The Board of Trustees has adopted the Charity Commissions principles of good practice in the governance of Green Corridor and aims to work in the spirit of these principles for the good of the charity and it beneficiaries.  The Board’s key responsibilities are to:

  • set the long term strategy;
  • ensure financial sustainability and sound management practices and policies are in place;
  • protect Green Corridor’s reputation;
  • evaluate regularly the Chief Executive Officer’s management of operations; and
  • be open and accountable to both external and internal stakeholders.

In all our decision making, Board members are guided by Green Corridor’s charitable objectives that have been developed to serve its beneficiaries and our local communities 

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Tim Whitelaw
Tim Whitelaw
Functional Skills Tutor

Tim took the path to teaching by on the job training, starting in 2006 and qualified as a teacher in 2010. Over the years Tim built experience and has taught Maths, English, ICT and employability skills, from entry level to level 2. Tim has taught many different cohorts ranging from 14 – 16 year old’s that are in danger of becoming NEET, apprentices, 16-19 year old disaffected learners, long term unemployed adults and adults with special education needs. Tim enjoys working with SEN the most out of all the cohorts he has taught and feels that he can make a real difference to those that he teaches.

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AnnMarie Newbigin
AnnMarie Newbigin
Chair of the Board

Joined as a Trustee in July 2010. AnnMarie has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. She has held a number of senior executive HR roles in several leading financial institutions, including State Street, UBS and Old Mutual. Prior to coming to London in 1988, Mrs Newbigin spent 10 years in management and compensation consulting, including 7 years with Booz-Allen & Hamilton both before and after business school. Mrs Newbigin holds a BA from McGill University in Canada and MBA from the University of Chicago.Over the last 6 years, AnnMarie has been trustee for two other charities and works in the not-for-profit sector as a consultant.

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Arnie Wickens
Arnie Wickens
Vice Chair of the Board

Arnie joined Green Corridor as a Trustee in 2012, bringing extensive senior level management experience in the voluntary sector having been Assistant Director of UK volunteering charity CSV (Community Service Volunteers). Among other responsibilities there he set up and led its unique volunteer management Consultancy division from 1999 to 2012. He is on the editorial board of an online international volunteerism journal; is Chair of governors at a secondary school and college for young people with additional needs in south London; and an Advisor with his local Citizen’s Advice. Arnie holds a Social Policy Masters in Civil Society, NGO’s and the Voluntary Sector from the University of Kent.

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Paula Stannett
Paula Stannett
Trustee

Paula was appointed to HR Director of Heathrow Airports Ltd in January 2013. She has worked at Heathrow at Heathrow for 13years,most recently as HR Director for the Airports Division and Support Services and previously as programme lead for Heathrow’s Winter Resilience. Paula has a strong record of engaging staff to successfully put in place organisational change and improvement.

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Paul Keenleyside
Paul Keenleyside
Trustee

Paul became a Trustee of Green Corridor in 2012. He has worked for more than 25 years in the education system, taking on a number of senior roles in mainstream school, alternative education providers and education charities including Director of Services for Dyslexia Action.

Paul has always had a focus on supporting young people who are at risk of exclusion from social or educational opportunities and for a number of years was involved in directing projects for young people in West London.

Paul has experience in managing education, developing and delivering learning programmes and has worked extensively with statutory funding bodies.

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Ray Elgy
Ray Elgy
Trustee

Ray started his career as an undergraduate apprentice with British Airways, gaining aircraft maintenance engineer licences for airframe and engines, and an Honours degree in Air Transport Engineering, Ray also obtained a Private Pilot’s Licence at this time.

In 1989, Ray joined the Civil Aviation Authority where he was appointed as Head of the Propulsion Department in 2001, Head of the Aerodrome Standards Department in 2005, and Head of Licensing & Training Standards Division in 2009.

Ray left the CAA in 2014 to form his own company. He is a Chartered Aeronautical Engineer, a Member of the Institute of Directors, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Ray is passionate about education, training and career development. He is the Chair of Governors at a Secondary School, a Governor at a Further Education College and at a University Technical College, and is very pleased to be able to serve as a Trustee of Green Corridor.

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Ruth Kennedy
Ruth Kennedy
Trustee

Ruth is a highly proficient senior executive with over 4 years’ experience operating on multiple boards within a complex, regulated and customer driven environment. Commercially competent with a proven track record of enhancing operational performance and leading transformational change that has delivered excellent and sustainable results. Her inspiring leadership style combined with her ability to adapt to all situations has enabled her to motivate and lead her teams to deliver outstanding business performance whilst maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

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Gareth Hughes
Gareth Hughes
Trustee

Gareth is a qualified Chartered Accountant. After training in the U.K he moving to Poland in early 1990s, spending a number of years with Ernst and Young where he worked on a variety of projects as well as being appointed as a Licensed Polish Auditor.  

He subsequently moving into Investment Banking and possesses over 20 years Investment Banking experience across a range of roles and locations.  

Since 2017 Gareth has been involved in a number of property development projects. 

He is thrilled to be able to serve as a trustee of Green Corridor.

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Tim Knight
Tim Knight
Chief Executive Officer

Following completion of his degree in Environmental Science and Masters in Applied Hydrobiology, Tim started his working career with the National Rivers Authority as a Pollution Control Officer in mid Wales. The creation of the environment agency saw a move to the Thames Valley as a river catchment manager and this triggered his passion for better linking communities to their local environment. His catchment plans always contained a strong element of engaging people in practical conservation tasks, volunteering activities and environmental education programmes to improve environmental sustainability and learning new skills in the process.

This naturally led to work with Groundwork, a local environmental and social regeneration charity for the next 14 years initially in the Thames Valley area and then across the South of England. Key projects included transforming opens spaces, setting up new social enterprises, winning major public sector contracts running employment and National Citizen Service contracts and managing a variety of outdoor education and residential centres.

As the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer for Green Corridor Tim is keen to use his knowledge and experience to work in partnership with local businesses and funders to grow the trust, diversify it’s income streams and increase the charity’s impact to enable more young people improve their self confidence and increase their chances of longer term employment.

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Sophie Edney
Sophie Edney
Fundraising and Quality Assurance Manager

Sophie joined the team in December 2012 and came on board to support the recruitment of young people onto the Landbased Training Programmes.

Since then Sophie’s role has developed significantly, whilst she still recruits for our training programmes she also supports the young people throughout their time with Green Corridor. Sophie personalises the young peoples training programmes, ensuring their individual needs are met, she has regular 121 sessions with them and works with them when they are ready to move onto the next stage of their training or employment.

Sophie works closely with a range of services such Probation, Housing Support, Job Centres, Social Services, Drug and Alcohol support services, Child and Adolescent mental health service’s and other educational/training providers. This creates a holistic package of training for the young person ensuring they are fully supported.

Alongside this Sophie works on the marketing of programmes through newsletters, leaflets and events and when time permits, she supports the delivery of the programmes, and the organisation of volunteer events.

Prior to Sophie’s role at Green Corridor she trained as a Social Worker at the university of Portsmouth Graduating in summer 2012 with a BSC Hons degree. During her training she worked for The Princes Trust developing her interest of supporting young people. Sophie also spent some time in the Child Protection Team followed by a long-term placement with The Early Intervention Psychosis Team. Sophie has a keen interest in supporting positive mental health and working effectively with all other agencies involved in a young persons care to ensure the best range of support is given.

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Joanne Dixon
Joanne Dixon
Youth Manager

After studying Counselling and psychology at Roehampton, London Joanne was a volunteer in a range of different places including the local Inpatients Unit. She developed her love of working with young people as a LPF Youth Worker in Guildford, with Plantation and The Princes Trust and as an adolescent Mental Health support worker in Woking. Joanne had a year of being on the other side of the table, finding out what employers really wanted and now she’s back, working with the Green Corridor learners. 

Joanne was brought into Green Corridor as the Outreach and Transition Mentor, to help the young people progress to the next stage of their lives, moving forward into employment, education or training opportunities in the local area. Joanne will be involved in the projects, outreach and transition, as well as multi agency working including, social support services, housing support, youth centres and colleges.

Outside of work Joanne loves being creative, baking, sewing and hitting the gym. She is looking forward to getting involved with all at Green Corridor and getting her green fingers growing.

 

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Mark Cox
Mark Cox
Senior Horticultural Tutor

Mark spent over 10 years with the British forces as a depot instructor before returning to civilian life to work in sales over in Kent. In 2001 he became a stay at home dad, due to illness but in 2012 was fit and ready to work again.

From being a stay at home dad he went straight into work as a case worker, working alongside adults with learning difficulties, those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the unemployed and deaf young people. All this led Mark onto teaching again and a love of horticulture led him to Green Corridor. In Mark’s spare time he enjoys walking, gardening, competition fishing, cricket, golf and generally being kept very busy!

Mark’s role at Green Corridor will see him working alongside the rest of the team to teach and assess our young learners as they progress through their Horticulture qualifications.

 

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Collin Cakebread
Collin Cakebread
Horticulture Tutor

After twelve years in the plumbing industry Collin decided a career change was necessary, so made the switch to study at Merrist Wood College. Collin gained a level 2 certificate in arboricultural theory and the change opened up a whole world of new opportunities.

Whilst studying Collin worked as an archery instructor with groups of varying age and ability, in schools, sports centres and the children’s charity Challengers to deliver soft archery sessions and also spent a few weeks volunteering for the National Trust.

Collin combined his qualifications with youth engagement, charity and volunteer work in his position as an Outdoor Education Worker at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development; this allowed him to work more in the capacity of a mentor.

Collin spent the summer of 2015 with S.O.L.D working with NCS the Challenge in the company of some amazing young people from south London, he found this work incredibly rewarding so when he saw the Job working for Green Corridor he jumped at the chance.

Collin’s position as a Horticulture Tutor at Green Corridor sees him working with the other delivery staff to provide training and assessing the young people’s abilities in order to gain qualifications in conservation and horticulture.

 

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Tracey Palmer-Hall
Tracey Palmer-Hall
Catering and Hospitality Tutor - Pick, Cook & Serve, BIG Lottery

After leaving formal education, Tracey travelled the world, cooking and catering in many diverse places including alpine resorts, fishing trawlers in Alaska and remote Icelandic outposts.

Tracey went on teach chalet management in Austria, before returning to the UK to take up a position as a Head Chef for a renowned London catering company, cooking at prestigious events and venues, from Royal Palaces to Downing street.

She then went on to set up her own successful London based catering business, before leaving London to set up “Thyme Lords” with her husband. This is a catering company working on events and product launches for companies including Woolworths, Coca Cola, Regus, Microsoft and Samsung in additional to private clients doing weddings and parties.

This led to taking on a local rundown pub and transforming it into the award-winning tavern that it is today, employing many local young people. The Tavern has been very community aware and has run many fundraising events, helping fund projects at a local hospital.

She is very excited about being part of the Green Corridor team having a positive impact on the future of our young people. With funding support from the Big Lottery, as part of the Pick, Cook and Serve project, Tracey will teach young people formal BTEC qualifications in hospitality. With the support of local hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars in and around  Heathrow airport, Tracey and the team will support their transition into sustained  employment.

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Briony Williams
Briony Williams
Admin and Marketing Officer

Coming from a background of sport, Briony competed Gymnastics and cheerleading at County and National Level. Through this, she has developed her love for coaching Gymnastics, and is now highly qualified in the field, alongside her childcare and PE teaching achievements.
Working with young children with Special Educational Needs and Physical Disabilities, Briony developed a passion for improving the quality of life of young people with additional needs.

Briony has been working with young children ranging from the age of 3 to 16 for over 5 years, providing childcare services, PE lessons and one to one mentoring for children with and without Special Needs. She looks forward to getting to know Green Corridor’s young learners, and helping them overcome milestones to further their life opportunities.

Briony’s aim is to get Green Corridor’s name out to the world, and to inform more people on the fantastic work we do here for our learners. This will allow us to grow and help get more young people with SEN into sustained employment.

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Dean Lyons
Dean Lyons
Kitchen Gardener

Dean was previously a Green Corridor learner, completing his Level 2 in Conservation only this year, with his hard work coming to fruition recently. You might even recognise him from some of our project pages. Dean enjoys being outside, working in all weather conditions, but most of all he’s looking forward to learning new skills and working as part of a new team.

He has joined the team as a Kitchen Gardener, to supplying the Pick, Cook and Serve students with fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. He will be maintaining the BIG Lottery plots, working alongside Tracey, our Catering Tutor, and Mark, the Senior Horticulture Tutor.

Outside of work he likes to keep himself busy. He is often out with friends and family but most of all he loves keeping fit, going to the gym most days of the week, even attending the occasional spin class.

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Ilse Steyl
Ilse Steyl
Crane Valley Partnership Development Officer

Ilse is a visiting researcher at the centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton. For Green Corridor Ilse is responsible for developing and overseeing the All London Green Grid area framework for the Crane & Colne within the Crane catchment area, managing the day-to-day operations of the Crane Valley partnership to assist in developing a coordinated strategic plan to support conservation and river restoration.

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