Katherine Bonner and Robin Ewart-Biggs (Charity founders and owners of Thorneythwaite Farm), together with experienced volunteers, will welcome and guide guests during their stay.
Katherine is a teacher who has over 30 years’ experience working with children in a variety of settings and has specialised in running creative projects in schools and outdoor learning.
Robin has worked in the mental health field since 1992, for substance misuse services, NHS primary care and running rehabilitation services for survivors of torture, as a family therapist, group leader, trainer and service manager.
Ellie Rowsell is a singer/songwriter who heads up the alt rock band Wolf Alice. The group have released two Mercury Prize nominated albums both of which reached no.2 in the album charts. Ellie penned a beautiful song called Heavenward in memory of Flynne. This is the opening track on Wolf Alice’s Mercury prize-winning studio album, Visions of a Life, released in 2017. It’s a very special tribute from the guys. We’re delighted that Ellie will be a patron for Flynne’s Barn and look forward to musical times with her and the lads up in the mountains.
Katherine is a teacher who has spent the last thirty years working with children in a variety of settings. She began her career working with visually impaired children with the RNIB and from there has always been drawn to pupils with particular challenges. Katherine spent many years working in a Camden primary school, specialising in Early Years education and running the Nursery. During this time she mentored new teachers, supported pupils who speak English as an additional language, was the Early Years Leader and lead on the development of outdoor learning spaces. She has a keen interest in the arts in education and has run creative art projects across the Key Stages to enhance pupil’s well-being, learning and development.
Anne has over 20 years’ experience of working in the charity sector as a volunteer; trustee and employee. She has experience of charity management and governance; project management; business planning and fundraising.
Dr Sian Macfie has thirty years’ experience of working with young people both as a creative arts teacher and as a schools and community-based adolescent counsellor. She currently works as an education consultant offering support and advice on staff well-being issues and is involved in conducting a piece of research at King’s College into the impact of arts engagement on grief processes.
After gaining a Masters in English Literature, Richard worked in New York as a journalist at The Nation Magazine from 1989 to 1991. On returning to London he joined Yorkshire Television, where he became a documentaries producer/ director. Between 1997 and 2004 he was a commissioning editor at Channel 4 in the Education department and then the Managing Director of Maverick Television. In 2004 he set up Love Productions with his partner Anna Beattie, where he has since been the Chief Executive and Chief Creative Officer. Love Productions is a multi award-winning independent production company of factual television, known for its ground-breaking documentaries and other television programmes such as The Great British Bake Off.
Claire has built and developed a successful international financial events and training business. She has also developed other profitable businesses in graduate development, training, events and recruitment. Claire has experience in the public sector having been a Strategic Consultant for the Central Office of Information working closely with the Department of Health.
In addition to Executive Board experience, Claire has NED and trustee experience, previously as a Trustee with Keen London, a charity bringing sport to disabled children, and currently as a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Lord Mayors Skills for Londoners Taskforce and as a trustee for the multi academy trust, Lions Academy Trust. She is a qualified executive business coach through The Work Foundation and is currently training to be an accredited governor.