Caroline Leroi: founder and MANAGING 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 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.
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.
NICOLA MCKNIGHT: FOREST SCHOOL LEAD
Nikki is a qualified primary school teacher who has taught in a variety of primary schools in London for 20 years, as a classroom teacher and subject leader. More recently she has been working as a nursery practitioner within outdoor nursery settings. She is a Level 3 Forest school practitioner with a certificate in Outdoor First Aid and Paediatric First Aid.
Her passion is driven by supporting children and adults to experience the benefits of regular learning experiences within a local natural environment. She loves being in a woodland space and enjoys helping others discover the beauty and joy of being part of that natural world using exploration and self directed play. Nikki is driven by the belief that we can all become the resilient, courageous and lifelong learners we would all like to be and that a life outdoors can play a fundamental part of helping us on that journey.
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.
CHARLOTTE CRANIDGE: VISUAL ARTS LEAD
Charlotte is a community artist, who works with a broad range of materials to offer structured and highly creative programmes designed to support experiential learning.
Since graduating in 2010 with a BA in Painting from University of Arts London, Charlotte has worked on a number of art based programmes with organisations such as the October Gallery, Orleans House Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the City of London Festival. She has extensive facilitation experience with children, having delivered both bespoke workshops and enrichment programmes in schools.
Joining the The Hive in 2016 originally as a lead facilitator, Charlotte now leads the development of all our Visual Arts missions, from outdoor installations through to printing and film, encouraging the use of nature-based materials.
CHARLIE-MAY BINGHAM, GROW.COOK.EAT & FILMMAKING LEAD
Charlie-May joined The Hive at the beginning of 2017, bringing an interesting mix of skills and a deep passion for the environment and sustainability.
Before joining The Hive, Charlie-May was the National Young Reporter Coordinator for Into Film. Into Film is the British Film Institute’s Education Charity. Charlie-May’s role involved training and mentoring young film enthusiasts aged 5-19 in filmmaking, film reporting, film critiquing and film programming.
Charlie-May is also a plant based food enthusiast and cook, with lots of experience in organic farming and food provenance. Alongside working at The Hive, Charlie-May successfully runs her own plant based street food business.
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.