Woodcraft Folk staff
Woodcraft Folk operates across the UK, with our head office team in London supporting volunteers, parents and children. We have a small staff team in Scotland and Wales who support our volunteers in those countries and also have staff at a number of our outdoor centres.
Please get in touch with any of us on the details below.
Woodcraft Folk central office
Units 9/10, 83 Crampton Street, London, SE17 3BQ
Jon Nott, General Secretary
Phone: 020 7703 4173
The General Secretary is the Woodcraft Folk's Chief Executive, leading the staff team to achieve the movement's strategic objectives and acting as an advisor to General Council, particularly in matters of strategy, policy, finance and governance.
As General Secretary I am also responsible for developing our relationships with partners such as the co-operative movement, trades unions, other UK youth organisations and our international partners in the International Falcon Movement - Socialist Education International (IFM-SEI).
Before becoming Woodcraft Folk's General Secretary in February 2010, I was Chief Executive of the Green Party and prior to that worked in the peace movement for 10 years on campaigns, membership and fundraising. I volunteered with Highgate & Holloway district from 2008, where my step-daughter has been a member since 2006.
Membership Services Team
Sarah McDonell, Office & Office Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 020 7703 4173
I started working for Woodcraft Folk in September 2005. I was told I had just missed the quiet spell in the office and they were building up for an International Camp (Global Village). 2 General Secretaries, 2 international camps, 9 Annual Gatherings and an office move later, I am still waiting for that quiet period, but I love it, there is always so much to do and I do not stop learning and being inspired.
My new role is Office & Office Volunteer Coordinator which covers a multitude of sins based full-time at Folk Office. I run a programme for volunteers in the office to increase our capacity to support our members better, also working with local young people & organisations like 2nd Chance UK & Toucan Employment.
I have 2 grown up children who live with me. Both my parents were voluntary youth leaders so as a child of a leader I spent a lot of my childhood on camps, club holidays, fundraising events and sitting outside meetings, so not a lot has changed.
Contact me about Volunteering in the Office for work experience to help from time to time or just for fun, Annual Gathering, Gift aid, Folk Supply (ordering, stock or getting involved!), HR & anything relating to the office or office functions.
I've been working Woodcraft Folk for nearly 5 years and have recently taken on the position of Membership & Groups officer.
My new role includes processing individual membership and DBS and working alongside local Membership Secretaries to ensure this runs as smoothly as possible. Helping support the new website/database so that members have better access to their records.
Along with membership I also support groups with registration, access to resources/ policies and helping new groups start up.
I'm keen to improve the communications between members, groups and Folk office. Not only on a day to day basis but also creating new tools and resources to keep the membership up to date.
Contact me about Membership, Disclosure & Barring Service, Group registration, Financial returns, Direct debit, New groups & new group buddies.
Billie- Jo Brown, Admin Assistant
Phone: 020 7703 4173
Working days: Monday & Tuesday (9:30pm - 2:30pm)
To provide administrative support to Folk Office, answering the phone, responding to queries from the general public, volunteers & groups, managing incoming and outgoing post, supporting membership & DBS and helping with Folk Supply.
My main tasks at Woodcraft Folk are ensuring that income and expenditure are properly recorded on the Woodcraft Folk Quick accounts software, using appropriate budget codes. I ensure that expenses claim received from staff, members and General Council are correct and are appropriately authorised for payment.
Jeremy Hudson, Finance Manager
Phone: 020 7703 4173
I have been Finance Manager since 2010, working one day per week (averaged over the year). I’ve worked in finance for over twenty years, mainly in the charitable sector. My roles have varied from large Oxford colleges to small community groups, and I particularly like working for charities which support young people. Being brave, optimistic and forward-looking, I have recently embarked on a part-time PhD which is expected to take 5 years to complete.
Debs McCahon, Director of Development
Phone: 0845 217 8939
Contact me about setting up new groups, member support and safeguarding.
My background is largely in youth-led volunteering, supporting young people to make a difference in their communities and taking action on the things that matter to them. More recently my experience has been working with youth workers and volunteers to empower and enable young people through funding advice, policy development and project planning.
I joined Woodcraft Folk in 2008 to make a difference, with the ambition of improving support to local volunteers and young people. Since 2008 I have been successful in attracting external funding in England, Scotland and Wales to increase the levels of training and introduction of new resources.
Woodcraft Folk Scotland
c/o Woodcraft Folk, Units 9/10, 83 Crampton Street, London SE17 3BQ
Clare Ritchie, Scottish Officer - maternity cover
Mobile: 07833 051557
Working days: Usually Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 3pm
I carry out a range of administrative and development tasks for Woodcraft Folk Scotland, including organising events, building and maintaining contacts, and representing the organisation within Scotland. I work closely with our Scottish management committee in achieving the strategic objectives of Woodcraft Folk Scotland.
Contact me about existing groups and districts in Scotland or helping to open or provide support for a new group in Scotland, volunteering for a role on the Woodcraft Folk Scotland committee or for information about Woodcraft Folk Scotland training and events.
Gwerin y Coed (Woodcraft Folk in Wales)
Tŷ Gwerin, Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, LL48 6BZ
Awel Irene, Welsh Development Officer
Phone: 0845 458 9560/01766 772788
Yn 2002 dechreuais weithio fel gweithiwr Cynaliadwyedd Gwerin y Coed, gwaith gwych yn gweithio gyda phobl ifanc oddi fewn a thu allan i Gwerin i sefydlu y Fforwm Ieuenctid Cymru ar Ddatblygu Cynaliadwy.
Y rhan fwyaf o'r amser ers hynny, rwyf hefyd wedi bod yn swyddog Gwerin y Coed, sy'n golygu cefnogi grwpiau, dechrau grwpiau newydd a gweithio i agenda a osodwyd gan y Cyngor Gwerin y Coed.
Rwyf hefyd yn gwirfoddoli gyda fy ngrŵp Elfin lleol Penrhyndeudraeth sydd wrth fy modd.
In 2002 I became Gwerin y Coed's Sustainability worker, a brilliant job working with young people in and outside Gwerin to bring about the Welsh Youth Forum on Sustainable Development.
For most of the time since then I've also been the Gwerin y Coed officer which has meant supporting groups, starting new ones and working to an agenda set by Gwerin y Coed's Welsh Council.
I also volunteer with my local Penrhyndeudraeth Elfin group which I love.
Woodcraft Folk outdoor centres
Catherine McCarthy, Centre Manager at Cudham
Cudham Environmental Activities Centre, New Barn Lane, Westerham Hill, Kent, TN16 2HT
Phone: 01959 574660 or 07572 207229 (except July/August)
I have been involved in Woodcraft for around 20 years and at Cudham since 2008. As Centre Manager my role is to enable as many groups as possible to enjoy a full Woodcraft experience in a welcoming, happy, inclusive and safe environment.
As one of three staff I welcome and support visiting groups as well as managing and training volunteers to help maintain the centre. The centre receives bookings from groups of all ages, from all over the country. Our own events offer the opportunity for smaller groups to join together to make new friends while experiencing residentials, camping, bivvies and sleepovers.
In the last year we have taken on two new staff: Tracy (Support Worker) and Carol (General Assistant). This means we can now offer programme tailored to the needs of visiting groups and it’s working very well.
Bookings are also welcomed from schools and other organisations. I enjoy showing our visitors how to do things the “Woodcraft way” by providing an environment where the adults and young people in their care ALL have a great time.
Please contact me if you’d like to visit.
Sam Charlesworth, Centre Coordinator at Lockerbrook
Lockerbrook Outdoor Activities and Environmental Centre, Snake Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Phone: 01433 651412
I started working life as a bank clerk, got married and then had my 3 children - the 2 boys are studying at university and my daughter will be going to 6th form. I live just a mile from the centre in Yoxford.
I started working at the then Hackney Country Centre in 1997 doing the changeovers with a friend. It was taken over by the Woodcraft Folk in 2000 and the name changed to the Darsham Country Centre. I now work on my own and my main job is doing the changeovers, taking bookings, and generally looking after the basic maintenance of the building - ordering the heating oil, gardening etc. I greet groups when they arrive and am on call if there are any problems.