Meet our Staff

Staff

  • Paul Baker, Director

    Paul joined the team as Director in November 2016. He has a proven track record in heritage project management and has received a variety of accolades for his work, including the prestigious European Heritage in Motion Award. He is a currently participating in the Arts Council’s, Museums and Resilient Leadership programme and in September 2016, was recognised as a Heritage Laureate at the Best in Heritage Conference; which celebrates global excellence in the sector. Paul completed the Heritage Studies MA programme in 1999 and has since worked in the field of attraction development for a wide variety of heritage organisations.

  • Paul Kaye, Operations Manager

    Paul joined the team here at Creswell Crags in September 2015 after working at Gulliver’s Kingdom for nearly 10 years. His experience lies in leisure and tourism but he has a long-standing passion for the heritage sector and sustainability - working for Creswell Heritage Trust brings all these interests together.  After studying Tourism at Sheffield Hallam University and working in the USA, his aim is to use his expertise to develop the customer experience here at Creswell and develop commercial opportunities whilst ensuring this amazing site retains its unique identity.


  • Nicola Tewson, Finance Manager
    Nicola joined Creswell Heritage Trust in April 2016. When not being a busy mum to her 2 children she enjoys reading, swimming and when possible taking part in exciting activities. Nicola has walked with wolves, sky-dived, parachuted & scuba-dived to name a few. Last year she abseiled  412ft… for fun !


  • Rachel Wood, Fundraising and Communications Manager

    Rachel joined the team at Creswell Crags in November 2016.

    Her experience and skills lie heavily in social media marketing, PR, and digital design, but she has also had a passion for Creswell Crags for a long time, having been a local visitor with her children for many years.

    She has lots of experience in fundraising as well, having been the Chairperson of a busy church playgroup for 4 years and successfully raising thousands of pounds for various charities, including the local air ambulance.

    After gaining a distinction grade diploma in social media marketing and online reputation management, as well as qualifications in tradition advertising and crowd funding, Rachel initially set up her own consultancy business in marketing, which was very successful. 

    But, when she saw the job advertised at Creswell Crags she decided the gorgeous scenery and the stability of being employed rather than self employed was worth jumping ship for.

    Rachel has excellent press and media contacts, which she aims to use to maximise the visibility of Creswell Crags, whilst fitting it all around her four young children.

  • Rachael Cooksey, Exhibitions & Participation Officer

    Rachael joined us in January 2017. She leaves us at the end of July 2017 to take up a new curatorial post for Leeds City Council. We wish her all the best in her new role.

  • Jennifer Horseman, Learning & Engagement Officer
    Jennifer has been fascinated by Palaeolithic archaeology and human evolution for many years, culminating in her degrees in Archaeology with Forensic Science (BSc), and Palaeoanthropology (MSc).  At Sheffield, she studied under Professor Paul Pettitt, one of the discoverers of our world-famous rock art at Church Hole, and is driven to share her knowledge and passion for the subject with a wide audience.  Alongside Creswell Crags, she is involved with the Ice Age Journeys project based at the nearby Late Upper Palaeolithic site of Farndon Fields.  At home, she is an avid horticulturalist, collector of mid-century studio pottery, and mother to a ever-growing mischief of rats.
  • Lucy Astill, Collections and Operations Officer

    Lucy joined the team in early 2016, having moved from Cambridgeshire to the bright lights of Worksop.

    She has a degree in Archaeology and a Masters' Heritage Management, and has previously enjoyed putting this training into practice on the front desk and gift shop.

    She has recently been promoted to work on our areas of collections management and exhibitions as well as being Paul Kaye's right hand woman and assisting him with all aspects of operations, ensuring the site is managed efficiently and safely.

    She has previous experience at other archaeological sites across the country including Flag Fen and Stonehenge.

    You may see her running along the gorge in the early mornings, but only when the weather is behaving!

  • Kat Middleton, Vistor Services Supervisor

    Kat joined the team initially in 2007-2009 working as a tour guide in Robin Hood’s Cave, before departing to Hull for University, followed by a career in teaching, before opening up her own business. 

    The pull of the Crags was too much, and so, in July 2017, she returned!

    Kat is here to make sure visitors to the Crags are well looked after, and that the gift shop is running smoothly.

    Kat has a degree in Physical Geography, and one of her lecturers was Paul Bahn, one of the archaeologists who discovered the art here at the Crags!

    Kat has a passion or all things outdoorsy, and when she isn’t working, she is busy being mum to three Maine Coon cats.

  • Ann Cave, Sales and Information Assistant
    Ann joined the reception team in May 2010 having visited the Crags for over 20 years. She enjoys outdoor pursuits of all descriptions but especially all things Equestrian. She owns two mares, three dogs, two goldfish, one son and a husband.
  • Joan Chambers, Sales and Information Assistant

    Joan, who has lived locally for many years, has been part of the team since 1997. She is a dedicated member of our front of house staff, always willing to assist and help you with enquiries. Joan has many years' retail and customer care experience.

     

  • Kelly Brown, Café Supervisor

    Kelly joined Creswell Heritage Trust in 2016.  She has a BA in Archaeology, Prehistory and Medieval History from the University of Sheffield and this gives her a great appreciation for the site and its heritage.

    Kelly is currently on maternity leave and enjoying bringing up her five children! We look forward to her return.

  • Gareth Crew, Warden

    Gareth started with the Heritage Trust as a volunteer and now works as a Site Warden. He has previous experience volunteering at the Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre. He enjoys working with volunteers in his daily duties which include patrolling the site, maintenance and conservation.

     

     

     

  • James Anderson, Warden/Interpretive Guide

    James has a National Diploma in Countryside Management; this helps him in his job which involves patrolling the site daily. He also he has the job of site maintenance, which includes mowing and strimming through the summer months to woodland management and other jobs through the winter. Part of his work involves improving the biodiversity of the site, putting together management plans for species and habitats and working in partnership with other organisations to improve the fauna and flora. Jim works with many of our volunteers, and involves them in the maintenance of the site. When not at work, you will usually find him taking part in some sort of outdoor activity. He loves rambling, backpacking, caving and anything that gets him close to nature.

  • Sarah Lee, Interpretive Guide

    Sarah joined the team as an Interpretive Guide in 2016, delivering both public tours and educational sessions.  Following the completion of her BA in Archaeology from Durham University, Sarah has undertaken a wide range of roles, from leading outdoor activity sessions on the Isle of Wight, to teaching survival skills at a wilderness camp in Canada, to supporting the studies of GCSE students at a local secondary school. When not describing how to make string from animal intestines at Creswell Crags, Sarah enjoys walking, camping, and exploring medieval buildings.

  • Nigel Wragg, Interpretive Guide

    Nigel joined the team in 2010 as a volunteer after retiring from 34 years of teaching where he specialised in Physical Education and Special Educational Needs. He became a member of the Tour Guide team in 2011 and delivers tours and education sessions to a range of visitors. He also works at the Landmarks College with young people alongside his work at the Trust. He enjoys spending time with grandchildren, gardening and holiday-ing in Spain!

  • John Charlesworth, Interpretive Guide
    John joined the Heritage Trust in 2012 as part of the Tour Guide team. He has previously worked with us on project work and continues to support the Trust through the Limestone Journeys Landscape project. He balances his work with Trust alongside freelance work including interpretation work for CADW in Wales. John enjoys a good quiz and never ceases to amaze us with his general knowledge!
  • Stephanie Marsden, Interpretive Guide

    Stephanie joined the team in 2015 and delivers both public tours and education sessions. She has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology and a MA in Museum and Artefact Studies, which she enjoys putting to practice in her role within the Education team. She has worked in a number of heritage organisations and museums, including the National Trust back in her native Liverpool and has spent time up in York documenting the collections of the National Railway Museum. Away from the Crags, Stephanie is a 'Scandophile' and loves all things Nordic. She likes growing her own veg, reading about folklore and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. You can sometimes find Steph foraging for wild food out in the Crags and if you're lucky, she may even be dressed as her Stone Age alias Steg!

  • Richard Wilson, Interpretive Guide
    Richard joined the team in April 2016 and his specialist interest is palaeoart. He is entirely self-taught and has spent the last ten years studying the Palaeolithic era and human evolution. An enthusiastic flint-knapper, Richard can occasionally be found banging rocks together at Creswell Crags.
  • Rachel Fields, Interpretive Guide

    Rachel joined the team in 2015.

  • Laura Bradshaw, Interpretive Guide

    Laura joined the team in 2015.

  • Jo Galtrey, Interpretive Guide

    Jo joined the team in 2016.

  • Jack Baddams, Interpretive Guide

    Jack is our resident ornithologist!