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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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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Claire Limberg

Claire is the Business Manager.

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Liz Ogilvy

Liz is the Arts Coordinator for LandWorks, working 1-1 and with teams of people in the art department to develop creative and problem solving skills, whilst building confidence and self-worth.

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Sue Witt

As Resettlement Coordinator Sue incorporates the planning of different aspects of release for people on placement from prison and issues faced in the community for all trainees. Having a strong background in working with offenders, both in prisons and the community, Sue understands the difficulties faced in rebuilding a life after crime and has the skills, experience and contacts to support people in practical and emotional issues.

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Robyn Minogue

Robyn took over the role of Market Gardener in 2019 having re-trained in Sustainable Food Production at Schumacher College, following a career in fine art. Within her role she supports trainees involvement in every aspect of food production from sowing seeds, planting out, harvesting and caring for the soil. The benefits of working on the land can hopefully offer something unique to the trainee experience and there is an immense sense of satisfaction to literally see and eat the fruits of ones labour!

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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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Martin Mawson

Martin joined LandWorks in 2017 as our Operations Coordinator, after previously being on a LandWorks placement for 6 months. He now works across all the enterprises, providing logistical support to keep the project functioning. He also works with trainees to produce compost, kindling, and charcoal from the workshop’s leftover wood, alongside building and maintenance work.

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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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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 Thrusday 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 and former Chief Inspector of Prisons.


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Erwin James

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