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: Amy Ruewell

Amy Ruewell, Sharpham Trust Administrator

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

She makes sure the Trust runs efficiently, thanks to her many years in hospitality and hotels, where she was a general manager.

Now she's happy to have a more peaceful day-job. "I want to make a difference and work as part of a team, and I've found it," she said. "It's beautiful here and everyone's so friendly."

Programme Administrator: Margot Eliadis

Margot Eliadis, Programme Administrator

Margot helps people book on events, retreats and courses that we run.

And when she's not here, she's meditating, practising yoga, eating vegan and volunteering.

"In recent years I've started to enjoy meditation and yoga, so for me it's my dream job to work with the things that I'm passionate about in my personal life," says Margot

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: Jakob Zawislak

Jakob Zawislak, apprentice gardener at Sharpham

Jakob helps Jesse do the above, and first got a taste for gardening as a Steiner School pupil.

He's just spent the last few years grape-picking in France, and he's keen to learn more about growing vines and other vegetables.

"I've got a little garden at home with flowers and plants and even a little grapevine, but it's not fruited yet," says Jakob, 27.

Finance Manager: Helen Camp

Helen Camp, Sharpham's Finance Manager

Helen Camp makes sure that Sharpham's finances are all in order.

When she's not doing the numbers, she's farming organically at Upper Sharpham Barton with her husband David and her three children.

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.

Says Janet: “I want to feed love to these people…people always say that they know if the food’s been made with love…”

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: Tracey Aunger

Tracey Aunger, accounts at The Sharpham Trust

Tracey is our book-keeper, working part-time at Sharpham.

When she's not here, she's watching live cricket and rugby, as well as walking her two dogs and being with her family.

When she's here, she likes the peacefulness and that the work at Sharpham has meaning: "I was looking to work in a place that gives meaning to people's lives and this qualifies," she said.

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: Maribel Aire Marino

Maribel Aire Marino, Assistant Housekeeper at Sharpham

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

She says: "I love working at Sharpham. I like the food and my work colleagues - they are special!"

Assistant Housekeeper & Recycling Champion: Heidi Davie

Heidi Davie, Assistant Housekeeper & Recycling Champion at Sharpham

Heidi Davie is not only one of our housekeeping team - she's the team member responsible for ensuring Sharpham recycles as much as possible. 

Says Heidi: "For me Sharpham is about connecting with nature, away from noise, traffic and technology. I am passionate about natural and local food and products, and along with more and more people, am keen to play a part in reducing the amount of waste in the world."

If you would like to know more about the information on this page, please contact:

Name: Amy Ruewell, Trust Administrator
Tel: 01803 732055
Email: [email protected]
Address: Sharpham House, Sharpham Estate, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon, UK, TQ9 7UT