Bobbi is based at our Ashton Meadows site. She does a wonderful job keeping the site neat and tidy; the students busy, AND the poultry in top condition!
Teresa supports two of our longest attending clients, five days a week - it can be a challenging task but she always has a smile on her face.
Together they are a great team, whose commitment and dedication reflect the nuturing Larkrise ethos.
In addition to those mentioned above are our volunteers; too many to name individually but without whom we wouldn't be able to operate, and to whom we are eternally grateful.