New Leaf members

For the past 6 years New Leaf has been a team of three dedicated colleagues developing many and varied projects in the county. Now New Leaf is growing… and we are gradually welcoming into the team a number of people who for the past 6 years have played important but more peripheral roles. All of those who work with New leaf are paid via funding for the specific projects they are involved with. All share the management and day-to-day running of the organisation.

Rob Garner’s career has been mostly in business, including 14 years as Group HR Director for HP Bulmer plc. More recently, Rob was instrumental in forming New Leaf in 2010. He formed New Leaf after over ten years’ association with the Bulmer Foundation in various capacities including trustee, Chief Executive and Strategic Associate. Rob has been Chair of Herefordshire Local Nature Partnership since 2009 and was designated as a “Green Leader” by Sustainability West Midlands in 2011. Rob has a key role with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust in the management of Queenswood & Bodenham Lake sites.

Kate Gathercole has a lifelong interest in sustainable development and environmental issues. Kate has enjoyed a wide range of work over the past 20 years including experience in health care, the creation and management of a local charity, welfare rights advice and counselling. Kate also sings in local folk bands and loves spending time in the woods and hills of beautiful Herefordshire. Kate is currently on a sabbatical from the day-to-day work of New Leaf, but continuing to support the Herefordshire Green Network, and to develop “Make Do & Mend” workshops with local communities in collaboration with Big Skill.

Sarah Blenkinsop works as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . She is a Master Composter and has spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and the local Council. ‘I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.’ Sarah aka Compostwoman, explains self-sufficiency and sustainability at her family smallholding in Herefordshire

Stan Gyford is a newcomer to New Leaf, but has been working with Rob Garner for nearly three years to secure the future of Queenswood and Bodenham Lake under the management of New Leaf and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust He is by background a civil engineer but has worked at director level for both public and private sector organisations.He is looking forward to working with a group whose aims and style he feels will lead to real improvements in sustainability in Herefordshire. His particular interests are Queenswood and Bodenham lake, and the proposed solar PV project on the old landfill site at Stretton Sugwas. He sees Queenswood in particular as an ideal site to demonstrate to the public, practical examples of how retrofitting old buildings can lead to improvements in sustainability by reducing the use of energy and other resources such as water.

Jaime Jackson came to work with New Leaf because of our shared and mutual interests in projects that engage people, communities, and organisations to grow and survive by learning about natural models of sustainability, biodiversity, and process based biomimicry. Jaime’s current work for New Leaf aims to explore the gap, distance and separation from the natural heritage world that many people experience today- particularly in busy metropolis, by staging digital and traditional interventions in this gap and re-imagine or re‐connect these primordial connections with nature via modern tools. Jaime is a project manager for New Leaf, specialising in participatory practice and artist film-making, engaging communities in digital environmental projects.

Gillian Menzies is well known in Herefordshire for her work with Here 4 Women, and is currently settling into the title of ‘New Leaf Events Project Manager’ – and enjoying working from our new offices at Queenswood.

Dave Prescott is a sustainability professional with 15 years’ experience at international and local levels on issues ranging from local economic development to human rights. He is the third director of New Leaf, helping to coordinate projects on renewable energy and energy saving, as well as h.Energy. Dave helped to establish Transition Hay-on-Wye and is a musician with Cherryshoes. He lives in Clifford, near Hay-on-Wye, with his wife and two young daughters.

Temi Odurinde is a sustainability practitioner, with interest in the role of small local businesses in sustainable development. He is also interested in using sustainability as a vehicle, for helping to alleviate water poverty in developing communities in Africa. He enjoys natural beekeeping; an interest he thinks could help promote biodiversity.

Bym Welthy and Peter Norton are also regular contributors to our team, and through specific project funding we have also regularly worked with a number of other professionals locally including, Amy Nicholass, Mary Burton, Ali Straker, Pete Linnell, Richard Priestley, Nick Sherwood, Shirley Garner,and Di Kamp. We also work in partnership with a wide range of organisations and receive extensive input from local volunteers including students and graduates.