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.
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.
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.
Chris Parsons is the manager 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.
Caroline Voaden is the Operations Manager for LandWorks, supporting the project from ‘behind the scenes’. Caroline has a background in journalism and PR, has run her own business and previously was the voluntary chair of a national charity. She started here in September 2018 and is responsible for securing vital funding from trusts and private donors, as well as ensuring the smooth running of LandWorks as a Charity Incorporated Organisation.
Sarah Jane Hodge
Sarah 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. She often describes art as a tool for re-imagining identity. Since joining LandWorks in 2014 Sarah has secured funding to deliver arts projects; most recently ‘LandWorks Ceramics’, developed in collaboration with people on placement at LandWorks who are now making pottery products to sell in the shop, contributing towards the charity’s sustainability.
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.
Monika joined the LandWorks team in 2016 as our Market Gardener, and works with people on placement to plant and nurture veg products for sale on the market garden stall, alongside eggs and flowers. Monika studied at Schumacher College for 6 months, developing her interest in growing sustainably and with a ‘no-dig’ policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Nicki Barclay – After working as a Youth Worker in London, Nicki worked in PR before setting up her own law firm.
Peter Beloe – Longstanding supporter with branding and marketing experience
Nicholas Evans – Film producer and bestselling novelist.
Christie Gavin – Many years’ voluntary experience with offenders and people with substance abuse, including inside HMP Channings Wood.
Nick Hardwick – Chair of the Parole Board and former Chief Inspector of Prisons
Tony Hawks – TV and radio comedian and bestselling author.
Erwin James – Author, journalist, editor of national prison newspaper ‘Inside Time’ and former prisoner
Geetie Singh – Founder of organic gastro pub The Duke of Cambridge, Islington, environmentalist.
Hilary Tuppen – Freelance consultant with a background in corporate law, investment banking and PR.
Guy Watson – Founder of Riverford Organics, pioneer of ethical veg box schemes