Directors at Wild Things
We have four directors here at Wild Things who dedicate their time voluntarily towards helping with the strategic direction of the company, setting and safeguarding our values and reputation, ensuring we meet the rules laid out in our Memorandum and Articles, promoting transparency of the organisation and overseeing our work.
Claire Knox – Director and Project Manager
Claire has many years’ experience working with children, families and community projects. Claire’s previous experience before creating the concept of Wild Things was working within youth services both as a youth worker and a Project Manager of a Youth Centre. During these years Claire developed many youth services within the Borders where she was able to offer a wide range of children’s services including After School Club’s, youth groups, holiday schemes, outdoor activities and special needs groups.
She has since focussed on her work with children and families in the outdoors and trained as a Level 3 Forest School Leader in 2015. She enjoys combining her experience of working with children alongside her love of the forests and woodlands and her main vision for Wild Things is to help others make that connection to nature and enjoy their local green spaces. Claire has also developed a love for green woodworking and working with tools and uses these skills to deliver workshops to both women and children in this area. She particularly loves helping children create things out of scrap wood and seeing their skills and confidence grow as they tackle new projects.
Claire is the founder of Wild Things and works with her team and the users of Wild Things on a regular basis to shape the future of the company and what exciting opportunities and activities they will be delivering in the future
Eleanor Kinross – Director at Wild Things
Eleanor Kinross is an experienced community educator with a background in anthropology. Her love of working with people and nature had taken her on many adventures. She has worked on many conservation and food growing projects across the world including Vietnam, Bolivia, France, Spain and at home in Scotland. In these projects her focus has been on bringing people together, loving nature and learning together – playing games, singing songs, asking questions and exploring.
At the moment Eleanor coordinates community projects at Whitmuir Organic farm and is also restoring and managing a small area of woodland in the Borders. Eleanor has supported Wild Things since it’s incorporation in July 2017
Emma Connolly – Board Member at Wild Things (Non-Exec)
Emma joined our team shortly after Wild Things started in 2017 and has been a valued member of the team ever since, helping out at our Wild Women sessions and our Babes in the Wood groups as well as other events.
Emma lives in Wanlockhead with her partner and 4 children. She has a passion for the outdoors and is an active member of her local community being involved with the pre-school group, community café and youth projects in the area.
Emma is a huge supporter of Wild Things and helps out both as a volunteer and sessional worker at many of our sessions. Emma is also an active member of our Committee.
Pam Tennant – Admin support
Pam has been working for Wild Things since May 2019 in the role as Admin support and she draws on her expertise from many years of working within the management tier in private nurseries within Southern Scotland. Working for Wild Things sits well with Pam’s personal core values and interests in providing children with access to good quality, outdoor, self-led play and connecting with nature. Pam can sometimes be found volunteering with Wild Things on various of our projects, often with her own son deeply submerged in play.
Cailead has been helping out at Wild Things since its creation in 2017 as a youth volunteer and has been heavily involved with the project since then. His outdoor and wilderness skills are a great asset to the groups and his natural rapport with the children meant he was a hit with our after school club.
Since joining Cailead has completed his outdoor first aid and has undergone forest school training. Cailead also has a keen interest in forging and runs his own forging business where he runs 1-1 sessions and small group sessions in his forge at home. Cailead has bought his forging skills to the forest at both our Bronze Age workshops and we are working to bring more of Cailead’s skills to the children in future groups.
Hi, I am Stephanie Whatley and I volunteer as a helper during Wild Things’s Woodland Wednesday, Forest School sessions.
My family and I were very excited when these sessions originally started as there were not many opportunities available locally, along these lines. With less and less outdoor spaces available for children and the subsequent decline in unstructured play opportunities, this is a great way for kids to develop their skills in a natural and healthy way.
I personally really appreciate the way Claire is guiding these sessions for the children, managing to hold the balance between free play and offering activities. The atmosphere between the children is supportive and a safe one. This is due to sensitive and gentle guidance from Claire which is one of her strengths and is not automatically a given.
I work as a stained glass artist and I especially enjoy the art/craft activities. They are child friendly and age appropriate, mostly with natural materials and open for kids to explore and adapt to their own current interest. They are ideal for children to develop and use their own creativity.
I have been taking part in Wild Things events with my children for a few years now, mostly with my youngest at Babes in the Woods. I have recently started volunteering with Wild Things, particularly Babes in the Woods and Wild Women where I lead
mindfulness/meditative practices at the sessions.
I love the outdoors and spending time in the woodlands. Being part of Wild Things allows me to spend this time in nature along with the opportunity to show people how amazing it is to spend time outdoors.
I’m a keen forager, gardener, maker of herbal smellies and mum of three wildlings!! I’m excited to share these passions with the group. Come along to one of our Wild Women sessions soon to be led in a blissful grounding meditation.
I moved to the area in 2018 from Lancashire, where I was a Primary School Teacher prior to becoming a Mum to my 2 boys. I’m also a musician and used to teach piano too. I love to be outdoors whenever I can and, as a family, we enjoy camping holidays in our touring caravan. It was fabulous to find Wild Things to continue the boys’ forest adventures not long after we moved here, and they have thoroughly enjoyed it over the last couple of years. Therefore, I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to be able to volunteer for Wild Things, combining 2 of my passions – working with children and the outdoors!
Hi, my name is Katie and I am 17 years old. I’m currently doing highers at school and have particular interest in languages, history and art. I was in scouting for 6 years and have learned lots of outdoor skills from it. I was also a young leader for 2 years at Biggar Beavers. We did lots of fire making, den building, backwoods cooking and games. I have just started working with Wild Things and enjoy working with children and teaching them useful skills.
Our Team are dedicated members of the local community who work hard to help deliver the wide range of activities we have on offer for children and families and individuals in the area.
All our staff and volunteers are PVG checked for their role within Wild Things