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Who we are

Our staff and volunteers

Our team is made up of staff and volunteers who work at our headquarters in Ryton, in our organic demonstration garden and out in communities and back gardens across the UK.
  1. Alan Bounds

    Alan Bounds


    As Garden Organic accountant, I collate all income and expenditure to produce monthly and yearly management accounts and also control all bank accounts and cash flow. What I like most about gardening is the fresh air and sense of achievement when things that I have planted or sown flourish and grow.

  2. Alice Whitehead

    Alice Whitehead

    Communications Officer

    I work in the communications team to support content creation and copywriting in the organisation and manage its social media. I love getting my hands dirty in the garden - and my two allotment plots and small, town-centre garden help me switch off, connect with nature, exercise and eat better.

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    Amy Maher

    Membership Officer

    As a membership officer at Garden Organic, I am the first port of call for all of your questions and enquiries. Feel free to reach out to us, we'd love to hear from you!

  4. Anish Mistry

    Anish Mistry

    Horticulturist - Heritage Seed Library

    I work as a horticulturist in the growing, maintenance and harvesting of crops for seeds for the Heritage Seed Library. I love working outside with plants and nature, alongside the changing seasons. Every day is different and exciting and getting to see my hard work pay off later in the year makes me feel great.

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    Anne Durant

    Fundraising and Legacy Coordinator

    In my varied role, I support and coordinate fundraising and the administration of legacies, which are generously bequeathed to the charity. I particularly love growing fruit and flowers and take great pleasure in going outside to cut a few flowers for the house.

  6. Anton Rosenfeld

    Anton Rosenfeld

    Knowledge Officer

    I run training sessions for the public and communities, write articles for magazines and coordinate our Citizen Science programme. My biggest gardening success was growing a crop of Karela (bitter gourd), which took quite a few attempts and different varieties. Not everybody likes the taste, but I'm really hooked on them!

  7. Barry Sedgwick

    Barry Sedgwick

    Facilities Coordinator

    I'm responsible for managing facilities at the Garden Organic offices in Ryton. This includes site maintenance, hard landscaping and carpentry, as well as health and safety compliance and the sourcing and supervision of contractors. From November to February, I also enjoy helping to process seed orders for the Heritage Seed Library.

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    Bruce Pearce

    Director of Horticultural Science

    I head up the Horticultural Science Directorate which includes the Heritage Seed Library and Members' Experiments. I like to ensure everything we do is backed up by the best evidence available. I love the sheer diversity of gardening - the huge array of plants we can grow and how this encourages wildlife, improves the soil and our environment.

  9. Catrina Fenton

    Catrina Fenton

    Head of the Heritage Seed Library

    I have the privilege of managing the UK’s national, living collection of heritage vegetable varieties, and oversee finding, conserving and sharing this important biodiversity and the seed saving skills that safeguard them. I'm always amazed and excited when a seedling appears – that pleasant astonishment never goes away and keeps me coming back each season.

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    Chris Collins

    Head of Organic Horticulture

    Chris Collins has a CV most gardeners can only dream of - taking in two Royal Botanic Gardens, Westminster Abbey and the Blue Peter Garden. He says: "Gardening is constantly teaching us lessons about observation, patience and working with nature. To properly notice and be in contact with the changing seasons is an absolute privilege."

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    Colette Bond

    Director of Communities

    I'm responsible for our engagement work in communities across the UK, including working with hundreds of brilliant volunteers via our volunteer programmes, training activity and demo garden. My biggest gardening success was my old allotment. A house move meant I had to give it up, but I still feel proud of all the produce I grew, ate and shared.

  12. David Garrett

    David Garrett

    Head of Knowledge Transfer

    I oversee the charity’s outreach work with communities around the UK; delivering programmes that recruit, train and support volunteers who then share positive environmental messages to a wider audience. My own garden is a place that my whole family can enjoy: we have fruit and veg, a small pond and chickens alongside space for football and toy dinosaurs!