Meet the team

July 14, 2016

At the Bournemouth Parks Foundation we all have one thing in common – we love our parks and open spaces! Our mission is to support, enhance and protect our parks for existing and future generations to come.

Mark Holloway - Trustee

Mark is wild about wildlife and our natural environment. He’s a well-known figure having been a Hengistbury Head ranger since the Iron Age (Or at least for the last 30 years). Him and a colleague, Stuart Clark, led on the development and fund raising of the fantastic new Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre and also was responsible for introducing our cattle which help to manage the heathland.

Michael Rowland - Trustee

In his day job Michael is Parks Development Manager with Bournemouth Parks and has worked for Parks for over ten years. He’s a great believer in outdoor education and has vast experience in countryside access development in both Dorset and East Sussex. In his spare time he volunteers with the National Trust and lives locally in Queens Park enjoying bringing up three children with his wife Louise. He actively enjoys playing sport a spot of gardening and really wild places.

Chelsey Groves Cooper - Trustee

With a BA (Hons) in Communication and Media Chelsey is a keen social media master and has always had a passion working in the third sector having worked for several non-profits organisations in the past. She has cared for cancer patients, volunteered for Unicef, worked for AleeVee8 a global aid company and also served soup to the homeless in Johannesburg. She loves the south coast and currently works for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Roger Brown - Trustee

Roger is a very keen cyclist and is deeply embedded in promoting active lifestyles and healthy living having worked as the Director for Leisure at Bournemouth Borough Council for over 37 years.

He has now retired from the role but heads up Active Dorset which are a community interest company committed to raising the level of participation in sport and physical activity across Dorset and looks forward to helping ensure our parks and open spaces continue to play a significant role in our natural, social and economic environment of the town.

Mark Cribb - Trustee

Mark is the creator and Managing Director of the Urban Guild: the Urban Beach boutique hotel, the Urban Reef restaurant on the prom facing the sea at Boscombe Pier, Urban Renaissance Cafe in Russell Cotes and Jenkins & Sons Cafe Bar at Penn Hill.

Mark had spent 6 years away from Dorset in senior management positions in the hospitality and leisure industry in London, before returning to start work on his Urban vision.

Jacky Thorne - Trustee

Jacky is a professional writer and communicator and heads up her own copywriting and editing company – Wordsmith Services – as well as being Development Manager for Dorchester Arts Centre; and working extensively on projects boosting Dorset’s cultural tourism.  She worked for many years for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; and also for Bournemouth’s National Coastal Tourism Academy as its Visitor Experience Manager.

Mark Kitely - Trustee

Mark is the foundations legal guardian being the Managing Director of Kiteleys Solicitors, a local law firm, having various offices across Dorset and Hampshire. He has a wealth of knowledge in the legal arena being the past president of The Bournemouth Round Table society is currently the Honorary Secretary for the Bournemouth and District Law Society.

John Taylor - Trustee

John moved to Dorset two years ago but has had family connections in the area since childhood. He is a qualified accountant who worked in local government finance for over 35 years. His last job before retirement was Head of Finance at a unitary council in Berkshire. He has had a strong interest in wildlife all his life and is a member of the RSPB and the RHS. John is a keen photographer and is also a Freeman of the City of London.