Meet the team
Nicky Saunders – Outdoor Learning Coordinator
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.
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.
Rodi Lee - Outdoor Learning Practitioner
Rodi joined the Parks Trust in October 2016. She has a Science Degree in Zoology, a Level 3 qualification in Education and Training, and has completed courses in Bushcraft, safeguarding and supporting activities for those with learning difficulties and living with Dementia. To embrace the great outdoors Rodi spent over a year in the tropical rainforests of Borneo where she carried out research into the conservation of mammals, crocodiles, amphibians and various invertebrates. Since her degree Rodi has pursued a career in outdoor learning spending the last seven years working with various charities and organisations in the education sector including country parks, educational farms and animal rescue centres. Rodi has a special interest in encouraging young people to discover and explore the beauty and diversity of nature found in their local parks.
Rodi’s favourite British living things are Robins and Hedgerows.
Outdoor Learning Volunteers
Lesley Townsend, Nadyne Coles, Dudley James, Ian Haynes, Sue Armstrong, Ian Joyce, June Gaynor 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
Grace Burger - 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
Luke Stacey - Our farmer
All our Practitioners and Volunteers who are eligible have been through the DBS process.