Inspero’s Tutors and staff add valuable expertise and depth to our charitable work. Their breadth of experience and skills help us to provide the very best for our young people.(Please note our team give a lot of their time and expertise voluntarily to support Inspero programmes)
Glen Forder – Chef
Glen shares our passion for food education. He has a really interesting perspective on food and cooking.
“It starts with an interest, and then turns into a passion. Cooking should be a love of ingredients and food. I’ve been interested in food from an early age, developed and discovered my skills at BCOT in Basingstoke. Trained at university and got inspired even further with my experience abroad in the Mediterranean with fresh high quality ingredients and flavours. 25 years later I still love what I produce and cook.”
Glen understands how food and cooking catalyse positive behaviours in young people. ” I love working with young people, to see their own individual flair, taste and ideas transpire on a plate is amazing, tastes of new ingredients, contrasts of flavours and textures engulfing their taste buds for the first time. Watching as skills are developed and futures moulded.”
Bianca Eißner-Povey – Horticulturist
“The first part of my name is German, like me. I live in Basingstoke with my husband, twin boys and dog. My background is in language, literary and culture studies, but more recently I have allowed my green hobby to turn more serious and I am ‘becoming a gardener’, excited about the prospects it offers.
I started gardening on a Balham roof top some 17 years ago when I first came to the UK and whilst I know a thing or two about it now and have done my Level 2 in Horticulture at Sparsholt College, I love that there really isn’t a day spent gardening when I don’t learn something new.
When I stumbled upon the Community Garden at Kempshott during Green Week a couple of years ago, I felt I had found a true gem and I have been involved ever since. I love spending time at the garden in all seasons, on my own at the crack of dawn to do some midsummer watering, or with a busy group of other volunteers on a rainy Friday over a cup of tea. The benefits of spending time together immersed in nature, exercising our minds and bodies are evident and I enjoy offering some guidance as assistant horticulturist in the group. I believe it is a truly special place and I feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community project.”
Clare Kiefer – Craft Tutor
Clare uses craft to inspire children to think creatively and positively about food and nature. She loves to encourage children to use their imagination to create great masterpieces that can be brought home or displayed as garden art in our community gardens. Craft helps to boost flexibility, increase fine motor co-ordination as well as self-esteem and is great fun.
Catherine Waters-Clark – Horticulturist & Forest School Leader
Catherine loves to grow food. After a successful corporate career, she retrained as a Horticulturist at Sparsholt College. This paved the way towards setting up Inspero in 2012 to help children and families embrace healthy foods and the outdoors.
Catherine has over 25 years experience working with young people and adults in the community.
“Inspired by my mother, I have always had a love of gardening, nature and plants since I was very young. Food is such an important part of our lives and teaching the younger generation about healthy foods and the benefits is critical in our society today.”
Tasharna Stapleton – Chef
“It all starts with a passion for food. I have been interested in cooking right from a young age; always wanting to be involved in the kitchen helping my mum to cook. I developed a lot of my culinary skills and knowledge at BCoT, where I trained for 3 years.
I have been with Inspero right from the beginning, I started off as a member of Inspero cooking a range of healthy meals at the Cookery Club, where I would collect the recipes to enhance my cooking skills.
Being a Chef at Inspero, brings me so much joy that I am able to influence young people culinary skills and food knowledge. As well as that, I get the pleasure of helping out at Forest School, where the children get to experience cooking with me on an open fire.”
Laura Wilcock – Forest School Leader
Laura Wilcock has over 10 years experience in Primary education. Laura’s roles within schools have included outdoor learning and garden activity planning, eco co-ordinator, singing workshops, sign language communicator and Forest School Leader. She also facilitates home school groups activities and is a registered tutor for Hampshire libraries.
Laura holds a certificate in outdoor first and and is a qualified level 6 sign language communicator and level 3 Forest School practitioner.
“I am a passionate advocate for conservation, outdoor learning and Forest Schools for children of all ages. I have witnessed how our Forest School programmes have benefited the next generation, equipping them with interpersonal, social and real life skills. We promote awareness and respect towards ourselves, each other and the natural world.”
Vicki Mewse – Project Coordinator (Covid-19 Support)
Vicki has worked in the charity sector for over 8 years, working in a variety of project management roles. She got involved with Inspero in January 2020 when her passion for gardening drew her to begin volunteering at Inspero’s community garden. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck the UK in March and Inspero’s services expanded to support those in need Vicki was keen to help out and became an integral part of Inspero’s Covid-19 volunteer crisis team, later joining Inspero as part time Project Coordinator in September.
“It’s a privilege to be part of the small but mighty Inspero Team! Hard work and good humour have got us through (and continue to get us through) these difficult times and I’m so proud to see the difference we are making to the most vulnerable in our local community”