Peter Clegg established the architectural firm Feilden Clegg Bradley with Richard Feilden, Jamie’s father, in 1978. The practice has since become extremely well established, winning the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008 for Accordia in Cambridge, the first ever residential development to win the award. Peter was educated at Cambridge and Yale and he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath. He has 30 years’ experience in low energy architecture and the architecture of schools. Peter has an invaluable understanding of the impact the built and natural environment has on students.
Philip Percival has 45 years experience of business and finance. On graduating from Oxford he started life as an investment analyst and manager, followed by an MBA degree at INSEAD. He spent the next 9 years as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, during which time he worked with clients in 11 different countries. Since the mid-80s he has been a private equity investor, dealing with a wide range of businesses from technology start-ups to large buy outs. His jobs have involved much counselling and support of management teams, particularly focusing on the financial issues confronting growing businesses. He is now semi-retired but remains a partner of Syntegra Capital, the firm he helped start in 1998. He has a strong interest in helping to improve the educational opportunities for deprived children.
Rod qualified as an architect in 1973 and quickly established himself in the world of sustainable architecture as the first Director of the Centre for Alternative Technology, the leading eco-centre in Europe. In 1980, he started out in his own, setting up Roderick James & Company. He also became a Trustee and Director of the Society for Environmental Improvement in the same year and was on the Boat and Shoreworks committee of the RNLI for 10 years. He has established several successful businesses including Roderick James Architects LLP, Carpenter Oak Ltd and Adventure Capital Ltd.
Sian is currently Head of FIL Foundations, which support arts/culture, health, education and community development charities in countries where FIL has a business presence. Through taking an investment approach to grant making, the Foundations seek to support strategic initiatives that enable organisations to reach new levels of achievement. A key area of focus is helping the young and disadvantaged achieve their potential.
Sian has held various positions during her 28 year tenure at Fidelity, including roles in strategic planning, systems development, product development, oversight and general business management. She has also served on operating and risk management committees and fulfilled director / supervisory board roles for a number of overseas companies.
She has a keen interest in farming and rural affairs and enjoys coaching and mentoring young people in the early stages of their careers.
Rebecca is Director of Secondaries at Ark and comes with a wealth of experience, including being the youngest Principal of a secondary school in 2009 and the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West. Her responsibilities as a trustee include safeguarding and school partnerships, and she ensures that we adapt to the needs of our partner schools in the current educational climate.
Chief Executive Officer
Jamie graduated from the University of Edinburgh and taught History at Haling Manor School in Croydon from 2003. He worked in the Teach First office as part of the recruitment team from 2005 to 2008, focusing on the Jamie’s Farm project during his holidays and weekends. Jamie now manages the farming, fundraising and finance functions of the charity, as well as driving our growth strategy. Jamie is committed to ensuring the Jamie’s Farm experience is available to as many children as possible. His leadership has taken the organisation from occasional visits to his mother’s smallholding in Wiltshire, through to being a nationally significant charity, running four residential farms and one city farm. He can often also be found alongside children on the farm that bears his name, delivering lambs and calves and demonstrating that there is nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty in the cause of Farming, Family and Therapy.
Jake studied History at Cambridge University, before returning to his Birmingham roots to teach up the road from where he grew up as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. He has also enjoyed teaching overseas, in Palestine and Ghana, and gained a distinction in his Masters in Educational Leadership from Warwick University.
In his role as Director of Programmes and Operations, Jake works hard to ensure that as many children as possible get as great an impact as possible from our unique provision across all Jamie’s Farms. This involves developing new and effective partnerships with schools across the country, supporting the delivery teams at each location to maintain and improve our approach and ensuring the central machine at Jamie’s Farm is well-run to enable our programme to be effectively delivered. It also includes a spot of river jumping with visiting children at our Hill House Farm HQ, which is unbeatable as a reminder of what the farm is all about.
Tish is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist with over 30 years experience of working with children in schools, residential settings, clinical settings and the community. Tish began her career as a mainstream teacher and specialised in supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, using techniques such as art therapy. For the past 25 years she has been a psychotherapist for adolescents and families. Working with the Jamie’s Farm team, Tish coordinates and leads on the therapy of each individual and group.
Executive Assistant & HR
Assistant Management Accountant
Head of Fundraising
Head of Operations
Fundraising Manager (based at Lewes)
Fundraising Manager (based at Lewes)
After graduating from Swansea University with a degree in Modern Languages with Business Studies, Wendy worked in financial PR and in recruitment for a few years, before becoming a Primary School Teacher. Wendy now manages the charity’s office, helping to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes at Jamie’s Farm.
Rob worked in all aspects of Operations within the travel industry for 15 years, latterly specialising in managing Finance and IT projects, including database migration and the integration of direct debit and secure credit card processing. He now manages operations projects and infrastructure for all farms at Jamie’s Farm.
Sarah grew up in Wiltshire and graduated with a degree in Geography. She initially trained in marketing whilst working in a marketing and comms role in the corporate sector. After gaining some experience in this area it was corporate social responsibility that she wanted to pursue further. She worked on placements in London, Burkina Faso and Malaysia before working in fundraising and comms for an international NGO. Firmly settled in the charity sector, Sarah joined Jamie’s Farm early 2016 and now jointly heads up the fundraising function and oversees our communications. Outside of work Sarah loves the outdoors spending weekends cycling and hiking.
After six years working in public health research and as an independent visitor for looked after children, Chloe decided she wanted to make a difference to the lives of more vulnerable young people by joining the Teach First Leadership Development Programme; becoming a class teacher at a large academy in Bristol. After leaving the classroom in 2017, Chloe joined Jamie’s Farm and is now responsible for measuring the impact of Jamie’s Farm on the young people who visit.
Ed has been with Jamie’s Farm from the early days, when alongside his day job he would volunteer his time every Monday to lend a hand on the farm to Doug our Farm Manager. Ed now works in the finance team, looking after our accounts but can occasionally still be found in a tractor.
Katie graduated from Oxford University in 2006 with a degree in Geography. She then went on to work in Community Fundraising for various charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and Action Against Hunger. Wanting to pursue her thirst for creating a sustainable and just world, she undertook an MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development at UCL in 2011. Since then she has worked for the London Cycling Campaign, Department for International Development and Woodcraft Folk. Katie is very interested in Organic Gardening through Permaculture principles and working outside with young people. In addition, she is jointly responsible for fundraising and oversees our volunteers at Jamie’s Farm.
David has wide experience of working in businesses in vastly different industries and sizes. He has worked nationally and internationally, even owning a garden centre for a number of years. He has returned to live in Wiltshire for the third time in his life – this time for keeps! David has joined our finance team, working alongside everyone at HQ based at our Bath Farm.
After graduating with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, Dominic started his career in the civil service. He worked at the Department for Education on a range of policy areas, including initial teacher training. He then spent six years working at United Learning, an academy sponsor, supporting schools in some of the most deprived areas of the country. His various roles included bringing new schools into the charity and strategy and planning across the organisation.
At Jamie’s Farm, Dominic is responsible for ensuring as many children as possible get to visit our farms. He works across all of our farms and with schools and other organisations to develop new partnerships to benefit pupils across the country.
When not at work, you’ll find Dominic climbing, cycling, surfing or camping in the wilderness somewhere. At our farms, he loves chopping wood and going for a hike with the visiting groups.
Jill joined Jamie’s Farm in spring 2016 as a volunteer to help raise local awareness. With the support of her wonderful (and voluntary) committee she put together a very successful local fundraising evening. Now Jill works part-time for Jamie’s Farm looking after our events and various other fundraising initiatives for the charity. She lives in Bath with her family.
Andy joined Jamie’s Farm after a career in the Royal Air Force and numerous years running an electrical contracting business. It was as the Bath farm electrician that Andy first encountered the charity. Being a regular contractor on site, seeing 1st hand the great work done on the farm and always receiving a warm welcome, led him to grab the chance to become the Estate Manager. The role entails looking after the infrastructure, facilities and aesthetics of all farms across the charity.
Andy loves being active and ‘fixing’ things. Just as well, as his list of jobs is always long. When not on the farms Andy enjoys his motorbike, family and ‘bagging’ Munros.
Natalia grew up in Brighton and graduated with a degree in Geography and Archaeology. She volunteered with local charities and soon realised that working with young people was where her passion lied. After completing a fundraising internship, Natalia work at Brighton’s youth homeless day centre The Clock Tower Sanctuary, helping raise awareness of the charity. Natalia is very excited to be part of the Lewes team, where she will be found leading the daily walks with the children or out in the community developing the charity’s partners. Get in touch with Natalia to hear how you can get involved at Jamie’s Farm, Lewes.
Matthew has recently joined Jamie’s Farm as maternity cover, and will oversee various areas of fundraising, predominantly securing income from trusts and foundations, in our Head of Fundraising’s absence. He has worked for UK conservation organisations and international development agencies previously, as well as spending some time as a TEFL Teacher. Matthew is a big fan of ‘the great outdoors’ and is very much looking forward to supporting the charity’s mission and working from a farm.