Meet the team
About Our Team
Dr. Patrick Candler
Dr. Patrick Candler
Job Title: Chief Executive
Role: Managing the team. Strategic and partnership work. Corporate and business sponsorship.
Past experience: From a farming family. Holds a PhD in Children’s Play. Managed Leisure Services for Leicestershire, and later the Nottinghamshire Country Parks Service. Helps run a community woodland (The Spinney, Bythams Woodland Trust) and chairs the heritage-based Newstead Abbey Partnership.
I’m passionate about…Working with partner organisations and stakeholders all over the Sherwood Forest area. Partnership helps stitch back together a fragmented landscape.
Marketing and Events
Job Title: Marketing & Events Officer (Part-time)
Role: Marketing, events and project work. Assisting with the WW2 heritage project “Spirit of Wartime Sherwood,’ tree planting and fund-raising projects.
Past Experience: Worked for over 30 years with Nottinghamshire County Council, in Tourism & Country Parks. Former Visitor Services Officer at Rufford Abbey Country Park.
I’m passionate about… History, and all the secrets of Sherwood Forest’s past, waiting to be unveiled. Also Sherwood’s most famous legend – Robin Hood. We need more Robin in Robin Hood Country!
Finance & Admin Officer
Job Title: Finance Officer
Role with the Trust: Accounts, financial management, budgeting and costing. Managing general administration and H.R. for the Trust.
Past Experience: Holds a B.A. from Nottingham Trent University in Business Studies, qualified Accounting Technician (M.A.A.T). Many years of experience in finance and administration roles and has been with the Trust since 2003. Member of the Local Access Forum for Nottinghamshire, representing equestrian interests. Has been County Bridleways Officer for the British Horse Society
I’m passionate about… access for all, conservation and wildlife. Finding ways for everyone to enjoy and respect the countryside by being involved to make a positive difference to our environment. Local history, especially relating to family history and the social history our forebears lived through.
Community Engagement & Education Officer
Job Title: Community Engagement & Education Officer, ‘Spirit of Wartime Sherwood Forest’ project
Role with the Trust: Co-ordinating a National Lottery Heritage Fund funded project on Sherwood Forest in WW2.
Past Experience: Studied archaeology at Leicester and Stafforshire Universities. Former Heritage & Learning Manager for Sir John Moore Foundation. Ran Janus Learning, a Community Interest Company.
I’m passionate about: Using archaeology and heritage to engage learners who are excluded from mainstream education.
Job Title: Conservation Officer
Role: To support the strategic design and delivery of heathland and woodland landscape, conservation and tree planting projects
Past Experience: Worked at the Woodland Trust, and most recently worked in woodland creation support and monitoring on a self-employed basis.
I’m passionate about… Planting trees and helping to make our environment healthier and more sustainable for future generations.
Nature Volunteer Co-ordinator
Job Title: Nature Volunteer C-ordinator
Role with the Trust: Hi! My name is Katie and I’m working on the Trust’s ‘Green Recovery’ programme. I enjoy engaging the community with their local greenspace and wildlife, and helping people learn what they can do to conserve and protect them.
I’m passionate about: I’m passionate about nature and the outdoors.
Job Title: Conservation Manager
Role: Leading on the Sherwood Forest Truths project including heathland restoration, tree planting, raising awareness of non- accidental fires, and working with partnership organisations to protect the habitats of Sherwood Forest for the future.
Past Experience: Worked for the last 9 years as Countryside Ranger for Newark and Sherwood District Council based at Vicar Water Country Park.
I’m passionate about: wildlife, nature, conservation, gardening, walking ….and Stoke City FC!