Meet the Team

Carlyn at The Nurture Project

Carlyn Kilpatrick

Whilst working for over 15 years in the voluntary sector, Carlyn completed training in Horticulture and Psychotherapy, and latterly as a Horticultural Therapist.  So supporting people with mental ill health and promoting their wellbeing is at the heart of Carlyn’s work at The Nurture Project. Having grown up in Norfolk, she loves the wide expanses of the North Norfolk coastline and spending time out and about in the fresh air.

Founder and Coordinator

Tricia Frost

10 years after graduating from Lancaster University Tricia retrained as a psychotherapist.  Subsequently she became a trained supervisor and training therapist, working individually and in groups for 32 years.  Having grown up in Cambridge she has lived in Lancashire and Surrey and has now found her true home in North Norfolk.  Her love of the natural world, and in particular gardening, have always played a big part in her life.


Volunteer Atalanta

Atalanta Keirle

Atalanta was born in London but spent time in Norfolk growing up during her teenage years. She returned to live here full-time with her husband and young family 8 years ago. With a background in food and travel she is embarking on student life to become a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, something she holds close to her heart, and believes wholeheartedly in the ‘therapy of outdoors”.


Rebecca at The Nurture Project

Rebecca Richings

Rebecca was born in Lincolnshire but grew up in Norfolk from a young age when her family moved to the county to farm.   A career in PR and interior retail kept her busy in London for 20 years before moving back to Norfolk with her husband and three daughters 12 years ago, to enjoy the benefits of the wonderful countryside.  She has always loved gardening and finds it nourishing for the soul.

Alan Barson at The Nurture Project

Alan Barson

Alan has been involved in gardening and horticulture for as long as he can remember.  He taught Horticulture at Easton College of Agriculture and Horticulture for 18 years followed by 10 years of consultancy work giving specialist advice to businesses and private individuals on top of some part-time work at Paston College, Wensum Lodge and the Sea Mere Study Centre.  Alan currently runs six practical horticultural groups all over the Norfolk area. He has spent the last 20 years turning a derelict site at his home into a lovely garden; always keeping a keen eye on environmental conservation during the process.

Horticultural Expert
Patrick Charlton at The Nurture Project

Patrick Charlton

Patrick trained as an accountant before a 20 year career in the telecommunications retail sector with expertise in field management.  He now runs his own business consultancy advising clients on how to implement strategies to improve overall profitability.  Patrick cares about education, the environment and health.  He enjoys nothing more than a good walk on one of Norfolk’s many golf courses.

Advisory Board Member
Ali Hall at The Nurture Project

Ali Hall

Ali graduated from UEA with a degree in Environmental Science before completing a PhD in Climate Change. 25 years ago she took the decision to leave academia and changed direction to work in social care. Ali has worked in a variety of charitable and statutory settings within social care in issues such as domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol and learning disabilities. Ali continues to enjoy the environment, spending as much time as possible outdoors either on foot, cycle or skis.

Advisory Board Member
Emma McNeil-Wilson at The Nurture Project

Emma McNeil-Wilson

Emma, graduated from Imperial College in London before going on to Law School. She began her legal career in the North East of England where she covered mainly juvenile criminal and domestic violence cases (working for the Women’s Refuge network). She moved to Norfolk in the mid 90’s with her husband, and carried on working for a local firm of solicitors, where she become a partner in 2004. After nearly 25 years working as a lawyer, Emma decided to pursue a different direction and now looks after holiday accommodation on the family farm, and tries to play as much tennis as possible!

Advisory Board Member