Meet the team
Nicky Saunders – Outdoor Learning Manager
Having completed a degree in Environmental Studies and one in Applied Education Studies, Nicky uses her experience, knowledge, passion and skills to enthuse children and adults about the natural environment. Nicky has attended courses which include storytelling, rural crafts, sign-a-long and first aid in the outdoors. She is CEVAS qualified, a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and Safeguarding Lead. Nicky has been with The Parks Trust since 2007 and continues to relish the opportunity to work with the communities of Milton Keynes.
Nicky’s favourite British living things are big, old, gnarly Oak trees
Lynn Maddocks – Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Lynn joined the team in June 2014. She has many years’ experience with pre-school aged children and their parents and is loves to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with the children in the parks. She is a Level 2 Forest School Assistant, is trained in safeguarding, managing challenging behaviour and first aid in the outdoors. She has also completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Lynn's favourite British living things are Rabbits and Deer.
James Walsh - Outdoor Learning Practitioner
James joined the Parks Trust in March 2015 following a transfer from Milton Keynes Council with the purchase of the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. Having gained a degree in Outdoor Studies, James has worked in a variety of outdoor education and youth work settings including the Prince’s Trust and Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning. James is passionate about getting people of all ages exploring and learning about the outdoor environment. James is an Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (APIOL) and has a Certificate in Education and Training. James has also completed outdoor first aid and off-site safety management training.
James’s favourite British living things are Newts and Buzzards.
Amanda Bailey - Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Amanda was a volunteer for The Parks Trust for two years before joining the Outdoor Learning team in 2016. She is enthusiastic and passionate about Outdoor Learning and encouraging children to develop an independent interest in and awareness of, their natural environment. Amanda has an NVQ Level 3 'Supporting teachers and learning in schools' and has seven years of school based experience supporting and delivering both KS1 & 2 curricular. She is an outdoor activity leader, first aider and has completed courses in safeguarding, sports coaching and supporting children with learning disabilities.
Amanda's favourite British things are wild flowers.
Rosanna (Rodi) Lee - Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Rodi joined the Parks Trust in October 2016. Throughout her studies for her Zoology degree, she has gained experience in conserving wildlife within a variety of habitats. One of these habitats included a tropical rainforest in Borneo where she spent over a year studying the conservation of mammals, crocodiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Rodi particularly has a passion to educate others about the importance of protecting these habitats. To pursue her passion in education she has spent the last five years working with various charities and organisations in the education sector, including The Mayhew Animal Home, Danau Girang Field Centre, Mead Open Farm and Aldenham Country Park. Rodi has a special interest in encouraging young people to discover and explore the beauty and diversity of nature found in their local parks. She has also completed a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Rodi’s favourite British living things are Robins and Web-building Spiders
Outdoor Learning Volunteers
Lesley Townsend, Nadyne Coles, Dudley James, Ian Haynes, Sue Armstrong, Meelie Clarke and Tony Perkins.
All our volunteers have many years’ experience in education and outdoor learning, being ex-head teachers, teachers and nursery nurses. They provide valuable support to the outdoor learning team on sessions and will often help lead elements as they have vast knowledge of the natural world. They are fully trained in all our sessions and hold current first aid certificates.
Other people you may meet:
Martin Kincaid - Biodiversity Officer
Carla Boswell - Volunteer Coordinator
Natalie Dewhirst – Play Area Officer
Susi Jensen - Community Ranger
Jools Kendall – Community Ranger
Jo Jervis – Community Ranger
Julie Dawes - Events and Community Engagement Manager
Zoe-Jade Fraser – Events and Community Engagement Officer
Luke Stacey - Our farmer
All our Practitioners and Volunteers who are eligible have been through the DBS process.