• Jill Attenborough
  • Jill Attenborough

    CEO

    Jill joined The Country Trust in July 2014 and brought over 17 years’ experience of developing and directing multi-million pound award winning and innovative public engagement programmes for the Woodland Trust, specialising in partnership development, communication and fundraising. 

    She’s a non-executive director for Dementia Adventure Community Interest Company, serves as a school governor for a local secondary school, and at the weekend pitches in at Lathcoats Farm where three generations of her husband’s family have been specialist apple growers. Jill graduated from Cambridge University with a BA (Hons) in Geography.


  • Jo Hatton
  • Jo Hatton

    Team Leader, Country Trust Hampshire

    Jo began working for Hampshire Country Learning (now Country Trust Hampshire) as an Education Practitioner in 2008, building upon her experience in the classroom as a Secondary School teacher and DofE Unit Leader.  Since 2008 the Hampshire office has grown and she now leads a team of two part-time staff and a large team of volunteers.


  • Phil Hesmondhalgh
  • Phil Hesmondhalgh

    Head of Marketing & Communications

    Phil Joined The Country Trust in June 2015. He has worked in creative brand and marketing roles in both the public and private sector and for the past 15 years has primarily worked in the charity sector for organisations including Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, ActionAid and Mencap.

    Phil lives in Chelmsford, Essex with his wife and two children.


  • Catherine Leigh
  • Catherine Leigh

    Residential Manager

    Catherine first became involved with The Country Trust whilst working as an Outreach Adviser on a North Norfolk nature reserve, hosting visits for local schools and those on residential visits. She joined the staff team in 2013, firstly running Farm Discovery day visits, then delivering Food Discovery too. Catherine now leads the Countryside Discovery Residential team.


  • Vicki Leng
  • Vicki Leng

    Food Discovery Manager

    Vicki has worked for The Country Trust since 2013, initially delivering Food Discovery to schools in Manchester. She is a trained secondary school teacher with many years of experience both in the classroom and in working alongside schools in an advisory and consultancy role. She is an active volunteer for Butterfly Conservation and lives on a smallholding in Derbyshire.


  • Claire Marmion
  • Claire Marmion

    Fundraising Manager

    Claire studied at the University of Wales, Bangor, gaining a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. She joined The Country Trust having worked for Cancer Research UK as an Event Manager, managing ‘Race For Life’ events in East Anglia, before going on to work as a Fundraising Manager.


  • David Thompson
  • David Thompson

    Assistant Director

    David has worked for The Country Trust since 2000.  He works with schools and farmer hosts in the North East Region, between Berwick Upon Tweed and Middlesbrough. David runs visits at his own organic beef farm, Broxfield, throughout the year. 

    As well as running the North East Region David is Assistant Director of The Country Trust. In 2015 David was awarded the Waitrose Partnership Award for Inspiration and Leadership for both his farming and his outstanding educational work with The Country Trust.


  • Kay Whitfield
  • Kay Whitfield

    Farm Discovery Manager

    Kay has worked for The Country Trust since 2011 and managed the Yorkshire Food Discovery project for 3 years.  Alongside the Farm Discovery Manager role, she currently delivers Farm Discovery visits and taster Food Discovery projects across West and South Yorkshire, and continues to work for Food for Life in Kirklees.