The Growing Works team
We are all about growing people and plants and together these special people nurture both!
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Sue Brown – Project Manager
Sue has been heading up the team at Growing works since December 2016 having joined the team in June 2014. Putting heart and soul into the work Sue’s vision for growth is being realised as the Charity expands within Kirklees. Sue has worked on many land based projects both voluntarily and paid including Five Acre Farm CSA, Stirley Farm and Community woodland association.
Sue’s many qualifications include a diploma in Countryside Management and a Phd in Physical Oceanography. Whenever possible Sue likes to keep in touch with the projects on the ground, sharing skills with others and connecting with the people that Growing works supports.
Outside of working for the charity Sue can be found out in nature in the woods, on the water or up a hill.
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Rachel Burnett – Senior Project Officer and Safeguarding lead
Rachel has been with Growing works since 2012 working in a number of roles, their real passion has always been for the Sprout project, working with families of children with additional needs.
With qualifications in Countryside management, Education, and supporting people with additional needs coupled with a love of everything outdoor, Rachel brings a wealth of experience along with immense energy and compassion to the role.
When not at work Rachel is happy in the garden growing and living with the seasons.
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Benjen Taylor – Project Officer
Benjen joined Growing works in 2017 taking on the role of delivering Young Shoots along with leading Sprout sessions. Their bushcraft skills have been developed through Forest Schools and their ability to engage and communicate well with young people has been a asset to both projects. With an MSc in Biodiverisity and Conservation and Forest School level 2 Benjen is always keen to pass on their skills and has a desire to connect with the natural environment in a relaxed and captivating way.
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Siân Taylor – Admin Support and Volunteer Coordinator
Having experience of small business and charitable project support, Siân can usually be found in the growing works office helping Sue with the day-to-day project administration.
With a love of the outdoors Siân is always happy to lend a hand outside where needed, keeping up to date with project progress and meeting the people involved.
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Michelle Goodwin – Session Facilitator
Michelle joined Growing works as a volunteer in 2013 gaining experience as a session assistant and becoming the Young Shoots Project Officer in July 2016. After a short break to bring Meadow Ruby into the world Michelle has returned to Growing works as a Sessional Facilitator and continues to support participants in enjoying natures bounty.
Outside of Growing works Michelle can be found teaching Yoga and promoting wellness and mindfulness https://www.facebook.com/BellaGaiaYoga/
Jill Morris – Session Facilitator
Jill joined Growing works in 2015 working initially on SPRout and then also supporting on POD and Young Shoots sessions when not busy studying – Jill gained a degree in Medical Biology last year and is currently working towards an MSc.
Jill is always up for a challenge and in 2017 presented a bid with Sue to a “Dragons Den”panel – resulting in a joint project between POD and Young Shoots.
Tracy Drake – Session Facilitator
Growing works were lucky to employ Tracy in 2016. Tracy has bags of experience on community and arts based projects and brings energy and enthusiasm to Sprout planning and leading sessions.
In the day job Tracy can be found at Healthy Minds Calderdale, supporting the people of Todmordon and the Rochdale Upper Valley.
Matt Walker – Session Facilitator
Matt joined the team in 2016 having been introduced to Growing works by working 1 to 1 with children with needs. Matt is a great asset connecting with participants and bringing high spirits and commitment to the role.
Lately Matt can be found out of hours attacking a bramble covered allotment plot adjacent to the Growing works Dalton allotment.
Angela Cartwright – Session Facilitator
Angela joined Growing works in 2016 having previously volunteered with the women’s centre. Angela brings imagination and creativeness to the role and with experience of working with children Angela has a wealth of ideas at her finger tips.
When not at Growing works Angela is busy organising youngsters ice skating competitively and keeping a healthy veg plot growing.
Felix Lumen – Session Facilitator
Felix joined the team in 2018 and shares a love of the outdoors with families at Sprout.
Chris Ruffoni – Session Facilitator
Chris has experience of working with the Huddersfield community through art and music and we are looking forward to seeing what new ideas he has to bring to our projects.
Anne Merry – Session facilitator
Anne brings a wealth of experience of working with children to Sprout and has quickly settled in to the team sharing a love of the outdoors.
Gillian Dukes – Session facilitator
Gillian is very at home at Sprout using her skills to teach children about the environment and help them learn new skills and build confidence.