All of our staff, trustees and volunteers are CRB cleared.
Jim Hidderley (General Manager)
In January 2016 I took over as manager of the Wildgoose Centre from Noelle Wilson the founder and visionary behind everything that Wildgoose Rural Training does. I have many years’ experience working in the Land Based sector and with people who learn in a different way to the rest of us.
My passion is to see the immense value of rural life once again playing a part in the success of our society. The skills and therapy that can be gained from working in the fresh air with plants and animals is so valuable and yet very underestimated. I hope to carry forward the vision of our founder to continue making a significant difference to many lives.
Christine Longden (Assistant General Manager)
Christine has many years of experience in education and in Agriculture, she has a broad range of skills built up over several years. She is skilled at bringing the best out in people and helping them to experience new things that will challenge and stretch them.
In her role as Assistant Manager Christine has worked closely with many local stake holding agencies to promote the excellent reputation of Wildgoose Rural Training.
Roger Bates (Tutor & Conservation Manager)
Roger is the longest serving member of the Wildgoose team, he is very skilled in horticulture, wildlife and conservation. He is one of our Permaculture specialists, his calm and reassuring approach to our students helps them to feel safe and secure even when they are being challenged to try out new skills.
Andy Swatton (Tutor and Schools Liason)
Andy is a country lad through and through, he has spent many years working with young people to help them find their potential, he is also a qualified football coach and skilled general builder. Andy runs a group of students who restore furniture and make wooden items, he has a firm but fair approach that helps students feel secure.
Hollie Burfitt-Delord (Tutor)
Hollie is a vibrant tutor who has the ability to encourage people of all ages and abilities to try new things or hone their existing skills. Hollie originally came to Wildgoose as a support worker with on of our students and she impressed us so much that we asked her to consider working for Wildgoose. This has proved to be a great decision as Hollie is now a key member of staff and loved by our students.
Sam Wingfield (Senior Tutor)
Sam is a skilled horticultural tutor and has many years of experience, she is also a Permaculture specialist who has a passion to see the potential of people unlocked. She also runs our Workstream groups and takes students out to work in gardens and complete landscaping tasks in the process earning a small amount of money and helping them experience the world of employment.
Rebecca Martin (Wolverley Centre Manager)
Rebecca (Bex) is a skilled tutor and manager, she has taught for a long time in the Land Based sector including Pershore College and Moreton Morrell College. She manages our centre based at Wolverley High School near Kidderminster where students can learn to care for animals of all shapes and sizes, the centre teaches students up to Level 3 standard.
Bonnie Davidson (Tutor & Student Support)
Bonnie is one of those people who can just reach the parts that others cannot reach. She sees the best in everyone and helps them to develop new skills. She has many years’ experience of working in Land Based subjects with students who are hard to reach, her gentle and patient approach helps even the most unsure of students feel like they can achieve anything.
Sharon Gayle (Development Officer)
Mark Davies - Chairperson
Mark is a Director of MCD Project Management providing services in business consulting, project management and interim services in the commercial, public and third sector. During his career he has acquired a wide range of experience in business development, change management, funding and business continuity planning.
Mark worked extensively in the commercial equipment and plant hire sector before starting and running his own successful hire business for 10 years. The business was eventually acquired by Jewson Plc part of the Saint-Gobain Group. Mark continued his career as a Divisional Director with Jewson before moving to the Speedy Hire Group.
Following a move to the Chamber of Commerce and Business Link Mark has held senior positions in the business support and public sector environment. Roles have included Head of Marketing for Shropshire and more recently as Sector Development Director for Business Link covering the West Midlands.
Mark particular enjoys working in the third sector and is currently Vice Chairman of Halo Leisure Services a registered charity now employing over 1000 people and is a Trustee of Newman University College in Birmingham where he is Vice Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee. Marks other interests include clay sculpting, playing badminton and he is an avid theatre goer.
I have recently retired as an Area Manager of Behaviour Support at Worcestershire County Council. Part of my responsibility has been managing teams of teachers and the education of pupils that have been excluded from school. I am the mother of two daughters and a grandmother. I love gardening and the outdoors, and am keen to support the work of Wildgoose Rural Training Centre.
Paul is a CIPD qualified HR Director with a Board level UK plc (incl. FTSE 250) track record and international human resources experience in the engineering, industrial, distribution/manufacturing, financial services and legal sectors. He is currently HR Director for Wright Hassall LLP, an award winning legal firm based in Warwickshire.
Outside of work, Paul is a strong believer in supporting organisations that provide educational opportunities for those who need a ‘leg up’ in life and hence Wildgoose provides the perfect opportunity for him to combine this with his personal interest in horticulture, especially vegetable growing. He just wishes that his home-grown produce was anywhere near as good as the veggies grown by the Wildgoose team!