Fiona Thackeray

Head of Operations & Development

MA (Hons) Psychology (1:1); RHS certificate in Horticulture (distinction)

Fiona has pursued her interest in the natural environment through conservation work with sea-turtles in Greece and later rainforest ecosystems in Brazil. She has worked in therapeutic gardening for 23 years, with learning-disabled people in Bristol and visually impaired students in Brazil (with whom she built Brazil’s 4th sensory garden) before returning to Perthshire to support therapeutic gardening projects all over Scotland.


Jenny Simpson

Information and Fieldwork Services

BA Hons Sociology & Social Policy; MSc Applied Social Research

Jenny briefly had her own business selling herbs and salad plants at Farmers Markets. Previously, as a University of Stirling researcher, Jenny was involved in range of projects within the Institute of Education; Department of Applied Social Science and with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration. She has also worked as a Tourist Officer, Retail Supervisor, Nursery Nurse and Museum Attendant, and brings these associated skills to Trellis.

Jo Cook

Fundraising and Development Officer

BA (Hons) Hospitality Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing DipM, HNC Landscape Management.

Jo ran her own successful design agency for 14 years creating hundreds of public play spaces for local authorities, schools and community groups across the UK before returning to college in 2012 to study Horticulture and Landscape Management at SRUC Oatridge.  Jo also undertakes a communications role for environmental charity, The Green Team.

Joan Wilson

Trellis Project Advisor

HND Hospitality Management, HND Garden Design (Distinction), RBGE Certificate in Practical Horticulture (Distinction)

Joan’s youthful days were spent in a farming and hospitality environment, followed by diverse roles in a busy wholesale plant nursery along with employment as a trainer for a Horticultural Recruitment and Training Company.

Since 2014, Joan has worked with Trellis in her current role as Project Advisor.  Joan has varied experience of the many therapeutic benefits that garden related and community spirited activity brings and particularly enjoys sharing her own knowledge to support and benefit others.

 Joan has personal family experience of the challenges and opportunities that living with a learning and physical disability present, along with experience of managing a Self-Directed Support Budget. Joan lives on a dairy farm in Ayrshire and surprisingly enough, always has a suitable supply of goods for her Composting workshop………


Jane Campbell

Office Manager

Jane joined us as Office Manager after a brief time in the Tourism Sector as a Membership Manager and she also worked for the Forestry Commission for many years. She has a wealth of administration experience and has a great interest in computing, especially MS Excel and databases.

Sharon Watters

Digital Development Officer

BA (Hons) Marketing

Sharon was born in Belfast, studied Marketing at Strathclyde University, lived in London and Melbourne and has now settled in Fife. She studied computing at Elmwood College and, for many years, taught computing, literacy and numeracy to forensic psychiatric patients at the Murray Royal Hospital in Perth. She has a keen interest in web design and in 2014 successfully completed an Open University course in photography.

In her spare time she enjoys tennis and reading but spends much of her time chauffeuring her youngest son to and from basketball games.