The work of Sydenham Garden is delivered by a broad ranging group of approximately 60 team members. The majority of this team are support workers, working alongside co-workers (beneficiaries) to help them take part in activities and providing them with a safe environment to do so. Some of the team members in particular those with leadership roles, are listed below.

Tom Gallagher, Director







Tom is an experienced leader and manager in the public and charitable sector, both at home in the UK and overseas in countries like Malawi.


Rose Pickering, Dementia Project Lead







Rose has a background in delivering therapeutic activities. As an artist, and having worked as a assistant physio, she brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the team


Rosie Hollands, Dementia Project Assistant
Rosie volunteered with us for 6 years before becoming our Dementia Project Assistant. She is a horticultural therapist, and trained in arts-based reminiscence.


Charlotte Dove, Garden Project Lead







Charlotte is experienced in community gardening and therapeutic horticulture.  She has successfully designed and delivered many community-based and therapy horticultural projects.


David Lloyd, Growing Lives Project Coordinator







David has a horticultural background and has spent many of his years teaching the use of alternative technology.


Jane McKay, Growing Lives Assistant







Jane brings a broad range of experience to her role at Sydenham Garden, including her work as a qualified horticulturist and her background in Psychology.


Jermaine Bennett, Outreach & Development Worker







Jermaine has a background in mental health support work and care, he is also a practising counsellor and psychotherapist.


Sue Moye, Finance Officer







Sue is a chartered accountant and a professional gardener!


Kevin Hall, Sessional team member, Bee man and School Group Session Leader







Kevin was originally referred to Sydenham Garden as a co-worker. After a few years he became a volunteer and then in 2015 became a paid member of the team! He is experienced in the caring profession and has a wealth of horticultural and conservation knowledge.


Steve Prowse, Business & premises manager  







Steve is an engineer by trade and currently is employed as Sydenham Gardens Caretaker.

Jo Vallis, Art & Craft Project Lead





Jo is a qualified Art Psychotherapist. She also has a background in education and community arts.



The Volunteer Team

When the project began in 2003, Sydenham Garden was run exclusively by volunteers, local residents and a number of staff from Sydenham Green Health Centre.

Volunteers continue to play the most vital role in leading and delivering our services to the community today and are very much at the centre of the team.