part of the
One big happy family!
The CAFT Family
We think of ourselves as one big family here at CAFT! Now obviously our actual family is much bigger and includes people from all over the north west, from; groups and children that visit us, event attendees, challengers, local and national businesses without even mentioning our amazing Patrons and President! That said, here's the family down at the farm:
Anne Jackson - Chief Executive
Job Description – My role is to manage the charity and overall operations ensuring that we are meeting our targets financially and maximising the use of our facilities, whilst managing and developing staff.
Our primary objective is that all children who visit us leave with a smile, a memory and a new experience. We work hard to deliver our strategic plan and implement innovative ideas and continuous improvement. Through effective planning and increased fundraising activity I aim to develop and grow our existing holiday programme here at the Farm whilst also extending our impact across the region with exciting partnership outreach activities.
About Me – I joined CAFT in July 2016 having spent 13 years at a regional medical research charity, with 8 years as CEO. I feel incredibly blessed to be working for CAFT and being part of a long established, dedicated team of staff who care deeply about the experiences we provide for children from all over the North West. A Scouser born and bred I have lived in Warrington for 13 years with my Husband Peter, our Son Sam and our furry ‘thug’ Murphy, the Border Terrier. With a strong background in charity leadership I also bring to the role my personal experiences of raising a child with additional needs. I totally understand the pressure that this can bring to a family and the importance of the services we provide here at CAFT.
The Activity Team
Caroline Fielding (Caz) - Children's Activity Coordinator
Job Description - My day to day role at CAFT is to run the holiday programme with the CAFT team of playworkers. Organising Fun days, weekends and holidays for the young people who visit from messy art, slip and slide to feeding our animals.
About Me - I currently live in south Manchester. I enjoy comedy, holidays, walks, cycling and spending time with my family.
Helen Hampson - Playworker
Job Description - Planning and providing activities for the children visiting the farm.
Annie Hughes - Playworker
Job Description - I plan and provide a range of activities for children who come on holiday with us, to ensure the children try new activities and have a memorable holiday.
About Me - I have been working at the Farm since I left University at the beginning of 2016 where I studied Disability Studies. Now I enjoy working at the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, when not working I enjoy socialising and long walks in nature.
Natalie Barns (Nat) - Part-time Chef
Job Description - My job is to cook delicious meals for the children at CAFT.
About Me - I have worked at CAFT since 2011. I love creating different dishes for the children to enjoy! It's great to see the children enjoying home cooked food, and foods they may not have tried before.
Jim Scott (Jimbob) - Operations Deputy
Job Description - Care and maintenance of farm facilities. Occasionally tending to the livestock (cleaning and feeding).
About Me - I have worked at CAFT for 10 years. I live locally in Northwich.
Tom Lockett - Facilities Supervisor
Job Description - I am responsible for general site maintenance. Such as fence repair, jet washing, path work, play equipment maintenance, animal duties, landscape gardening and more.
About Me - I joined CAFT in July 2015 after spending 4 weeks here on work experience, I previously went to Reaseheath College studying a course in countryside management. I currently live in Lymm which is a local village about 10 minutes away from CAFT, in my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
Martin Mears - Part-time Operations
Job Description - Responsible for all aspects of our animal and bird welfare and involved in the children's interaction with same. Jointly responsible for security and site grounds maintenance.
About Me - Employed by CAFT in excess of 10 years during which time I have been privileged to be part of the team which has developed the facilities into what you see today. My outside interests are many and varied and include not least, a recent love of Modern Jive dancing which I only wish I had discovered thirty years ago!
Marie Molnar - HR Manager
Job Description - I am responsible for anything to do with HR – holidays, sickness, timekeeping, new staff, casual staff, staff morale, management of staff etc. I also provide support for finance, holiday programme, operations and fundraising.
About Me - I started at CAFT in 2004 as a part-time PR to the CEO, which very soon turned into a full-time position. I love the variation my job brings and the fact it enables me to interact with virtually every member of staff on a daily basis. I’m of mum of 2 grown-up children (Kate & Adam) and a soon to be grannie for the first time….and I can’t wait! I live locally, and spend my weekends catching up at home and walking our adorable black labradoodle called Cole.
Peta Green - Part-time Finance Administrator
Job Description - I’m responsible for the day to day bookkeeping and accounts. In addition to this I also have the opportunity to be involved with any major fundraising events, such as our annual Grand Ball and Ladies Lunch.
About Me - I came to work at CAFT in 2009 on a temporary basis to cover a colleagues maternity leave. This soon became a permanent position from which I’ve never looked back! I live locally to CAFT in High Legh, with my husband Andrew and our 3 children (Isabella, Claudia & Fenton). I spend much of my spare time as a taxi driver for my 3 children, and I enjoy walking my little ‘Westie’ Bertie & trying to keep fit at the gym!
Rob Bashforth - Community Fundraiser
Job Description - Community has one of the widest briefs, from schools and beaver groups to doing talks about the amazing work the charity does to the Women’s Institute and rotary groups to golf clubs to external events and everything in-between, Connecting the The Children’s Adventure Farm with our local and surrounding communities. It is a great job because every day is different.
About Me - I joined CAFT in early 2015 covering the Charity Shop and in December took on the roll as Community Fundraiser, I live in South Manchester in a compact and bijou cottage were I have been for the past 14 years, In life? I’ve been involved in local radio since I was just about able to talk and say 1-2-3, nowadays when I’m on air I cover current affairs, however I still can be found spinning the disc or laptops in the surrounding area, plus I have a weakness for classic cars and all things retro.
Helen Crowther - Trust Fundraiser & Press Officer
Job Description - As well as being one of the fundraisers here at CAFT, with a target of £300,000 a year, I’m also responsible for raising the profile of the charity by working with our local newspapers, radio stations and tv broadcasters. I’m also our social media person so spend lots of time on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve been with CAFT since May 2002, and honestly can’t imagine working anywhere else! The best part of my job is the variety, I love how different each day can be. On a Monday I can be neck deep in funding applications, Tuesday I’ll be at a radio station being interviewed about our work then on Wednesday working at one of our fundraising events. I also love the fact that we’re based here at CAFT so we get to see the kids every day. I’ll never, ever get bored of that.
About Me - I love walking, just getting out with a few friends in the hills in the fresh air is my idea of heaven. Its so social, I love the way fellow walkers will often stop for a chat and everyone just seems to be in such a good mood, even in the terrible weather! It’s a great chance to catch up with friends and see some of our amazing countryside. I’ve met lots of my walking buddies through the many overseas walking events I’ve completed for CAFT, so even in my spare time we always end up talking about the charity. Fundraisers are never off the clock!!
Alistair Laing - Charity Relationship Manager
Job Description - My role is to maintain our business relationships with our existing corporate supporters and to develop new partnerships for the future. All companies like to support in different ways and my role is to identify how the relationship best works for both the company and the charity. Not only am I looking for financial donations but also gifts in kind, event auction prizes and corporate volunteering support.
About Me - I am married to the lovely Carol and we live in the High Peak in a beautiful little village called Buxworth. The landlady of my local pub used to be Elsie Tanner! I really enjoy all sports, however my 2 main passions are cycling and golf and I am a member of Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Club.
Jure Modic - Sports and Challenges Co-ordinator
Job Description - My job is to organise and promote sponsored challenges, recruit supporters to take part in the challenges and help them with their training and fundraising for The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust.
About Me - Following my visit to CAFT in 2012 I fell in love with the charity immediately and I have been passionate about it ever since. I have started to volunteer, driving the tractor and doing the hedges. After a while I have started to work 2 days a week, then 3, then 4 and eventually I took the full time position as my dream job became available.
I have a huge love for traveling, adventure and the great outdoors (trekking, mountaineering, skiing, cycling) having spent my childhood and youth in Slovenia, close to the Alps and Adriatic.
Pippa Watton - Senior Events Fundraiser
Job Description - I am responsible for delivering an annual programme of fundraising events, which include a Golf Day, Ladies Lunch, Open Day and Christmas Ball. In addition to my main responsibilities I undertake Gift Aid claims, oversee our supporter database, and historically produced a charity newsletter twice a year, which we are hoping to reintroduce.
About Me - I’ve worked at CAFT since 1996, starting as a volunteer, then joined the CAFT Crew (formerly Green Team) working with the children before I moved into the fundraising office…the rest is history! My favourite part of the job is the relief I feel after everything’s gone to plan with an event! I love food.
Catherine Watton - Shop Manager
Nick Montague - Trustee & Chairman
About Me - I have been involved with CAFT since 1992 when I came along as a volunteer offering to dig ditches. One thing led to another! I am passionate about the place, the purpose and the wonderful things we do, making a real impact on the children who come and visit us. We have a great facility, a brilliant team and fantastic supporters and patrons. It has taken over twenty years to get to where we are. We will continue to grow and help more children who so desperately need it.
I am a Chartered Accountant by qualification but nowadays spend most of my time as a mentor to ambitious companies and board members. I am also an experienced pianist and conductor and founded Knutsford Star Choirs six years ago. I have been spotted conducting passenger choirs on cruise ships..
Mike Bulcock - Trustee
About Me - I joined the Farm in May 2006 after a co trustee invited me on a tour of the Farm and from that moment on I couldn’t resist getting more involved. My role has evolved as the Farm has which includes increasing use of technology, capturing ever increasing amounts of data and disseminating it for us to be able to run the Farm as effectively and efficiently as possible. My day job includes providing business support services for a wide range of Companies and unincorporated entities, tax planning, maximising use of computers as an aid to increase profitability. My day job includes providing business support services for a wide range of Companies and unincorporated entities, tax planning, maximising use of computers as an aid to increase profitability.
I’m responsible for managing the development of the practice and services offered to our clients, managing a portfolio of SME business clients and advising in all areas to help clients maximise profits and minimise tax. Continual development of IT processes within the practice to improve the services offered to our clients. I qualified with a practice in Burnley in 1982, moved to a national practice to gain large firm experience and then in 1987 set up my own practice based in Altrincham. In 1994 moved to our current location in Northwich and in July 2014 merged with Milner Boardman to create MBL.
Andrew McKinlay - Trustee
About Me - I first heard about CAFT at one of its fundraising events over 5 years ago and learned about the incredibly valuable work the charity does in improving children’s well-being and happiness. After meeting Nick, Mike and the team, I decided that I wanted to make a greater contribution and help in whatever way I can to grow by helping more children who really need what the team can offer.
I trained as a Chartered Accountant and worked in the finance and retail sectors for 35 years before retiring early to do the stuff I’d put off whilst working. Whilst I managed to pass my first ski instructor qualification, learning to play golf at my age has not been easy! However, I think the skills and knowledge I acquired during my business career will help CAFT and the team to be even more effective in what they do.
Nicola Graham - Trustee
I recently retired from Greater Manchester Police after 30 years and for the last 13 years I specialised in investigating all types of child abuse and safeguarding related matters involving children and vulnerable adults. Prior to this I had a number of other roles including Trafford Police Youth Offending Team Officer and a Divisional Detective in the CID.
My passion in the police was working within the Public Protection Unit making a difference for vulnerable people and helping to get justice and closure for them, whilst ensuring that they got the best support through the criminal justice system.
I live in Hale with my 20 year old son who is at University and love watching Rugby. I am Vice President at Bowdon Rugby Club, enjoy walking in the country and going to the gym. Following my retirement, I have a part time job as a stadium tour guide at Manchester United and also run my own Safeguarding Training and Consultancy business.
I have known about CAFT for many years and am really impressed when I visit, to see such a wonderful place and how everyone works so hard to make a difference for disadvantaged children. I am delighted to be involved and being able to make a contribution.
What we all look like!