Meet the team
Lincolnshire Waldorf Group is run by a team of volunteer parents. We meet every couple of months to make plans and keep our groups running smoothly. New parents and grandparents are always welcome to join our friendly committee, whether participating occasionally or in a named role. Please email, or speak to one of us, if you would like to get involved.
Jess Swann Co-Chair
I was living in Myanmar when I got pregnant with my oldest daughter. We decided to move back to the U.K to have the baby and my partner is from Lincolnshire so we moved here. I grew up in Camphill which is a community based on the principles of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner for people with disabilities. I also attended a Waldorf school for my whole education. Because of my background I was very happy to find the Lincolnshire Waldorf parent and child groups. It is such a lovely supportive group and my kids love going to it. I have been happy to get more involved in the running of it.
Vicky Pearson Co-Chair
Hi, I'm Vicky. I have been attending Gentle days with my one year old son for nearly a year. I have recently taken on the role of Co-Chair having had many years experience in committees and political groups. I also have a background in marketing and web design.
Amy Coney Co-Treasurer
Hi, I'm Amy. I attend the Parent & Child group with my two children. I have a background in Accountancy.
Fiona Williams Co-Treasurer
Hi, I'm Fiona. I attend the Parent & Child group with two of my three children. I have a background in Book Keeping.
Martha Prince Co-Membership Secretary
Hello, my name is Martha. I am a Mum of two. I was told about the group many times with my eldest and finally made it along when he was 6 months old. I wish I had come sooner! I found support, nurture, kindness, creativity, biscuits, and above all: friendship. I was encouraged and supported to be honest about my journey into motherhood, and my experience of post-natal depression; and I found women with whom I can be my whole authentic self with. I value this so highly and am very grateful for my beautiful Mamma friends.
I am an ordained Holistic Minister, with a background in women's empowerment circles, mental health, healthcare, heath rangering ... and many other dabbles, with special interests in Steiner ethos of education and natural witchery. I know Steiner more from his spiritual perspective than his educational one, although the mytho-poetic ideology runs through the women's groups I am involved in.
Kerry-Ann Taylor Co-Membership Secretary
I heard about Lincolnshire Waldorf Group when my son was just born. I gave quite a few groups a go, when I was new to motherhood. Out of all the groups I tried, Gentle Days was the most nurturing and nourishing for me as I strode into the unknown job of parenting. As we’ve grown as a family, we’ve moved up into the parent and child group, which we continue to attend and love.
Before becoming a mother, I have always been employed so when an opportunity to help the LWG committee arose, I took it. Not that I wasn’t busy enough being a mum, I felt I needed something else and to be part of something that supports me and my son is great. Knowing that we’re here for other parents on their voyage too is comforting. I feel like I’m part of a community, being involved in the group.
Lucy Cawdron Parent & Child Group Leader
I am Lucy, I have been leading the Lincolnshire Waldorf parent and child group for over 2 years. Before that, I attended the group as a family with my 2 children Luke and Lathan.
My own children blossomed within the group and made some strong friendships that will last forever, and I also gained some wonderful supportive friends. The group welcomed us and supported us as a family at a time in my life when I needed it most and I shall be forever thankful.
I am also a yoga teacher specialising in pre- and postnatal yoga and support, baby yoga, and most recently children's yoga both in and out of schools, and yoga for children with special needs.
I am passionate about educating and helping children to feel accepted and know that they are perfect just the way they are. My classes allow a journey for each child through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation bringing strength, confidence, self-awareness and acceptance of themselves.
I am also a passionate vegan; I love all animals! I love healthy food and organic clothing! I love to read books, too, but since having my children never get the chance!
Fiona Wade Health & Safety Officer
Hi, I'm Fiona. I first came to the group with my youngest daughter attending Gentle Days. We now go to the Parent & Child group.
Sophie Foster Committee Member
Hi, I’m Sophie. My daughter and I started coming to Gentle Days when she was 7 weeks old and it was the best decision I ever made. Starting the week in a supportive, empathic and encouraging environment. Both my daughter and I have made some amazing friends for life through the group. We have now progressed on to the Parent and Child Group on a Friday and look forward to it all week.
Before I had my daughter I was a Marketing Manager and have worked both here in the UK and in New Zealand covering various marketing roles across different industries and sectors. I have gained so much from the Lincolnshire Waldorf Group that I wanted to give something back and join the committee, putting my skill sets (Marketing, Web Design and Events Management) to good use and for an organisation I truly believe in!
Alison Fairchild Group Secretary
Hi, I'm Alison - mum to Martha and Grandma to Finn and Morgan.
Laura Stratford Gentle Days Group Leader
My work background is in teaching and early years education, but when I'm doing what I choose, I'm with my own children, participating in environmental or community activism, or if I'm lucky, wild swimming!
I was involved in setting up the group when my teenagers were little, and it is wonderful for be back with the youngest of my brood, and especially to be looking after the new Mamas at Gentle Days.
I love Steiner education because of the gentle care and attention that goes into every aspect of the groups, from the feel of the place and the natural materials and hand-made toys, to the love surrounding the children and the warm and supportive relationships developed between parents. It made all the difference to me as a new parent, and I'm glad to be able to share that experience with others.