Our people

Springhead’s patrons

Lord Armstrong
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Romy Fraser O.B.E.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Board of Trustees

Nik Boulting (Chair) first visited Springhead as a child in 1957. Over the last 60 years or so he has studied, taught, researched and written about aspects of the history of art, architecture and design; been involved in the architectural conservation movement, nationally and locally; and managed a London and Berlin-based design business. Today his work revolves around designing interpretive displays for museums and other heritage attractions, and ensuring that Springhead’s listed buildings and gardens are preserved for the enjoyment of the public.

Lee Smith (Treasurer) worked as a qualified practising accountant and is now the retired senior partner.  He is also the managing director of a family plumbing and heating business which has diversified into alternative energy supply. As well as overseeing the management of Springhead’s finances, he takes a particular interest in the charity’s green energy features such as the hydro electric turbine and photovoltaic panel installation.

Ian Scott was Director of Artsreach, Dorset’s cross-arts development agency for 25 years from 1990, delivering a professional performing arts programme to rural communities in Dorset, in partnership with volunteer local promoters. The role also involved touring contemporary visual arts exhibitions and hosted artists’ residencies. He now coordinates Springhead’s open-air theatre programme and other arts events.

Kate Partridge is a former environmental specialist on international fisheries policies, with experience of coordinating conferences on environmental education and policy. After her retirement to Dorset, Kate became involved with the Trust as a volunteer, co-ordinating the Friends of Springhead, and helping to run fundraising events. She now combines these roles with being a trustee.

Staff

Edward Parker (Executive Director) has more than 30 years’ experience in the educational and environmental sector, having worked with key conservation organisations including WWF International, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the National Trust, and more recently as project manager of the Woodland Trust’s national Ancient Tree Hunt. He is also a published author, photographer, campaigner for the protection of ancient trees, and has delivered environmental education in secondary schools.

Alf Pyrke (Assistant Manager) – After completing a degree in Environmental Science, Alf worked extensively in forestry and countryside management. He also has a wealth of educational experience after spending 13 years as a primary teacher at local schools. Alf supports the Director with delivery of Springhead’s educational programme for schools.

Linda Gawler (Administrator)

Hannah Solloway (Fundraising and Development Officer)

Lesley Huckle (Housekeeper)

Nicky Chattaway (Gardener/Coordinator of Garden Volunteers)

Volunteers

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated team of garden and events volunteers. We are very grateful for all their help.

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