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Lorraine Squires Shaw

Executive Director

"I have worked with children & young people with autism and learning difficulties for the last 25 years. I was previously the Principal of a successful, innovative Independent Specialist College. I am a qualified teacher with a degree in Autism and a lot of animal experience. I have completed by BHS Stage 1 and 2 qualifications."

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Troy Shaw

Executive Director

"I have a life long background  with horses from playing polo  to medieval jousting. I am a former guardsman in the Household Cavalry where I took part in many renowned ceremonial duties including ‘Trooping the Colour’. At the pinnacle of my cavalry career, I was a senior instructor on the Riding Staff and was responsible for training new horses and recruits. I now specialise in training nervous riders and horses.”

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Carly Steel

Executive Director

"I am a qualified teacher, with a Masters in Education (children - autism). I have taught children and adults with special educational needs at a special school and specialist college, as well as working as a Programme Coordinator and Curriculum Manager for a large specialist charity. I have a BSc in Pre-Clinical Veterinary Medicine. I love being outside in nature, especially when I am with my friend, Fred the Labrador"  

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Jeanette MacGregor


“I am one of the NLT Directors since September 2019. I initially joined the team in April 2016 following early retirement from a business management career. My role included day to day administrative and bookkeeping tasks and ensuring that the rest of the staff has adequate support to work effectively. I have a life-long love of animals, particularly dogs and horses, and enjoy being out and about in the beautiful countryside surrounding New Leaf Triangle.”


Kath Carter

Business Coordinator

"My role at New Leaf is to arrange student and family bookings and communications, manage the accounts, and support the team with a range of administrative and HR tasks. Before this role, I spent 20 years working with schools and young people across the East Midlands, including as director of a Teaching School in Lincolnshire and as a manager at the Department for Education, supporting school improvement and teacher training. I am also a foster carer with Leicestershire County Council and coordinate our local carers’ support group.”

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Laura Jackson


" Growing up in the countryside myself, I have always been around animals and nature. I have loved the outdoors and enjoyed exploring the countryside on horse back or with my two dogs. Since starting at New Leaf Triangle in July 2016 I have developed a passion for alternate education in an outdoor setting. I have since gained a Level 1 forest school accreditation and love being in the woodland. My favourite thing about working at New Leaf is the fun we have each and every day! It is a pleasure to work alongside the NLT team and animals"

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Emily Field


"For as long as I can remember animals and the outdoor world have been a big part of my life. I’ve ridden since an early age and whilst volunteering at a riding school and riding for the disabled group decided to pursue a career in equine and animal assisted learning and therapies. I have an equine degree and am also trained in Horse Boy method to level 3."

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Kerry Crump

Session Leader

"My name is Kerry and I love being in the great outdoors and exploring nature and trying new things. I am a qualified youth and community worker and  have worked in a variety of different settings, schools, patrol, youth and community centres supporting parents and young people. I love being around animals and enjoy other activities like yoga, gardening and being outdoors as I feel it has great health and well-being benefits. I joined the NLT team in 2019, as I have an interest in outdoor learning and feel very lucky to be part of it!"

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Phoebe Jackson

Session Leader

"I’ve always lived in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside surrounding New Leaf Triangle and I love that being outdoors and in nature is now part of my job. I have previously volunteered with children and worked as an au pair and I find working with children and young people incredibly rewarding. One of my favourite things about working at New Leaf is that everyday is different! Outside of work you’ll find me at the stables and enjoying the countryside on horseback or occasionally with cows, sheep and chickens!"

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Rosie Sandland

Session Leader

"Growing up I have always had a passion and interest for animals especially horses. I have ridden since I was young and have achieved BHS stage 1. I feel at home in the outdoors whether it’s in the local woods or up a mountain. My fascination for science and understanding the natural world leads me to discover many odd facts and I’m constantly looking for cool new ones. I started volunteering in 2016 and now work as a session leader. I am currently studying to become a vet alongside working at NLT. Working here is an amazing opportunity and I love every day!"

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Clair Wakefield

Session Leader

"I love being outdoors working with animals and especially horses; they have always been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am currently working towards my BHS coaching pathway. I believe being outdoors is great for the body and mind. I began working as a session leader at New Leaf Triangle in September 2020 and have enjoyed becoming part of a great team. The most enjoyable part of working here is that no two days are the same."

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Marie Cover

Session Leader

"With a BSc in Applied Animal Science I have worked within animal care for a number of years, with the latter part of my career in education specialising in further education, animal husbandry and laboratory biology. Bertie, my little dog is my constant companion. For many years I have incorporated Bertie into my educational sessions for therapeutic purposes. Happiest in the countryside with my young family,  I love the natural environment and am a keen organic gardener. 

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Mike Godber

Session Leader

"With 6 years of animal training experience and 12 years in the care sector, NLT is the perfect environment for me to bring all my skills and experiences together in one place. I have worked with children and adults of all ages with a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. My passions revolve around animals, music and art. I play a few instruments and also build my own guitars. I am proud to be a part of the fantastic team at NLT, working together to make each session as enjoyable, educational and fulfilling as possible."

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Jade Townend

Session Leader

"I love being in the countryside around nature and animals. I will often go for long walks around the countryside with my dogs or my horse. I studied at Brooksby Equestrian Centre for 3 years achieving my, Level 2 diploma in horse care and management, Level 3 Diploma in horse care and management, BHS stage 1, BHS stage 2 and BHS ride safe. Working at New Leaf is brilliant and I am proud to say that I am part of the team!"

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Bryony Thurlow

Session Leader

"I began riding at the age of 5 which eventually led to me studying my Bsc Equine Science degree.  During my time studying, I discovered the power that animal therapies and energy work have on people’s mental health and well being.  I trained with the LEAP model of EFL work in 2017 and have loved supporting young people through the great outdoors and animals ever since"

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Lauren Rowlinson

Session Leader

"I am currently a university student studying my final year of Equine Behaviour, Health and Welfare. I have always had a passion for animals, horses in particular, and they have helped me with my own personal development. I love sharing my passion with others as well as my love for being outdoors in nature. I have previously worked at an EFL centre and really connected with the idea of animals and nature helping people to restore calm and stability in their lives. I feel very privileged to now be a part of the amazing team at New Leaf Triangle."

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Cara Pett

Session Leader

"I have worked with horses and animals for the majority of my life. I have achieved my Equine Business Management Ba(hons) at Moreton Morrell, as well as my BHS Stages up to 3 in care, riding and lunging. I have also worked within the animal sector working at a well known pet shop and then working with dogs in a training, care and breeding environment. 


I am very passionate about learning and education especially at NLT where it involves bringing fun and the outdoors into it!!"

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Pip Russell


"I am now retired after nearly 38 years with Severn Trent Water.  I am a keen volunteer with various voluntary roles aligned with my interests and hobbies. Horses have always been a big part of my life so it was natural to include volunteering opportunities with horses. I gained several years’ experience with a local RDA establishment before becoming a volunteer for New Leaf Triangle in 2015. As well as preparing horses and assisting during the riding sessions, I help with arts/crafts activities and support the session leaders as required. It is a privilege to be part of the team and so rewarding to see the positive impact of the sessions I support in this wonderful place."