Our people

Rowan’s staff

Cherie Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Gordon Mackenzie

Student Support Manager

Abi Moore

Creative Workshop Manager

Hetti King

On maternity leave

Luce Moelans

Operations and Retail Manager

Kate Weir

Marketing and Communications Manager

Victoria Hamilton-Wason


Sarah Nibbs

Tutor and Ceramics Technician

Rose Bloomfield

Fundraising and Events Manager

Christopher Deane

Print and mixed media Tutor

Alison Ayres

Print Tutor

Lindsey McAuley

Drama Tutor

Lima Rose

Mixed Media Tutor

Steve Faint

Mixed media and supply tutor

Bethany Kirby

Music Tutor

Alistair Burgass

Woodcraft Tutor

Sarah Healey-Dilkes

Wood Tutor

Hilary Sugai

Textiles Tutor

Russell Cuthbert

Forest school leader

Lorraine Whybrow

Forest school leader

Peter Drury

Ceramics Assistant / General Assistant

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Bryan Shore

Student Support

Ceri Littlechild

Finance Manager

Rowan has a dedicated group of trustees

David McConnell


Ruth Laslett


Jonathan Wilson


Ray Olds


Debby Lauder


David Crabb


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Christina Smith


Jo-Ann Fisher


Our volunteers

Rowan couldn’t run without the support of our dedicated team of volunteers. 

Volunteers support students at Rowan in workshops and at forest school and we also have volunteers helping with administration and fundraising. If you would like to get involved – why not become a volunteer?

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Your support makes a big difference!

It costs over £600,000 a year to run Rowan. Can you help us?


David McConnell


David has a 23 year old son who has Down’s Syndrome and attends Rowan Rangers. As a parent of an adult with learning disability, he has a unique insight into
the challenges faced by individuals and families with disability which he brings to Rowan.

David also brings a wealth of corporate and charity experience having previously worked in banking and been the Chair of Trustees and CEO at Grove Cottage, a Learning Disability charity in Bishop’s Stortford and Accuro in West Essex. You can reach him on david@rowanhumberstone.co.uk.

Ruth Laslett


Ruth is currently Head of Visual and Performing Arts at a Cambridge Sixth Form College. She has a Masters Degree in Fine Art and completed her teacher training at Cambridge University.

Ruth has a wealth of knowledge and experience of project managing and strategic planning, within a range of arts based educational & community settings as well as within the Creative Industries.

She has lots of experience of successfully performance managing a range of teaching and support staff and carrying out appraisals.

Ruth also worked as Projects Manager at Rowan from 1992 – 2000, which gives her first-hand experience and insight of Rowan.

Ruth’s broad ranging experience enables her to develop and implement successful strategies that drive Rowan forward making a real difference to local adults with learning disability.

Jonathan Wilson


Jonathan trained as a journalist and cut his teeth on a local paper in Harlow before progressing to the Cambridge News where he stayed for two years before heading on to work at the Observer.

After 10 years on Fleet Street Jonathan set up his own company CPL (Cambridge Publishers Ltd) which is a content marketing agency.

Jonathan has helped grow CPL to have a turnover of around £7million, employing over 50 staff. CPL was subject to a management buyout in 2016 and Jonathan now works as a business consultant with CPL and other clients and brings his wealth of business, management and communication skills to Rowan

Ray Olds


Ray is an IT entrepreneur and having set up a Cambridge based company in 1978, he retired from full-time work in 2016.

Ray had previously volunteered with other local charities but became a trustee at Rowan as he believes he can really help and apply his wealth of business skills to support the needs of the charity.

Ray says “Rowan have some great people who are open to ideas and are continually finding ways to improve the lives of our students in an increasing productive and meaningful way. I’m proud to be a trustee and play a part in shaping its future”

Debby Lauder


Debby is an artist, curator and lecturer in fine art at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. She has a BSc in psychology and an MFA in fine art as well as a PG Cert in learning and teaching in higher education. Before moving to Cambridge with her family in 2004, she worked for Hidden Art, an arts organisation that was devoted to promoting the work of independent designer-makers in London’s east end. Debby spent ten years between 2010 and 2020, working as a tutor and creative development manager at Rowan and is delighted to be able to continue to contribute to the development of Rowan’s future as a trustee. 

David Crabb


David has been a CEO of three companies and now helps a number of companies as board adviser and NED. He enjoys mentoring executives and challenging their thinking to maximise engagement, improve performance, nurturing stakeholder relationships at Board level to build confidence and achieve buy-in to long-term strategies.

His value proposition includes: combining diverse C’ level and Board advisory experience to define/build cross-functional, joined-up strategies that transform businesses into thriving, focused and profitable organisations. David was inspired to support Rowan based on the impressive creative talent of the student artists and the incredible dedication of all the team involved in supporting them.

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