Our team


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Ted Tuppen

Ted has been involved with LandWorks since its inception and provided initial funding as a catalyst to help Chris Parsons get the project off the ground. A retired businessman with a small farm on the Dart Estuary, Ted is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters Degree in Business. He ran an international engineering business for ten years before founding Enterprise Inns in 1991, floating the Company on the London Stock Exchange in 1995 and building an estate of more than 7000 pubs across the country. He retired from the business in 2014. Ted was awarded a CBE for services to the hospitality industry in 2007 and has supported a number of charities across a range of sectors, including serving as a Council member for Cheltenham College and as a trustee for the Drinkaware Trust.

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Sally Benthall

Sally has a long-standing involvement in environmental conservation, and has a particular interest in botany and landscape management. She helped to establish the UK-based Galapagos Conservation Trust in 1994, focusing on fund raising and increasing awareness of the importance of conservation. Her involvement with the organisation spanned over 20 years with 10 years on the board of trustees. Sally is on the Campaign Council of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, which assists the college in its campaign to raise £20 million by 2019. In 2009, she led a major event to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth and fund a permanent academic link between the University and Galapagos. She is also an ambassador for the Woodland Trust.

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Celia Atherton

Celia’s background is in social work – both in the statutory and not-for-profit sectors. She has been Director of Family Rights Group, Research in Practice, and a member of several advisory groups, most recently in developing social entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities. Over her career, she has developed experience and knowledge in child and adult welfare; in the ways in which research can inform policy and practice; in the aspirations and needs of older people and the community’s obligations to their elders; in the most effective ways to reduce offending and increase social inclusion and community engagement; in research and support for disabled children and adults, and in how rural communities can welcome asylum seekers and refugees.

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Dr Sarah Wollaston

Sarah Wollaston (listed as Sarah James on the Charity Commission website) qualified as a doctor in 1986 and worked as a GP and teacher of junior doctors and medical students before being elected as the MP for Totnes from 2010 to 2019. She was also elected by MPs from both sides of the House of Commons to chair the Health and Social Care Select Committee from 2014 and also the Liaison Committee from 2017.  She led an inquiry into the state of healthcare in prisons in 2018:  Read here. Sarah has now returned to clinical practice.

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John Kiddey

John was a familiar face on television locally having worked for TSW and Westcountry Television during his career as a journalist. His most memorable assignments included covering the first Gulf war for ITV and questioning a controversial Devon murder conviction which lead to a re-investigation by an outside police force and referral to the Court of Appeal . John has been a magistrate on the South and West Devon bench, sitting in criminal, youth and family courts over the past 18 years. A keen yachtsman, John has crossed the Atlantic on a racing catamaran and knows the coast of Devon and Cornwall well having cruised both sides of the English Channel for forty-plus years.


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Chris Parsons

Chris is the Project Director of LandWorks and has been involved in the project from its conception in late 2011. In 1988 Chris founded Greenlands landscaping, based in Totnes and employing up to 14 people. From 1995 Chris started to employ people with, drug and alcohol issues, this progressed to working with offenders and then prolific offenders, approximately 30% of the workforce. Chris lives locally with his wife Julie – their two children are at different stages of leaving home.

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Gill Hearnshaw

Gill is the Finance Administrator and provides behind the scenes support for the finances at LandWorks. Her background is in public health, education and management. Experiences of public health data analysis, along with setting up and managing a Forest School for pre-school children, led eventually to research into the potential positive impact of the natural environment on health and wellbeing. This impact is something she enjoys and witnesses at LandWorks.

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Daniela Chivers

Daniela joined the LandWorks team as Office Administrator in 2021 after graduating from Plymouth University.  Daniela keeps all our office and reception activity on track, co-ordinates our volunteer cooks, and helps to manage our field-gate shop.  Daniela first got involved in LandWorks in 2018 as a volunteer while at university.  You can read more about her experience of joining the team here

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Lucy Phillips-Kassanis

Following completion of the Sustainable Horticulture and Permaculture Design practical residency with Schumacher College on the Dartington Hall esate, Lucy joined the LandWorks team as Market Gardener in early 2020. Lucy brings with her a passion for horticultural therapy, having studied with the Horticultural Therapy Institute in the USA and gaining experience at horticultural therapy organic farms.  As Market Gardener, Lucy works alongside trainees to run all aspects of the market garden, from sowing seeds to harvesting produce to be cooked in the kitchen and sold in the field-gate shop.  Through the process of growing and caring for plants, Lucy facilitates a space for trainees to learn and develop mentally, physically and vocationally.

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Graham Stone

Graham joined LandWorks in 2016 as the Woodwork Supervisor, after being on the LandWorks placement. He spends his day showing trainees how to safely use the various tools and equipment, and instructs bowl turning on the lathe. These products alongside chopping boards to household and garden furniture are then sold in the shop, helping to build confidence and self-worth, whilst contributing towards the sustainability of the project. Graham also oversees construction projects both on and off-site.

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Steve Wellington

Steve joined LandWorks in 2021 as our Site Maintenance Co-ordinator making sure the LandWorks site is well organised and maintained.

Steve is a family man, born and bred in Totnes.  At a very early age, he owned and managed several pubs in the local area.  He then worked with his father in construction for several years.  He was also a caretaker for a local school academy for four years, while providing forest school and John Muir award sessions for students.

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Ernie Bassett

Ernie drives people who are on Release On Temporary License (ROTL) to and from the prison every day.  He has a unique insight into the ROTL’s life, which you can read a little about here.

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Steve Bradford

Steve joined LandWorks as Charity Manager in April 2020. Steve’s background is in the charity and public sectors, working across policy, communications and fundraising. Prior to joining LandWorks, Steve was Senior Philanthropy Manager and a Social Justice programme advisor at the Dartington Hall Trust, roles that included being involved in the original Big Lottery Fund application that helped to set LandWorks on its way. Before Dartington, Steve worked in a number of different roles including for the Youth Justice Board for almost ten years, and as a home affairs advisor and parliamentary researcher at Westminster.


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Sue Mahon

Sue has generously volunteered every Tuesday since 2014, cooking 1-1 with a trainee to practice cooking healthy food on a budget. Sue was announced runner-up Cook of the Year at the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2017.

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Peter Kirkham

Peter has generously volunteered every Monday since 2013, working 1-1 with trainees to pass on his baking and chutney making skills – various chutneys are often for sale in the LandWorks Shop.

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Julie Parsons

As well as being integral since the planning stages of LandWorks, Julie also volunteers every Thursday to cook 1-1 with trainees, specialising in healthy home cooking on a budget. Julie compiled a selection of recipes cooked both at LandWorks and inside prison, which you can buy in the LandWorks Shop.


We would also like to thank our other volunteer chefs, who often give a day to cook with trainees:

Celia Atherton
Gill Cartwright
Nick Evans
Christie Gavin
Sue Hadow
Ishtar Liljefors
Chris Sherville
Hilary Tuppen


Our Ambassadors are crucial to spreading the word of LandWorks, aiming to raise our profile both locally and nationally to encourage support and income for the charity:




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Nicki Barclay

After working as a Youth Worker in London, Nicki worked in PR before setting up her own law firm.


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Peter Beloe

Longstanding supporter with branding and marketing experience.


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Nicholas Evans

Film producer and bestselling novelist.


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Geetie Singh-Watson

Founder of organic gastro pub The Duke of Cambridge, Islington, environmentalist.


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Hilary Tuppen

Freelance consultant with a background in corporate law, investment banking and PR.


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Guy Singh-Watson

Founder of Riverford Organics, pioneer of ethical veg box schemes.


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Christie Gavin

Many years’ voluntary experience with offenders and people with substance abuse, including inside HMP Channings Wood.


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Nick Hardwick

Chair of the Parole Board until 2018 and former Chief Inspector of Prisons.


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Erwin James

Author, journalist, editor of national prison newspaper ‘Inside Time’ and former prisoner.

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Rod Morgan

An academic who was formerly HM Chief Inspector of Probation and Chairman of the Youth Justice Board, Rod chaired Landworks’ advisory board in the early years of the project and continues nationally to be a keen advocate for the project.