Management Team

Graham Carpenter BEM

A founding member, Graham is an experienced leader in charitable and commercial organisations. The last twenty years he has worked in the areas of adult chronic health conditions, family work and work with children and young people. Graham participates actively in the delivery of the service at Dandelion Time. He is a qualified counsellor, working systemically with families and individuals in biographical work.

Head and shoulders picture of lady with blond hairCarol Bridges
Director of Therapy & Training

A founding member of Dandelion Time, Carol has 40 years’ experience supporting families. She is an experienced counsellor with an extensive nursing and health visiting background. Carol has studied at Master’s level, working with Practical Skills in Therapeutic Education. She has a passion for bringing families together within the setting of the natural world. Carol works to enable families to forge new and positive experiences and relationships. Carol also leads the CPD training programmes and is a Trainer on the Certificate course Nature, Craft & Family Systems.

Paul Curnow 
Director of Operations

Responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation, Paul is a recent addition to Dandelion Time. Paul spent 22 years as a Navigator in the Royal Air Force before moving to Kent to become a primary school teacher. Never happier than when outdoors, he remains an enthusiastic Forest School leader, bushcraft instructor and sports coach.

Jane Angell-Payne
Director of Finance

Jane is responsible for finance – managing grant and statutory contracts. Graduating from University of Leeds and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Jane then spent 15 years or so travelling the world as a Management Consultant, specialising in Financial Strategy. She then moved firmly into the charitable sector working and volunteering for operating and grant making charities, sports clubs and churches. Jane has a Diploma in Charity Accounting, but more importantly understands the difference and similarities of charitable and business organisations needing to generate income, for delivering services and growth.