Sharpham people

Here are some of the people who work for The Sharpham Trust.

If you want to meet the people at The Barn, click here

Director: Julian Carnell

Julian Carnell, Sharpham Trust Director

Julian oversees the entire Trust and the 550-acre Sharpham Estate. Originally a teacher he has worked overseas in international development before returning to his roots in Devon. He loves canoeing on the River Dart which meanders past the Estate.

“Sharpham is a special place that people fall in love with and I am privileged to have a brilliant staff team who work hard to create the Sharpham experience, which is one of caring and nurturing the individual and our environment."

"The positive feedback and stories people share with us make it all worthwhile.”

Trust Administrator: Jane Hutchinson

Jane Hutchinson, Sharpham Trust Administrator

Jane is the voice you'll hear when you ring the Trust's general number.

She makes sure the Trust runs efficiently, maybe because she does that herself when she's training for marathons.

"I love working at Sharpham because it practices what it preaches," she says. "Sharpham cares not only for the land and nature and the people who visit us but for every employee too. I feel blessed to work here and to be part of the Sharpham family."

Programme Administrator: Louisa Potter

Louisa Potter, Programme Administrator

When she's not tap-dancing, Louisa is helping people book on events, retreats and courses that we run.

Most mornings, she parks her car at the top and walks through Sharpham's woodland gardens to the offices in the West Wing.

"I like doing that because it gives me a feel for being on retreat - even in a small way," she says.

"I love working in this hidden gem of place and that walk is the perfect start to my day. Nature inspires me."

House Manager: Denise Scribbins

Denise Scribbins, House Manager

Denise runs the House, making sure it's fit for retreats, weddings and ceremonies.

She likes the variety of her work. "It's never boring!" she says.

Witnessing visitors appreciate the surroundings, the House and benefiting from their stay here helps to make Denise's work worthwhile. And that's particularly satisfying when they return again and again.

Programme & Development Manager: Ben Ballard

Ben Ballard, Programme & Development Manager

Ben oversees the Sharpham programme of retreats and courses and develops new projects here on the estate.

Says Ben: "We live in a time of disconnection socially, environmentally and spiritually. Our programmes support people to reconnect through mindfulness and spending time with nature."

"It’s a privilege and an inspiration to work in an organisation that endeavours to support people to live a more compassionate and awake life."

Gardener: Jesse Hammond

Sharpham's gardener Jesse Hammond

Jesse's responsible for keeping our Grade II* gardens and parkland looking wonderful all-year-round.

"I like working in a place that's so calming and peaceful," says Jesse. "I like it when I'm working and I hear the sounds of nature all around me. It's such a beautiful spot."

Garden Apprentice: Luca Middleton

Luca, apprentice gardener at Sharpham

Luca helps Jesse do the above. And he likes playing his guitar in public too. He is thinking of setting up his drums in one of our barns, because there's no-one listening...

Finance Manager: Jane McAuliffe

Jane McAuliffe, Sharpham's Finance Manager

Jane ensures that the Trust's finances are in order. She's got an eye for detail, you see.

Marketing & Communications Officer: Katie Tokus

Katie Tokus, Marketing & Communications Officer at Sharpham

Katie helps to make sure this website looks and sounds good, writes and sends our newsletter, talks to the media and sings better than Julian.

What inspires her about Sharpham? The birdsong and the food. Especially when the staff get leftovers.

Click here to find out how to get in touch with her, and other parts of the The Sharpham Trust.

Cook: Janet Bird

Janet Bird, our cook at Sharpham

Janet's vegetarian and vegan food makes our guests go wild as well as mindful.

Housekeeper: Joanna Kleszczynki

Joanna, our housekeeper at Sharpham

Joanna lives in and looks after Sharpham House, and the people staying with us.

She loves the history of the House, as well as the garden, its trees and flowers.

She's a florist too and you might see her blooms adorning Sharpham House. She loves working on her flowerbeds in the Walled Garden, growing her own flowers to arrange.

Caretaker: Jacek Kleszczynki

Jacek  Kleszczynska, our caretaker at Sharpham

Jacek makes sure that the House and grounds are in order, fixed, repaired and renewed.

He likes the quietness of Sharpham, the wildlife, the landscape and the proximity of the river.

But there are always too many jobs to do here...

Volunteer & Engagement Officer: Maya Herbolzheimer

Maya Herbolzheimer, Volunteer and Engagement Officer at Sharpham

If you're interested in volunteering and outdoor learning, or you like the events we put on, Maya's responsible.

She loves the outdoors too, particularly the outdoors at Sharpham. "I love walking down to the office every morning from the top car park on the Estate noticing the flowers, birdsong, magnificent views and changes through the seasons," she says.

"It’s such a refreshing and peaceful place. The food is also AMAZING."

Accounts: Helen Camp

Helen Camp

Helen Camp is our book-keeper.

She works part-time at Sharpham, and when she's not here she looks after her 2 children and works on the organic beef & sheep farm (also on the Sharpham Estate) she runs with her husband David.

She likes EVERYTHING about Sharpham.

Assistant Housekeeper: Maureen Saunders

Maureen Saunders, Assistant Housekeeper at Sharpham

Maureen helps to make sure Sharpham House is clean, comfy and tidy for us and our visitors - and she's great at it too.

She particularly likes the people who come here and the ethos of the place.

Assistant Housekeeper: Nathalie Clark

Nathalie Clark, Assistant Housekeeper at Sharpham

Nathalie is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.

She likes the people, the environment and the food at Sharpham. "I find that Sharpham nurtures me," she says.

Assistant Housekeeper: Deborah Gordon

Deborah Gordon, Assistant Housekeeper at Sharpham

Deborah is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.

She likes to be called Boodles by her friends, and she loves the beauty, the surroundings and the food at Sharpham, as well as the great staff camaraderie.

Assistant Housekeeper: Maribel Aire Marino

Maribel Aire Marino, Assistant Housekeeper at Sharpham

Maribel is part of the vital housekeeping team that looks after Sharpham House.