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Carolyn became involved with the Mudchute Park & Farm through her love for horses and involvement with the stables. Having been a resident of the Isle of dogs for many years, she was keen to support and enhance the local community through a charity that she was passionate about. Carolyn is a board Director of a recruitment firm in central London and brings her knowledge gained from the commercial world to help support a charity that she is keen to help drive forward. She is enjoying working with the exceptional team at Mudchute and looks forward to supporting its growth in the future.

I first became aware of Mudchute on coming to work in Tower Hamlets in 1976 and started visiting it after moving into the Borough in 1977. From childhood I have had an interest in wild plants and about twenty five years ago I began recording those found on Mudchute.

I have an MSc in Biological Recording and have tutored courses in plant identification for the Field Studies Council, the University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University. I am a Council member of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, Chair of the Wild Flower Society and a former President of the London Natural History Society still active in its Botany Section.

I was formerly a Director of GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London – the Capital’s environmental records centre) and am currently Vice-chair of the Steering Group for Tower Habitats which prepares and monitors the Biodiversity Action Plan for Tower Hamlets.

For nearly forty years I was a local government officer, for most of that time in London Boroughs including Tower Hamlets.

I grew up across the river from the Mudchute, and was inspired to get involved by Mike Barraclough, a former Chair and still a trustee and volunteer.

I began my working life as a lawyer at a City law firm, Slaughter and May, before a career as an investment banker with Rothschild. After that I spent some years at a large hedge fund, Marshall Wace, which is when I became a trustee of the Mudchute, helping to secure some external funding. I then spent some years combining investing in companies in Africa with my role at the Mudchute, having become the Chair in 2009, before stepping down in 2017.

Now I’m part of the leadership team of the UCI (the world governing body of cycling).

Although I share the common passion we have for the outdoors and nature, I try to bring my business experience to helping the Mudchute grow and fulfil its enormous potential. I was lucky to become Chair after decades of work by others in developing the Mudchute, and it is a great pleasure to work with the staff, my fellow trustees and our many volunteers and supporters to see the Mudchute go from strength to strength.

My background in working was nursing. I was a manager in a older persons home, then in a day centre , then Admin all with the Local Authority.

I worked for the GMB union for 9 years and then retired. I have a degree in management and experienced in HR through my union years.

I have started my own union 4 years ago(ACAS listed) and it has grown across the south east and London. We are a growing Union and work within Local Authorities and businesses.

My personal forte is Equality and Disability.

I hope I use my skills for the good of the Mudchute.

Lindsay has been an Isle of Dogs resident for 18 years and has been largely involved with the Mudchute Association as a parent to two young children using its children’s and City farm services. She is a lawyer working in the City of London and takes a keen interest in voluntary activities at work and closer to home. Lindsay has seen the Mudchute grow as a valuable community organisation with multi-functional resources. She is committed to ensuring it continues to operate well and that it can provide a unique mix of benefits to the local community and those further afield.

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Tom Davis is not from a traditional farming back ground being born and raised on a council estate in Battersea, but after visiting his local city farm at the age of 8 he decided he wanted to be a farmer. College followed and at the age of 18 Tom was the farm manager of Mudchute from 2004-2009 moving over from the cross bred commercial livestock to our native rare breeds.Tom has been the farm manager at a farm for children with behavioural difficulties in Essex and at Vauxhall City Farm Tom was the inaugural farm manager of the farm park at Hatfield house stocking it with a full range of native rare breed livestock. Tom Has been back at Mudchute since 2016. In his spare time Tom is a a rare breed sheep and Judge as well as sitting on the board of trustees for the RBST and the national council for the British Waterfowl Association.