Co-Founder, Director of Operations and Conservation Specialist
For the past 18 years James has worked, studied and travelled to six different continents. His passion for nature has driven him to successfully complete three top class degrees in conservation and environmental sciences. His education, working and life experiences have given him a clear understanding of the importance and value of nature and how it positively impacts our everyday lives. James is dedicated to enriching the lives of future generations through educating them in the benefits to conserving the natural world alongside helping them to be inspired by the outdoors.
Co-Founder, Director of Education and Specialist Educator
After studying at both Lancaster and Warwick university, Ben continued his passion for education in the classroom where he has held a number of Lead positions. His extensive experience as a Head of Maths and Outdoor education, alongside becoming a 11/13+ specialist at two top Prep schools, has provided the platform to becoming a well respected Consultant and Specialist Tutor. His life long dedication to sport and health has further enhanced his passion for the outdoors and preserving the world around us. Ben's positive demeanour and strong desire to treat every child as an individual, alongside his fun practical teaching style has seen many students thrive and love learning. Member of SEC (Society of Education Consultants)
Performing Arts / LAMDA Specialist, Lead Educator and Coordinator of the Arts
Emily has been teaching drama and performance technique to children of all ages for over 10 years. As an experienced classroom drama and LAMDA teacher, she has helped young people to build their communication and performance skills and boost their self-esteem and confidence.
Emily now runs a theatre workshop business called Green Room which specialises in providing performance workshops and event entertainment. They are now offering acting and performance workshops during the school holidays and term time as part of the Flourish at the Farm Team.
Specialist Educator, BSc/MSc Education Psychology
Catherine has always had a passion for working with children. After studying a bachelor of science degree in psychology and English literature, Catherine had a keen interest in the psychology of learning and how children learn today. While studying, Catherine had several placements within special educational needs schools. Furthering her education and passion, Catherine studied a Masters in educational psychology and hopes to pursue a career as an educational psychologist in the future. Following her studies, Catherine worked in several schools helping to develop the skills of children with special educational needs, academically, physically and mentally. Catherine believes all children have the potential to succeed in any way they can. Outdoor learning is key and can help those who really struggle in a classroom. BPS – British psychological Society member
Specialist in Mental Health Recovery/First Aid Training and Self-Defence Training
Russell is an experienced self-defence and first aid trainer who has spent 10 years working in rehab and recovery in the mental health services For the past 8 years he has also been running his own self-defence school. Russell has become an all rounder believing that every student deserves an individual approach.
During his time working in rehab and recovery, Russell specialised in teaching cooking and physical health. After this Russell qualified as a self-defence and first aid trainer, involving an ever-growing knowledge of UK self-defence law. He works with many schools across the Midlands delivering anti-bullying, first aid, confidence building and team building sessions.
Head of Early years, Speech and Language Specialist, Training Co-ordinator
Linzi is an experienced teacher specialising in creativity and outdoor learning within the Early Years/Key Stage 1 curriculum. After studying Early Childhood Development and Primary Education Studies at Worcester University, she worked in an innovative Primary School where she helped to implement a Reggio Emilio style of teaching and learning - this work helped to inform the implementation of the current Early Years Foundation Stage. She then joined Warwickshire advisory team, which was responsible for raising standards in LA Primary Schools, independent Schools and Nurseries.
Linzi worked with Speech and Language specialists to implement training programmes for schools to develop children's communication and language skills. During this time she also engaged in a variety of projects including the introduction of 'Forest School' to schools and settings.
Linzi believes in looking at the whole child and finding ways to deliver learning environments, which they enjoy, develops confidence and enables them to achieve their goals.
Specialist Educator and Creative Consultant
Josie is a passionate educator who has always had a flair, and passion for the Arts. Josie has spent the last 18 years honing her skills within hair, make up and the use of oil paints, whilst maintaining the wax figures produced by the world famous visitor attraction Madame Tussauds. During this time Josie has spent many years working in schools and education settings supporting Key Stage 1/2 children with their learning, as well as inspiring them to be creative and 'think outside the box'. This brought Josie from London to Warwick, where she now lives with her young family and works in a variety of education settings alongside the Flourish at The Farm team.
Specialist Educator, Physical Education and Outdoor Lead Practitioner.
Felicity has a passion for all things sports/fitness, nutrition and mental well-being related. After completing a BSc and MSc in Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Oxford Brookes University, she worked as a Personal Trainer helping individuals reach their fitness and health related goals. Felicity discovered a love for education when running circuit classes for teenagers. This lead her to complete a PGCE in Physical Education. Felicity strongly believes that educating children from a young age to live healthy, active lifestyles puts them in great stead for adult life.
Survival and Bushcraft instructor. Outdoor Educator and Disability Specialist
Five years ago Mark broke away from a 9-5 desk job, as a Finance Manager, to go into youth and disability work, and set up a survival and bushcraft company, Survival 24:7. He completed a Woodland Wayer (2 year diverse education programme in survival and bushcraft skills, with Woodland Ways), various qualifications in youth work, autism and learning disabilities, as a Higher Learning Teaching Assistant and as an archery instructor, with Archery GB.
He has been involved in leading outdoor education for an international Scouting jamboree, ILEAP and other disability groups, youth groups, private groups and now with Flourish at The Farm. Mark believes survival is a mindset where we "adapt our circumstances to transform our environment" (we all do this everyday without knowing it!) and uses this to encourage people to think outside their comfort zones, develop skills and be equipped, no matter their challenges, to re-imagine and be enabled to achieve, surviving 24:7!