Meet The Team

The day-to-day running of the charity is managed by our on-site farm team, with our Board of Trustees taking overall responsibility for governance and strategy.

Farm Team

Tiffany Kearton

Director

Tiffany has been a friend to the farm for many years and in 2001 started bringing her children to the farm for holidays. She lived in London for 20 years and was a Director of a London based Housing Association for 10 years.

Tiffany moved to Glastonbury in 2006 and in 2007 became the Director of Paddington Farm. She is responsible for overseeing the running of the farm including finances, managing staff and volunteers, reporting to the Management Committee and project manages the refurbishment program.


Verity Thompson

Co-Director

Verity joined the team in 2021, with a focus on fundraising, strategy development and marketing. She has a background in fundraising, charity management, group mentoring and training, and experience of sustainability and nature connection projects.

Outside of work, Verity is a qualified yoga teacher and also a keen illustrator who has created images for many environmentally-focused organisations.


Tanya Dawson and Michael Lowe

Farm Managers

As Farm Managers, Tanya and Michael manage and maintain our 43-acre farm, help groups and visitors get involved in farm life, and lead activities on our weekly volunteer days. They both have a background in local authority work and community development, and worked together on an ecological arts project, Green Angels, before moving to Glastonbury – initially to manage Bridie’s Yard organic food store. They joined the Paddington Farm team in 2008. In 2021 Tanya was invited to join the board of Directors of Glastonbury’s Red Brick Building and is also involved in the planning of Glastonbury’s Town Deal Fund. In their free time, Tanya and Michael are both keen musicians and play in a local band.


Christine Angel

Administrator

Christine joined our team in 2023 and is responsible for administration and housekeeping. ​She manages the bookings and ensures our accommodation is clean, comfortable and well maintained. Christine has a background in Hospitality Management and retail and lives locally with her children.

​If you would like to discuss a booking please get in touch – Christine will be more than happy to help.


Rob Macbeth

Head Gardener

Rob joined our team as a volunteer in 2008, working in the organic vegetable garden. ​In 2013 he became the Head Gardener and now manages our expanded vegetable gardens, oversees the garden volunteers and runs the organic produce stall at Glastonbury’s weekly market.

​Rob lives on the farm with his partner Leela and their children Eden and Emerys. ​


Julia Bedford

Volunteering Support Officer

Julia joined us in April 2022 as Volunteering Support Officer. ​An experienced vegan chef, Julia creates tasty and nutritious lunches for our weekly volunteer days, making sure everyone is well fed.

Julia is also a herbalist and community food activist with Feed Avalon, as well as a talented artist who has created work for the Glastonbury Mural Trail.


Trustees

Jane Buttigieg

Chair of Trustees

Jane has been involved with the farm for over 25 years, and has brokered many training and development activities for young people and groups to visit the farm. Previously a senior manager in Westminster Play Services, Jane is highly experienced in setting up projects for diverse and different age groups and leading training in play. Jane is a community activist and campaigner, and has been a catalyst in projects such as family centres for the homeless, family learning programmes and inter-generational art and play schemes. She is also president of SouthWestFest, a community festival in south west London that attracts over 6,000 people annually.


Steve Shaw

Vice Chair

Steve trained as a documentary cameraman and filmmaker. In 1981 he was invited to take a group of kids on a summer camping trip to Cornwall, and the following year to a farm in Glastonbury which later became Paddington Farm. This inspired the Children’s ITV series “Running Loose”, and the establishment of youth organisation Paddington Arts, which Steve still runs. Paddington Arts maintains a close connection with Paddington Farm and brings young people for a residential each summer. Steve is actively involved in the local community and has served as a school governor and on the board of many local charities.


Oliver Shaw

Treasurer

Oliver Shaw has served on the Management Board of Paddington Farm Trust since 1995. A Detective Superintendent with the City of London Police, former head of the Force’s Economic Crime Directorate and a member of the government’s Fraud Review Team, Oliver brings a wealth of management experience, complemented by technical expertise through completing a first degree in Agriculture. He also has wide experience of the charity sector, including being a trustee of The Fraud Advisory Panel and the former Chair of Freightliners’ City Farm in Islington.


Andrea Farrell

Andrea brings many years experience of working in Westminster Council’s Play Service.


Ben Perry

Ben has had a family connection to the farm for over two decades, and joined the board in 2021. Ben is an operational and project manager with over 20 years’ experience and brings a wealth of commercial knowledge to support the farm’s aspirations for the future.


Brenda Gravelle

Brenda has served on the committee of Paddington Farm Trust since its inception in 1982. She was one of the original pioneers of the farm raising the first tranche of vital funding which laid the blueprint for the farm’s current facilities. She was involved in the farm’s first camping trip and Paddington Farm Club which she subsequently supervised.

Brenda had a teaching career in inner city primary schools. Now retired, she remains involved with community groups. She is a passionate believer in the restorative powers and spirit of aspiration the farm environment cultivates in young people and community groups, offering them to experience country life and enjoy often much needed respite from their tough urban environments.


Carol Archibald

Programme Director at The Avenues Youth Project, Carol brings two decades of experience in youth work, including roles as a youth worker, senior youth worker and programme manager. She has worked with young people involved with gangs, youth violence and crime, and has experience of developing and delivering projects that support positive outcomes for young people. Carol is also a trustee of the Young Westminster Foundation

Carol first came to Paddington Farm as a child and has since brought her own children and grandchildren to the farm. , Carol is keen to help Paddington to continue making a difference in the lives of young people.


David Banwell

Somerset farmer Dave Banwell has 50 years’ experience in the field – quite literally! He left school at 16 and has been faming ever since. Dave has a keen interest in conservation and environmental issues and has studied sustainable farming techniques across Europe, including research trips to Poland, France and Holland. He brings a wealth of technical expertise and regularly advises the team on organic farming issues.


Hamza Taouzzale

Labour Councillor and Shadow Cabinet Member, Hamza joined the Paddington Farm board in 2018. A former Youth MP, Hamza brings a wealth of experience of youth engagement and representation. He is also a Trustee of Paddington Arts, the Young Westminster Foundation, and the John Lyons Charity.


Joe Kentish

Joe is President of Warner Records UK and Parlophone Label Group, and works with some of the UK’s biggest musical artists, such as Dua Lipa, Coldplay and Pink Pantheress, as well as up and coming artists like Griff and Ashnikko.  Joe is keen to support Paddington Farm’s work with young people and to act as an ambassador for the charity.


Tom Fitch

Tom became a trustee of Paddington Farm in 2007, bringing his financial experience as Director of Community Accountancy Self Help (CASH), an organisation he has expanded across 14 London borough providing advice and training for 400 charities on a range of managerial and accountancy issues.

Tom has been a trustee of many charities for over 30 years, including being treasurer of Kensington & Chelsea Social Council and Westminster Carers Service. Tom previously worked for Tyneside Housing Association, overseeing the renovation of 30 derelict properties a year. Tom has used his considerable experience of management and marketing to assist the management and treasury operations of charities, particularly in supporting children’s and special needs groups and community housing projects.