Our Team

 Our Education and childcare staff are here to support children who attend our Centre. Our aim is to provide high quality services for local families at affordable costs.


We provide the highest quality of Outdoor learning, which we are constantly changing, reviewing and evaluating, to deliver an individually taiored education experience to all children who attend Highway farm.


Our work has one clear focus: your child's individual needs. In order for us to support your child's development in the best possible way, we employ people with different educational training backgrounds. They all attend regular further training courses, which enable them to bring new ideas and proposals to their daily work - ideas that will also benefit your child!


Find out more about our staff.


Martin Besford 

Head of Highway Farm Activity Centre

Owns & manages the Centre


Main responsibility

All aspects of managing the Centre. Head of Early years & Little Explorers.



Various outdoor pursuits qualifications. Over 18 years experience in outdoor pursuits.

Over 20 years experience with children in outdoor environments.

Level 3 in Early years and playwork. Level 6 in Leadership and Management.

Early years & playwork course writer and tutor.

Developing and advising on outdoor spaces.


Motto on life

A smile speaks louder than a thousand words. Live for today.




Jane Neill

 Head of Highway Farm Activity Centre

Owns & manages the Centre


Main responsability

Manages the Finances of the Centre.


Child protection officer.

Health and Safety officer. (excluding risk assessments)



Over 20 years Nursing experience and several years specialising in Accident & Emergency department.

Over 15 years experience in outdoor pursuits.

Level 3 in Early years and playwork.

15 years experience in Playwork and Outdoor Learning.



Rachel Trengove

Early Years


Main Responsability

Rachel is the main lead in Early years at Highway Farm. She has over 15 years experience Teaching in schools, Within Early years. She Qualified as a teacher with Early years specialism.



Additional Staff

All Staff at Highway Farm are qualified through the appropriate national governing bodies. The centre provides activities which are registered with OFSTED. We take pride in ensuring that staff continually update qualifications as well extending the ones they already have. All staff are at least a level 3 in Early years and or playwork and are supported by A Early years Qualified Teacher with over 14 years experience.


Barbara Nicholas
Multi trained across the Centre.

Area of expertise- Early years & growing.


Ken Paterson
Multi trained across the Centre

Area of expertise- Playwork

Level 3 playwork

Level 3 Early years