Maggie Haynes - Director and CEO
Maggie, the founder and project manager for Tuppenny Barn, established the organics business in 2005 after 21 years’ service with the British Army Intelligence Corps. Her belief and passion for promoting the benefits of organic fruit and vegetables led to the building of an eco-friendly education centre as a focal point for local organisations and the community.
Emma Crane-Robinson - Centre Manager
Emma has an almost impossibly diverse career that spans city institutions (George Soros), early stage start ups (JustGiving.com, Mr and Mrs Smith, International Villas) and owning and running her own businesses (The Bed & Breakfast Club and Emma Crane - bespoke hand-printed textiles). But, over a decade ago and whilst sleeping on a floating fishing village in Vietnam the seed of her interest in sustainability was sown. The seed eventually germinated into Emma working with the Sustainable Restaurant Association in London before becoming Centre Manager at Tuppenny Barn in 2016.
Christine Iverson - Shop Manager
A forager by heart, Christine loves nothing better than wandering the hedgerows looking for berries and plants to turn into jams, chutneys, alcohol, crafts and simple remedies. Fascinated by the folklore and superstition connected with our wild plants she writes monthly articles for two parish magazines to keep these old ways alive. A keen baker, Christine has very much brought her own spin into the Tuppenny Barn shop using foraged and unusual ingredients for cakes, bakes and makes. She really is the Queen of Bakes.
Abi Young - Education Officer
Abi has a background in primary education and has also taught English abroad. She previously enjoyed success with The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea leading on their Britain in Bloom and London in Bloom campaigns. Abi loves creative learning and creating whole sensory experiences to enhance this. She believes that children should be given the opportunity to experience life at its fullest through our natural environment. Play with the dirt, touch the grass, smell the flowers, listen to the birdsong, paint, sing, dance and taste fruit straight from the tree!
Lindsey Hopper - Chief Grower
After working for many years in local primary schools, Lindsey decided to pursue her lifelong interest in gardening and obtained an RHS qualification in horticulture.
Lindsey started off as a regular volunteer at Tuppenny Barn in 2007, fulfiling her passion for organic horticulture, sustainable living practices and the natural world. 9 years on Lindsey is now our Chief Grower, and one of her many tasks is to manage both weekly volunteers and students on work experience or Duke of Edinburgh candidates.
Antonio Palmiero - Growing Team
Antonio originates from Naples in Italy and works on the land at Tuppenny Barn.
He has been part of the team for the past 7 years and has worked hard to maintain much of the infrastructure seen at the smallholding today.
He has a keen passion for growing vegetables particularly those that remind him of his motherland. He can be found in the summer months busy tending all the peppers, chillies and tomatoes in the solar tunnel, ensuring our crops are nurtured for maximum yields.
Janice Ostler - Veg Bag Manager
An Essex girl born and bred, Janice drifted through education ending up with a degree in Politics and International Studies from Southampton University. She then travelled for a while in both America and Europe, supporting herself by waitressing and chambermaiding en route. On return, she continued her 'bohemian' phase by selling vintage clothes on Brighton market whilst penning two rather quirky, and hence unpublishable, novels. A bizarre turn in life then led to her becoming a bookkeeper with a firm of Financial Advisors, and hence to a job in education, upskilling adults in literacy and numeracy. All of which led, somehow, to her most recent incarnation as (veg) bag lady for Tuppenny Barn. She is a particular fan of beetroot.
Rosie Morgan - Growing Team and Gallery Manager
Beverley Philpott - Growing Team
From an early age Bev had a passion for nature and the outdoor life, and she has always been a keen gardener with a particular interest in natural beekeeping. Her career started with her travelling the UK breaking and schooling horses, including a brief spell working for Royalty and followed by a couple of years living on Jersey. A change in her personal circumstances brought her back to her home county of Kent, where she took a refresher secretarial course and settled down to a career in the City as an Executive Assistant supporting large corporation CEO's.
Bev moved to West Sussex two years ago and, during a foray for organic veg, came upon Tuppenny Barn, and immediately asked if she could become a volunteer. It wasn't long before she was taken on as one of the Tuppenny team!