Nigel Boldero – Convenor
My career includes a wide range of public sector, voluntary and consultancy work including leading the transformation of long term social and health care facilities, establishing the Keystone Development Trust in Thetford and research and development work including the provision of social infrastructure in major new developments.
Living in Norfolk for over 30 years, I am also a keen gardener and have volunteered in various school and community gardening projects, as well as for the National Trust at Blickling Hall (pictured above). I’ve also been involved in garden and landscape design and had a great interest in creating ‘play landscapes’ with an emphasis on ‘natural play’.
A ‘Green Flag Award’ judge for10 years, I’ve come to know many of the region’s parks and gardens, and hopefully helped them to improve what they offer.
I am also heavily involved in developing my local Church in Haveringland as a ‘Festival Church’ with a Conservation Churchyard, and a role as a community hub, heritage centre and focus for promoting wellbeing.
I have thought for some time that there are some great green care projects going on around Norfolk, and how it would be good to help them connect and benefit from each others’ experiences, expertise and resources. That was my motivation for setting up the Network with co founder Carlyn Kilpatrick, back at the beginning of 2020.
Little did we know how the pandemic was going to affect us all and how appreciating the power of nature has come to the forefront- I’m committed to helping to keep it there as we return to ‘normality’.
Deborah Goodwin– Deputy Convenor
I grew up in the Essex countryside, not far from the coast, and have always felt the pull to return to the sea regularly, as it never fails to offer me a wellbeing re-set. I came to Norwich to study French and German at UEA and, apart from a spell spent travelling abroad and living in London in the 1990s, I have been here ever since.
I’ve worked in industry, and in the charity and education sectors, usually in customer or public-facing roles. More recently I trained to be a Librarian and gained chartered status in 2019, and am currently working as a school Librarian in Norwich.
I’m an animal lover and have been a vegetarian for as long as I can remember. In latter years the increasing awareness of the pressing climate situation has made me realise that this really is the most important issue that we face today, and I’m keen to play whatever small part I can in creating an environment where people can work together to create a more sustainable way of life.
Maddy Goodall- Media and Communications Lead
I was born and raised in Norwich, and have always been interested in the natural world. Although I currently work as Heritage Coordinator for a national charity, I was previously Education Officer on the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project, and it was in this role that my sense of the significance of green care really crystallised – leading walks, coordinating habitat management activities, and introducing school groups to the history and biodiversity of the Marriott’s Way. I am now Chair of the Friends of Train Wood and Marriott’s Way.
East Anglia is home to an astounding range of green care projects, and the Norfolk Green Care Network provides an incredible opportunity to learn from and be inspired by them, and each other. I look forward to seeing the network continue to grow and flourish.
Angela Makinson – Membership Lead
From working in technology for a global accounting firm to qualifying as a Counsellor working with carers, I moved to live on Sardinia for seven years in a culture where everyone had land, growing their own vegetables and eating with the seasons, making their own wine and picking figs fresh from the trees. A tremendous experience!
I moved to Norfolk when I returned to the UK and became a Parish Councillor very involved in community related issues, sustainability, green spaces and planning matters.
Dr Diane Davies – Treasurer
I started my career working in a bank, and continued in the accounts’ offices of various companies, before starting my own business in administration. Having left school at 15 with no qualifications, I studied for a degree with the Open University before obtaining a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire. I regularly volunteered with various charities and became involved in The Royal Institution’s Masterclass Programme, subsequently working full time at The Ri and becoming Clothworker’s Fellow in Mathematics, responsible for the Mathematics Programme and introducing Engineering and Computer Science Programmes.
I am the Trustee/Manager of the English Schools’ Orchestra, a charity offering opportunities in orchestral playing for the very best young orchestral players aged 13 to 18 around the UK, have been Treasurer for a Scout Group for over 30 years and am also Trustee and Treasurer for The Papillon Project, so have been involved with charities for most of my life. My hobbies are gardening and craft.