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Our Team. 

Project Leader

Chris Shaw Thomson. MSc Distinction Countryside Management. Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management (ILAM) Prize 1999. RGN. Chris has many years experience as a Health Professional and in addition has been employed within the land based sector as a Countryside Grants Assessor, Project Mentor,

Countryside Ranger, Environmental Education Worker and Animal Keeper at a Conservation Park. 

Activity Leader
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Kev Thomson. MSc Countryside Management. Kev has worked for many years as a Countryside Ranger for both the Peak District National Park and National Trust and has a wide range of experience leading walks, environmental education, working with community groups and practical countryside skills

Activity Leader

Richard Linton. B.Ed. BSc Herbal Medicine. Dip. Nutrition. Richard has a background in teaching, as an outdoor pursuits instructor and in construction. He brings this experience to Beardwood mainly on work in the kitchen garden, woodland crafts and natural resources. He also works part time in health & nutrition

Hospitality & Client Support

Kelly Brown. Our very own mother hen! Kelly has previously worked within the beauty and hospitality service sector. She looks after the day to day running of the centre and is on hand to meet and greet, deal with any queries or paperwork, and to offer client support with advice and information.



Samantha Flanagan. Pg.Cert Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. Sam uses cognitive behaviour therapy, an attachment and person centred approach to work integratively with the client. Sam adapts therapy to individual needs and sees the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative one. Areas covered are trauma, addiction, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. Sam is presently working towards an MSc.

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Equine Therapist & Counsellor

Fiona Turner has a diploma in Equine  Facilitated Psychotherapy and is a Counsellor,  as well as many years experience as a Teaching Assistant. Fiona combines person centred therapy with mindfulness techniques through equine therapy, aiming to bring people and horses together in a welcoming environment to create space for exploration, healing and personal growth.

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