The management team ensures that the Country Centre operates effectively and sustainably by providing a high quality of care and support to its service users. We build on the ethos of an urban farm social enterprise, involving all service users, volunteers and staff as well as the wider local community.
Our vision is to offer personalised care to our service users within a safe, positive environment that encourages friendship, respect and support for each other. We want our service users to have access to and benefit from opportunities they may not have elsewhere, and feel they are encouraged and supported in participating in productive and meaningful activities.
Clare CLARKEChief Executive Officer
I have worked for the Northamptonshire Country Centre since July 2012, initially joining as a Community Project Officer. In October 2015, I became the Chief Executive of the charity. Having previously worked in both the private and public sectors, I have used my experience and skill-set to develop the charity into an organisation that prioritises well-being and sustainability, whilst creating and developing a wide range of opportunities on offer to our service users and volunteers.
I firmly promote collaborative working with other charities, organisations and businesses, and believe that volunteer support strengthens our charity and makes it a wonderfully interesting place to work. Seeing the how our service improves the well-being of the people that we support, is the best part of my job. I feel so lucky to have a role where I work with a wide range of people of all ages and abilities, whilst in a beautiful setting.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially my son and my little Lhasa Apso, Benje. I love going to music gigs and festivals, sourcing vintage pieces for my wardrobe and home and…. drinking tea!
Gregg CAVEHead of Activities
I first started working at the Northamptonshire Country Centre in January 2016, as a freelance music and storytelling session leader. In October 2016, I took on the full-time role as Head of Activities. Having previously undertaken training in psychiatric nursing and having worked in a range of learning disability settings, I have used my experience to create an exciting and varied timetable for our service users. I also use my specialisms in horticulture, animal care and the arts, to develop a range of activities that promote well-being.
I am keen to develop the Country Centre's presence in the local and wider community. In recent months, we have had some resident animals join us onsite including 2 Shetland ponies, Georgie and Lizzie, 20 chickens, 5 ducks and 2 Pygmy goats, Paolo and Belle, which we encourage the public to come in and say hello to! I have also worked with Clare to organise seasonal food fayre's, encouraging suppliers of locally produced and ethically sourced products to exhibit, as well as selling our own produce.
Away from my role at the Country Centre, I am a musician and a member in two folk bands, Fleetwood Cave and Tradarrr. I am a proud dad to my young son, and the owner of Gatty, a Springer Spaniel and firm member of the Country Centre team! I am also a bit of a foodie and love rustling up some interesting kitchen creations - although I never say no to a take away Indian meal!