Our four part-time staff are:
Kate Sebag – Director
Kate’s professional background is in Fairtrade sales and marketing but she is also a keen amateur gardener. Kate has been a garden volunteer with BPCG since Spring 2013. As well as gardening, she also developed our events programme and sales of plants and produce. She became Director of BPCG in July 2016.
Kate has volunteered with the horticultural therapy charity Thrive and studied RHS level 2 in Horticulture at Capel Manor. Kate loves working in Brockwell Park which has been her local park since 1986.
Cat Stevens – Community Gardener
Cat joined the BPCG staff team in September 2016. She is a professional gardener, art psychotherapist, potter and stained glass maker. She has an RHS Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practices of Horticulture, a Masters in Psychoanalytic Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy. She also has a BA in Sculpture. She is licenced to drive buses and is a pretty good fiddle player!
Cat likes to engage people from all walks of life in gardening and she is a strong advocate for the restorative powers of horticulture and the arts. She believes that gardens are full of images and metaphors about living and dynamic processes. Engagement with the living world, our breathing planet, are an enriching experience open to all.
Helen Cherry – Education Officer
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Helen joined the team in July 2017. She has a LKS2 Primary PGCE with science specialism from the University of East Anglia. She is a keen singer and gardener. Helen is delighted to be taking on the challenge of running BPCG’s education programme for children.
Catherine Graham – Education Assistant
Catherine joined the staff team as Education Assistant in September 2015. She first joined the Greenhouses as an Education Volunteer back in March 2013, as a way to get back into work after having her 5 children. As a result she found a job as a school gardener in Coulsdon and has recently taken on a role as Project Officer for the Croydon Master Gardener programme. She also volunteers with a number of other community growing projects and has a particular interest in horticultural therapy.
Our Trustees are:
Antonia Gross (co-Chair)
Antonia has lived in Lambeth and enjoyed using Brockwell Park as her ‘back garden’ for nearly thirty years. She believes strongly in the restorative and enriching benefits that green spaces provide in the city. When she gave up full-time work in Facilities and and Site management in 2012, she was keen to ‘give back’ with hands-on involvement in the park and so joined BPCG (as well as Friends of Brockwell Park and the Conservation Trust.) The fundamentals of building management are surprisingly relevant to horticulture – good planning, proper preparation and sympathetic design, all with a healthy helping of pragmatism and adaptability – Antonia is no gardening expert but enjoys volunteering in all areas of the site, particularly the perennial planting. She is our keenest dead-header! Antonia became a Trustee in 2014.
Chris Smith (co-Chair)
Chris has been gardening for 40 years and his horticultural interests have been many and varied over that time. An adventurous gardener by nature, he was converted to exotics in 1993 by Christopher Lloyd and been growing Cannas, Bananas and Gingers ever since. He’s interested in ornamentals and rhizomatous plants as well as exotic medicinal and culinary herbs and vegetative propagation and supports the Community Gardener’s activities in these areas in the greenhouses and around the garden.
Chris has a background as a senior manager and entrepreneur in telecoms and retail and is also a qualified teacher.
Andrew Oxley (Treasurer)
Andrew Oxley is a retired Management Accountant who has recently moved to South-East London. He has been involved in number of charities in financial and operational roles (CIMA Benevolent Fund, TaxHelp for Older People and Accountant for a Methodist Circuit). He concedes that in the past his approach to gardening has largely been of necessity rather than as a labour of love and wonders whether his involvement with BPCG will change this.
Beth is an experienced environmental educator who combines practical skills with sound botanical knowledge and a firm belief in the educational possibilities created by plants and the natural environment. She is committed to widening access to, and understanding of, the natural world and firmly believes that green space can be used to improve outcomes and build community cohesion for all Londoners regardless of age or background. Beth has been involved with Brockwell park Community Greenhouses since 2011 when she became our first ever member of staff. She joined the Board in October 2015.
Derek was instrumental in the creation of the Community Greenhouses and he has been involved in the project since its inception. He is a successful local businessman and combines extensive experience in business, management, finance and employment with a range of volunteering commitments for local organisations. He is passionate about local parks, in particular his beloved Brockwell Park, and he is an active member of both the Friends of Brockwell Park and the Brockwell Park Management Advisory Committee (BPMAC). Derek also founded Lambeth Parks and Greenspaces Forum and chaired that body from 2002-08.
Linsey MacDonald (Secretary)
Linsey became a trustee in March 2013 and took over the role of Secretary on 13 March 2013. A solicitor for 18 years, Linsey works at a City firm and deals with commercial disputes. She is a lifelong gardener with a love of the outdoors and a keen interest in the educational and social benefits which horticulture has the potential to bring to all sections of the local community.
Lucie has been volunteering for BPCG since 2015 and is a passionate advocate for BPCG. She has long experience in the Third Sector having worked for The Big Issue, Young Minds, The Prison Reform Trust, the NSPCC and currently with The Young Foundation. Lucie has experience of fundraising, marketing, communications and safeguarding.
She brings a lifetime’s experience in Education to the Trust, having worked as a Deputy and Head of local primary schools, a teacher trainer for LSBU in local primary and secondary schools and an Advisor for the General Teaching Council nationally. Now retired, she enjoys gardening and the great outdoors and being involved with shared community projects.