CEO – Ian Baker

Ian is a biologist/ecologist by training and prior to coming to Small Woods in 2016, he worked in range of public, private and voluntary sector roles.  These roles included Director of an international development consultancy; Rural Economy Policy lead at Defra; and Head of Rural Programmes at one of the former Regional Development Agencies.  Prior to this he worked variously for Countryside Commission, Countryside Council for Wales and the National Trust.  Always having an interest in woodlands, Ian spent his formative years amongst the Beech Hangers of the Cotswolds with much of the following years spent in the woodlands of the Mid Wales, Cumbria and the Severn Valley, where he now lives with his family.  Ian has been involved in a number of woodland initiatives throughout his career, for instance he was one of the main instigators of the Heartwoods project, which was run by Small Woods between 2010 and 2014.  He was also a trustee of the Green Wood Trust prior to its amalgamation with the National Small Woods Association in 2000

Woodland Skills Development Manager – Richard Thomason

Woodland Management and Membership Manager – Amanda Calvert

Amanda has been working in the environmental sector for the last thirty years building experience, knowledge and understanding of woodlands and the people that are part of the wooded landscape. She has worked for the Small Woods Association since 2014 as a project officer for the European SIMWOOD project, which aimed to increase the movement of wood from forests and woodlands in Europe. Her current role includes work on woodland management and policy, delivery of projects, and overseeing member services including advice and events.

Business Manager – Deb Cheetham

Deb is the Business Manager here at Small Woods.  She has a background in IT and business management and worked for a large law firm for twelve years.  Her role here is to manage the financial and administration functions of the organisation.  She has a team of 4 staff – I-Cheng, Judith, Lorraine & Stuart – who assist her to help Small Woods run as smoothly as possible.

Development Officer – Julia Allinson

Julia is Development Officer at Small Woods with a responsibility for Fundraising and income generation.  She has a background in Sales and Marketing in the Hospitality sector and as a freelance Fundraiser for small charities.

Administration Officer – Sonia Roberts

Sonia’s Administration Office roles sees her working mainly on membership as well as Records Management and General Data Protection.  Sonia originally qualified as a Librarian and over the last few years has moved into an information and records management advisory role.  Outside of work Sonia is a keen walker, reader, crafter and gym-goer!

Actif Inclusion Administration – I-Cheng Austen

Smallwoods Magazine Editior – Derek Neimann

Derek is the Smallwoods magazine editor. He’s also a freelance writer and his books include A Tale of Trees, the battle to save Britain’s ancient woodland.

Finance Assistant & Admin – Judith Adams

Volunteer Supervisor & Site Assistant – Stuart Zlotowitz

Stuart has been working at Small woods as the volunteer co-ordinator and site assistant since November 2016. Previous to the role, he had been involved with Co-operative housing and land management in Shropshire as well as developing a love for British woodland through leisure time, education (as a forest School Practitioner) and environmental campaigning.

Coppice Apprentice (Derbyshire) – Jack Crowshaw

Heritage Craft Apprentice – Teresa Bailey


Partnerships Manager Coed Lleol Wales (job share) – Amie Andrews


Partnerships Manager Coed Lleol Wales (job share) – Katy Harris


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Aberystwyth) – Katie Hastings


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Neath Port Talbot) – Maggie Elsey & Neil Hinds

Maggie has been the Actif Woods Mentor for Neath Port Talbot Since August 2013. She also works on the Working With Nature Project for Neath Port Talbot Council’s Countryside and Wildlife Team.

Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Swansea) – Jo Goddard


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Treherbert) – Nico Jenkins


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Anglesey) – John Pritchard


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Gwynedd) – Melissa Dhillon


Coed Lleol Partnership Officer (Merthyr Tydfil) – Anna Stickland