Dominic Schad, Director of Muddy Fork
BA, MSc (Res.), MHFA-England
Dom is in charge of the operation of Muddy Fork and leads the therapeutic projects. Previously, he lead the "Ecominds" and "Recovery" mental health projects for Notts Wildlife Trust, and before that worked as an advocate for people with dementia and their carers. He's also worked in policy-related social & educational research. He studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland, and Washington State University, USA, and has a masters in sociology & social policy and a degree in environmental science & social policy. He says he loves nature, people "and everything in between"!
The board of trustees are responsible for the governance of our charity.
Rachel Orgill - Chair of Trustees
I’m so passionate about being a Trustee for a wellbeing and mental health charity. I have personal experience of corporate burn-out and my own garden was my haven, and if I can provide support for one person to have that safe space then Muddy Fork is doing wonderful work. I also love learning about the environment, Muddy Fork is set in a beautiful setting and Muddy Fork are giving back to nature. Working with the local community and being part of that community is amazing.
Mike Bennett - Finance
My background includes projects and commercial management, also working for charities including the Duke of Edinburgh's award, UK hospices and even a wildlife Park.
Having seen colleagues and family members challenged by stress and anxiety, I appreciate that we all need support at some time in our lives and that's why I am proud to be involved with this great team.
Darren Read - Commercial
Darren Read is the Managing Director at Amulet, the specialist security company of the Churchill Group. Darren has extensive experience in the industry having joined Amulet in 2014 after 11 years with Securitas. He has expertise in project management for major clients, commercial strategy and acquisition integration and a leading industry voice around major trends and developments in the security industry.
During my free time I enjoy the outdoors if that’s sport or being in nature. I have a passion for bird watching and happily spend weekends in Scotland. Being on the Board of Trustees is important to me due to the environment it provides for our participants. We can provide new our participants with a range of new skills and education about wildlife.
Jenny Bailey - Safeguarding
I am a former Registered General Nurse, Registered Midwife and assistant professor of Midwifery at the University of Nottingham. I have been in health care for over 36 years, and appreciate the effect gardening has on one's mental health. Since retirement I have enjoyed my garden even more and love the delights it brings. I am also Chairperson of the Sutton cum Lound and Barnby Moor gardening club and am a "friend" to the Forget-me-not-Trust which is managed by the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation. I joined Muddy Fork as a Trustee in November 2020 and am actively present in the garden at least weekly.
Our Volunteers help Dom to run our practical activities,
Our Campfire Group helps us keep informed internally and all up to date with developments. It's a creative ideas forum, and invites feedback to help us improve the service. The group is open to all participants, volunteers, staff and Trustees, and meets quarterly around a campfire - weather permitting!