Meet our team.

Karen Turnbull

Director

Karen joined the Farm as Director on 27 April 2015 after 20 years in the university sector in South Wales as a senior leader responsible for generating income, building links with external partners and supporting students to develop skills for the workplace. With a degree in Accountancy and a Masters in Business Administration, she has extensive experience of financial management, strategic development and marketing. In addition, she has worked for small companies in Cardiff, London and Sydney, Australia as a team leader focussed on delivering excellent customer service.

Karen has also served as Director for the Gwent Independent Film Trust and for Newport and Gwent Enterprise and was selected through the Welsh Government’s Public Appointments Process to be a specialist advisor to the All Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for the European Structural Funds in Wales for the period 2007-2015.

When she married the Reverend Stewart Lisk in 1997 she decided to retain the use of her maiden name. They have two daughters and live in Roath, Cardiff. Karen has been actively involved in fundraising for the Church both in the parishes of Ely and in Roath and also leads the Sunday School team of volunteers. To relax, Karen enjoys fitness classes at the gym and yoga studio, watching rugby and camping in the Great British countryside.

Gabriella Gardner

Marketing & Fundraising Officer
(on Maternity leave)

Hi, I’m Gabriella! I started working at the Farm in March 2020 as the Marketing and Fundraising Officer. I had worked in the Media Industry for the past six years but felt ready for a new challenge within a new sector and thought the Farm would be the perfect fit for me – I was right and I love it here!

Fun facts – two of my main hobbies are singing and playing the harp! I love socialising and road trips, especially if it’s a trip to the beach! I have a dog named Billy who I rescued from a dogs home in Spain and a cat called Felix who is eighteen years old. Oh, and I LOVE animals!

Neil Hardy

Caretaker

Hi, I’m Neil. I’m the Caretaker and I take care of things at the Farm! You’ll usually find me on my tractor sorting out the maintenance at the Farm. Fun fact – I lived in Japan for 16 years!

Paul Holder

Social Enterprise Manager

I started in my role as Social Enterprise Manager in July 2018, and the time has flown by! The main focus of my work here is helping our young service users to develop practical skills that could benefit them when they begin searching for employment. This can range from carpentry and ceramics activities, through to events planning and retail experience in our Farm Shop. It’s fair to say no two days are alike, and I love that!

Fun Fact – My fingers don’t straighten, so I’ve developed my own method of playing guitar to compensate. I’m irrationally terrified of sock puppets.

Sarah Stringer

Cleaner

Hi, I’m Sarah! I’m the Cleaner at the Farm but you won’t see much of me as I make sure everything is spick and span before we open our gates!

John Brobbey

Chaplain

As Chaplain to the Farm, John provides pastoral care and support to young people, staff, volunteers and visitors.

'Fun Facts' - I'm currently doing an online Art Course, however, this might present some challenges, since I'm 'old school'. I recently agreed to do a Zoom video conference with a work colleague on my PC. I could see my colleague, but why couldn't he see me, I thought? I had no webcam on my laptop!

I like National Hunt and Point-to-Point. I also have a passion for contemporary jazz and creative writing. My favourite city is Toronto, Canada.

Sam Thomas

Finance Administrator

Hi, I’m Sam! I moved to Wales in 2015 and found myself with time on my hands so I decided to start volunteering at Amelia Trust Farm in March 2016 helping out with the Animal Care routine and then eventually started to help out in the office! My move to became permanent in February 2017 when I was employed to be the Farm’s Finance Officer. I love spending time with the animals whatever the weather but I definitely prefer the sunshine to the rain!

Fun facts about me – I went to Sparsholt College of Agriculture and got my qualifications in Horse Management. I start working life as a Bird and Animal Keeper at Paultons Park which is now known as Peppa Pig World! I have also been known to ski, shoot archery and horse ride – not at the same time, of course!

Mike Davies

Safeguarding Lead & GROW Team Leader

I started my path into education in 2005 as a youth worker for a youth provision in Cathays. Since then I have spent time teaching English in South Korea and I also worked in Special Education in New Hampshire, USA. I have recently returned to the UK and found the perfect position for me – GROW Team Leader at Amelia Trust Farm. I am excited to take on this new role working with the young people and the animals. Fun Facts – I speak a fair amount of Korean and I recently started open water swimming at Barry Island.

Caitlin Healey

Animal Care Supervisor

Hi, I'm Caitlin! I'm one of the Animal Care Supervisors at the Farm. I have a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and for my dissertation I hatched my own poultry and water fowl looking at the effects of imprinting! I love the animals at the Farm and cannot wait for new adventures to come. Fun fact — I love travelling and have worked with elephants and turtles in Thailand and orangutans and turtles in Borneo.

Hannah Tuck

Education Tutor/Animal Care Lead

Hi I'm Hannah and I am the Animal Care Lead and an Education Tutor. I help give the young people the knowledge and skills to look after the animals at the Farm. I have a background in farming and studied Agriculture at Pencoed. I also have a background in youth work and I'm a youth leader for St John Ambulance.

‘Fun Facts’ I love Poultry and have my own flock of chickens. Also the young people are shocked that I ride a motorbike! Apparently I don't look like a biker.

Vanessa Hall

Animal Care Supervisor

Hi there, I'm Vanessa and I'm an Animal Care Supervisor at the Farm. You'll generally find me with the ponies and donkeys, as I'm currently studying for a HND in Equine Studies. Next year, I'm hoping to join Jack and be accepted to Bristol University to gain a BSc in Zoo Management and Conservation.

Fun Fact - My grandparents took me to a Gymkhana when I was three years old, and whilst on a pony ride, the pony bolted with me! The staff finally caught the pony, with me still on board... and I’ve had an affinity for them every since!

Vicki McCoan

Visitor Officer (Maternity Cover)

Hi, I’m Vicki! I’m the Visitor Officer and I’m usually the first contact that volunteers, individual and corporate have. I am the Birthday party organiser, facility bookings coordinator, events assistant, telephonist and list creator! Fun facts – I make celebration cakes, play skittles (not very successfully!), I love lists!, enjoy 80’s festivals and I assist at a local Cub Scout group.

Bethan Goodwin

Animal Care Supervisor

Hi I'm Beth I'm an animal care supervisor at the farm. I started at the farm in 2012 as a shy and quiet college student. The farm gave me confidence and the ability to be who I am today. Fun fact: I'm obsessed with elephants, everything in my house is elephant themed I even have elephant wallpaper!

Jack Evans

Animal Care Supervisor

Hi, I'm Jack! I'm one of the Animal Care Supervisors at the Farm. I first came to the Farm in 2015 for work experience, fell in love with the place and never left! I'm now studying at Bristol Vet School but come back to the Farm as much as possible - I'd miss the animals way too much if I didn't! Fun fact — outside of work and University, my English Bull Terrier puppy Rio keeps me busy! He's only a baby but weight 20KG so is a bit of a handful!

Sophie Howe

Marketing & Fundraising Officer
Maternity Cover

I’m Sophie and I’m delighted to be part of the Amelia Trust team! After graduating from Cardiff University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing, I began a career in marketing. With several years of experience as the Social Media and Marketing Officer for an education recruitment company, and as a freelance copywriter, I’m really excited for a new challenge at the farm.
Fun facts: On Monday nights I’m Snowy Owl for a local Brownie unit - and the go-to song leader! I’m also a trustee for Girlguiding Cymru. I love playing the piano, reading (especially Stephen King!) and I’m happiest when I’ve got a piping bag in my hand and a cake to decorate!

About our trustees.

The voluntary Council of Management governs the Amelia Trust Methodist Company Limited. Its role is to set the overall objectives for the company and to ensure that the organisation remains within its moral and legal obligations. The Council of Management retains ultimate control of the actions of the company. The Finance and Strategy Sub-Committee meet on a bi-monthly basis to monitor the financial position of the organisation and prepare recommendations to the Council of Management. The Amelia Trust Farm is a registered charity (Registered Charity number: 1053468) and is controlled by its governing document, a deed of trust, and constitutes a limited company, limited by guarantee, as defined by the Companies Act 2006 (Registered Company number: 02541591). Registered office: Five Mile Lane, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3AS. The Council of Management draws its membership from a variety of backgrounds. Our trustees include the following on this page.

Our Mission.

Based in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Amelia Trust Farm is a countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy. As a registered charity, we believe no one should be excluded from society. We have a long and proud history of providing therapeutic support to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in a Care Farm setting.

During term-time we run a programme for young people who are struggling in mainstream education perhaps because they have suffered abuse or neglect or are statemented with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or autism. They think that society has given up on them and feel worthless and that life has nothing to offer them. Without the right type of care and support this highly vulnerable group enter adulthood without the life skills people need to cope let alone succeed.

Why we're different.

We also extend our caring and nurturing environment to adults with learning disabilities and we are open to the general public throughout the year. With woodland walks, animals to see, play areas and a café there is plenty to do and enjoy.

Our vision is to provide the best appropriate support for disadvantaged and vulnerable people within a Care Farm setting and to be an educative countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy. Our mission is:

  • To provide alternative educational interventions to meet the needs of vulnerable groups where gaps exist in current provision.
  • To provide facilities to the local community.
  • To encourage visitors to enjoy the countryside.
  • To ensure financial and environmental sustainability.

Our Values.

Caring

Therapeutic

Accessible

Community

Nurturing

Inclusive

The story so far.

On 20 September 1990 Amelia Methodist Trust Company Limited was incorporated to receive a 160 acre farm with derelict buildings and barns. Benefactors Bob and Ethel Huggard worked with the Reverend John Stacy-Marks and the Methodist Church in Wales to create a living memorial to Bob’s mother Amelia. Their vision was to use the Farm as a ‘rural lung’ for a variety of people but especially those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in attempt to foster self-help, build confidence and enhance employment prospects which to this day remains the core purpose of our charity.

Our Milestones.

1

1991

Rev. John Stacy-Marks appointed as the first Director (July).
2

1992

First students from Barry Comprehensive and Barry College.
The Pond was dug and the Herb Garden created.
3

1993

Field Study Centre opened with the support of a BT Grant.
Animal Centre opened.
Bunkhouse opened with the support of BBC Children in Need.
4

1994

Amphitheatre built with the support of young people’s groups from Northern Ireland and Cardiff Docks.
Opening of the Robert Huggard Workshops with grants from WDA and Dow Corning (17 September).
5

1995

The kitchen workshop opened with the support of TSB Foundation (March).
First Shire Horse and Midland Bank helped to fund the dray.
6

1997

Visit from Prince Charles who was present at the dedication of the Celtic Cross.
Ethel Huggard received her MBE.
7

1998

Ethel Huggard Workshops opened including the Music Studio.
8

1999

Key Stage 4 Youth Access provision opens.
9

2005

Llangennith House built.
10

2006

Mary Remmington Extension opened (September).
11

2007

Deacon Lorraine Brown appointed as new Director of the Farm (September).
12

2011

Pond dipping platform and bird hide built.
13

2013

First Minister of Wales opens new Independent Living Centre (June).
Gym installed with funds from the Cerys Potter Foundation (September).
14

2014

City & Guilds Approved Centre Status Awarded.
15

2015

Appointment of Karen Turnbull as new Director of the Farm.
25th Anniversary Celebrations.
16

2016

Car park extension built with funds from the Huggard Trust (March).
Refurbishment of the Animal Centre with funds from Tesco Bags of Help Community Grant (August).
Donkey Sanctuary opened with support from Carillion plc (September).
17

2018

New Music and IT Suite opened with support from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, Welsh Government and Fairwood Trust (February).
New Welcome Shelter built with the support from the Cardiff Round Table (March).
New Farm Shop built with the support of the Fairwood Trust (April).
Woody's Lodge Charity moves to the Farm (August).
18

2019

Car park extension funded by Griffiths Contractors (January).
Bunkhouse refurbishment with support from Tesco Community Grant and Cardiff Round Table (October).

Our funding.


We rely on donations, fundraising, grants and payments for the services that we deliver to continue our charitable work for disadvantaged and vulnerable people and providing a countryside sanctuary for all to enjoy.


If you would like to make a donation then please click the donate button at the top of this page. Alternatively if you can help us raise money by running a fundraising activity please find out more under our Get Involved pages.


We also apply to different organisations who offer grants to support the Farm and for us to invest in new and/or upgraded facilities.


We charge for the following services that we provide:

Rental and hire of our facilities such as our 23 bed hostel which is great for groups wanting to stay over as well as camping facilities; we are an ideal conference and training venue; sports groups can hire our sportshall; and we also host children’s parties. 

We also receive income from local authorities and schools for providing alternative education placements outside the normal classroom setting.

Our partners.


Together with our partners we provide a holistic environment that benefits some of the most marginalised members of our society.


The Vale of Glamorgan Pupil Referral Unit for Key Stage 3 provision is based at Amelia Trust Farm. Woody’s Lodge is a charitybased at Amelia Trust Farm which supports veterans of the armed forces and their families. The Innovate Trust’s Field Days Project based at Amelia Trust Farm works with adults with learning disabilities teaching them horticultural skills. The Methodist Church in Wales was involved in setting up the Farm when benefactors Bob and Ethel Huggard donated the land with derelict buildings and barns to create a living memorial to Bob’s mother Amelia.  There are no restrictions placed upon the individuals who can benefit from the aims and objectives of the Farm.  The Church continues to support the work of the Farm as a prime example of service to the community and caring for the vulnerable and excluded from society. Members of the Methodist Church are also active as trustees and volunteers at the Farm.

Their vision was to use the Farm as a ‘rural lung’ for a variety of people but especially those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable in attempt to foster self-help, build confidence and enhance employment prospects which to this day remains the core purpose of our charity.

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