Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Core Team

  • Jon Clark

    Jon Clark

    Executive Director

    Jon has worked at a senior level in community forestry since 1989 and has been with the charity since it started in 2009. Jon is responsible for managing the charity, its finances & programmes; as a Landscape Architect & Town Planner, he also provides woodland planning, planting & management consultancy services.

  • Anna Brunton

    Anna Brunton

    Tree and Woodland Officer

    Anna has worked in conservation since leaving college in 1994 and in woodland management since 2003. Anna runs our tree planting programme as well as other projects including Bristol's Greenstreets (with Bristol City Council), the Lyde Green - Overscourt project, Trees for Learning and provides woodland skills training.

  • Nicola Ramsden

    Nicola Ramsden

    Health and Wellbeing Officer

    Nicola was a biologist and botanist before training to be a Forest School leader. Nicola delivers our expanding Woodland wellbeing programme, running woodland activities tailored to the needs of people with dementia, learning difficulties and mental health issues.

  • Alex Stone

    Alex Stone

    Deputy Executive Director

    Alex has recently joined our team after 8 years of charity work across Bristol and the wider region, including with a large nature conservation charity. Alex has previously set up new projects, nurtured partnerships and delivered year round nature activities. Alex works with business sponsors, partners and the wider community to promote and support our Ten Goals in Ten Years. Alex manages our communications networks and will be taking an increasing role in supporting our tree planting programme.

  • Team Member Placeholder

    Jack McCrickard

    Tree and Woodland Officer

    Jack has joined the Forest of Avon Trust to work with Anna and the team to plan and deliver our tree planting projects. After gaining a Master’s in Wild Animal Biology from the Royal Veterinary College in 2014, Jack spent a year as a trainee with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, managing nature reserves. After working on several community conservation projects and traditional orchards in London, Jack moved to Bristol to run Bristol City Council’s One Tree Per Child volunteer programme. Despite the pandemic he has led in the planting of 9,000 trees in parks and green spaces this season. Jack has a particular passion for orchards and fruit trees. Outside of work, Jack is a keen cyclist and rock climber, and generally loves being outdoors.

  • Jill Fitzgerald

    Jill Fitzgerald

    Finance Officer

    Jill has joined The Forest of Avon Trust in March 2021 as our Finance Officer. Jill is responsible for running the finances of the charity, including financial control and reporting of funding and grants. A Chartered Accountant, Jill has previously worked as Financial Controller for a Bristol subsidiary of a global marketing corporation. Along side this, she has been involved in various charities, including being the Honorary Treasurer for the Scientific Exploration Society and visiting local dementia homes with her dog for the charity Pets As Therapy. As an accountant, Jill has worked in a variety of industries, but is pleased to now be able to use her professional skills to support such a worthwhile conservation charity.

Associates

  • Jon Attwood

    Jon Attwood

    Forest School Level 1 Trainer

    Jon has worked for/ with the Forest of Avon Trust since 2010 running Forest School training and wellbeing activities. He now combines running his own business with delivering our Level 1 Forest School training and school activities. Previously, Jon led a range of conservation groups in the Bristol area.

  • Jackie Roby

    Jackie Roby

    Forest School Leader (Level 3) Trainer

    Jackie is a qualified teacher, forest school leader and trainer, an outdoor first-aider and has a PGDip in Education. Jackie runs Go Wild Education and we have worked with her since 2014 to run our Forest School Level 3 training. Prior to this, Jackie has worked for many of Bristol's green institutions including the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project, Bristol Zoo and the Wild Place Project.

  • Rachel Tomlinson

    Rachel Tomlinson

    Woodland Activities Leader

    Rachel has worked with us for 9 years delivering training and running woodland activities. Rachel works with Nicola Ramsden to deliver our Woodland Wellbeing activities for adults with learning disabilities, adults with mental health needs and people living with dementia and their carers.

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