Nature, Nurture and Nourishment

Trustees and Patron


Author and pioneer of children’s television, Joy Whitby has agreed to be Patron of the Treehouse Trust.

Joy said: “I am delighted to be Patron of the Treehouse Trust having admired the dedication and the imaginative way Lee and Sharon run their “gang”.   The children are learning to think for themselves as well as understand the importance of teamwork.  They are living proof of the success of the founders’ teaching methods and are well equipped at the end of their time at the Treehouse to move on to the next stage of their education”.

About Joy Whitby:
Joy is a pioneer of Children’s Television.  As Head of Children’s programmes at Yorkshire Television, she produced many innovative programmes including The Book Tower and Under the Same Sky, an international drama exchange sponsored by the European Broadcasting Union.  At London Weekend Television she master-minded the iconic series Catweazle, but she is chiefly remembered as the creator of Play School and Jackanory for the BBC.

Joy was a founder member of the Board of Channel 4 and now works as an independent producer through her own company, Grasshopper Productions.  Her DVDs are sold through Amazon on her website  Earlier this year she re-published Grasshopper Island, based on her live action film series.  She is currently writing and illustrating a box set of Emma and Grandpa, another of her early film series for ITV.



Alison Robertson – Chair

Alison has been actively involved in ecological and sustainability issues over many years, including 13 years as a trustee of a national environmental law charity and service on the management boards of several forward thinking organisations.  She plays an integral role in several local initiatives including the Cholsey Day Centre Trust and the Cholsey Community Library. Alison has been involved in the development of the Treehouse School right from the start, taking on the Chairperson’s role in 2014.


Mitchell Fraser-Jones – Vice Chair and Treasurer

Mitchell has worked in the investment industry for nearly 20 years and previously ran a small business in Oxford. His experience therefore brings financial and business administration skills to the charity. Mitchell has four young children at or approaching primary school age and has held the role of Treasurer for the Treehouse Trust since its inception.

Lesley Carrington – Secretary

Lesley has recently retired from a career in education, teaching young children in Nursery,  Primary and specialist units in London and Oxfordshire.  For years she worked in the Oxfordshire Early Years Team as an Advisory teacher which entailed supporting settings and schools as well as providing training for the county.  Her last post was as a Headteacher of a Foundation Stage School in Oxford.  She has always been passionate about early years education and outdoor learning.


Jane Randle

Jane Randle is a professional town planner and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  With over 30 years experience of development planning within local government, she is now a planning consultant.  Jane has been involved with the Trust in securing planning permission for a new eco-school and is now actively involved in fund raising.


 Andrea Turner

Andrea is a key member of our team.  As well as teaching PE and dance, she is The Trust’s fundraiser constantly sourcing grants and bursaries.  Her tenacity has paid off and she is now raising funds for our new school build.

 Patsy Cusworth

With a background of working in central government communications, Patsy is the ideal person to provide us with strategic communication advice and hands on PR – helping to spread the word about the Treehouse School and boost our fundraising activities

  Jo Lindholm

Jo is a secondary school teacher but much more than that! She is an inspirational person to all ages.  Having been one of the first women to cross Greenland her grit and determination for high standards shines through.  We are delighted that she agreed to be a consultant in education.

Jo Heydon


Sally Eccleston Charlie Clare
Jane Clare Tim Hirst

Tim has spent over 20 years in high tech businesses from communications to medical devices. More recently he has qualified as a chainsaw operator. We put his unusual skill set to work in both our ICT functions and site clearance for our new eco school.

Lisa Mills




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