Caroline Leroi: founder and director
After 15 years in leadership roles across media and communication, most recently for an Experiential Learning and Education company, Caroline brought together her creativity, love of the outdoors and passion for innovative education to help children connect with nature in a modern and exciting way.
Caroline has years of experience in shaping and delivering impactful learning programmes for children and families on behalf of private and third sector organisations, such as Marks & Spencer, vInpired, Into Film, Nike and Sky.
From generating ideas and concepts for missions to leading our consultancy and training services, everything Caroline does is underpinned by the belief that tomorrow's most formidable innovators will be children who can apply creative, digital and scientific skills to sustainability challenges.
melanie sarling: ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Melanie has been working in the Arts sector for seven years, honing her skills in creative delivery whilst also working in management positions for organisations such as Shakespeare Schools Foundation and BLOCK STOP. She has a Masters degree in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she is now a guest practitioner/lecturer.
At The Hive, Melanie combines her great passion (creativity) with her best skills (efficiency and logistics). She strives to ensure The Hive is a fun, friendly and inspiring company to work with.
BEN BRITTAIN-DODD: SAFEGUARDING & TRAINING ADVISOR
Ben is Outdoor Education Advisor at The Highland Council. Before that, he was Head of Adventurous Activities at The Prince’s Trust, as well as a Safeguarding and Training Consultant and an Outdoor Leader. He works with The Hive in an advisory capacity.
Ben helps us ensure that all our policies and procedures are compliant with Ofsted requirements, as safe as possible, supportive of the IOL and LOTC codes of practice and in line with industry best practice.
Ben also supports the development of our training and quality control programme, helping shape a bespoke approach incorporating game-led learning, story telling and education technology.
ARGYRIS ANGELI: building AND MAKing LEAD
Argyris is an architect and artist, with a particular interest in bringing together Architecture, Fine Arts, Education and Social Practice.
He has a Bachelor degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and graduated in 2013 from the sculpture department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently attending a Master of Fine Arts in Spatial Performance and Design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.
Argyris has extensive facilitation experience with children, a real interest in the Maker movement and is responsible at The Hive for the development of all our outdoor design and making missions.
LUCY NACSON-JONES: GROW. COOk. eat LEAD
Lucy is an established educationalist combining wide experience of planning, delivering and evaluating outdoor workshops on a range of topics, including growing, cooking and wider environmental issues. She has strong project management expertise and is also a recent Masters graduate from the SOAS Anthropology of Food programme using a rigorous academic understanding of food economics and culture with practical gardening skills to engage and inspire communities to think sustainably and eat locally.
At The Hive, Lucy inputs into all aspects of outdoor learning and helps shape activities that are educational, creative and huge fun! From potion making and outdoor cooking through to navigation, dens, art and science, Lucy is always on the look out for the most engaging ideas.
DANIEL THOMPSON: stories and adventures LEAD
Dan’s multidisciplinary education and professional experience has set him up to take the lead on literacy and drama mission development at The Hive, coming up with imaginative and exciting challenges, stories, characters and game mechanics that incorporate mobile technology and play, so that learning never feels like learning!
Dan recently completed an MA in Digital Games Design at Brunel University. Before joining The Hive, Dan co-established Block Stop. Block Stop create live, interactive games designed to draw from both theatre and gaming conventions in innovative ways. The company has performed in venues such as Soho Theatre, The Vaults and Southwark Playhouse and have been featured on BBC Radio 4.
KAITLIN FERGUSON: ARTS and film LEAD
Kaitlin's background is in co-ordinating, designing and delivering arts activities and educational workshops for a range of institutions including the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.
She also works as an exhibiting Fine Artist who graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art in 2011; specialising in outdoor sculpture and creating work which focuses on the landscape and man’s place within it.
Through this she discovered a natural love for education and has now been working as an Artist Educator for many years.
At The Hive, Kaitlin leads the development of all our Visual Arts missions, from outdoor installations through to working with nature-based materials, printing and ceramics.
The Hive works with a wide range of expert facilitators. Some have been with us since we started. Others joined us more recently. Some work with us across several missions. Others bring specialist skills to specific missions. Their background is hugely varied - they may be artists, film-makers, teachers, actors, architects, botanists, herbalists, bushcraft experts, forest school practitioners, kite makers, woodworkers, bee keepers, etc. - but a passion for sharing their skills and expertise with children is common to all of them.
All our facilitators are DBS checked and experienced in running workshops for children. All camps also include several First Aiders, with a mix of outdoor and paediatric first aid experience.