Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. She is Author of ‘Learning with Nature’, considered a must-have book for Forest School & Outdoor practitioners. Marina has been the recipient of funding from Natural England, Mind and The National Lottery, amongst other grant makers for her outdoor work with disadvantaged teenagers, families and young people.
The flagship project ‘The Woodland Project’ won the ITV People’s Project in 2017, supporting families and teenagers with disabilities and mental health issues. Marina is a senior practitioner for residential camps in Sussex woodlands, Forest School & training, nature-based training for adults, nature & health interventions, outdoor learning days and youth training programmes.
Dr Gill Tipping is a health psychologist interested in the links between mental health, physical well-being and the restorative power of nature.
Gill’s experience is primarily in research and teaching. Her doctoral research looked at how to empower people to recognise and tap into their own illness stories to facilitate rehabilitation and recovery after a heart attack.
Long term research in Viet Nam through the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex looked at Vietnamese women’s ability to access and use primary health care services and the social, cultural, economic and service barriers to getting care when needed.
Leon Banks spent 25 years in the hospitality industry before selling his successful group of pubs and set up a management company specialising in start-up businesses and structuring SME’s.
He worked with several Enterprise Agencies that included work from Job Centre Plus running workshops and mentoring for Job Seekers wishing to take up self-employment. As this contract work ended, Leon linked up with Pro-actions as a Business Coach and Mentor.
"I am proud to have been associated with Circle of Life Rediscovery since its inception in 2004 assisting in the development of the original Business Plan and on-going advise and support. As Director, I am delighted to see the continued success and development of this very valuable organisation and its contribution to the long-term health of our environment and community."
Lisa Glysen left the corporate world of IT and began her own business in the natural health and nutrition industry. She has studied widely in the fields of communication, self improvement and personal development. Her skill set ranges from project management to marketing and especially team building and leadership training.
Her interest in children first led her to mentor youth at risk in Oxfordshire. Lisa later participated in the Rediscovery International Youth Traineeship Programme with fellow Director Marina Robb in 2003 and Wilderness Training with the Rediscovery Foundation in Canada. She assisted with the Rediscovery pilot programme and in 2004 became Director of CLR.