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

Sarah Welsh, Director of Operations & Finance (Joint Chief Exec) 
Email: sarah.welsh@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 020 7358 6450



Debs McCahon, Director of Development  (Joint Chief Exec)
Email: deborah.mccahon@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 07845372267

My role in the organisation is broad and amongst other things I lead on safeguarding, projects, camps, campaigns, training and grant funding. If you have a great project idea or need some help sustaining your group please do not hesitate to get in touch.

If you have a safeguarding or child protection concern please email safeguarding@woodcraft.org.uk


Sarah McDonell, Office & Office Volunteer Coordinator 

Email: sarah.mcdonell@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 0207 703 4173 Mobile: 07393563638

Contact me about Volunteering in Folk Office, Annual Gathering, Gift aid, Insurance, Folk Supply (ordering, stock or getting involved!), HR & anything relating to the office or office functions.

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). 4 General Secretaries, 3 international camps, 14 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.

Leanne Powell, Membership & Groups Officer
Email: leanne.powell@woodcraft.org.uk or info@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 020 7703 4173    Mobile: 07828467166

I've been the Membership & Groups Officer for over 5 years. My role includes processing individual membership & DBS and working alongside local Membership Secretaries to ensure this runs as smoothly as possible. Helping support the 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 training and support new groups in the start up process. 

Contact me about Membership, Safeguarding, Disclosure & Barring Service, website, Group registration, Groop (online group managrment system), regional gatherings/ training, financial returns, Direct debit, New groups & new group buddies.


Billie- Jo Brown, Admin Assistant
Email: billie-jo.brown@woodcraft.org.uk
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.


Lynne Smith, Finance Manager 

Emma Ndala LubundaFinance Administrator 

Email: finance@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 020 7703 4173
Working days:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

I'm the Finance Administrator at Woodcraft since September 2018. My main tasks include ensuring the income and expenditure are properly recorded, help with payroll, make payments and handle expenses claims for staff, members and General Council. 

My main passion is travelling and have visited countries such as Morocco, Turkey, Belgium, Holland, France, Switzerland, Russia and Congo. I've also volunteered with organisations such as Women charity (AWOW), Hospice, Salvation Army and Citizen Advice Bureau.


Pippa Gardner, Communications Manager

Email: pippa.gardner@woodcraft.org.uk

Phone: 07422 966197

From October 2018, alongside my role as Project Co-ordinator on the New Groups Project, I lead on external communications across Woodcraft Folk as a whole. This includes social media, marketing and PR activities.  


Woodcraft Folk Scotland

c/o Woodcraft Folk, Units 9/10, 83 Crampton Street, London SE17 3BQ

Fleur Gayet, Scottish Officer 

Email: scotland@woodcraft.org.uk

Mobile: 07833 051557

Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1.10pm and 4.50pm

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. 

Scottish Development Officers 

Clare Ritchie (Camelon Project)  - clare.ritchie@woodcraft.org.uk, Tel: 07421745780 


Dani Lisney (Outreach Falkirk)  - danielle.lisney@woodcraft.org.uk, Tel: 07422 966131

I have been a volunteer for the Falkirk woodies group since it started in 2015 and I've been a member of outreach staff since 2017. I work on the new groups project in Camelon: recruiting children and adult volunteers and just generally letting people know about Woodcraft Folk through outreach events and school visits. I then support our adult volunteers in the setting up and running of their group and help them to access training and support. I also really enjoy leading activities and having fun with the children in our groups - especially if it involves cooking and a campfire!
You can contact me about our groups in Camelon (currently in Easter Carmuirs; Carmuirs and Tamfourhill coming soon!) or the Falkirk group. I work 9:00 - 12:30 Tuesday and Thursday. 



Woodcraft Folk outdoor centres

Catherine McCarthy, Centre Manager at Cudham Environmental Activities Centre, New Barn Lane, Westerham Hill, Kent, TN16 2HT
Email: cudham@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 01959 574660 or 07572 207229 (except July/August) 

I have been involved in Woodcraft for around 23 years (working with all the age groups at some point) and at Cudham since 2008. It’s a job that I really enjoy. There have been many changes at the centre during this time – most notable being the gorgeous new shower block! 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. Cudham has a great committee – all Woodies, who keep me on my toes J

I welcome and support visiting groups as well as managing and training volunteers to help maintain the centre, and be effective in their groups. The centre receives bookings from woodcraft 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.

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, join the committee or become one of our regular volunteers. 


Jo Holliday, Centre Manager at Lockerbrook

Lockerbrook Outdoor Activities and Environmental Centre, Snake Road, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BJ
Email: jo.holliday@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 01433 651412

I joined the Lockerbrook team in January 2018. As Centre Manager I have overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of the centre. Leading a small team of paid staff and volunteers my main areas of work are to increase groups using the centre, develop the centre to meet the needs of hirers, and ensure the centre operates within all compliance frameworks.

Prior to joining the Woodcraft team I worked for over 25 years in the student union movement supporting international students and helping students to build a global community and was a specialist immigration adviser. Alongside this I was directly involved in running Woodcraft groups in Sheffield and enjoyed coming to Lockerbrook as part of this experience. I am a keen off road runner and spend most of my free time either getting muddy in the Peaks or on my allotment in Sheffield.

Working here brings together my passion for the outdoors and the belief that we all need time away from the pressures of everyday life to create new possibilities together.

Georgina Richardson, Centre Assistant at Lockerbrook

Email: georgina.richardson@woodcraft.org.uk

I joined the team at Lockerbrook in January 2020.  I live near the centre, in the heart of the Peak District, and have a real love of wild landscapes. I'm involved in local wildlife restoration projects as well as being an advocate of habitat defence. Aside from my wild gardening interests, I also enjoy long runs in the Dark Peak, as long as I can avoid the bogs.

Interestingly, my great uncle Albert Richardson was one of the founding members of the Sheffield Woodcraft Folk back in the 1920s, so my connections to the Peak District go back a long way! 

Annette Day, Warden at Darsham

Darsham Country Centre, The Old Station House, Main Road, Darsham, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 3PL
Email: darsham@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 01728 668736 or 07941640796

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.

Biblins Youth Campsite

Biblins, The Doward, Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6DX, Tel: 01600 890 850

Mike Lawrence, Project manager

Chris Sturgeon, Site Assistant,  Email:biblins@woodcraft.org.uk 

I live in Winchcombe, just outside Cheltenham and have been a volunteer leader with Cheltenham District Woodcraft Folk for more than twenty years, joining the group when my children were young.

I attended my very first Woodcraft Summer Camp at Biblins – way back in 1996. I still have the badge on my Folk Shirt, although now rather faded, and it is my pleasure to now be working at that very same campsite.

I’m delighted to be part of the team that will develop the facilities at Biblins Youth Campsite.
I want to help ensure that current and future generations will be able to enjoy the experience of life under canvas, in a beautiful location, well away from the pressures of normal life and COMPLETELY beyond any mobile phone coverage!

My duties include handling all enquires; bookings; invoices and chasing late payments; answering endless e-mails & ‘phone calls and trying to address the convoluted requests from customers!

New Groups Project Eastern


Owen Sedgwick-Jell, UK Projects Manager 

Email: owen.sedgwickjell@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 07419 209290

I oversee Woodcraft Folk's development projects across the UK, which currently includes projects in the Eastern Region and in Scotland. I joined the Folk's staff team as part of the New Groups Project in 2015. As well as supporting our development staff to grow new groups, I plan and deliver leader training, and work to improve the guidance and resources that are avaialable to support all our volunteers.


Daniella Mckay, Project Administrator
Email: daniella.mckay@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 07419 991680

I provide administrative support to the New Groups East team to facilitate the growth of Woodcraft Folk groups in the Eastern region of England. In addition, I set up event bookings throughout the year and manage communications with all groups surrounding volunteer and member recruitment.



Common Ground Team 



Pauliina Keinanen, Common Ground Project Manager 

Email: pauliina.keinanen@woodcraft.org.uk 

Phone: 07739 983320

My role is to project manage Common Ground 2020. This involves writing policies and procedures, managing the logistics, liaising with the board and ensuring that everyone has a positive camp experience. I bring experience of international partnership working, volunteer management, external grants and event organising. However I have only been a Woodcraft Folk member since 2018, so please be patient while I learn the Woodcraft Way of doing things! It is no exaggeration to say this role is a fantastic challenge for me. I welcome members getting in touch with suggestions, past experiences of camps and new ideas.


Lauren Karstadt, Common Ground Camp Assistant & Development Officer YIF project
Email: lauren.karstadt@woodcraft.org.uk
Phone: 07422 966127

I have been working on the new groups project in the Eastern region since 2017 as a development officer. I have worked setting up new groups from scratch as well as working to open new groups where we previously didn't have any. My new role as Common Ground camp assistant will see me assist in the planning, set up and running of the camp. 

I have been involved in Woodcraft Folk for my whole life and still volunteer at my home district of New Barnet every week. I love working with young people, camping and being outdoors.