The Staff Team

The Rusland Horizons scheme is delivered by a small team of staff employed by the Lake District National Park Authority with funding from our HLF grant. Please contact us directly if you’d like to speak to us about the scheme or the work we’re doing.

  • Clare Dyson - Community Engagement Ranger

    I connect people with the scheme – recruiting volunteers, running events and activities, sharing the latest Rusland Horizons news, and working with local groups, schools and colleges on specific projects like the oral and mapped history. I also work part time as a gardener. Being a social creature, when I’m not working, I’m having adventures on my bike, swimming or on foot with family, friends and my dog, Finn.

    Telephone: 07787 154065 Email:

  • Dougie Watson - Woodlands & Wildlife Ranger

    I look after the nature side of the scheme; working with colleagues, partner organisations, volunteers and apprentices to help people get involved in mapping, monitoring and improving the diverse landscape for wildlife. When not roaming around the Rusland area I am usually found exploring the wider countryside by foot or bike, or baking cakes of all shapes and sizes while hiding from the Cumbrian weather.

    Telephone: 07554 227555 Email:

  • Sharon Callaghan - Administrator

    I take care of the administration needs of the scheme. This could be anything from processing a grant claim, creating a newsletter, coordinating an event or kitting out the offices! I also work for volunteer for a number of other local groups and organisations. In my spare time, I enjoy walking on the hills or sitting by the fireside knitting and crocheting.


  • Ray Millard - Apprentice coordinator

    I am the coordinator for the apprentices on the scheme, supporting them to ensure they gain an excellent package of training and skills development during their time with us. I work with them on the delivery of many of the schemes practical projects giving them the practical skills and knowledge they need. In my spare time I manage a smallholding with my family and enjoy gardening, walking our dogs and have an avid interest in all things related to the countryside.

    Telephone: 07554 227489 Email:

  • John Dunbavin - Scheme Manager

    I lead the staff team and work closely with the Steering Group to manage the Rusland Horizons scheme. I talk to our partners, stakeholders and funders to make sure the scheme stays on track and within budget and that we make the most of new opportunities to deliver brilliant projects. When I’m not at work I am a member of Kendal Mountain Rescue Team and spend a lot of time as a member of the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dog Association and have my own search dog called Cuillin.

    Telephone: 07920 086355 Email:

  • Clare Looker - Administrator

    I help out with the administration duties of the scheme, mainly concentrating on communications. Since I left school I have always worked in an office Environment, so it has been great that in this role I have learnt new skills both in the office and out in the woods.  In my spare time I like to go on mini adventures with my son and spend time socialising with friends.



  • Matthew Boal - Apprentice

    When I was ten years old I joined scouting and ever since then I have been in love with the outdoors. I recently finished my outdoor studies degree so I applied to become an apprentice to get experience in the area I have studied. I think the apprenticeship scheme is a great way to learn new skills, get new qualifications and experience whilst making a contribution to the local area and the national park as a whole. My hobbies include any outdoor sports, listening to music and spending time with my mates.

  • Jonny Robinson - Apprentice

    I am 18 years old from Bassenthwaite in the North lakes. I have always been a very hands on and practical learner so decided that this apprenticeship would be for me. I have an interest in all aspects of countryside management particularly the forestry and woodland management side of things. From this apprenticeship I hope to gain the skills and tickets needed to carry out a field ranger’s job. However, if there are no vacancies at the end of my 18 months I would like to use the experience and skills I have gained to go self employed within the countryside management sector.

  • Richard Rawlinson - Apprentice

    I am 16 years old and I live in Marton near Ulverston. From the day I was born I have always had a connection with the outdoors as I grew up on my family farm. This connection is what drove me to apply for an apprenticeship with the Rusland Horizons project as through this apprenticeship I can learn and develop new skills such as walling and coppicing. These are old skills which are starting to die out as new generations are no longer learning these skills, which is one of the reasons I am keen to get some experience. The Rusland Horizons project is a great opportunity for me as I could see the benefit of working in the outdoors doing what I enjoy.

  • Natilee-Joy Alderson - Level 3 Apprentice

    I’m one of the Level 3 Apprentices here at Rusland Horizons. I’m originally from Essex, spent a couple of years in Nottinghamshire whilst completing a level 2 in Environmental Conversation before moving to the Lake District for this brilliant opportunity. I’m excited by the work here at Rusland Horizons – it’s a great opportunity to improve my knowledge and experience working in the outdoors as well as working closely with local communities, volunteers and school groups. In my spare time I enjoy socialising, cooking, reading and spending time in nature.


Steering Group

The Partnership’s Steering Group is made up of both corporate partners and individual community members, all on an equal footing.

  • Colin Barr - Local resident

  • Giles Wingate-Saul - Local resident and Chairman of Rusland Valley Community Trust

  • Vanessa Champion - Local resident

  • Adam Crowe - Local resident and environmental consultant

  • Carole Dickinson - Local resident, farmer and campsite owner

  • Danielle Chalmers - Local resident and horse trainer

  • Mike Thwaites - Local resident and builder (master mason)

  • Edward Mills - Woodland manager, chartered forester and conservationist

  • Robert Henson - Local resident and historian

  • Richard Sanderson - Local resident and Chair of the Leven Valley History Society

  • Mark Eccles - Head of Park Management, Lake District National Park Authority (Accountable Body)

  • Teresa Morris - Land Management Lead Adviser, Natural England

  • James Anderson-Bickley - Advisor, Forestry Commission

  • Neville Elstone - Director, Cumbria Woodlands

© Rusland Horizons 2017 - 2021. All rights reserved.
Rusland Horizons was a Landscape Partnership funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund until July 2019. It is now being delivered by The Rusland Horizons Trust Limited. Company No. 2133450; Charity No. 519410; Registered Office: Bleacott Farm, Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6RZ.