Our Team


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.


Chief Officer

I run the Wild About Wakefield project, helping with fundraising and 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.


Wild About Wakefield Project Officer

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.


Communications Officer

I have worked with people with disabilities 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 Lubnaig in Scotland; I love kayaking on the loch and watching the deer on the shores at dawn.


Countryside Activities Officer

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.


Countryside Activities Officer

My background is in equine management and animal care. I have worked with autistic children and been a tutor at Craven College, as well as being a shepherdess for many years. 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.


Countryside Activities Officer

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.


Countryside Activities Officer

My role involves 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.


Fundraising Officer

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

Open Country Trustee

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!

Giles Blessed

Health & Safety Trustee

I’ve been volunteering with Open Country’s tandem club for 7 years, and became a trustee in 2017.  I am a director at KPMG, where I lead our regional technology consulting team. Dad of two teenage girls and a Welsh Springer Spaniel. In my spare time, I’m a passionate biker, runner and hiker.

My favourite countryside place is a remote peak or tarn in the Lake District, preferably with a magical sunset and a brew.

Ian Brotherton

Open Country Trustee

I work as an associate consultant and have helped organisations in strategic and business planning, market and portfolio reviews, operational and organisational reviews, profit improvement strategies, and acting as specialist advisor on vocational education matters.

My favourite countryside place is up any hill in my native Yorkshire.

Richard Firth

Chair of Trustees

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