I joined Open Country in 1998 and oversee the day to day running of the charity. I have worked as a Countryside Ranger for Ipswich and Wakefield councils and as a Youth Development Worker for Bradford Environmental Education Service.
My favourite countryside place is the Forest of Bowland, especially seeing dotterel on Pendle Hill.David
I run the Wild About Wakefield project, leading walks, cycle rides, conservation work parties and outings. I have worked in people engagement and project management roles for the RSPB.
My favourite countryside place is St Ives Estate in Bingley; I’ve had some great experiences watching tawny owls there.Ella
I have a background in marketing and am helping to raise the profile of Open Country. I also run the York Tandem Club. I am a regular volunteer on Open Country’s annual cross-country tandem rides and residential walking weekends.
My favourite countryside place is a remote Scottish island with wide sandy beaches, empty of people.Lizzie
I have been a Countryside Ranger in Surrey, Kent and the London Borough of Bromley, and a Field Studies Tutor in Epping Forest. I run the weekend trips, the Wild about Wetherby groups and the Ripon Tandem Club.
My favourite countryside place is Rodley Nature Reserve in Leeds. I like watching the wetland birds and trying to spot a kingfisher.Kate
I have worked with disabled people in the Harrogate District for many years, including roles at Ripon Walled Garden and Mencap. I run the weekend trips, conservation work groups and the Wetherby Tandem Club.
My favourite countryside place is Loch Labaig in Scotland; I love kayaking on the loch and watching the deer on the shores at dawn.Sally
My background is in equine management and animal care. I have been a shepherdess, worked with autistic children and as a tutor at Craven College. I run the Walk on the Wild Side and Nature and Natterers groups.
My favourite countryside place is the Yorkshre Three Peaks, whether I’m walking, running or cycling up them.Sharron
I help to run the Wild About Wetherby group and lead other activities when needed, as well as providing admin support in the office. I am a professional photographer and lead guided photo walks across Yorkshire.
My favourite countryside place is Kisdon in Swaledale. I love the view from Kisdon Hill and the peace and tranquility of the waterfalls on the Upper Swale.Tom
I have been a regular volunteer with Open Country since 1999. I have now joined the staff team and lead the Weekday Walking Group. Prior to this, I ran my own parcel delivery service for over twenty years and have worked at Harlow Carr Gardens.
My favourite countryside place is Wast Water in the Lake District. I like its remote nature; it is far away from the crowds.Alex
My role involves managing events, writing bids and working with the business community to generate grants and donations. I have worked in fundraising since 1999 and I also run the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity.
My favourite countryside place is the White Horse at Kilburn; an iconic landmark with spectacular views and nice accessible walks nearby.Ian
I became a Trustee in late 2016. I worked at the Black Sheep Brewery for over 26 years; I was their Finance Director. In summer months, I love going out with the Ripon tandem group.
My favourite countryside places are Studley Royal and Sennen Cove in Cornwall.Steve Constable
I am an Operations Director (Support Services) with Compass Group. My background is in change management and operational improvement. I’m a keen outdoor enthusiast and enjoy sea kayaking, canoeing, moutaineering and cycling.
My favourite countryside place is Grassington as it’s a great base to explore the Dales from – great walks and mountain biking routes, and a plenty of cafes for cake afterwards!
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