Rachel Wright is a nurse, writer, trainer and mum of three sons; one of whom has severe disabilities and life-limiting epilepsy .She is founder of Born at the Right Time, an award-winning blog which advocates for families of children with complex needs. Rachel has spoken in Parliament, national and international conferences about the rights and needs of families like hers. Occasionally, she makes herself go for a run to counteract her love of salt and vinegar crisps.
Chris has been mum to a joyful little boy called Jojo... Although Jojo is no longer with us his delight in nature - snow, wind, rain and sun! - has been her driving force to open doors for other ‘Jojos’ and their siblings and parents to spend time in the wild. Chris herself enjoyed camping as a child, and as an adult her medical work as a consultant psychiatrist has allowed her to travel and trek in some wonderful and wild places! She loves the outdoors (but prefers dry!) and especially loves night skies.
Ralph Spence has run Ivy Farm all his adult life, though he dislikes being known as “the farmer”! He is a very busy person – he has been a Samaritan volunteer for over twenty years. He has many interests including running educational visits to the farm, growing vegetables, making pottery and especially going sailing. The farm originally produced flowers for seeds, and now is now a camp-site, as well as supporting a few farm animals, livery horses, and conservation work.
David Playfoot has worked in education, publishing and international educational consultancy for over 30 years. He has been headteacher in three schools, provided consultancy and professional development in universities and worked for a range of commercial and non-profit organisations. For the past 6 years he has worked at local and national level as a Samaritan volunteer and is currently Regional Partnership Officer for the East of England. He is also a long-term supporter and contributor to the Karuna Trust, a Buddhist charity supporting the Dalit communities in India and Nepal.
Defying conventional wisdom, Jenny Spence works happily with both children and animals. She was a teacher for many years, in both secondary, and then primary and nursery settings, as well as teaching adults, but having escaped from the classroom, she now runs educational access visits to Ivy Farm for local schools, which she enjoys far more. She is also a volunteer for Citizens Advice. She has two daughters, who still love to get involved when they are at home, and helps run the family farm and campsite, particularly in organising the accounts.
Tim Wright is a local GP with a passion for the outdoors. He manages a small woodland in Kent and likes nothing more than camping in the woods with his family. Tim’s knowledge of the natural world and bushcraft equips him as an expert in bringing nature to life. Having a son with quadriplegic cerebral palsy sparked his dream of creating a camping and wildlife experience which is accessible to all.